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Bailey, Shruntz out; Kline in on Election Day

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County voters ousted two supervisors and replaced two School Board members in a wave of change during Election Day on Tuesday. Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz, who represent the 4th and 5th districts on the Board of Supervisors, were denied second terms by challengers Karl Roulston and Dennis Morris, respectively. Shelby Kline, a retired teacher and school principal, beat two fellow opponents to claim the District 5 School Board seat being vacated by two-term incumbent Irving “Skeeter” Getz. The other two seats up for grabs were won by candidates who ran unopposed. While challengers and political novices reigned over most of the ballot, incumbent District 1 Supervisor Dick Neese snuck past his opponent, Karen Kwiatkowski, by 73 votes to earn a fifth term in office.  

Valley Health prepares for future hospital in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL — Although a timeline for the construction of a new acute care hospital off Leach Run Parkway is unknown, Valley Health recently took preliminary steps to get ducks in a row through a series of deals with Warren County Public Schools. Valley Health purchased about 150 acres off Leach Run Parkway in 2008 for $2.6 million. Of that land, the hospital may cover about 25 acres. The land is currently zoned agriculture and open-space preservation, and would have to be re-zoned before construction. Valley Health recently received about 0.5 acres of land on the southeast corner of Leach Run Parkway from Warren County Public Schools, which the hospital will use for storm water management and signage. The schools, in return, were given a small patch of land adjacent to Warren County Middle Schoolís track and field.
The Warren Sentinel /  11-10-2017  

Phenix edges out Woodward to take supervisors’ chair, Bailey takes reins as school board chairman

LURAY ― The county will see new leadership in the coming year, when two top seats see new chairmen. Dr. Morgan Phenix will take the helm of the Page County Board of Supervisors, while Randy Bailey will take the reins as school board chairman. In Tuesday's general election, Phenix won the supervisors' chair with about 56 percent of Page County voters throwing their support behind the independent challenger, according to unofficial results by the Virginia Department of Elections. Two-term supervisors' chairman Johnny Woodward earned 2,768 votes, while Phenix garnered 3,540, winning the most votes in each of the county's five districts.
Page News and Courier /  11-10-2017  

New EACC director hired; police chief search continues

ELKTON — Elkton’s search for a police chief is expected to continue into next month, at least, but a new director for the Elkton Area Community Center is in place. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and acting town manager, said Tuesday that 17 people have applied to lead the Elkton Police Department. Elkton’s Personnel Committee has called a meeting for Nov. 21 to narrow the list of candidates to be interviewed by members of Town Council. Aaron Hammer resigned as the town’s police chief in early October to accept a deputy’s position with the Page County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Junior Kite was appointed interim chief by Town Council in accordance with the Town Charter.
The Valley Banner /  11-10-2017  
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Supervisors ask staff to create noise ordinance

HARRISONBURG — It may be difficult, but Rockingham County officials will take a swing at noise regulations. The Board of Supervisors directed staff to craft a noise ordinance at its meeting last Wednesday. The county has no ordinance regulating noise, leaving deputies with no choice but to try to mediate disputes when complaints are made. Janet Brady, who requested the ordinance, told the board about issues she’s faced at her McGaheysville property. Brady said one neighbor played music and karaoke on “stadium speakers” and another is target shooting on weekends.
The Valley Banner /  11-03-2017

Neon lights and frights: DarkWood debuts 3D mind maze in 17th season

LURAY — The subjects are menacing, but before it goes dark, under bright house lights, it's almost cheerful ― bursts of colors and florescent swirls. It all changes when the lights go out just before 7 p.m. and the monsters depicted on the walls and the actors who portray them come alive behind a pair of 3D glasses. DarkWood Manor's latest attraction invites viewer's to enter the mind of a mad scientist. A few hours before showtime, a group of actors meanders outside Luray's Halloween attraction, sitting on hay bales and awaiting a Domino's delivery driver. For the actors who will soon take to the makeup chair to become unrecognizable, it's the fun of fear that lures them here but the camaraderie that keeps them coming back.
Page News and Courier /  10-26-2017

SVBF aims to protect local battlefields

HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is working to protect nearly 1,600 acres on land bordering the Cross Keys and Port Republic battlefields in Rockingham County. Last week, the foundation applied for about $12 million in funding through the Du-Pont-Waynesboro Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement. The money would pay landowners for conservation easements to protect the historic land. DuPont, a company that once operated a textile manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, is required to pay about $42 million for restoration projects after the facility poured mercury into the South River. Conservation easements restrict what can be done on properties, said John Hutchinson, director of conservation for the battlefields foundation.
The Valley Banner /  10-26-2017

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Local Sports

Harrisonburg QB a Frontrunner for Valley’s Offensive Player of the Year

A.C. White has as good a chance as anyone to come away with the Valley District's most prominent hardware for offensive players.
10-12-2017

Football Roundup, 10/6: Luray and Central win Massive District Showdowns

News and notes from week 7 of the high school football schedule.
10-06-2017

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

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