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Battle of New Market this weekend

NEW MARKET — Visitors to the 153rd Battle of New Market re-enactment will see more horses and a more complete version of the conflict this weekend. The event, to be held on Saturday and Sunday at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, recalls the May 15, 1864 Civil War battle during which 257 cadets from the Virginia Military Institute assisted Confederate troops in temporarily preventing Union forces from claiming the Shenandoah Valley. About 1,400 Union and Confederate soldiers were casualties of the battle, including 10 cadets. Demonstrations of home front life will be held at the Bushong Farm at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. An artillery demonstration on the park grounds and a lecture on the battle in the museum start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.  

Attorney challenges Dollar General vote

BASYE — A Woodstock attorney is challenging a decision by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to rezone a parcel of land in Basye for a Dollar General store. According to County Attorney Jason Ham, attorney Bradley Pollack claims that Tom Brice, who owns a condominium at 456 The Hill Road, was not made aware of a public hearing on the rezoning, which supervisors held before taking a vote during its April 25 regular meeting. The board voted, 4-2, to rezone the 1.6-acre parcel at 1460 Orkney Grade from high-density residential to general business.

Mimslyn Inn garners state recognition during May’s Business Appreciation Month

LURAY ― Anyone rolling into the downtown district knows about the mansion on the hill. Towering on a high knoll on West Main Street, the 1931 Southern-style inn can't be missed. When the Mimslyn Inn was built in the midst of the Great Depression, many questioned the optimism of the endeavor. It emerged as a destination for well-to-do Washingtonians (including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1936) and spectators who would catch a train headed for the Shenandoah Valley and luxury in Luray. Fast forward 74 years when the Asam Family purchased the fraying inn to restore it to its former grandeur, many may have also questioned the endeavor. At the time of the purchase in 2005, the 45-room Mimslyn Inn generated $268,000 in annual sales, according to the hotel's general manager Jim Sims. Last year, the property generated $3 million.
Page News and Courier /  05-17-2017  

Supervisors to form fire, EMS planning group

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors is assembling a strategic planning group to create a long-term plan for fire and rescue needs in the county. The board discussed the group during its work session in Woodstock on May 4, but didn’t decide who would be on it or when it would meet. The planning process will involve meetings among supervisors, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, paid fire and EMS staff and representatives from each of the county’s six voting districts which supervisors will choose, Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass said. Participants will discuss the annual volume of 911 calls for each of the county’s 11 volunteer fire and rescue stations, annual volunteer numbers and other issues affecting service, Vass said. The goal is to create a long-term plan for identifying and funding fire and rescue needs, he said.
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Former supervisor lauded for life’s work

FRONT ROYAL — Friends and family members shared anecdotes of a life devoted to family, faith and service Sunday as the Front Royal Women's Resource Center honored former Warren County Supervisor Cliffie "Scottie" Thomson at its third-annual Spotlight on Women presentation. Cliffie Adeline Scott, now known as "Scottie Thomson," was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Glen Alpine, N.C. Friend Vada Timbers described Thomson's upbringing as one of nine children while she sat in a comfy chair a few feet to Timbers' right. "She was immersed in an atmosphere that celebrated strong spiritual persuasions," she said. Thomson shared a few anecdotes of her own, highlighting how she picked up a love of music from her mother, who often played classical or ragtime piano. That upbringing stayed with her years later as she sang in the choir of a church she helped to establish, Rockland Community Church.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-15-2017

Council OKs solar farm construction

MOUNT JACKSON – Last Tuesday, Town Council gave the final green light for preparations to begin for construction of a solar farm in town. Council voted 6-0 to grant a special-use permit to Virginia Solar to construct a 160-acre, 16.65-megawatt farm between Georgetown and Turkey Knob roads. The farm will be built on part of a 712-acre parcel that its owner, Planning Commissioner Robert Whitehurst, hopes to turn into an industrial site. The commission voted 3-0 to recommend that council approve the permit. The farm will generate electricity to be sold to Dominion Virginia Power, which has committed to adding 400 megawatts of solar energy to its grid by 2020. Dominion owns and operates three farms totaling 56 megawatts in Powhatan, Louisa and Isle of Wight counties.

Funds denied for Route 55 widening

FRONT ROYAL — It may be a long time before Warren County is granted its wish of seeing John Marshall Highway — which carries Route 55 east of town — become a four-lane divided highway. The county's application for state Smart Scale funding to pay for the highway-upgrade project recently was denied. The county sought about $31.5 million to make the road a four-lane divided highway with a 16-inch raised median. Although no detailed design was made, the application sought to flatten hills and straighten curves, according to Staunton VDOT Coordinator Ed Carter. The highway was ranked 367th out of 404 statewide projects and 38th out of 42 VDOT Staunton District projects on the state's Smart Scale priority list. Had funding been approved, Carter said construction could have begun in 2023. The county and VDOT are still seeking solutions for the overcrowded and wreck-prone roadway.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-15-2017

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Local Sports

TA’s first Tennis Regional since ‘95 pits Knights against Fort Defiance

After securing its first regional appearance in girl's tennis since the mid 90s, Turner Ashby will play Fort Defiance in the 3A West regional on Saturday, May 20.
05-18-2017

Mt. Carmel’s fledgling baseball team grows leaps and bounds in Year 2

Mt Carmel's baseball team has found a modicum of success in 2017, despite battling unique challenges.
05-14-2017

Turner Ashby’s Bocock returns home with Phoenix

Turner Ashby graduate Kathy Bocock returned to Harrisonburg at the helm of Elon's softball program last weekend.
05-10-2017

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