Warren County officials seek solutions to trains blocking crossings for extended time

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  

Father, son sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Joy Schultz

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  

Police looking for missing elderly man

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  

Whitfield is out as Elkton town manager

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  
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Displaced SNP families to be honored locally

ELKTON – Jim Lawson and others are working to create a monument to honor families displaced due to the creation of Shenandoah National Park. Lawson, 74, an Elkton resident and retired statistician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, got involved in the Blue Ridge Heritage Project three years ago when Greene County officials said they planned to build such a monument. Lawson served as the eight-county project’s first chairman. Although Greene County started the project, Madison County “took the ball and ran with it,” Lawson said. Their monument was built outside a closed elementary school last fall. Madison County’s effort sparked one in Rockingham County, Lawson said.
The Valley Banner /  02-10-2016

Lights, camera, action - Elkton Theatre receives a facelift downtown

ELKTON – In conjunction with his plans for the town, Pham Chopra incorporated a construction business late last year. Chopra established Bright Visions LLC on Dec. 1, 2015, and said the entity replaces Valley Construction, a business he owned previously. Chopra, who moved back to Elkton last year from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., after having lived here years ago, purchased some 15 area properties last year for a total of more than $4.7 million. Among the area properties Chopra purchased was the historic Elkton Theatre, which was last used in July 1987.
The Valley Banner /  02-10-2016

Colorado secretary of state returns to ‘political home’

FRONT ROYAL — Anybody can make a difference in life if they get involved, put forth the effort and remain persistent. Wayne W. Williams learned that lesson in the halls of Warren County High School — today's Warren County Middle School — and applies it in the halls of the Colorado State Capitol. The Colorado secretary of state will return to Front Royal to speak at the Warren County Republicans' Lincoln Day dinner on Feb. 12. Williams, as a Colorado state official, said he has delivered keynote speeches at several Lincoln Day dinners and other events. He frequently draws upon his Front Royal roots.
The Warren Sentinel /  02-08-2016

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Cycling booming in Page County

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.

Nothing short of a miracle: Luray basketball standout making a mark after tragic fire

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.

Hall of Fame selects two new inductees

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.

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