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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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Protecting Port Republic

PORT REPUBLIC – Protecting the character of the village of Port Republic was once again discussed last week. The third and final meeting in a series of workshops was held April 7, at the town hall on Water Street. Protecting the “village green,” a .42-acre parcel located on Port Republic Road across from the Port Republic Museum, is one of residents’ goals. County Supervisor Rick Chandler said that one of his family members sold the land to the current owners. According to county records, the parcel is owned by Palo Alto, Calif., residents Peter Pollock and Susan Hansen. The couple purchased the vacant land in 2010 for $66,000.
The Valley Banner /  04-13-2016

Assault investigation costs four Strasburg High contracts

STRASBURG — Four Shenandoah County school division employees in Strasburg had their supplemental contracts terminated late last month due to an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by school basketball players. Superintendent Jeremy Raley didn’t name the employees or their positions last week, but said losing their supplemental contracts doesn’t mean they are fired.

New business could employ about 40

FRONT ROYAL — Williams Brothers Corp. is converting 20,000 square feet of its building on Progress Drive into operating space for AG Laser Technology, a new metal fabrication company. Vice President of Williams Brothers and owner of AG Laser Technology Angie Williams said the metal fabrication could include the manufacturing of widgets and small and large steel products. Metal fabrication includes processes such as cutting and bending pieces of metal. Williams said that AG Laser Technology, which is scheduled to be open in one to two weeks, has a lot of room for growth, and it looks to add numerous employees to operate the machines within the next year.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-11-2016

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Local Sports

Former Warren County track star breaks course record in JFK ultra-marathon

Former Warren County High School and University of Virginia cross-country star Emily Harrison's bid to become an elite marathon runner took another big step forward in last week's JFK 50-mile Ultra-Marathon race.
11-30-2012

Logan, Wolf wrap up collegiate seasons

Two outstanding area high school quarterbacks took different paths after graduation. Both Luray High School graduate Willie Logan and Page County alumnus Dakota Wolf dreamed of playing at the next level. In 2012, after both had patiently waited for an opportunity for two seasons, they finally got their chance this fall. Both, now juniors, made the most of it.
11-26-2012

Lady Bulldogs take second in state volleyball

Luray falls to Auburn in Group A, Div. 1 final at VCU
11-26-2012

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