Woodstock, CrossKeys wines win big at Governor’s Cup

WOODSTOCK — Two Valley wineries were the toast of the state at the Virginia Wineries Association’s 2015 Governor’s Cup award ceremony in Richmond last Tuesday. Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented Muse Vineyards in Woodstock with the Governor’s Cup award for its 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-style blended red wine. It is the first such award for the vineyard.  

Shenandoah County schools to start 2015-16 after Labor Day

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County school board voted 4-2 on Feb. 19 to approve a 2015-16 instructional calendar that starts the school year after Labor Day. Classes will begin on Sept. 8, 2015, and end June 15, 2016 with schools remaining open on Election Day, Nov. 3. The former proposed calendar started school on Sept. 2, 2015, and ended the year on June 10, 2016, with schools closed on Election Day.Controversy surrounded the board’s proposal to start the school year during the Shenandoah County Fair, which runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5 this year.

Warren County considers merging two fire companies

FRONT ROYAL — Could two of Warren County's 10 fire companies be consolidated into one? That is a question the Warren County Board of Supervisors will be discussing in the near future. A resolution is being drafted for the Board to consider consolidating Fortmouth and Rivermont Volunteer Fire Departments. The two fire companies currently located in older facilities could use some repairs and are too small for the currents needs of the stations. While the Rivermont Station buildings are old, they continue to have 50 volunteers of which 17 are deemed active and responding, the Fortsmouth Stations building is in better condition but the company is struggling for volunteers, out of five active volunteers only one lives in the company’s first due area. The two stations combined provide coverage for approximately 5,133 residents and 2,175 residences.
The Warren Sentinel /  03-02-2015  

Former sheriff convicted of racketeering announces new bid for public office

LURAY — Five years after being convicted for felony racketeering in a federal court, former Page County Sheriff Daniel W. Presgraves will make a new bid for public office. Presgraves, 52, plans to challenge incumbent J.D. Cave in November for the District 3 seat on the Page County Board of Supervisors.
Page News and Courier /  02-25-2015  
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Local clinic makes a move

ELKTON – A community non-profit that has been in town for 8 years has moved. The Elkton Family and Children’s Medical Center relocated from 115 E. Rockingham Ave. to the ShenElk Plaza on the north side of town last week. Pete Hill, a 46-year-old family nurse practitioner, said the move provides two more exam rooms for the center. The new location also enables the clinic to offer a community meeting room, which will be available for public use.
The Valley Banner /  02-25-2015

Quilts share their stitches and their stories

BERRYVILLE — More than 150 years of history hang from the walls of the Barns of Rose Hill in the form of the new Quilts and Their Stories exhibit. Through March 15, the Barns will display more than 20 quilts, the oldest of which was sewn in the 1840s. The exhibit will also share stories about the quilts — their creation, history or discovery by a collector.
The Warren Sentinel /  02-24-2015

Moore Trust awards $115,000 to Shenandoah County schools

WOODSTOCK — Classroom projects and teacher training programs in nine of Shenandoah County’s 11 public schools received a boost from the annual awarding of 16 grants from the Moore Educational Trust. Grant amounts ranged from $1,406.78 for coding education at Ashby Lee Elementary School to $25,035 to send 10 Signal Knob Middle School teachers to Manor, Tex., for Project-Based Learning training. The amount for all 16 grants totaled $115,762.

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WRESTLING - Beckner leaves no doubt

SALEM — Call it fate, or call it destiny. But when Warren County junior Zach Beckner walked off the mat in jubilation last Friday night at the Salem Civic Center he had just finished a goal a year in the making. With his dominating performance in the 113-pound weight class, including his 9-2 championship match win over Brookville's previously undefeated Ashton Brown, Beckner left little doubt that is mission was accomplished.

WRESTLING - Butler proves to be a force

SALEM — Skyline senior Gerren Butler's nickname is 'Force of Nature'. After winning the 285-pound 3A state championship with a first period pin over Christiansburg's Tanner Whitesell, who's to argue. After just taking up wrestling a little more than a year ago, Butler become the Hawks second state champion with his dominating performance at the Salem Civic Center last Friday.

WRESTLING - Skyline five finishes sixth at state

SALEM — Despite having just five wrestlers on hand for the 3A state wrestling tournament last Friday at the Salem Civic Center, the Skyline Hawks turned in an impressive sixth-place finish overall. Christiansburg, as expected, won their 14th consecutive team title with a 153 points. Cave Spring, the 3A West region runner-up claimed second with 68.5 points. Poquoson finished third, Brookville fourth and 3A East region winner New Kent fifth.

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