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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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Fire damages Larkin’s Grocery

EDINBURG — A Shenandoah County convenience store was damaged in a structure fire Sunday, April 24. First responders from six county fire departments arrived at Larkin’s Grocery at 19004 Senedo Road in Columbia Furnace, about six miles northwest of Edinburg, at about 9 p.m. They encountered “heavy smoke conditions” upon arrival, according to Joseph Reynolds, assistant chief of the Woodstock Fire Department. No one was injured in the fire. Shannon Walters of the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue said crews estimated $50,000 in damage to the building and $150,000 in damage to inventory and equipment inside the store.

No delay foreseen in opening new Warren County Middle School despite budget cuts

FRONT ROYAL — When the county's 2016-17 budget was approved, about $204,000 was cut from proposed funds to open the new middle school. Operation and staffing costs necessary to open the school total $1.5 million. With the $204,000 reduction, the county needs to raise about $900,000 of the $1.5 million necessary to open the middle school. County Administrator Doug Stanley and School Superintendent Greg Drescher are both confident the school will be opened by the scheduled 2017 date. Drescher said the $1.5 million will fund personnel and bills for electric, water, sewer and phone. He said the money is needed for the 2017-18 budget year, by this time next year.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-28-2016

Mayor won’t seek a fourth term

FRONT ROYAL — Mayor Tim Darr announced Monday night that he will not seek a fourth term. "I'm just tired," he said in a brief statement at Monday night's Council meeting. Darr said he discussed his plans with his wife Tammy and came to the conclusion that three terms was enough.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-28-2016

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Local Sports

PCHS senior receives MLK Leadership Award

Page County High School senior Cory Hall tasted victory on the football field one time in his varsity career. The Panthers won once in 2009 when Hall was brought up from the junior varsity as a freshman. Since then Hall didn't experience the joy of winning on the field for the rest of his career. But he did emerge victorious in other ways in the Panther blue uniform. In recognition of his hard work, encouragement to others and unconquerable spirit, Hall received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award for student athletes given by the Shenandoah Valley Hit newspaper in Harrisonburg earlier in the month.
02-01-2013

Ehlers named to Virginia High School League Hall of Fame

Father of Luray High School's Athletic Director receives statewide honor in sports
01-21-2013

Lady Falcons pounce on Rappahannock

It would seem logical that Central High School girls’ basketball coach Mallory Skarupa would be pleased with her squad’s 59-17 home win over Bull Run District rival Rappahannock County Wednesday night. But Coach Skarupa saw a number of areas that the team needed to display more consistency.
01-11-2013

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