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Six firefighters charged for sex with teen

STRASBURG — Six members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including its chief, were arrested over the weekend as a result of a Virginia State Police investigation into accusations that five of them had sex with a 17-year-old girl. Arrested were Chief Dale R. King, 36, of Strasburg; Nathan S. Hirschburg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew S. Key, 24, of Strasburg; Bradley A. Markin, 21, of Strasburg; Christopher L. Pangle, 32, of Woodstock; and Fabian J. Sosa, 25, of Woodstock. The suspects were detained at different times between Friday and Monday, Sgt. Les Tyler, spokesman for the VSP, said on Tuesday. They have all been charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Tyler declined to say whether further charges are forthcoming.  

Boyce Council bans recording at meetings except with permission

BOYCE — The Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday forbidding residents from making audio or visual recordings of council meetings without prior permission from the mayor or town manager. Council already uses a digital device to make audio recordings of its meetings. The action comes after a resident used a smartphone to visually record a portion of the December council meeting.
The Warren Sentinel /  01-08-2018  

Shenandoah native remembered for lifelong service to town

SHENANDOAH ― The only list longer than the number of community councils, boards, committees and clubs he was a part of is the names of those who were touched by his service. On Thursday, Dec. 28, U.S. “Jack” Rinaca Jr. passed away. He was 92. Sometimes referred to as “Mr. Shenandoah,” Rinaca held roles including Shenandoah mayor and councilman, president of the former Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, president of the Shenandoah High School Alumni Association and the District 5 representative on the Page County School Board.
Page News and Courier /  01-08-2018  

Under contruction? Council receives plans for former town hall

HARRISONBURG — More than 17 months after a flooded basement sparked an inspection that led to its use as Elkton’s Town Hall being discontinued, Town Council members soon could act on an effort to get a better grasp on the condition of the historic Jennings House. At this point, however, it appears likely that it will be at least midyear before Town Council knows what can be done and how much it will cost. At their Dec. 18 meeting, council members received proposals from three architectural firms interested in assessing the structure at 173 W. Spotswood Ave.
The Valley Banner /  01-08-2018  
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Bailey, Shruntz out; Kline in on Election Day

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County voters ousted two supervisors and replaced two School Board members in a wave of change during Election Day on Tuesday. Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz, who represent the 4th and 5th districts on the Board of Supervisors, were denied second terms by challengers Karl Roulston and Dennis Morris, respectively. Shelby Kline, a retired teacher and school principal, beat two fellow opponents to claim the District 5 School Board seat being vacated by two-term incumbent Irving “Skeeter” Getz. The other two seats up for grabs were won by candidates who ran unopposed. While challengers and political novices reigned over most of the ballot, incumbent District 1 Supervisor Dick Neese snuck past his opponent, Karen Kwiatkowski, by 73 votes to earn a fifth term in office.

Valley Health prepares for future hospital in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL — Although a timeline for the construction of a new acute care hospital off Leach Run Parkway is unknown, Valley Health recently took preliminary steps to get ducks in a row through a series of deals with Warren County Public Schools. Valley Health purchased about 150 acres off Leach Run Parkway in 2008 for $2.6 million. Of that land, the hospital may cover about 25 acres. The land is currently zoned agriculture and open-space preservation, and would have to be re-zoned before construction. Valley Health recently received about 0.5 acres of land on the southeast corner of Leach Run Parkway from Warren County Public Schools, which the hospital will use for storm water management and signage. The schools, in return, were given a small patch of land adjacent to Warren County Middle Schoolís track and field.
The Warren Sentinel /  11-10-2017

Phenix edges out Woodward to take supervisors’ chair, Bailey takes reins as school board chairman

LURAY ― The county will see new leadership in the coming year, when two top seats see new chairmen. Dr. Morgan Phenix will take the helm of the Page County Board of Supervisors, while Randy Bailey will take the reins as school board chairman. In Tuesday's general election, Phenix won the supervisors' chair with about 56 percent of Page County voters throwing their support behind the independent challenger, according to unofficial results by the Virginia Department of Elections. Two-term supervisors' chairman Johnny Woodward earned 2,768 votes, while Phenix garnered 3,540, winning the most votes in each of the county's five districts.
Page News and Courier /  11-10-2017

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Local Sports

Football Roundup, 11/10: Seeding holds in big wins for Luray and Central

News and notes from the opening round of the Valley's high school football playoffs.
11-10-2017

Football Roundup, 11/3: Warren County, Central and Luray end Regular Season with Key Wins

News and notes from Week 11 of the Valley's high school football schedule.
11-04-2017

The Price of Cheer: Valley Cheerleading Teams Face Increasing Costs

Luray High School's competition cheer squad isn't the only Valley team struggling to make ends meet.
10-26-2017

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