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Shenandoah County budget passed despite tax conflict

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors passed the county’s fiscal 2017 budget and tax rate on Tuesday after reversing several decisions it made during the two-and-a-half-hour meeting. The $60.4 million spending plan includes $26 million for county schools, $14.6 million for public safety and $1.1 million for public works. The real estate tax rate will rise from 57 cents to 60 cents per $100 of assessed value. The personal property tax rate will also rise from $3.50 to $3.60 per $100. The budget takes effect on July 1.  

Fire damages Larkin’s Grocery

EDINBURG — A Shenandoah County convenience store was damaged in a structure fire Sunday, April 24. First responders from six county fire departments arrived at Larkin’s Grocery at 19004 Senedo Road in Columbia Furnace, about six miles northwest of Edinburg, at about 9 p.m. They encountered “heavy smoke conditions” upon arrival, according to Joseph Reynolds, assistant chief of the Woodstock Fire Department. No one was injured in the fire. Shannon Walters of the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue said crews estimated $50,000 in damage to the building and $150,000 in damage to inventory and equipment inside the store.

No delay foreseen in opening new Warren County Middle School despite budget cuts

FRONT ROYAL — When the county's 2016-17 budget was approved, about $204,000 was cut from proposed funds to open the new middle school. Operation and staffing costs necessary to open the school total $1.5 million. With the $204,000 reduction, the county needs to raise about $900,000 of the $1.5 million necessary to open the middle school. County Administrator Doug Stanley and School Superintendent Greg Drescher are both confident the school will be opened by the scheduled 2017 date. Drescher said the $1.5 million will fund personnel and bills for electric, water, sewer and phone. He said the money is needed for the 2017-18 budget year, by this time next year.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-28-2016  

Mayor won’t seek a fourth term

FRONT ROYAL — Mayor Tim Darr announced Monday night that he will not seek a fourth term. "I'm just tired," he said in a brief statement at Monday night's Council meeting. Darr said he discussed his plans with his wife Tammy and came to the conclusion that three terms was enough.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-28-2016  
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Fort Stover fire leaving more questions than answers

LURAY — Standing on a dirt and gravel road with the charred remains of what was once a home behind him, Sheriff Chad Cubbage confirmed what many knew for nearly a week. He announced the names of those who died in last week’s Fort Stover Road fire at a Sunday evening press conference. The deaths of William Holloway, 33, and Sandra Holloway, 29, have been confirmed, but Cubbage noted that DNA testing was still being conducted to confirm the identities of the Holloway daughters, Ava, 5, and Elizabeth, 3.
Page News and Courier /  04-27-2016

Getting creative - Village Artisans’ show starts April 28

PORT REPUBLIC – A lot of art has been going on in Port Republic. Now it’s time for the public to see it. That’s the perspective of Port residents, Tamara Gibson, 47, and Sally Smith, 67. Gibson, a botanical and floral artist, and Smith, who makes stained glass and recycled art, came up with the idea to host art shows in their village. They’re doing it through a new organization, Village Artisans of Port Republic. The first art show will run from Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1. All of the shows will be held at the newly-renovated town hall building at 8597 Water St.
The Valley Banner /  04-27-2016

Central HS competing for $10 million grant

WOODSTOCK — A Shenandoah County high school has been named a semifinalist in a national competition to overhaul American public education. Central High School in Woodstock will compete in the third phase of XQ: The Super Schools Project this spring. They are among 10,000 schools across the country who applied for the program and 350 chosen for the third round, or “Development Phase.” The XQ project is a grant contest that challenges students, teachers and administrators to develop and share ideas of what a 21st-century education should look like. Five winning schools will be announced in August. Each winner will receive a $2 million grant each of the next five years to enact their proposals.

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Local Sports

WRESTLING: Beckner will wrestle at Va. Tech

FRONT ROYAL — Two-time 3A state wrestling champion Zach Beckner of Warren County has always set high goals for himself. While dominating his weight class during his high school career as a Wildcat, Beckner's long-range goal was to eventually compete at the highest level in college. Beckner will get that next over the next several years after signing on to wrestle at up-and-coming D-1 Virginia Tech. Once a doormat, the Hokies finished fourth in this past seasons NCAA Division I championships.
04-28-2016

BASEBALL: A field of dreams

STANLEY — A grassy field resting on the side of Aylor Grubbs Avenue in Stanley, sits empty, awaiting the World Series.  Kids from every nook of town are anxiously finishing their daily chores, while making sure the tires on their bicycles are packed with air. Floyd “Bucky” Nauman rushes to get the cows milked so that his parents will let him play.  For this group of neighborhood children, August 29, 1955, has been marked on their calendars for months. It is the pinnacle of a 60-game season, and the final contest between the Shady Grove Dodgers and the Piney Wood Tigers. 
04-22-2016

WRESTLING: Stomping Grounds - Walker brings his passion to the sport

FRONT ROYAL — Many current area wrestlers have likely never heard of the Wildcat Stomp. The stomp used to be the signature rallying cry during Warren County wrestling matches back in the day - in the late 90s and early 2000s. When a Wildcat grappler was on the mat and needed a little encouragement or support, the Warren County faithful would begin stomping their feet in the bleachers. It was a loud and affective device that became well-known throughout state wrestling circles. Beloved by some, hated by others.
04-15-2016

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