Shenandoah puts on patriotic best for 20th anniversary Memorial Day Festival and Parade

SHENANDOAH — As it does each year at this time, the Town of Shenandoah will put on its most patriotic face for the thousands expected to turn out for the 20th Anniversary Memorial Day Festival & Parade. A classic car Cruz In on First Street at 6 p.m. Friday serves to kick off red-white-and-blue weekend festivities, which include a memorial ceremony at VFW Avis O. Comer Post 8613, car and truck, tractor and motorcycle shows, and, of course, the parade at 3 p.m. Saturday. Councilman Dave Hinkle, who is co-chair along with Nancy Karnes of the Memorial Day festivities, expected the final parade-entry tally to top 100. Add to that, the car show and all the other events scheduled for the weekend, and, Hinkle said with a chuckle, between participation and attendance, "we'll have more people than we have in the town."  
Page News and Courier /  05-25-2017  

Driver pleads guilty in Remount Road death

FRONT ROYAL — The local man charged in relation to a 2016 car wreck that killed a Front Royal woman pleaded guilty this week to one felony count of reckless involuntary DUI manslaughter. Trevor Bryant Lee, 29, of Front Royal, pleaded Monday in Warren County Circuit Court, according to online court records. He is due in court Sept. 12 for a pre-sentence report hearing.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-25-2017  

Page Memorial Hospital debuts rehab services facility

LURAY ― An old ER has a new purpose in Page County. Local patients receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy services will now be treated at a “rehabilitated” rehab facility on the Page Memorial Hospital campus. Valley Health officials debuted the 7,000-square-foot Outpatient Rehabilitation Services facility during an open house on Tuesday. The facility officially opened last Tuesday. The Valley Health System's latest $1.5 million project includes seven private treatment rooms, one speech therapy room and a 1,200-square-foot central gym area. The facility is located in the parking lot adjacent to PMH, in the only remaining portion of the old hospital, which was constructed in 1999. Renovations to the former emergency department began in November.
Page News and Courier /  05-25-2017  

Future of Elkton’s old town hall remains cloudy

ELKTON — Town staff might not return to the former Civil War hospital most recently used as Elkton’s Town Hall. Mayor Wayne Printz and Troy Shifflett, the town’s public works director, said at last Monday night’s Town Council meeting that the building at 173 W. Spotswood Ave. is in very poor condition. An effort is being made to rid the structure of asbestos and mold. The town moved its operations to the Elkton Area Community Center nine months ago after the first floor of the structure flooded.
The Valley Banner /  05-25-2017  
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Supervisors to form fire, EMS planning group

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors is assembling a strategic planning group to create a long-term plan for fire and rescue needs in the county. The board discussed the group during its work session in Woodstock on May 4, but didn’t decide who would be on it or when it would meet. The planning process will involve meetings among supervisors, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, paid fire and EMS staff and representatives from each of the county’s six voting districts which supervisors will choose, Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass said. Participants will discuss the annual volume of 911 calls for each of the county’s 11 volunteer fire and rescue stations, annual volunteer numbers and other issues affecting service, Vass said. The goal is to create a long-term plan for identifying and funding fire and rescue needs, he said.

Former supervisor lauded for life’s work

FRONT ROYAL — Friends and family members shared anecdotes of a life devoted to family, faith and service Sunday as the Front Royal Women's Resource Center honored former Warren County Supervisor Cliffie "Scottie" Thomson at its third-annual Spotlight on Women presentation. Cliffie Adeline Scott, now known as "Scottie Thomson," was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Glen Alpine, N.C. Friend Vada Timbers described Thomson's upbringing as one of nine children while she sat in a comfy chair a few feet to Timbers' right. "She was immersed in an atmosphere that celebrated strong spiritual persuasions," she said. Thomson shared a few anecdotes of her own, highlighting how she picked up a love of music from her mother, who often played classical or ragtime piano. That upbringing stayed with her years later as she sang in the choir of a church she helped to establish, Rockland Community Church.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-15-2017

Council OKs solar farm construction

MOUNT JACKSON – Last Tuesday, Town Council gave the final green light for preparations to begin for construction of a solar farm in town. Council voted 6-0 to grant a special-use permit to Virginia Solar to construct a 160-acre, 16.65-megawatt farm between Georgetown and Turkey Knob roads. The farm will be built on part of a 712-acre parcel that its owner, Planning Commissioner Robert Whitehurst, hopes to turn into an industrial site. The commission voted 3-0 to recommend that council approve the permit. The farm will generate electricity to be sold to Dominion Virginia Power, which has committed to adding 400 megawatts of solar energy to its grid by 2020. Dominion owns and operates three farms totaling 56 megawatts in Powhatan, Louisa and Isle of Wight counties.

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Turner Ashby’s Bocock returns home with Phoenix

Turner Ashby graduate Kathy Bocock returned to Harrisonburg at the helm of Elon's softball program last weekend.

Third time’s the charm for Front Royal Little League’s Opening Day

Two rainouts later, the Front Royal Little League finally hosted its 67th annual Opening Day ceremony.

Spotswood’s Ouderkirk committs to Mountaineers

Spotswood junior Daniel Ouderkirk will play college baseball at West Virginia.

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