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Veterans’ memorial planned for New Market

NEW MARKET — A New Market group dedicated to helping veterans is raising money for a permanent thank-you to local soldiers. The New Market American Legion Ladies Auxiliary has received $4,000 in private donations this summer for a black marble memorial commemorating local veterans. Auxiliary member Lisa Jones Hart said the 7-feet-by-6-feet monument would feature the symbols of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army National Guard, as well as the phrase, “This memorial serves as a reminder that freedom is not free.”  

Shooting on I-66 involves Roanoke gunman who killed two news reporters live on TV

LINDEN — The man found shot at mile marker 16 on Interstate 66 Wednesday morning is believed to be the gunman who killed a reporter and cameraman and wounded an interviewee on live television a few hours earlier, State Police said Wednesday afternoon. The gunman shot three people at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, the Franklin County Sheriffís Office said in a release. The shootings happened about 6:45 a.m. during a live broadcast on Roanoke television station WDBJ. The television station identified the deceased as reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27. They were interviewing Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, who also was shot. She had surgery and is recovering, the station said. State Police did not identify the shooter, but WDBJ identified him as Vester Lee Flanigan, a former station employee.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-28-2015  

Hotel Laurance: rebirth of a landmark

LURAY — A million dollar real estate rebirth will take place Friday on the corner of West Main and South Court Street. In 1884, for $2 per night, the Laurance Hotel opened. Next month, the Hotel Laurance will open as an internet-driven boutique lodging establishment with $150-a-night suites. The website will feature in multiple languages. When a $150,000 purchase becomes a $1 million launch in Luray — the entrepreneur must demonstrate staying power and deep pockets. With prior success resurrecting historic hotels, owners Melinda and Rand Kramer of Loudon County believe Luray is on the way up.
Page News and Courier /  08-28-2015  

Maryland man falls to his death while hiking Dark Hollow Falls Trail in Shenandoah National Park

LURAY ― A Maryland man fell to his death Friday afternoon while hiking in Shenandoah National Park. Joseph Yanovich, 66, of Silver Springs, Md., was hiking the Dark Hollow Falls Trail (mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive) with his 15-year-old daughter and her friend, according to park officials,when the pair hiked ahead of him. About 45 minutes later, around 12:45 p.m., park visitors discovered Yanovich unresponsive, facedown in the falls. Bystanders began CPR on tYanovich, who “had no pulse and contusions and lacerations on his head and body,” until National Park Service officials arrived, according to a SNP internal report.
Page News and Courier /  08-28-2015  
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Shenandoah County Fair kicks off Friday

WOODSTOCK — Free grandstand shows, rolling pin throwing and an appearance by a rising country star are some of the new attractions visitors to the 98th Shenandoah County Fair can enjoy this year. The fair opens Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through Sept. 5. General Manager Tom Eshelman said 30,000 to 35,000 people are estimated to attend. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children aged 6 and up, with children 6 and under getting in free. The fair’s headlining acts include Cole Swindell, singer of “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” on Sept. 2, Clint Black on Sept. 3 and Southern rock singer David Allen Coe on Sept. 5.

Elkton plans to take over operation of wastewater facility

ELKTON – Although the lion’s share of last week’s council meeting dealt with the sale of the former Kite properties, a changeover at the town’s wastewater treatment plant was announced. Mayor Wayne Printz said the town plans to take over maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant at 15917 Old Spotswood Trail at a savings of “up to $100,000 a year.” A contract between Inboden Environmental Services, Inc. and the town expires Sept. 9. The town plans to take over operation of the wastewater treatment plant on Sept. 10, Town Manager Kevin Whitfield said. He projects that the town will operate the facility at a savings of $60,000 to $120,000 a year. Over the past three years, the town contracted with Inboden at a cost of $240,000 to $270,000 per year.
The Valley Banner /  08-28-2015

Parents, students stunned as Riverfront Christian School closes its doors

FRONT ROYAL — A week ago, a handful of local students were preparing to start the new school year this week at Riverfront Christian School. They may have been in class this week, but it wasnít at Riverfront. The school, which operated at Riverton United Methodist Church, unexpectedly closed its doors just a week before school started because of low enrollment. It had been open for 20 years. Parents and students were notified via email or Facebook according to one parent, Wendy Boice.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-24-2015

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Local Sports

FOOTBALL: Luray 34, Nelson County 12

Luray 34, Nelson County 12 — The Luray Bulldogs picked up right where they left off in 2014, cruising past Nelson County, 34-12 on Friday night.
08-31-2015

FOOTBALL: East Hardy 62, Page County 18

East Hardy 62, Page County 18 — The Page County Panthers didn’t win a game in 2014. They wanted desperately to reverse the streak in the season opener against East Hardy on Friday night but couldn’
08-31-2015

FOOTBALL: Strasburg 29, Stonewall 6

Strasburg 29, Stonewall 6 — There was speculation heading into the 2015 season that Strasburg would be in rebuilding mode after losing eight seniors from last year’s postseason squad.
08-31-2015

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