Valley milk slapped with injunction for tainted milk powder

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.  

Dennison named events coordinator in New Market

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.

Styx pulls out of county fair

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.

Superheroes to the rescue: Dinner planned to benefit boy, 4, with rare bone marrow disorder

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  
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School board talks special ed and SOLs with state reps

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County School Board met with Del. Todd Gilbert and Sen. Mark Obenshain last Wednesday to discuss special education and Standards of Learning assessment reform. The specially called, one-hour meeting came a week after representatives from the politicians’ offices attended a special education forum in Harrisonburg.

Architects to start study on new public safety building

WOODSTOCK — Last Tuesday, representatives from a McLean-based architectural firm outlined its plan for a new public safety facility for the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors. Principal In Charge Jim Boyd, Programming Specialist Melanie Hennigan and Project Architect Patricia Jessee of Grimm and Parker Architects presented possible features for the proposed building, including secure areas for staff and a “welcoming” entrance area for the public. The county announced the firm’s hiring on Oct. 20. Sheriff Timothy Carter said the architects’ job is to “identify current and future space needs, select appropriate sites … and develop a conceptual design and a conceptual cost.” The proposed building would replace the county sheriff and magistrate’s offices on the bottom floor of the circuit courthouse in Woodstock.

Murder suspect rejects deal

WOODSTOCK — An Edinburg murder suspect will stand trial after rejecting a plea agreement that would have had him admit to first-degree murder on Monday. Claude Delmus Shafer Jr., 38, was arrested June 17, 2013, for the killing of Phyllis Henrietta Kline, 64, of Edinburg. A grand jury indicted Shafer on charges of capital murder and robbery on April 16, 2014. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Stonewall boys enjoy huge success at Augusta

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.

Trying to sort out the 6A puzzle

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.

Woodstock-Edinburg Little League Challenger Division

In 1989, Little League Baseball created a Challenger Division, with teams set up according to abilities, rather than age.

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