Page News commemorates 150th anniversary with open house next Thursday

LURAY ― From his office on Luray's South Court Street, Harrisonburg businessman Samuel J. Price published the first edition of what is now the Page News and Courier on March 15, 1867. It was 14 years before the railroad came through Page County, more than 15 years before either the towns of Stanley or Shenandoah were established and 40 years before the Luray Electric Light Plant was completed. In the debut issue of what was then known as the Page Valley Courier, Price gave readers his idea of how a newspaper should function in an 823-word salutatory.  
Page News and Courier /  07-20-2017  

Grottoes lawn party ready to get underway

GROTTOES — The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party gets underway this week and is held from Wednesday through Saturday, July 19-22, at Mountain View Park. Wednesday is Veterans Night, with veterans offered a free meal with valid identification. A kids’ pedal pull competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Southern Grace. Rides begin Thursday, with a $15 armband offering unlimited turns from 5 to 10 p.m. Music guests will be The Hackens Boys. On Friday, an $18 armband allows unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m. with bluegrass music offered by Totally Unrelated. Also Friday, the annual Fireman’s Parade begins at 7 p.m. Lineup starts at 6 p.m. and no registration is necessary. On Saturday, rides will again be available for $18 armband from 5 to 11 p.m., with country and southern rock music from Sean Elliott Jr. and 460 South. Fireworks are planned at 10 p.m.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  

Town seeks to enhance its street improvement efforts

ELKTON — Town improvement efforts soon will be hitting the streets. Troy Shifflett, Elkton’s public works director, told members of Town Council at their meeting Monday night that he’ll put out notices soon seeking bids for Elkton’s fall paving work. The town’s recently approved budget includes $412,000 in state funds earmarked for street work. The plan includes repaving parts of B, C and F streets and East Spotswood Avenue and extending Park Avenue to connect with the turnaround at the end of Roland Avenue. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and interim town manager, said Tuesday that the town had fallen behind on street-paving work until last year. That’s when it spent about $462,000 into sprucing up the streets.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  

New Market receives $400K from Feds for preservation

NEW MARKET – Less than three weeks after launching a fundraising campaign to preserve three local Civil War sites, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation received a major boost from the federal government. On July 5, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the disbursement of $4.2 million to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for preservation efforts at 10 state battlefields. Of that amount, $1.7 million will go to the battlefields foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, with $1.3 million going to the Opequon Battlefield in Winchester and more than $408,000 going to the New Market Battlefield. The state amount was part of $7.2 million in grants the federal government approved for battlefield preservation nationwide.
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County, schools, towns talk economy in Page

LURAY ― More than 60 community leaders gathered Friday at the Mimslyn Inn to talk shop about the county's economic standing and to begin carving out a plan for its future. Organized by Chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors Johnny Woodward, the meeting picked up discussions that began in December 2014, when the county held a two-day strategic planning retreat and reached the goal of initiating a regular forum with the county's three towns. Just more than a year later, Friday's forum included representatives from the towns of Luray, Stanley and Shenandoah, the county, the Page County School Board, the Page County Economic Development Authority and local planning commissions, as well as Luray Downtown Initiative, the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board and the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center.
Page News and Courier /  02-08-2016

Duckpin Alley for sale again

MOUNT JACKSON — Less than a year after taking ownership, two Luray residents are selling Virginia’s oldest duckpin bowling alley. Shannon Freeze, 33, who co-owns Shenandoah Bowling Lanes in Mount Jackson with Jane Rosser, 45, announced Tuesday that they are selling the alley due to health issues stemming from a heart attack Freeze suffered last year.

Strasburg First Responder dies at 26

STRASBURG — Strasburg’s fire department and rescue squad lost one of their volunteers last weekend. Michael Alexander Nixon, 26, died at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 30. No cause of death was given. Nixon was born on May 14, 1989, and graduated from Strasburg High School in 2007, according to his obituary. Jeff Wharton, chief of the Strasburg Fire Department, said Nixon grew up in Strasburg and was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician with the department for five years.

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Luray Wranglers part ways with Coach Bocock

After assuming his new role as president of the Luray Wranglers, Brett Fuller had hoped to continue to steer the VBL franchise in a successful direction.

All-stars take the diamond

Little League all-star play got underway Monday night, with games in several locations in Rockingham County.

Little League all-stars set to play

Little League all-star tournaments begin in the area this week, with local teams from Elkton, Grottoes and Stanley competing for a chance to advance to state tournament play.

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