FRONT ROYAL — Trains passing through town at Rockland Road, Ashley Station Road and Fairground Road have recently blocked traffic for more than 30 minutes on several occasions. Sheriff Daniel McEathron said track crossings being closed causes a potential issue for fire trucks and rescue vehicles that may need to cross. He added there has not yet been an instance where a train passing through town has delayed emergency vehicles. School Board member Doug Rosen brought the issue up at a recent board meeting and said that school buses have been stopped for about 40 minutes several times recently at train crossings.
The Warren Sentinel / 02-11-2016
LURAY ― The father and son found guilty in October of the brutal slaying of a Shenandoah woman will spend the rest of their lives in prison. George Schultz, 55, and his son, George Schuppan, 25, were sentenced on Monday in Page County Circuit Court for the murder of 51-year-old Joy Schultz ― Schultz's wife and Schuppan's stepmother. Donning bulletproof vests, the pair appeared solemn before Judge Clark Ritchie, who said that he would uphold the jury's sentencing recommendations for each of the convictions.
Page News and Courier / 02-11-2016
LURAY — The Virginia State Police issued a Senior Alert for Leonard Charles Fox, 73, who was last seen Sunday evening on Horsepen Road in Luray. Fox is listed as 5'5" and 233 lbs, with brown eyes and gray/black hair. He could be operating a green 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck, with a license number ZVY-3503. The police report states that Fox has a "cognitive impairment and the disappearance poses a credible threat to his safety."
Page News and Courier / 02-11-2016
ELKTON — Kevin Whitfield is no longer Elkton’s town manager. Whitfield said he resigned from the position, but Town Attorney Nathan Miller said council fired Whitfield on Friday, effective at 5 p.m. that day. Miller declined to say whether Whitfield submitted his resignation before he was fired. Council made the decision Friday afternoon following an emergency meeting. Whitfield said he submitted his resignation on Jan. 25 – two weeks before he was fired – and gave a departure date of March 31.
The Valley Banner / 02-10-2016
LURAY — Cycling is booming in the area. And the economic impacts are being felt. Last week, Page Valley Cycling announced that its 2015 events had a significant positive economic impact for businesses and community organizations in the county, with about 1,900 bike racers, family and friends generating around $220,000 in revenue on food, merchandise and lodging last year. The 2015 events included the Tour of Page County Stage Race, Shenandoah Time Trail, Shenandoah Speedway Criterium, Page Valley Road Race and the Luray Caverns CX bicycle races.
LURAY — Junior basketball player Cassie Weakley has a vivid recollection of June 24. She remembers her parents yelling “Cassie, get up! Fire! Fire!” She remembers it was around 4 a.m. She remembers opening her bedroom door but only seeing a haze of thick, black smoke. She remembers feeling her way to her bedroom window and looking down at her dad in the yard, three stories below. “I asked my dad what to do,” Weakley said. “I told him that I don't want to die.” There is only one memory from that night that Weakley recalls, but can't explain.
FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County High School - Lawrence Sweeney Shiflett Athletic Hall of Fame committee announced two new members to be inducted this Friday prior to the start of the Skyline-Warren County boys varsity basketball game. Alphonso Rozier Jordan (1981) and Michelle Erin Beardmore (2004) are the two new athletes to join the current 46 members and two teams in the hall.