THIS WEEKEND: Shenandoah’s Memorial Day Weekend festivities

SHENANDOAH — Red, white and blue will fill the streets of Shenandoah this weekend, when thousands gather for the town's 18th annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade. Sponsored by the town and the Shenandoah Heritage Center, the festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. this Thursday, May 21, with live music, food and activities at the town's carnival grounds on Third Street. Activities will commence again at 5 p.m. Friday in conjunction with a Cruz-In on First Street scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday's festivities also include a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Shenandoah Veterans Park on Virginia Avenue. The Shenandoah River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution planted two pink dogwood trees at the local park to honor veterans. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. A special Saturday ceremony will honor men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Town officials, leaders and local veterans will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah VFW Avis O. Comer Post 8613.  
Page News and Courier /  05-19-2015  

THIS WEEKEND: Massanutten’s ValleyFest

MCGAHEYSVILLE — Massanutten Resort plans a rousing start to kick off the summer season with its annual ValleyFest beer and wine festival planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23. In what has become a traditional pre-Memorial Day celebration, the festival usually draws more than 4,000 people to the resort, with beer and wine atop the agenda. Many varieties of microbrews and wines from the Valley and beyond will be available, as will food booths and arts and crafts vendors offering their wares.
The Valley Banner /  05-19-2015  

Walker announces District 3 run

WOODSTOCK — A retired certified public accountant from Woodstock has thrown his name into the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors race. Richard Walker, 66, announced Tuesday that he is challenging Chairman David Ferguson for the District 3 seat, which represents Edinburg, Fort Valley and St. Luke.

State park seeks help to build trails

WOODSTOCK — Seven Bends State Park is calling for volunteers to help develop its bicycle and hiking trails this summer. Concha Mendoza, operations coordinator at the nonprofit Friends of the North Fork, said the park needs “as many as are interested” to help begin trail-building starting the week of July 19.
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THIS WEEKEND: Virginia Wine and Craft Festival

FRONT ROYAL — The 29th annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival is expected to draw nearly 13,000 people to Warren County this Saturday. “It seems like it grows every year, which is a good thing of course,” Niki Foster, President of the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce said. “Come and enjoy tastings from 21 Virginia wineries. Covering more than seven blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists and crafters from all over the east coast, there won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need,” Foster said. Virginia is the 4th largest wine producer in the states, Foster said. So having all the wineries within a certain mile radius of us really helps, Foster said. New this year, the festival has partnered with Mountain Laurel Montessori School for a Children’s Corner, with all kinds of fun activities for children.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-15-2015

Jail overrun causes budget deficit for Page Sheriff’s Office; county awaits offer from regional jail

LURAY — Page County Sheriff John Thomas has come under fire for going over the current budget, yet he began addressing its chief driver — the rising costs of incarceration — three years ago. Page County Administrator Amity Moler said that the sheriff must request additional funding “in the $400,000 range” at the June supervisors' meeting. When a local government exceeds supplemental appropriations by more than 1 percent of the total adopted budget, a public hearing must be advertised and held before any more appropriations can be approved, said Moler.  Since the adoption of the FY15 budget, carryover funding for grants, funding for the courthouse roof and security, CSA additions, new asset forfeiture appropriations and an increase in inmate population requiring additional funding have collectively increased spending by more than 1 percent.
Page News and Courier /  05-15-2015

Urgent Care facility to move to Riverton Commons

FRONT ROYAL — Valley Regional Enterprises, which operates the local Urgent Care facility broke ground this week on the empty retail pad next to the Starbuck’s Coffee shop in Riverton Commons. President Chris Rucker said the move was part of a trend in the healthcare industry.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-14-2015

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Local Sports

RACING - 10 year old claims third place in Late Model 75-lap feature at Shenandoah Speedway

SHENANDOAH — History was made on Sat, May 9th during the Holtzman Oil Late Model 75-lap feature. While Keith Carpenter worked hard to get the win late in the show from leader Brian Purdham, 10-year-old Mini Tyrrell took third place in the overall rundown. That was the young driver's best finish to date and second top 10 of the season.

SOFTBALL - Neeb helps lead TT to Auburn Regional

COOKEVILLE, TENN. — Former Skyline softball star Sabrie Neeb sat along with the rest of her Tennessee Tech teammates last Saturday night watching the NCAA Tournament selection show, waiting anxiously to see where the Golden Eagles would be heading for this week's Division-I regional playoff game. The Golden Eagles clinched their spot after defeating SIUE 3-2 on Friday to win the programs seventh Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title. Neeb and her Golden Eagles could hardly contain their excitement when they found out they would be heading to Auburn University to take on the No. 4-seeded team in the country on a game that will be televised at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

WRESTLING -  Asher earns All-American status

SALISBURY, Md. — For the third year in a row Front Royal wrestler Ethan Asher earned All-American status at the MAWA National tournament. Asher, 10, finished fifth in the Midget 9-10 division at the Wicomico Civic Center last weekend.

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