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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.

Brews and Blues festival to feature dozens of breweries

FRONT ROYAL — Local and regional brewers and musicians will be featured Saturday at the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce's eighth-annual Brew and Blues Festival. About 55 beers will be featured, including selections from Virginia breweries and more well-known national brands, according to Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster. The beer samplings will be accompanied by performances from Hypnotic Willie and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils. Drinking is not necessary to enjoy the day, Foster said. There will also be yard games such as corn hole, myriad of food selections and 40 vendors. The festival is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. in the Village Commons and on Chester Street. While a portion of Chester Street will be closed to traffic, Main Street will remain open.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-22-2017  
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Luray’s Festival of Spring will be different in 2018

LURAY — It was almost scrapped, at least for one year. Facing a number of logistical problems with the planning and location of the 2018 Festival of Spring, Luray Parks and Rec Director Pat O'Brien approached ton Monday nightCouncil last week to request that the event be put on the shelf for one year. “I really think it needs to be put on hold for one year, and then come back bigger and better — rebrand it,” he said.
Page News and Courier /  09-18-2017

Apple Butter Celebration this weekend at Skyland

SKYLAND — There’s one thing on the menu during Shenandoah National Park’s annual September festival — apples. Creamy apple butter, apple crafts and a special apple menu help celebrate the the park’s history and the culture of the surrounding areas during the Apple Butter Festival at Skyland Resort. This year’s installment of the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature BBQ pork sandwiches with apple cider BBQ sauce; grilled chicken sandwiches with bacon apple BBQ sauce; granny apple cole slaw; scalloped apples; apple cobbler; apple strudel; gala apple wedges with caramel; and hot and cold spiced apple cider.

Council to decide on bids for old town hall repairs

ELKTON — The house that the town’s government once called home could be in for a thorough examination sometime soon. During its work session Monday night, Elkton Town Council members agreed to vote next Monday on solicit bids for an engineer to study the building and find out what would have to be done to make it usable for government offices again. Town staffers were forced from the former Town Hall building at 173 W. Spotswood Ave. a year ago following a flood on the lower level. They’ve been working from the Elkton Area Community Center ever since. Mold-remediation and asbestos-removal work has been completed, but doubts about whether the town can afford to repair the historic structure have left the issue at a standstill.
The Valley Banner /  09-15-2017

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Local Sports

Football Roundup 9/8: Luray still undefeated after win at Buffalo Gap

News and notes from Week 3 of the Valley's high school football schedule.
09-09-2017

Warren County Impresses at Central Invitational

Warren County cross country got a strong performance out of a shorthanded group at the Central invitational.
09-05-2017

Johnson, JMU Dump East Carolina, 34-14

Reigning FCS Champion JMU opened its 2017 season with a win over FBS Carolina
09-03-2017

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