Zombie outbreak expected in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL — Any zombie sightings Saturday night should not be taken as signs of an impending apocalypse. Hundreds of walking dead will meander through town streets for the fourth annual Front Royal Zombie Walk. The walk is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bing Crosby Stadium, but founder Roxanne Bauserman encouraged participants to arrive an hour early for socializing and pictures. Although it is free to walk, she asks that walkers provide donations for the Warren Humane Society and Front Royal-Warren County C-CAP. The walk lasts about 45 minutes, starting at Bing Crosby Stadium, across Commerce Avenue, down Warren Avenue, to Chester Street, and finishing at the gazebo. A new aspect this year will be a raffle at the gazebo after the walk. Anyone who donates to both charities will receive two raffle tickets. A food truck and disc jockey will be set up at the gazebo, which Bauserman said gives the event the feeling of a festival.  
The Warren Sentinel /  10-21-2016  

Region endures spate of overdoses

WINCHESTER — At least 16 overdoses have been reported in the region since Oct. 12, including two deaths, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition said Tuesday. Executive Director Lauren Cummings said the concentration of the overdoses in certain areas indicates the incidents may be the result of bad batches of drugs. Eight of the overdoses occurred in Warren County, including two in Front Royal, Cummings said. Seven occurred in Frederick County and one was reported in Strasburg. Including the two recent deaths, the region ó which includes Winchester and Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties ó has seen 24 overdose fatalities so far in 2016, the coalition reported. The recent spate of overdoses comes less than three weeks after Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force agents reported eight nonlethal overdoses in Winchester and Frederick County in the span of just four days. In those incidents, agents said the drugs may have made their way into the region from Baltimore.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-21-2016  

Woodstock seeks ‘refreshing’ of its image

WOODSTOCK — Woodstock is seeking a new look for the future as part of its rebranding campaign. The town sent a Request for Proposals to 15 area graphic design firms on Oct. 13. The request calls for new “images and key phrases to be used for business cards, letterhead, website, wayfinding signage, vehicle decals and other marketing materials.” The Woodstock Enhancement Committee is leading the rebranding effort. Katie Mercer, the committee’s coordinator, said one goal is to change the town’s current motto of “Discover Woodstock.”

SALT partners with TRIAD for senior citizens conference Oct. 27

SHENANDOAH — Spinning off from the success of their annual Spring conferences, The Page County SALT Council is presenting their second annual Fall Senor TRIAD Conference. This year's theme is community awareness and crime prevention. The conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 27.
Page News and Courier /  10-21-2016  
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Murder suspect details evening; Caregiver charged in Lake Frederick woman’s death

WINCHESTER — In a 14-page note written by accused murderer Charlene Moss-Hopkins on the night authorities believe she killed 85-year-old Peg Sinclair, Moss-Hopkins details to Sinclair's daughter the lengths she claims to have taken cleaning up bed clothes, rugs and floors soiled while the elderly woman was ill. Moss-Hopkins, 56, who had worked as Sinclairís caregiver for about a year, was indicted Oct. 6 by the Frederick County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree murder, willfully defiling a dead body and concealing a dead body. Moss-Hopkins, of Berryville, was arrested June 21 after leading authorities to a gravel road in Romney, W.Va., where Sinclairís charred and dismembered remains were recovered.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-14-2016

Cost estimate for police station rises again

FRONT ROYAL — Neighbors of the future police station on Kendrick Lane may get to enjoy some peace and quiet once the station is built, but itís likely to cost town taxpayers about $208,000 more than they had anticipated. Josh Benham of Moseley Associates last week presented Council with its second increased estimate since February, when Council confirmed its choice of a 15,151-square-foot police station, 6,720-square-foot support building and a secure parking area to meet the departmentís anticipated needs for 2040. Two less-expensive options were offered at the time, but Moseley advised they would end up being more expensive as additions became necessary over time. The main building is intended to house the police department as well as the 911 call center. The support building would be used for such things as vehicle and evidence storage. The police department is headquartered in the crowded former Warren County Sheriffís Office at 23 Jackson St., with the chiefís office at Town Hall.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-14-2016

Lasting legacy: Community gathers to remember Coach Chrisman

LURAY ― Hundreds of community members packed the Luray Middle School gymnasium last Tuesday to remember the life of a longtime coach, mentor and teacher ― and to celebrate a lasting legacy. Michael “Coach” Chrisman, of Luray, died on Friday, Sept. 30. He was 64. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Teresa Thomason, and two sons, Cliff and Michael Chrisman, both of Luray. “He was one of those coaches and teachers that never gave up on anyone,” remembered Mary Alice Crews, who had Chrisman as a coach and earth science teacher at Luray High School in the 1980s. “He genuinely cared about every person that he came across.” Dr. Paul Johnson, who also ran track and cross-country in the 1980s under Chrisman's leadership, remembered the coach as “a friend.” “Mike Chrisman displayed unconditional love for an unconditional length of time,” said Johnson. “Mike taught me how to live and he taught me how to endure.”
Page News and Courier /  10-14-2016

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Shenandoah 12-U All-Stars claim World Series title

Dedication is a word often thrown around in sports circles. Each athlete possesses a different level of dedication. Each coach dedicates a different amount of time and effort to the team. The Shenandoah 12-U All-Stars made dedication the focal point to win the Babe Ruth 12-U World Series in Jenson, Fla. last weekend. They believed in one another. They were never going to be stopped. From the coaching staff down to the 12 girls that suited up in their prideful navy blue uniform each game, there was no questioning the team’s heart and desire to win for one another.

Strasburg Express wins back-to-back VBL titles

Strasburg came from four runs down in the seventh inning in Waynesboro to win the club’s second-straight Valley Baseball League championship. The Express scored five times in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory to complete a 2-0 finals sweep.

Golfing in the Valley: Henry shoots 58 at FRGC

FRONT ROYAL — It was to be a casual late afternoon 9-hole round with some friends for Zach Henry last week at Front Royal Golf Club. It turned out to be an 18-hole round of a lifetime as Henry, a former Skyline High School star, fired an unimaginable 12-under par 58 to set shatter the course record by five shots. "Surprisingly, I didn't feel like I was in the zone, but it may have appeared that way," Henry said. "I gave my best effort on every shot, but I sort of stepped aside and let my instinct and wisdom do most of the work." Henry, who has done well in several state VSGA tournaments and will play in this weekend's Virginia State Open at Ballyhack near Roanoke, had previously shot a career best 65 at Front Royal.

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