Risen from the ashes: Randolph-Macon Academy celebrates 125th anniversary

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy will celebrate its 125th anniversary this weekend, but it could owe its continuing existence to a disaster that could have seen the local private school go up in smoke. At the beginning of the Great Depression, the Randolph-Macon System included secondary schools here and in Bedford to go with the all-male Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and Randolph-Macon Womenís College — now Randolph College — in Lynchburg. When the poor economy took its toll, the board of trustees opted to keep the secondary school in Front Royal and close its other one in Bedford.  
The Warren Sentinel /  04-28-2017  

CEO: Local port integral to future of organization

FRONT ROYAL — The Virginia Port Authority is now the largest East Coast railroad shipping facility and the Virginia Inland Port will play a critical role in the organizationís future as it seeks to expand that service. The Inland Port is one of six Virginia Port Authority terminals, with other locations in Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth and Richmond. Virginia Port Authority Chief Executive Officer John Reinhart noted Wednesday at the State of the Port address that each facility must function to make the whole organization thrive. The six facilities move about 220,000 units per month, for about 2.64 million per year, Reinhart said. That is an increase from about 2.5 million last year. At the Inland Port, more than 3,000 incoming trucks generate more than $40 million in annual revenue, said Kevin Baker, director of sales and marketing for Valley Proteins. Its efficiency allows the port to keep up with global trade.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-28-2017  

‘Summertime down South’ - ‘Dukes of Hazzard’-themed event expected to draw more than 10,000 in July

LURAY ― Duke fandom will reign this summer when multiple cast members and countless orange cars convene in Page County for “Cooter's Last Stand.” Between 10,000 and 20,000 are expected for the two-day event in July that celebrates the 1980s hit television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Featuring more than a dozen bands, Civil War re-enactments, wrestling and stunts, the festivities will commence for the first time in Luray, after Cooter's Place made the move from Sperryville to its new home on Route 211 last fall. Following events held each year in locations including Bristol and Nashville, Tenn., “Cooter's Last Stand” will officially end more than a decade's worth of “DukesFest” installments.
Page News and Courier /  04-26-2017  

Council takes first step toward renovating town hall

ELKTON — Town Council voted Monday night to take a first step toward making Town Hall habitable again. By a 4-1 vote, Elkton council members approved spending $21,180 to resolve environmental health issues that forced the town to move its operations to the Elkton Area Community Center last year. Councilman Jay Dean, Councilwoman Margaretta Isom and Councilmen Steve America and Joshua Gooden voted to award the contract to Waco Inc., a Richmond company with an office in Mount Crawford. Councilman Harry Armbruster cast the “no” vote. Councilman Jeff Jones was absent. Troy Shifflett, the town’s public works director, said the building will be healthy to occupy once Waco completes its work, but it might not remain that way.
The Valley Banner /  04-26-2017  
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Robinson remembered for fairness, compassion on the bench

LURAY ― A longtime Page County judge will be remembered by his friends and peers as being “compassionate and brilliant” ― and perhaps above all, “fair.” “Judge Robinson was exceptionally fair,” remembered Luray attorney George Shanks. “He was a towering intellect, and Page County was fortunate to have his presence here and on the bench. We are not likely to see anyone of his stature in the future.” Joshua R. Robinson, a retired Chief Judge of Virginia's 26th Judicial Circuit, died on Monday, April 3. He was 93.
Page News and Courier /  04-25-2017

PAC backs candidates for Shenandoah supervisor races

WOODSTOCK — A new political action committee is raising money to support challenger candidates in Shenandoah County’s Board of Supervisors elections in November. Responsible Leadership for Shenandoah County, which was founded on Feb. 22, has raised $1,300 for candidates running against Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz, according to a statement released by Executive Director Craig Orndorff on Monday. Bailey represents the county’s 4th District, which includes Woodstock. Shruntz is the District 5 supervisor and represents the Toms Brook and Lebanon Church areas. Both were elected in 2013 as independents. The committee’s goal, Orndorff said, is to “restore sanity” to the board and reduce gridlock, particularly over financial decisions.

Strasburg High principal moving to Muhlenberg Middle

STRASBURG — Strasburg High School’s principal will switch schools and grade levels this summer after two years on the job. On April 12, the Shenandoah County School Board approved the transfer of Morgan Saeler, 39, to Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock, where he will become principal on July 1. The School Board also approved the resignation of Mandy Roller, Muhlenberg’s current principal. She will join Hilda J. Barbour Elementary in Front Royal as its newest principal on July 3. Saeler taught seventh grade social studies at Muhlenberg from 2001 to 2007. He has been an assistant principal at all three county high schools and became Strasburg High’s principal in July 2015.

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Local youth wrestlers capitalize on Cage Stage

Several local youth wrestlers performed at intermission during a MMA fighting event.

East Rockingham earns regular season sweep of softball powerhouse Page County

East Rockingham may have one of the inside tracks to a Conference 36 title after sweeping Page County during this spring's regular season.

Luray ace Logan Morrison finds ‘right fit’ at Concord

Luray's Logan Morrison will join other Valley peers on the Concord University baseball roster next fall.

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