Former Stanley Mayor remembered for having hometown pride

STANLEY ― Former Stanley Mayor, vice mayor and councilman Charles R. “Charlie” Buracker, died last Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the age of 86.  
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Farmers market owner applies for grant to reopen

MOUNT JACKSON — The plagued farmers market on King Street in Mount Jackson may get a second chance. Owner Gerald Forsburg applied for a $150,000 Mission Main Street grant from Chase Bank.

Avtex property released

FRONT ROYAL — “It’s about time they finally did something with it.” That was the opinion of Warren County native Harry Deavers, who first went to work at the rayon manufacturing plant in Front Royal when it was owned by the FMC Corporation in 1966. He was among those who lost their jobs when the plant closed in 1989. “I was very upset when it closed,” Deavers said. “I was making a pretty good living there.” Deavers was in attendance at the Avtex Community Day ceremony on Saturday morning, held at the new Warren County groundwater leachate plant on the former Avtex property. The ceremony signified the return of the 440-acre property to the community after a government-sponsored cleanup that took 25 years and $150 million dollars, according to figures provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Following the ceremony were tours of the site and a community festival near the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA)headquarters on Kendrick Lane.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-29-2014  

New Market Chamber names new president

NEW MARKET — New Market Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Donald will step down Oct. 1, members announced at the town council meeting Monday. Velma Jordan, president of Schultz Theatre’s Board of Directors, will succeed Donald, who is leaving due to family health concerns.
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THIS WEEKEND: Brew & Blues Festival, Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL — Virginia’s craft beer industry has been growing steadily in recent years, which is why the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce created the annual Brew & Blues Festival, now in its fifth year, slated for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, on Main Street in downtown Front Royal. About 2,500 people attended last year and organizers expect roughly the same number this year, if not more.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-26-2014

THIS WEEKEND: Heritage Days, New Market

NEW MARKET — Twenty years strong, New Market will hold its annual Heritage Days festival this weekend, Sept. 27-28. The town’s Civil War history will be celebrated as usual, with basket weavers and woodturners from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

Bank robber charged for two heists

LURAY — A Culpepper man who allegedly held-up Luray's Pioneer Bank in April, and robbed Shenandoah's Pioneer Bank in August, was indicted on both by a grand jury in Luray on Monday. William Lee Arnette, 60, was arrested on Aug. 12, charged with one count of armed bank robbery of the Pioneer Bank in Shenandoah. Arnette was quickly apprehended by local authorities following advanced police procedures to narrow escape routes following the Luray robbery.
Page News and Courier /  09-24-2014

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Golfing in the Valley — Bowling Green

ROCKLAND — When Linwood Morrison opened Bowling Green Country Club back in 1983, his vision was to provide affordable golf at a fun golf course. Morrison hit the proverbial nail on the head as Bowling Green flourished with a healthy membership and plenty daily fee play. So much so that Morrison opened up the sister South Course in 1992. Shorter than the 6,400 North Course, the South Course provided another option for the multitudes of golfers in the area. After Morrison passed, his widow Nellie Mae eventually hired a golf management company to run the day-to-day operations at Bowling Green.

Grottoes Cardinals set to return to the RCBL

HARRISONBURG – It wasn’t a unanimous vote, but the Grottoes Cardinals are coming back to the Rockingham County Baseball League. The RCBL voted to approve the addition of Grottoes to the 8-team league on Monday night during a meeting held at the Rockingham County Administration Center.

Golfing in the Valley — Virginia Oaks

GAINESVILLE — It's easy to overlook Virginia Oaks in Gainesville. After all, of the three golf courses located on Lake Manassas in Prince William County, Virgina Oaks would have to be considered the ugly duckling considering that upscale daily fee Stonewall and the ultra-private and venerable Robert Trent Jones Golf Club are the other the other courses in the flock. Stonewall has won several awards over the years and is usually one of the better conditioned public tracks in Virginia, while RTJ has hosted several President Cup matches and will host Tiger Woods AT&T tourney next summer. But Virginia Oaks shouldn't be overlooked.

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