Battle of New Market this weekend

NEW MARKET — Visitors to the 153rd Battle of New Market re-enactment will see more horses and a more complete version of the conflict this weekend. The event, to be held on Saturday and Sunday at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, recalls the May 15, 1864 Civil War battle during which 257 cadets from the Virginia Military Institute assisted Confederate troops in temporarily preventing Union forces from claiming the Shenandoah Valley. About 1,400 Union and Confederate soldiers were casualties of the battle, including 10 cadets. Demonstrations of home front life will be held at the Bushong Farm at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. An artillery demonstration on the park grounds and a lecture on the battle in the museum start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.  

Attorney challenges Dollar General vote

BASYE — A Woodstock attorney is challenging a decision by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to rezone a parcel of land in Basye for a Dollar General store. According to County Attorney Jason Ham, attorney Bradley Pollack claims that Tom Brice, who owns a condominium at 456 The Hill Road, was not made aware of a public hearing on the rezoning, which supervisors held before taking a vote during its April 25 regular meeting. The board voted, 4-2, to rezone the 1.6-acre parcel at 1460 Orkney Grade from high-density residential to general business.

Mimslyn Inn garners state recognition during May’s Business Appreciation Month

LURAY ― Anyone rolling into the downtown district knows about the mansion on the hill. Towering on a high knoll on West Main Street, the 1931 Southern-style inn can't be missed. When the Mimslyn Inn was built in the midst of the Great Depression, many questioned the optimism of the endeavor. It emerged as a destination for well-to-do Washingtonians (including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1936) and spectators who would catch a train headed for the Shenandoah Valley and luxury in Luray. Fast forward 74 years when the Asam Family purchased the fraying inn to restore it to its former grandeur, many may have also questioned the endeavor. At the time of the purchase in 2005, the 45-room Mimslyn Inn generated $268,000 in annual sales, according to the hotel's general manager Jim Sims. Last year, the property generated $3 million.
Page News and Courier /  05-17-2017  

Supervisors to form fire, EMS planning group

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors is assembling a strategic planning group to create a long-term plan for fire and rescue needs in the county. The board discussed the group during its work session in Woodstock on May 4, but didn’t decide who would be on it or when it would meet. The planning process will involve meetings among supervisors, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, paid fire and EMS staff and representatives from each of the county’s six voting districts which supervisors will choose, Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass said. Participants will discuss the annual volume of 911 calls for each of the county’s 11 volunteer fire and rescue stations, annual volunteer numbers and other issues affecting service, Vass said. The goal is to create a long-term plan for identifying and funding fire and rescue needs, he said.
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Front Royal applies for Main Street program

FRONT ROYAL — Front Royal recently submitted an application to become part of the Virginia Main Street Program with a goal of creating a more vibrant and attractive downtown area. The national Main Street program — called Main Street America — began in 1980, and has worked with more than 2,000 communities across the country to address the decline of traditional downtown neighborhoods. Seven other towns in Virginia applied for the program, and three will be selected. If the town is not accepted into the program this year, it can reapply in two years.
The Warren Sentinel /  11-19-2015

Warren County Sheriff’s office accreditation renewed

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Sherriffís Office recently went through the strenuous process of getting the departmentís state accreditation renewed for the third time. Out of about 400 law enforcement agencies in Virginia, only 92 have received accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
The Warren Sentinel /  11-19-2015

Regional commission seeking a new director

FRONT ROYAL — The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission is looking for a new executive director after Martha Shickle announced last week that she will be leaving the post. Shickle, who has been the executive director since May 2011, will step down on Dec. 11 to become the executive director of the Richmond Regional Planning District in Chesterfield.
The Warren Sentinel /  11-19-2015

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Local Sports

East Rock falls in the eighth

After squandering several scoring chances in earlier innings, Broadway’s K.K. Richardson made sure the Gobblers did not waste a golden opportunity in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Architect of a champion

Shenandoah's Comer started building early

East Rock wins the state title

Although trailing 7-0 in the opening moments of Friday’s Group A, Division 1 girls basketball championship game at VCU’s Siegel Center, the faces of the starters on the East Rockingham squad revealed little, if any, concern.
The Valley Banner /  03-16-2012

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