GOP to hold firehouse primary Saturday in Page County; Commonwealth Attorney, Clerk of the Court

Page County voters will determine this weekend the Republican candidates for two constitutional offices up for grabs in November. To determine the Commonwealth's Attorney and clerk of the court nominations, the county GOP will hold a party canvass (commonly known as a firehouse primary) this Saturday, April 25. A party canvass is similar to a general election, but is run by a local political party. Any registered Page County voter, regardless of his or her political affiliation, is eligible to cast a ballot. Participants should bring a voter registration card along with a photo ID. Each voter will receive a paper ballot with the names of the candidates, which they will deposit in a secure ballot box. Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Commonwealth's Attorney: incumbent Ken Alger and Charles Butler. Republican candidates for clerk of the court are Mark Dofflemyer, Lori Gochenour and Grayson Markowitz.  
Page News and Courier /  04-24-2015  

Front Royal police consider body cameras

FRONT ROYAL — Town police may soon join departments across the country that are adopting the use of body cameras for patrol officers in the wake of fatal shootings by police in Ferguson, Mo., North Charleston, S.C., and other incidents, most often captured by civilian cell phones. Front Royal Police Chief Norman Shiflett said that his department was looking into the use of cameras worn by officers before last summer's incident in Ferguson.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-23-2015  

Five-month investigation leads to arson arrest

FRONT ROYAL — Police have arrested Tanya Wyvonne Smoot, 45, of Front Royal in relation to four incidents authorities have determined were arson. After a 5-month joint investigation between the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the Town of Front Royal Police Department; Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie and Police Chief Norman Shiflett announced Wednesday that an arrest has been made in a series of arson related incidents, which occurred at 339 and 341 Osage Street in Front Royal.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-23-2015  

Natural gas pipeline group holds open house

SHENANDOAH — Page County Middle School hosted an open house last week for residents to answer concerns about a planned maintenance project of an existing underground natural gas pipeline. The Columbia Pipeline Group brought close to 30 of its staff to convene on the Line WB2VA Integrity Project — a pipeline that was first installed in the 1950s. This pipeline is a 50-mile section starting in West Virginia that enters Page County. Scott Castleman, Manager of External Communications with Columbia Pipeline Group, explained the pipeline project as an upgrade of a current existing pipeline. The modernization program that started about two years ago is part of a five-year program that includes a $1 billion upgrade.
Page News and Courier /  04-22-2015  
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Shenandoah Supervisors keep school leftovers in general fund

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors voted last Tuesday to keep $515,087 of Shenandoah County Public Schools’ fiscal 2014 fund balance in the county’s general fund, denying the school system’s request to use the funds for one-time capital projects. About $411,507 is part of $810,466 in unspent appropriations for that fiscal year that now sit in the general fund. The board approved the re-appropriation of the remaining $398,959 from SCPS’ special grants budget back to the school system.

Mount Jackson industrial site gets approval

MOUNT JACKSON — Despite objections from local residents over possible environmental and logistical consequences, the Mount Jackson Town Council unanimously approved the rezoning of 136 acres of land on Tuesday from agricultural to light industrial for a proposed 712-acre site. Mount Jackson resident Robert Whitehurst owns the land along Turkey Knob Road and requested the change, as well as the annexation into the town of 576 additional acres that he owns in Shenandoah County for the proposed site.

THIS WEEKEND: Redbud Festival

BROWNTOWN — When it started out back in 2002, the Browntown Redbud Festival was a small craft show and plant sale, that drew about 500 people. Now in its 13th year, the festival continues to grow and is expected to attract a crowd three times that size. The festival boasts live entertainment, a car show, petting zoo and Grace – a mule famous for her appearance on the Today Show and a role alongside Robert Duvall in “Get Low.”
The Warren Sentinel /  04-16-2015

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RACING - Shenandoah Speedway announces 2015 racing season; special Wishes 150 Late Model event

SHENANDOAH — Shenandoah Speedway announced the beginning of its 2015 racing season, highlighting its 10th anniversary with the announcement of a special late model race to be held on Friday, April 24. Jeff Thielscher, Managing Partner of Go Live Stream. TV Network, announced at the track Thursday that the inaugural Racing for Wishes 150 would be held at the track at 6 p.m. with pit gates opening at 1 p.m. and grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Among those competing for the $6,000 first prize will be 10-year old Timmy 'Mini' Terrell, who entered six races in the Late Model class last season.

BASEBALL - New Market Rebels welcome new coaching staff

NEW MARKET — The New Market Rebels, and their fan base have always looked forward to the summer Valley League baseball season. This year, the anticipation is even higher as Bruce Alger, team president and general manager has brought in a new, young coaching staff to guide the Rebels to a hoped for championship.

TRACK - Two Luray High School relay teams medal at state indoor meet

LYNCHBURG — The initial Luray High School indoor track team capped off its season with a strong showing at the 2A State Meet held last week at Liberty University. Taking 17 athletes, Luray's girls' 4 x 400-meter relay team and boys 4 x 800-meter relay team both medaled by finishing eighth overall among the teams.

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