WINCHESTER — In writing the sweetly nostalgic film, "Rules Don't Apply," Warren Beatty said he relied on his own personal nostalgia of childhood visits to family in Front Royal. The film, released nationwide last week, features the central character, Marla Mabrey, a Front Royal girl brought to Hollywood by Howard Hughes to become a starlet after she wins the pageant title of Winchester's Miss Apple Blossom Festival. She runs into romantic trouble when she falls for a boy she is forbidden to love. Mabrey is played by the actress Lily Collins, the daughter of rock star Phil Collins. Beatty plays Hughes in the film, which he also directed and produced. It is his first film since 2001's "Town and Country" and his first directorial work since "Bulworth" in 1998. The new film premiered Nov. 10 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as the opener for the annual American Film Institute festival.
The Warren Sentinel / 12-05-2016
LURAY — Patrick Carothers, Luray High School graduate and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service, was killed in the line of duty last week. Carothers, 53, lived in Georgia with his wife of 30 years, Terry, and five children. Working as the Deputy Commander of the Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force, Carothers was leading his team on the search for a fugitive on the run from South Carolina on Friday morning, Nov. 18.
Page News and Courier / 12-05-2016
WOODSTOCK — Karen Whetzel, chairwoman of the Shenandoah County School Board, has been named the Valley’s Regional Teacher of the Year by the Virginia School Boards Association. The group announced its four regional award winners during its annual convention in Williamsburg on Nov. 16. The other winning board members are Camilla Washington of Fluvanna County, Scott Albrecht of Manassas and Raymond Kohl of Galax.
The Shenandoah Valley-Herald / 12-05-2016
ELKTON — Town council has approved placing surveillance cameras in Stonewall Memorial Park after restrooms there were found, On Nov. 13 by Elkton Police, to have been extensively damaged. At its meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, council approved $3,200 to repair the restrooms. An assessment needs to be made as to how much individual cameras will cost before they are placed within the park. Elkton Police Chief Aaron Hammer said he “would like cameras to be placed at many areas throughout the park, but I have to wait for the town’s ability to pay for them.”
The Valley Banner / 12-05-2016
Dedication is a word often thrown around in sports circles. Each athlete possesses a different level of dedication. Each coach dedicates a different amount of time and effort to the team. The Shenandoah 12-U All-Stars made dedication the focal point to win the Babe Ruth 12-U World Series in Jenson, Fla. last weekend. They believed in one another. They were never going to be stopped. From the coaching staff down to the 12 girls that suited up in their prideful navy blue uniform each game, there was no questioning the team’s heart and desire to win for one another.
Strasburg came from four runs down in the seventh inning in Waynesboro to win the club’s second-straight Valley Baseball League championship. The Express scored five times in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory to complete a 2-0 finals sweep.
FRONT ROYAL — It was to be a casual late afternoon 9-hole round with some friends for Zach Henry last week at Front Royal Golf Club. It turned out to be an 18-hole round of a lifetime as Henry, a former Skyline High School star, fired an unimaginable 12-under par 58 to set shatter the course record by five shots. "Surprisingly, I didn't feel like I was in the zone, but it may have appeared that way," Henry said. "I gave my best effort on every shot, but I sort of stepped aside and let my instinct and wisdom do most of the work." Henry, who has done well in several state VSGA tournaments and will play in this weekend's Virginia State Open at Ballyhack near Roanoke, had previously shot a career best 65 at Front Royal.