Meals tax, water rates rise; cigarette tax hike nixed

ELKTON — Town Council voted last Monday to raise Elkton’s meals tax and its water and sewer rates in support of the $5.66 million budget it unanimously passed for fiscal year 2018 but held off on plans to raise its tariff on cigarettes. And within hours — after most people had headed home as the panel entered executive session — council members emerged from a closed meeting and set the town employee pay raise at 2.5 percent, half the amount originally budgeted in the budget for raises. Wayne Printz, Elkton’s mayor and acting town manager, had proposed for an average 5 percent raise. Printz said last Tuesday morning that the pay hike was sliced in a vote following the closed session.  
The Valley Banner /  06-28-2017  

School division building internship program

WOODSTOCK — Officials with Shenandoah County Public Schools are partnering with county businesses to develop an internship program for high school students to fulfill a state mandate on student career readiness. School officials hope to offer internship, mentorship and job shadowing opportunities to students in an expansion of similar existing programs at Central High School and the Triplett Tech vocational school, Assistant Superintendent Ebbie Linaburg said on Tuesday. “We’re looking to provide them on a more global basis,” she said. SCPS officials have spoken with Valley Health, the Shenanodah Publishing House in Strasburg, the Pollywog Place day care centers in Woodstock and Strasburg and the Bowman Andros fruit processing plant in Mount Jackson about participating in the program, Linaburg said.

Teen avoids more jail in bomb-hoax case

FRONT ROYAL — The teen accused of placing a hoax bomb at Warren County High School pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court. Caleb Daniel Sutphin, 18, of the 200 block of Deerhaven Road, admitted to placing a hoax bomb in one of the schoolís bathrooms. Per a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Clifford Athey Jr. gave Sutphin a one-year suspended sentence, with credit for 18 days spent in jail, and a year of probation.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-23-2017  

Official: Girl rescued while tubing on river

BOYCE — A girl tubing on the Shenandoah River in Clarke County with her family on Sunday afternoon had to be pulled from the water when ìshe got caught up by the current,î Clarke County Fire and EMS Director Brian Lichty said. After being rescued by family members and bystanders, she was taken to Winchester Medical Center, Lichty said. Her condition was not believed to be life-threatening.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-23-2017  
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Shifflett handed down life, plus 45 years for his role in the shooting of a pregnant woman

LURAY ― For his involvement in the shooting of a pregnant woman, a 22-year-old Page County man will serve the next 15 years in prison. The sentence was handed down last Wednesday in Page County Circuit Court to Raymond Lee Shifflett, who prosecutors said throughout court proceedings was not the triggerman during the April 2016 shooting of a pregnant 20-year-old. Last month Judge Clark Ritchie handed down two life sentences without parole, plus 41 years, to Matthew David Furlow, 27. Prosecutors throughout his court proceedings maintained that Shifflett was recruited as a pawn and manipulated by Furlow before, during and even after the April 3 and April 4, 2016 shooting. The victim, Ellen Piepenbrink, who along with her child survived, testified that Furlow shot her twice in the head, knowing she was pregnant with his child.
Page News and Courier /  06-23-2017

Luray accepting applications for interim town manager

LURAY ― The town is seeking an interim manager to, at least temporarily, fill in following the retirement of its current town manager next month. In May, four-year Luray Town Manager Charlie Hoke tendered his notice of retirement. His last day will be July 31. Depending on a candidate's qualifications and education, the interim position's annual salary is advertised starting at $60,000 and up to $85,000. The six-member Luray Council, who will appoint the top position, is seeking candidates with “strong administrative and financial management skills.”
Page News and Courier /  06-23-2017

Shen Co Chamber program aims to train new leaders

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program to train the next generation of county leaders. Leadership Shenandoah County, which the chamber announced on June 7, is a nine-month series of classes that will teach students about major facets of the county’s government and economy, and how to resolve problems within them. The program opens with an orientation session and retreat on Sept. 8, followed by the first class on agriculture and tourism on Sept. 22. Each subsequent class takes place on the second Friday of the month from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics include education, health care, public safety, local and state government, business and industry and nonprofits. Tuition costs $250 for all seven classes, the retreat and the graduation session on April 13, 2018.

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‘A Fitting End’ for Luray softball coach Charlie Turner

After guiding Luray softball to its first-ever state tournament game, Charlie Turner is ready to step away from the program.

Armstrong’s debut powers win for Bridgewater in RCBL

Turner Ashby baseball coach Andrew Armstrong made his season debut for Bridgewater, pitching five innings and earning the win in the Reds’ 12-4 triumph over Elkton in a Rockingham County Baseball League game Sunday at Ray Heatwole Field.

Christendom College wins first rugby national championship

The Christendom College Crusaders rugby team won the school’s first-ever national championship last Sunday in Philadelphia with a thrilling 24-19 overtime win over St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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