Front Royal selects Magalis as its next police chief

FRONT ROYAL — The town police department has a new leader, as Warren County Sheriffís Maj. Kerry L. "Kahle" Magalis II was introduced last week as Front Royal's next chief of police. He is taking the reins from Bruce Hite, who served as interim chief since May. Hite assumed he interim role when Norman Shiflett retired after holding the position since September 2012.  
The Warren Sentinel /  09-18-2017  

Luray’s Festival of Spring will be different in 2018

LURAY — It was almost scrapped, at least for one year. Facing a number of logistical problems with the planning and location of the 2018 Festival of Spring, Luray Parks and Rec Director Pat O'Brien approached ton Monday nightCouncil last week to request that the event be put on the shelf for one year. “I really think it needs to be put on hold for one year, and then come back bigger and better — rebrand it,” he said.
Page News and Courier /  09-18-2017  

Apple Butter Celebration this weekend at Skyland

SKYLAND — There’s one thing on the menu during Shenandoah National Park’s annual September festival — apples. Creamy apple butter, apple crafts and a special apple menu help celebrate the the park’s history and the culture of the surrounding areas during the Apple Butter Festival at Skyland Resort. This year’s installment of the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature BBQ pork sandwiches with apple cider BBQ sauce; grilled chicken sandwiches with bacon apple BBQ sauce; granny apple cole slaw; scalloped apples; apple cobbler; apple strudel; gala apple wedges with caramel; and hot and cold spiced apple cider.

Council to decide on bids for old town hall repairs

ELKTON — The house that the town’s government once called home could be in for a thorough examination sometime soon. During its work session Monday night, Elkton Town Council members agreed to vote next Monday on solicit bids for an engineer to study the building and find out what would have to be done to make it usable for government offices again. Town staffers were forced from the former Town Hall building at 173 W. Spotswood Ave. a year ago following a flood on the lower level. They’ve been working from the Elkton Area Community Center ever since. Mold-remediation and asbestos-removal work has been completed, but doubts about whether the town can afford to repair the historic structure have left the issue at a standstill.
The Valley Banner /  09-15-2017  
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Region sees bump in 2016 tourism revenue

HARRISONBURG — New marketing initiatives and the opening of new businesses contributed to a nearly 5 percent rise in average tourism revenue in four Valley counties and Harrisonburg in 2016. Shenandoah County reaped $213 million in tourism dollars during the 2016 calendar year, according to a report released by the Virginia Tourism Corp. earlier this month. Rockingham County followed close behind with $210 million, the report said. Page County collected $67 million from tourism in 2016, a 5.4 percent bump from the $63 million it collected in 2014 and 2015. Before that, the county received $61 million in 2012 and 2013.

Former local doughnut shop retools, plans to go national

FRONT ROYAL — Naughty Girls Donut Shop, which began in Front Royal as the realization of a 16-year-old girl's dream, will soon become a national chain. The doughnut shop opened in 2014 in the Riverton Commons and operated there for about two years, co-owner Natalie Ramos said. The owners have since rethought the brand and gained an investment from SNM Global Holdings to aid expansion. A Sterling shop is set to open Oct. 1, with future locations planned for Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Las Vegas, she said. Natalie Ramos described the Front Royal location as a "mom-and-pop shop," but it was really a mother-daughter venture. It began when her daughter Tiana Ramos, then 16, worked as a baker at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. A doctor nicknamed Tiana "little naughty girl" because of her tattoos, Natalie Ramos said.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-13-2017

Governor to visit Fisher’s Hill Battlefield

STRASBURG — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is coming to the Valley on Sept. 19 to celebrate Civil War battlefield preservation. McAuliffe and Julie Langan, director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will be at Fisher’s Hill Battlefield at 1:30 p.m. to announce the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation’s latest preservation efforts, including the complete preservation of the 70-acre Battle of Fisher’s Hill site at Gordon’s Hill. Gordon’s Hill was the site of a skirmish led by Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon. The event is free but registration is required on the SVBF’s website at

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Spotswood grad Mickey Dean hired for Auburn Softball

Mickey Dean, an Elkton native and Spotswood High School graduate, was hired away from JMU to be the next softball coach at Auburn University.

Football Round 9/15: Page County, Fort Defiance show improvement in losses

News and notes from Week 4 of the Valley's high school football schedule.

Football Roundup 9/8: Luray still undefeated after win at Buffalo Gap

News and notes from Week 3 of the Valley's high school football schedule.

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