‘Cooter’s Last Stand’ expected to draw 20,000

LURAY ― Duke fandom will descend on the Valley this weekend when 20,000 visitors from almost every state and beyond convene in Page County for “Cooter's Last Stand.” As of Monday, 17,300 tickets had been sold for the two-day event that celebrates the 1980s hit television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” according to event organizer Alma Viator. With a final “push” in sales expected in the days leading up to the event, Viator said a count of 20,000 is likely between Saturday and Sunday. Event-goers will head out from 42 states and 11 countries for what is being billed as the final installment in more than the decade-long “DukesFest” series. Previous events have been held in Bristol and Nashville, Tenn., as well as Rappahannock County.  
Page News and Courier /  07-27-2017  

‘No ‘likker,’ no cussin’ and no fightin’

LURAY ― When “Cooter” makes his “last stand” this weekend, it will go down in the Hazzard County history books as the final installment in more than a decade-long series of events in celebration of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” According to county officials, it will go down in local chapters as the biggest two-day event in the known history of Page County. On Monday morning a few miles out from Cooter's in the Valley on Route 211, traffic signs are already alerting drivers to expect delays on Saturday and Sunday. With 20,000 expected ― and the potential for the final turnout to exceed that estimate ― Page County's highways and byways, motels and hotels and eateries and shops are expected to see visitors at all-time high volumes.
Page News and Courier /  07-27-2017  

Police chief to retire after 11 years

STRASBURG — Strasburg’s police chief will retire in January after 11 years in his post. Tim Sutherly, 49, announced his departure during the July 11 council meeting. He joined the Strasburg Police Department as chief in January 2007 after spending 17 years with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Sutherly has worked in law enforcement for 32 years. He served as a law enforcement specialist in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1990 before joining Warren County.

Finally, church gets running water

FRONT ROYAL — One of the county's oldest churches has finally been blessed with running water. Green Valley Baptist Church members have been ecstatic since the May installation of a pump-and-go system. "We're happy to be in the community and to try and make as big of difference and impact as we can, and we'd love to have folks come and visit with us," Pastor Tim Kirchoff said. The church is located near the McKay House, which dates to 1700s, and is the countyís oldest property. There has always been a chapel or church on that site, Kirchoff said. The current building, previously a Methodist church, was built in the 1800s and bought by Green Valley in 1986. Plans to install water have floated about since 1993, when the church paid a tap fee. For one reason or another, the church never tapped into the town water system and the town refunded the fee plus interest, Kirchoff said.
The Warren Sentinel /  07-25-2017  
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ALICE: ‘The new face of poverty’ — United Way report documents plight of working poor

FRONT ROYAL — It's not exactly news to most Warren County residents that many of their neighbors work full time and still have trouble making ends meet. However, we can now quantify that number — about 49 percent of Front Royal households and 27 percent of households countywide — thanks to a study released Tuesday by the Front Royal-Warren County and Northern Shenandoah Valley United Way chapters. Combined with the 10 percent of Warren County households living in poverty, about 37 percent of county households have some kind of continuing struggle to get by.
The Warren Sentinel /  07-21-2017

Page News commemorates 150th anniversary with open house next Thursday

LURAY ― From his office on Luray's South Court Street, Harrisonburg businessman Samuel J. Price published the first edition of what is now the Page News and Courier on March 15, 1867. It was 14 years before the railroad came through Page County, more than 15 years before either the towns of Stanley or Shenandoah were established and 40 years before the Luray Electric Light Plant was completed. In the debut issue of what was then known as the Page Valley Courier, Price gave readers his idea of how a newspaper should function in an 823-word salutatory.
Page News and Courier /  07-20-2017

Grottoes lawn party ready to get underway

GROTTOES — The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party gets underway this week and is held from Wednesday through Saturday, July 19-22, at Mountain View Park. Wednesday is Veterans Night, with veterans offered a free meal with valid identification. A kids’ pedal pull competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Southern Grace. Rides begin Thursday, with a $15 armband offering unlimited turns from 5 to 10 p.m. Music guests will be The Hackens Boys. On Friday, an $18 armband allows unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m. with bluegrass music offered by Totally Unrelated. Also Friday, the annual Fireman’s Parade begins at 7 p.m. Lineup starts at 6 p.m. and no registration is necessary. On Saturday, rides will again be available for $18 armband from 5 to 11 p.m., with country and southern rock music from Sean Elliott Jr. and 460 South. Fireworks are planned at 10 p.m.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017

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