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NTSB releases details of fatal plane crash

FRONT ROYAL — The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary accident report on a fatal plane crash earlier this month includes details on the moments before the glider tow plane crashed onto private property off Ridgeway Road. Pilot Steven B. Zaboji, 76, of Reston, was killed in the crash. Zaboji was a member of the Skyline Soaring Club, which is based at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport, according to the report. He was towing a glider the afternoon of Oct. 7 in a Piper Pawnee plane. A flight instructor in the attached glider was giving an introductory flight to a passenger, the report said.  
The Warren Sentinel /  10-19-2017  

Inquiry ongoing: Authorities looking into suspicious device that halted Cedar Creek battle re-enact

MIDDLETOWN — Evidence collection continued this week at the Cedar Creek battlefield, where a device that may have been a bomb was found Saturday. Using metal detectors, eight Frederick County Sheriffís Office deputies and two members of the Frederick County Fire Marshal's office examined an approximately 40-yard-long, 20-yard-wide area from about 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday. The area was where a vendor found the device in a vendor tent about 4 p.m. Saturday. It was detonated by state police. The discovery prompted the evacuation of about 2,500 people Saturday. Sundayís scheduled events for the annual re-enactment were canceled, but a private re-enactment of the historic 1864 Confederate defeat at the Battle of Cedar Creek occurred Sunday morning.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-19-2017  

YEP seeks young entrepreneurs

LURAY ― Organizers of a young entrepreneur program are hoping that budding crafters, local business leaders and community members just say YEP. Presented through a partnership between the local school system, the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Hawksbill Trading Co. and Lord Fairfax Community College, Page County's Young Entrepreneur Program is aimed at helping young participants develop and implement business plans. The program kicked during the 2016-17 school year thanks to a one-time $22,596 grant. Local organizers opted to continue the program this school year, raising money to fund YEP through community donations.
Page News and Courier /  10-19-2017  

Revamped Autumn Days on the schedule this weekend

ELKTON — After nearly disappearing as its host organization dismantled, the revived fall arts and crafts festival is back in Elkton this weekend for the 31st consecutive year. The new organizers have made major changes, including moving Autumn Days into the main shopping area and asking businesses for more help to promote Elkton as a year-round destination. The free arts and crafts festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. While arts and crafts sales won’t begin until Saturday, the festival really is kicking off Friday night. Three bands will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. as the vendors set up, providing music in front of Town Hall at 173 W. Spotswood Ave.
The Valley Banner /  10-19-2017  
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Warren County tourism spending increased in 2016

FRONT ROYAL — Visitors to Warren County spent nearly $140 million here in 2016, according to a report released last week by the Virginia Tourism Corp. That figure is up about 3 percent from 2015, when tourists spent about $135.9 million in Warren County. It includes revenue taken from hotel occupancy rates and receipts from restaurants and tourist attractions. That spending netted about $2.8 million in local taxes, $6.5 million in state taxes and supported 1,670 jobs, according to the report. Total payroll from those jobs was about $31.8 million.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-25-2017

Tourism groups get state grants

HARRISONBURG – Four Valley initiatives have received state funding to boost local and regional tourism. On Tuesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that more than $967,000 in matching grants will be distributed to 50 tourism programs statewide as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program. A $50,000 grant will be split among Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, the city tourism office and the city Department of Economic Development. The Shenandoah Spirits Trail received a $36,000 grant to target millennials and baby boomers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.The Passport to a Shenandoah BeerWerks Adventure, a 12-location beer trail featuring all four Harrisonburg craft breweries, received more than $22,000 for cross-promotion of each brewery and advertising outdoor activities. Today’s Shenandoah Valley Takes Flight, a collaboration led by the Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership and the Front Royal-based Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, also received $25,000 for the promotion of the Valley as “an outstanding year-round destination to global visitors."

State OKs regional economic development plan

HARRISONBURG – A five-year plan for economic growth in the Valley focuses on raising and retaining employment in five growing industries. On Sept. 13, the 24-member GO Virginia State Board approved an Economic Growth and Diversification Plan prepared by the program’s Region 8 Council. The council consists of 28 business and industry leaders in the 8th Region, which covers the Valley from Lexington to Winchester. GO Virginia, also known as the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region, was created in 2015 to encourage communities in nine regions of the state to work together to spur economic growth. It operates under the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Region 8 plan calls for increased workforce recruitment and training in five industry sectors that are expected to grow in the Valley during the next five years.

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Local Sports

Football Roundup, 9/30: Harrisonburg and East Rock are Biggest Winners at Valley Classic

News and notes from Week 6 of the Valley's high school football schedule.
10-01-2017

Region 2B golf tournament will have Shenandoah County flavor

Stonewall Jackson, Central and Strasburg will all feature prominently in Monday's regional tournament at Heritage Oaks.
09-30-2017

10 High School teams compete in second Shenandoah Valley Classic

In the second year of the college-hosted event, 10 Valley teams will play a late-September game in James Madison's Bridgeforth Stadium.
09-29-2017

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