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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Loudoun County planner tapped for Shenandoah County job

WOODSTOCK — A Loudoun County administrator has been chosen to head Shenandoah County’s community development office. Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass announced Bradley Polk’s selection as Director of Community Development earlier this month. Polk, 35, is a staff planner and proffer auditor for Loudoun County. Vass said Polk has also served as the town administrator of Round Hill in Loudoun County and as a police officer in Winchester. Polk is replacing former community development director Brandon Davis, who became the executive director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission in Front Royal in February. Davis had worked for the county since 2008.

Shenandoah County to get FEMA blizzard aid

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County has qualified for federal money to recoup some of the costs of cleanup from the historic January blizzard. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that Shenandoah, Greene and Henrico counties and the cities of Fairfax and Fredericksburg have been added to the list of counties and cities that can receive money for snow costs. Twenty other counties and five cities, including Winchester, have already qualified for such assistance. Neither Harrisonburg nor Rockingham County qualified for FEMA relief.

Hospital’s Wellness Expo provides ‘one-stop shop’ for screenings, health information

FRONT ROYAL — More than 70 health and wellness agencies are lined up for Warren Memorial Hospitalís Community Safety and Wellness Expo, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Warren County High School. Kim Shirley, director of the hospitalís emergency department and co-chair of the event, calls it a ìone-stop shopî for services and programs. "Many people are surprised to learn about all the resources available to help us live healthier and safer, and we bring them together under one roof," she said. Once again, hospital laboratory staff will offer a comprehensive blood panel. It has become a popular feature at the expo.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-15-2016

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Local Sports

Warren County Wildcats’ comeback falls just short

The Warren County Wildcats traveled to Kettle Run High School to take on the Cougars in the quarter finals of the Group AA, Region 2, Division 3 playoffs and saw their late fourth quarter comeback fall just short and their season come to an end with a 24-21 defeat at the hands of the Cougars.

Shenandoah County rivalry to play out TONIGHT

The Falcons of Central take on the Rams of Strasburg in a second round regional playoff game for Group A, Division 2

Luray’s volleyball team headed to state’s Final Four

LHS' Lady Bulldogs face off with Galax in the state semifinals at 12:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 16 at VCU's Siegel Center in Richmond

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