STRASBURG — The Food and Drug Administration has filed a court order against Valley Milk Products in Strasburg, banning the production of all powdered milk as a result of salmonella being found during inspections last summer. A consent decree of condemnation and permanent injunction was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg on March 14. The U.S. Department of Justice represented the FDA in court. The decree means the company agreed to cooperate with the FDA without confirming or denying its allegations. The plant at 412 E. King St. has not produced milk powder since July, and cannot resume until 10 “appropriate corrective actions” are taken to sanitize the facility and ensure that salmonella bacteria don’t reappear in the products or the plant, according to the decree. Those actions include cleaning and repairing all equipment and areas that powdered products touch, establishing a sanitation control program and submitting a set of salmonella monitoring guidelines to the FDA, the decree said.
NEW MARKET — A lifelong Shenandoah County resident has jumped from the golden arches to grant-writing and event planning for the Town of New Market. Amber Dennison, 34, started as the town’s new events and marketing coordinator on March 13. She had been a store manager at the McDonald’s restaurant at 2387 South Main St. in Harrisonburg for 13 years. Former director Brittany Clem left her position in January to join the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department as a program specialist.
WOODSTOCK — Styx will no longer perform at the Shenandoah County Fair in August. The fair association announced the rock band’s cancellation “due to unforeseen circumstances” in a press release last week. General Manager Tom Eshelman declined to say why the near-sellout show will not go on.
FRONT ROYAL — A rare gene mutation has induced tribulations upon a local 4-year-old which would be difficult for any adult to handle. Mason Langlais suffers from a dyskeratosis congentia, which causes an array of medical issues including bone marrow failure. When Ressie Jeffries Elementary School employee Carol Vorous heard about Langlais' diagnosis from his grandmother, Tammy Shell, she knew the family needed help to persevere through these difficult times. So Vorous planned the "Team Super Hero" benefit dinner to help the Langlaises. The dinner will be held 4 to 8 p.m. April 9 at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department at 221 N. Commerce Ave. Proceeds will be used to help the Langlaises with medical bills and other expenses. The benefit will include musical performances by Soldiers of Suburbia, Charlee Allman and Slow Creek. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $12 in advance for adults, $15 at the door and kids under 12 are $7.
The Warren Sentinel / 03-24-2017
The Stonewall Jackson High School senior boys dominated Monday's 24th Annual Augusta Invitational, winning a total of eight events and medaling in many others.
This week the Virginia High School League released the minutes of its joint meeting between the Redistricting and Reclassification Committee and the Ad Hoc Playoff/Postseason Study Group to show the latest progress to move toward a 6A system.
In 1989, Little League Baseball created a Challenger Division, with teams set up according to abilities, rather than age.