Six firefighters charged for sex with teen

STRASBURG — Six members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including its chief, were arrested over the weekend as a result of a Virginia State Police investigation into accusations that five of them had sex with a 17-year-old girl. Arrested were Chief Dale R. King, 36, of Strasburg; Nathan S. Hirschburg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew S. Key, 24, of Strasburg; Bradley A. Markin, 21, of Strasburg; Christopher L. Pangle, 32, of Woodstock; and Fabian J. Sosa, 25, of Woodstock. The suspects were detained at different times between Friday and Monday, Sgt. Les Tyler, spokesman for the VSP, said on Tuesday. They have all been charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Tyler declined to say whether further charges are forthcoming.  

Boyce Council bans recording at meetings except with permission

BOYCE — The Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday forbidding residents from making audio or visual recordings of council meetings without prior permission from the mayor or town manager. Council already uses a digital device to make audio recordings of its meetings. The action comes after a resident used a smartphone to visually record a portion of the December council meeting.
The Warren Sentinel /  01-08-2018  

Shenandoah native remembered for lifelong service to town

SHENANDOAH ― The only list longer than the number of community councils, boards, committees and clubs he was a part of is the names of those who were touched by his service. On Thursday, Dec. 28, U.S. “Jack” Rinaca Jr. passed away. He was 92. Sometimes referred to as “Mr. Shenandoah,” Rinaca held roles including Shenandoah mayor and councilman, president of the former Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, president of the Shenandoah High School Alumni Association and the District 5 representative on the Page County School Board.
Page News and Courier /  01-08-2018  

Under contruction? Council receives plans for former town hall

HARRISONBURG — More than 17 months after a flooded basement sparked an inspection that led to its use as Elkton’s Town Hall being discontinued, Town Council members soon could act on an effort to get a better grasp on the condition of the historic Jennings House. At this point, however, it appears likely that it will be at least midyear before Town Council knows what can be done and how much it will cost. At their Dec. 18 meeting, council members received proposals from three architectural firms interested in assessing the structure at 173 W. Spotswood Ave.
The Valley Banner /  01-08-2018  
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Tharpe announces candidacy for mayor

FRONT ROYAL — The first announced candidate for mayor in the next town election stepped forward last week. On Thursday, Vice Mayor Hollis L. Tharpe formally announced his candidacy to replace Mayor Tim Darr, who announced last week that he would not seek re-election. Tharpe, an employee of Holtzman Propane and owner/president of Tharpeís Novelties, was elected to council in 2010 and has served as vice mayor since last year. Before that, he served on council from 2000 to 2004. His current term on council will expire Dec. 31, 2018. If Tharpe were to be elected mayor, he would have to vacate the seat.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-06-2016

Page’s fiscal 2017 budget decreases spending by 2.3 percent; raises tax rate by 2 cents

LURAY ― The county will decrease its spending by about $1.4 million in the coming fiscal year, and local homeowners will see a 2-cent hike in real estate tax. The Page County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the fiscal 2017 spending plan during its work session Tuesday night. Overall, the county's $61.65 million budget ― including schools ― decreases spending by about 2.3 percent from the current $63.1 million budget. The upcoming spending plan is based on level funding or decreased spending by most county departments, according to Page County Administrator Amity Moler. Moler added that if a department increased its budget, it was due chiefly to health insurance expenses.
Page News and Courier /  05-04-2016

ERBC to host roundtable with Chopra

ELKTON — The East Rockingham Business Council is hosting a roundtable discussion with Pham Chopra about his plans for the area at noon on Tuesday, May 17, at Elkton Area Community Center, 20593 Blue and Gold Drive. Chopra, who moved back to Elkton last year from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., after having lived here some years ago, purchased some 16 area properties over the past year for a total of $4,749,750, including the Kite Mansion, historic Conrad’s Store and the Elkton Theatre, among others. Former Town Manager Kevin Whitfield said Chopra purchased 51 to 52 percent of the commercial property in town, according to the April/May issue of Shenandoah Living magazine.
The Valley Banner /  05-04-2016

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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.

Ehlers named to Virginia High School League Hall of Fame

Father of Luray High School's Athletic Director receives statewide honor in sports

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.

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