Lake Laura to be Drained for Dam Work

BASYE — Lake Laura Dam, also classified as Stoney Creek Dam #9, is one of the state’s top priorities for rehabilitation this fall. The embankment structure at the top of Lake Laura in Basye is due for upgrades after Bryce Resort can drain the lake. Bryce Resort uses water from Lake Laura for irrigation and snow making on its ski course, but Rob Schwartz, Bryce Resort general manager, said the work should not affect those operations.  

Edinburg Tackles Town Debt

EDINBURG — After a presentation by Davenport Public Finance at last week's meeting, Edinburg Town Council approved the financial advisors to seek lending bids on the town’s nearly $2.1 million debt. The firm will craft requests for proposal from lending institutions.

Shenandoah Riverkeeper Intends to Sue EPA

FRONT ROYAL – After four years of hounding the Environmental Protection Agency over a growing algae problem in the Shenandoah River with little success, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble, represented by Earthjustice, has filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA for not officially recognizing the annual algae blooms.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-15-2014  

Former SAAA director spared jail time

FRONT ROYAL — The former executive director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging won’t be serving any jail time following her conviction on embezzlement charges. Last Friday, Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp handed down a sentence for Helen Cockrell calling for three months of limited confinement to her home, six years of probation and 1,000 more hours of community service. Hupp called her crime a “violation of a public trust.”
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Bank robbery suspect captured in Page County

SHENANDOAH ― An armed robbery suspect who fled a Shenandoah bank Tuesday morning is now in custody, according to Page County law enforcement officials. William Lee Arnette, 60, of Culpepper, was arrested at 11:33 a.m. He is charged with one count of armed bank robbery, a felony punishable by five years to life in prison.
Page News and Courier /  08-13-2014

Town to buy Brown’s Restaurant and Bridge Theater for $327,000

LURAY — A triumph for the mayor became a sigh of relief for the owner of Brown’s restaurant in Luray, as the town and private enterprise unite on a deal for the 20,000-square-foot property. On Tuesday afternoon, Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves, along with Town Manager Charlie Hoke, presented a $327,000 offer to owner, Alan Chu, for the 36 West Main Street property. The sale includes the iconic Brown’s Chinese American Restaurant, the Bridge Theater, 25 parking spaces and full rights to the greenway and handicap walkway.
Page News and Courier /  08-13-2014

Shenandoah Teachers Recognized for Agriscience

WOODSTOCK — Two agriculture teachers from Shenandoah County are being nationally recognized this fall, Shenandoah County Public Schools announced Friday. Sherry Heisman and Derek Ritenour are receiving awards from the National Association of Agriculture Educators for efforts.

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Golfing in the Valley — The Golden Horseshoe, A Golden Anniversary

WILLIAMSBURG — I recently had to the pleasure to play at one of my favorite all-time courses once again, The Gold Course at the venerable Golden Horseshoe. Opened in 1963 and designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., The Gold Course is a timeless classic that should be on each and every golfers must-play list. Jones has plenty of great designs to his Hall-of-Fame career, but he called The Gold Course his finest design. And plenty of others whole heartedly agree.

Luray welcomes triathletes Saturday

LURAY — The ninth annual Luray Triathlon arrives Saturday and Sunday and promises to bring the best field ever held for the event. The International Triathlon begins on Saturday with the Sprint Triathlon to follow on Sunday. Both days races begin at 8 a.m. beginning with swimming at Lake Arrowhead.

Golfing in the Valley — 1757 Golf Club

DULLES — The 1757 Golf Club near Dulles Airport has a long and not so storied history. But the end result and proved to be well worth the long wait. Originally to be designed by Jack Nicklaus and named Bear National in 2001, the layout was to be geared toward the multitude of corporate workers jetting in and out of Dulles Airport. That vision didn't work out, thanks to 911 and the soon-to-be faltering economy. The property sit for several years with just six of the original 18 holes laid out.

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