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Woodstock names Clem town manager

WOODSTOCK — Woodstock Town Council has promoted Angela Clem to the town’s second-highest seat. Council chose Clem during a special meeting on Aug. 17. She has served as the town’s interim town manager since her predecessor, Reid Wodicka, left to become Bedford County’s assistant county administrator on Aug. 1. Wodicka had served as town manager since 2013, before which he was the president of the Woodstock Fire Department. Clem started working in the town’s Public Works department in 2005. She also worked in the Planning and Community Development department before becoming assistant town manager in 2014. She was born in Fairfax County and grew up near Edinburg.  

Supervisors split on New Market fire chief decision

WOODSTOCK — The New Market Fire and Rescue Company is facing its second leadership crisis in a year as the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors argue over the legality of the county’s soon-to-be fire and rescue chief leading the town station as well. During the board’s regular meeting last week, Supervisor Richard Walker introduced a motion to prohibit Tim Williams from becoming New Market’s chief. The board voted 3-3, with Walker, Marsha Shruntz and Cindy Bailey voting for the measure and Dick Neese, Steve Baker and Conrad Helsley voting against it. Williams, operations chief of the county Department of Fire and Rescue, will become the county chief on Sept. 1 upon the retirement of current chief Gary Yew.

Virginia Air Show cleared for takeoff this weekend

FRONT ROYAL — Planes, a miniature train and automobiles will be some of the attractions to entice motorheads of all ages at the ninth-annual Virginia Air Show. The air show will take off at 7 a.m. with a hot air balloon launch at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport at 229 Stokes Road Airport Road off Rivermont Drive. During a noon ceremony, a skydiver will descend from above with the American flag in tow while "The Star Spangled Banner" plays. The air show is set to feature The Flying Circus Airshow, an aerobatic performance by a crew based in Bealeton. The show also will include static airplane displays and fly-bys by aircraft including gyro copters and a P-51 Mustang.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-26-2016  

I-66 bridge dedicated in honor of fallen trooper

FRONT ROYAL — State Trooper Harry Lee Henderson wore other hats besides the one that went with his police uniform. He was a Scout leader and a father who left an indelible mark throughout Warren County. Henderson was killed on Interstate 66 during a traffic stop in 1987 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer that strayed off the road. Now, when motorists drive through Warren County on the interstate, they will pass over Morgan Ford Road on the Harry Lee Henderson Memorial Bridge. Friends, family members, Boy Scouts, county officials and police officers packed the ceremony hall Tuesday morning at the Front Royal Golf Club to honor Hendersonís legacy and unveil the sign that will preserve his memory.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-26-2016  
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National NAACP chief to speak at Warren-Page chapter banquet

FRONT ROYAL — The president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will address the local chapter at its annual Freedom Fund Banquet. The Warren-Page NAACP this week named Cornell Brooks as its keynote speaker for the chapterís 59th annual Freedom Fund Banquet, which is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 111 Hospitality Drive, off Winchester Road. The theme for the banquet will be "All Lives Matter and All Votes Count," Warren-Page NAACP President A.D. Carter said Tuesday. Brooks, a civil-rights attorney and social justice advocate, became the NAACPís 18th chief executive in 2014.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-26-2016

Page County’s longtime building inspector passes away

LURAY — Kenneth Fox, long-time Page County Building Inspector, passed away last week at the age of 61. "It will be a hard to replace Kenny," said Johnny Woodward, Board of Supervisors Chairman. "I don't know if we ever fully can." According to the Page County government website, a building permit is required for any new construction and additions, remodeling, demolition, swimming pools, commercial buildings, electrical upgrades, changeovers, or repairs. Anybody needing any of those over the last 15 years would need to meet with Fox. He would look at the proposed site and determine if the request was allowed in the town code.
Page News and Courier /  08-24-2016

Snow to challenge Printz in Elkton’s mayoral race

ELKTON — Elkton voters will have a mayoral race to decide come Nov. 8. Former Councilman Randell Snow submitted signatures for both council and mayor in June and had until Friday, Aug. 19, to decide in which race he was going to run. Snow withdrew from the council election on Aug. 18, according to the county registrar’s office, which means that he is challenging incumbent Wayne Printz for the mayor’s seat. Snow’s decision means that incumbents Joshua Gooden and Margaretta Isom will be re-elected and that newcomer Steve America, a Walmart Distribution Center employee and former professional wrestler, will be elected.
The Valley Banner /  08-24-2016

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Local Sports

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.
08-19-2016

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.
08-19-2016

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.
08-19-2016

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