Woodstock man charged with poisoning wife

WOODSTOCK — A Woodstock man is being held without bond in Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail after being charged with attempting to poison his wife with rubbing alcohol. Sgt. Paul Ryman of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Stanley Sweeney of Hoover Road was arrested Friday after a five-month investigation concluded that isopropyl had been found in alcohol at Sweeney’s home.  

‘Dare to Dream’ grants awarded to help women achieve their goals

FRONT ROYAL — Nine local women received Dare to Dream grants from the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center last Thursday, March 19, at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. The Women’s Resource Center enriches lives by supporting opportunities for women in Warren County through education, information and programs. The center’s vison is to empower women to change the world. The resource center has been giving out Dare to Dream grants since 1999 and has given a total of 96 grants to date worth around $68,000.
The Warren Sentinel /  03-26-2015  

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative responds to online petition that has nearly 1,500 signatures

LURAY — Luray native Chris Morris, the organizer behind a petition demanding the removal of the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), wants residents to pay attention to their electric bills. Morris has collected more than 1,425 online signatures from Valley residents who cannot justify the rate increases. Some cry for options, others, the return of former Page provider Allegheny Electric. With 13,656 members in Page County, SVEC is a monopoly that serves nearly 90,000 households in the Shenandoah Valley.

Winchester minister suspended over same-sex union

WINCHESTER — A former Shenandoah University religion professor and local United Methodist minister will be suspended from performing ministerial duties for having officiated at a same-sex marriage last fall. The Rev. John D. Copenhaver Jr., 66, is suspended from this past Sunday through June 15, but will not face church trial or lose his clergy credentials. A resolution was reached in the case with the Rev. Larry Thompson, Winchester District superintendent of the United Methodist Church, and Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. It was announced March 6 via the Virginia Conference website and via email lists from both clergy and Virginia Conference laity leadership (non-clergy).
The Warren Sentinel /  03-23-2015  
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Route 11 Potato Chips announces $1.4 million expansion; could add 13 jobs

MOUNT JACKSON — When the owners of Route 11 Potato Chips sought state assistance for a planned expansion about seven years ago, they were told no programs existed to help such relatively small projects. That discovery eventually led to the creation of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development program in 2012, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore said Wednesday at the company’s plant here. Haymore was on hand on National Agriculture Day to present Route 11 with the fruits of the AFID program, a $50,000 grant that will be used to help pay for a small expansion and production-line installation requiring an investment of at least $1.2 million. When completed, the company expects to hire at least 13 more people as it ramps up to about double its current production. The state’s investment will be matched by Shenandoah County over four years, with the money passing to Route 11 in the form of a partial rebate of new real property and machinery and tools taxes it receives from the company.

No injuries in head-on collision with school bus

FRONT ROYAL — No one was injured after a 16-year-old boy crashed head on into a Warren County school bus Monday afternoon. The accident happened just around 4p.m. on Howellsville Road near Hardesty Road in Front Royal while Bus 55 driven by Benjamin Bragg was dropping off children after school.
The Warren Sentinel /  03-19-2015

Mark Stroupe enters District 3 supervisor race with incumbent Cave and former sheriff Presgraves

STANLEY — Mark Stroupe, 51, will be the first to tell you he is not a politician, but he is a salesman. As a first-time candidate for public office, he wants to put his record against incumbent J.D. Cave and the return to public life of former Page County Sheriff Danny Presgraves.
Page News and Courier /  03-18-2015

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RACING - Shenandoah Speedway announces 2015 racing season; special Wishes 150 Late Model event

SHENANDOAH — Shenandoah Speedway announced the beginning of its 2015 racing season, highlighting its 10th anniversary with the announcement of a special late model race to be held on Friday, April 24. Jeff Thielscher, Managing Partner of Go Live Stream. TV Network, announced at the track Thursday that the inaugural Racing for Wishes 150 would be held at the track at 6 p.m. with pit gates opening at 1 p.m. and grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Among those competing for the $6,000 first prize will be 10-year old Timmy 'Mini' Terrell, who entered six races in the Late Model class last season.

BASEBALL - New Market Rebels welcome new coaching staff

NEW MARKET — The New Market Rebels, and their fan base have always looked forward to the summer Valley League baseball season. This year, the anticipation is even higher as Bruce Alger, team president and general manager has brought in a new, young coaching staff to guide the Rebels to a hoped for championship.

TRACK - Two Luray High School relay teams medal at state indoor meet

LYNCHBURG — The initial Luray High School indoor track team capped off its season with a strong showing at the 2A State Meet held last week at Liberty University. Taking 17 athletes, Luray's girls' 4 x 400-meter relay team and boys 4 x 800-meter relay team both medaled by finishing eighth overall among the teams.

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