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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Page County man charged in connection with shooting 61-year-old roommate

SHENANDOAH ― A Page County man is being held without bond after allegedly shooting his 61-year-old roommate. Travis Allen Grimsley, 26, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, discharge of a firearm in an occupied dwelling and reckless handling of a firearm. The shooting occurred at 1:46 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, at 1772 Comertown Road near Shenandoah.
Page News and Courier /  04-08-2016

Remembering life on the mountain

ELKTON – Ken Shifflet remembers growing up on the mountain near Simmons Gap. He was six years old when his mother screamed, “The park people are coming!” That was Dec. 5, 1935. “They told my parents to move or they would be set in the road,” he remembered. The next day, his family moved to a vacant house in Nortonsville in Albemarle County and Shifflet’s father, Ambrose, and his brother, Otto, drove their farm animals down the mountain. When his father and brother returned on Dec. 7 to retrieve the rest of the family’s belongings, the house was burning. The “park people” had set it ablaze. Shifflet, 87, has been telling his story about forced relocation from what became Shenandoah National Park for several years now.
The Valley Banner /  04-08-2016

Harness racing, betting coming to Woodstock

WOODSTOCK — Whether it’s the bobtail nag or the bay, horse lovers will be able to bet on harness races at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds starting this year. The Virginia Equine Alliance signed a lease of up to 20 years with the fairgrounds earlier this month. The agreement establishes races on Saturdays and Sundays for a set number of weeks starting after the county fair ends in September. The fairgrounds’ website said this year’s races will start Sept. 10 and run for four weekends. Additionally, the 2017 agreement features races for seven weekends, according to a press release from the Shenandoah County Fair Association.

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Luray Triathlon draws capacity field

Six-time Iron Man Dave Scott finishes in the Top 5 at age 58

Great Scott, the triathlon is back!

The Luray Triathlon returns for its seventh event this weekend and will be led in 2012 by an iconic triathlete.

Back on the road again

Page Valley Road Race caps off fifth year

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