Page News commemorates 150th anniversary with open house next Thursday

LURAY ― From his office on Luray's South Court Street, Harrisonburg businessman Samuel J. Price published the first edition of what is now the Page News and Courier on March 15, 1867. It was 14 years before the railroad came through Page County, more than 15 years before either the towns of Stanley or Shenandoah were established and 40 years before the Luray Electric Light Plant was completed. In the debut issue of what was then known as the Page Valley Courier, Price gave readers his idea of how a newspaper should function in an 823-word salutatory.  
Page News and Courier /  07-20-2017  

Grottoes lawn party ready to get underway

GROTTOES — The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party gets underway this week and is held from Wednesday through Saturday, July 19-22, at Mountain View Park. Wednesday is Veterans Night, with veterans offered a free meal with valid identification. A kids’ pedal pull competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Southern Grace. Rides begin Thursday, with a $15 armband offering unlimited turns from 5 to 10 p.m. Music guests will be The Hackens Boys. On Friday, an $18 armband allows unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m. with bluegrass music offered by Totally Unrelated. Also Friday, the annual Fireman’s Parade begins at 7 p.m. Lineup starts at 6 p.m. and no registration is necessary. On Saturday, rides will again be available for $18 armband from 5 to 11 p.m., with country and southern rock music from Sean Elliott Jr. and 460 South. Fireworks are planned at 10 p.m.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  

Town seeks to enhance its street improvement efforts

ELKTON — Town improvement efforts soon will be hitting the streets. Troy Shifflett, Elkton’s public works director, told members of Town Council at their meeting Monday night that he’ll put out notices soon seeking bids for Elkton’s fall paving work. The town’s recently approved budget includes $412,000 in state funds earmarked for street work. The plan includes repaving parts of B, C and F streets and East Spotswood Avenue and extending Park Avenue to connect with the turnaround at the end of Roland Avenue. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and interim town manager, said Tuesday that the town had fallen behind on street-paving work until last year. That’s when it spent about $462,000 into sprucing up the streets.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  

New Market receives $400K from Feds for preservation

NEW MARKET – Less than three weeks after launching a fundraising campaign to preserve three local Civil War sites, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation received a major boost from the federal government. On July 5, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the disbursement of $4.2 million to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for preservation efforts at 10 state battlefields. Of that amount, $1.7 million will go to the battlefields foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, with $1.3 million going to the Opequon Battlefield in Winchester and more than $408,000 going to the New Market Battlefield. The state amount was part of $7.2 million in grants the federal government approved for battlefield preservation nationwide.
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CPR training pays off for local teens

LURAY ― A group of Page County teens recently sprung to action with life-saving measures during an experience they say was life changing. During a trip last month to Pompano Beach, Fla. the seven teens ― Caroline Suddith, Katherine Spain, Daniel Roy, Elijah Caton, Connor Rothgeb, Matt Cubbage and Shannon White ― stepped up to lend a hand during a medical emergency in the parking lot of their hotel. On June 21, the group was preparing to leave for dinner when they heard cries for help from across the street. The teens ran to a woman yelling for help and arrived to find her husband slumped over in a vehicle suffering from what she said was a heart attack.
Page News and Courier /  07-14-2017

‘Festival of Freedom’ set for Sunday in Elkton

ELKTON — The “Festival of Freedom” will begin at 4 p.m. and last throughout the evening on Sunday, July 16, at Blue Ridge Park in Elkton. The event, which is being held to honor veterans and members of the military, is being hosted by Evangelical United Methodist Church of Elkton. The fest will feature live music all evening, with performers including Tommy Wood with Pony Express and Little Walter and the Convictions.
The Valley Banner /  07-14-2017

Curtis guilty; gets life in prison

FRONT ROYAL — A West Virginia man had no notable reaction when the jury returned a guilty verdict in his Warren County Circuit Court murder case. Clay Marshall Curtis, 64, of Welch, W. Va., was sentenced to life in prison last week for the 2014 first-degree murder of Simon Funk, 42. The jury, which consisted of seven women and five men, reached its verdict Thursday after hearing testimony from more than 30 witnesses and seeing more than 60 pieces of evidence. Curtis also was given a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for use of a firearm in a felony. He was found not guilty on a charge of the attempted second-degree murder of Jeff Sisler. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18, at which Circuit Court Judge Clifford Athey could uphold the juryís decision or opt for a lesser punishment.

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Elkton among biggest Little League winners during July 4 holiday week

Elkton's little league team won a District championship this week, as surrounding area teams were eliminated.

Shenandoah wins 10U Babe Ruth State Championship

Shenandoah's 10U softball team won the state championship in dominating fashion and will play in the Southeastern US Regional next week.

‘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.

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