Meals tax, water rates rise; cigarette tax hike nixed

ELKTON — Town Council voted last Monday to raise Elkton’s meals tax and its water and sewer rates in support of the $5.66 million budget it unanimously passed for fiscal year 2018 but held off on plans to raise its tariff on cigarettes. And within hours — after most people had headed home as the panel entered executive session — council members emerged from a closed meeting and set the town employee pay raise at 2.5 percent, half the amount originally budgeted in the budget for raises. Wayne Printz, Elkton’s mayor and acting town manager, had proposed for an average 5 percent raise. Printz said last Tuesday morning that the pay hike was sliced in a vote following the closed session.  
The Valley Banner /  06-28-2017  

School division building internship program

WOODSTOCK — Officials with Shenandoah County Public Schools are partnering with county businesses to develop an internship program for high school students to fulfill a state mandate on student career readiness. School officials hope to offer internship, mentorship and job shadowing opportunities to students in an expansion of similar existing programs at Central High School and the Triplett Tech vocational school, Assistant Superintendent Ebbie Linaburg said on Tuesday. “We’re looking to provide them on a more global basis,” she said. SCPS officials have spoken with Valley Health, the Shenanodah Publishing House in Strasburg, the Pollywog Place day care centers in Woodstock and Strasburg and the Bowman Andros fruit processing plant in Mount Jackson about participating in the program, Linaburg said.

Teen avoids more jail in bomb-hoax case

FRONT ROYAL — The teen accused of placing a hoax bomb at Warren County High School pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court. Caleb Daniel Sutphin, 18, of the 200 block of Deerhaven Road, admitted to placing a hoax bomb in one of the schoolís bathrooms. Per a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Clifford Athey Jr. gave Sutphin a one-year suspended sentence, with credit for 18 days spent in jail, and a year of probation.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-23-2017  

Official: Girl rescued while tubing on river

BOYCE — A girl tubing on the Shenandoah River in Clarke County with her family on Sunday afternoon had to be pulled from the water when ìshe got caught up by the current,î Clarke County Fire and EMS Director Brian Lichty said. After being rescued by family members and bystanders, she was taken to Winchester Medical Center, Lichty said. Her condition was not believed to be life-threatening.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-23-2017  
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Mount Jackson fire station slated for February opening

MOUNT JACKSON — The new Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire station is scheduled to open in February once construction wraps, according to David Brinegar, president of the town’s rescue and fire company. Brinegar said Mount Jackson-based Cabin Hill Construction, the project’s contractor, hopes to finish the station by New Year’s Eve.

Townhouses each sustain $150K in damage after fires

FRONT ROYAL — Damage totaled more than $150,000 after the fire last week at 1365 Robinhood Lane. Meanwhile, officials are investigating a fire that broke out about 12:45 a.m. Monday at 33 W. 13th St. That townhouse also sustained about $150,000 worth of damage,Warren County Fire Chief Richard Mabie said. The sole occupant of the Robinhood Lane townhouse escaped that fire, which broke out at about 11 a.m. Dec. 9. The person was treated for minor burns at the scene, but three animals remained trapped inside, according to a news release from Warren County Fire and Rescue. Within minutes of being notified, firefighters arrived at the scene to find flames throughout the two-story duplex.
The Warren Sentinel /  12-21-2015

Painter pleads to attempted murder after March shootout with deputies while singing “COPS” theme

LURAY ― A Luray man pleaded guilty last Wednesday in Page County Circuit Court to charges stemming from a March shootout with two Page County deputies. Glenwood Allen Painter Jr., 41, of Luray, pleaded to two counts of attempted second degree murder, as well as two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Shortly after 10 p.m. on March 9, Deputies Jeffery Buono and Mike Myers responded to a 911 call when a man plowing snow reported property damage due to a reckless driver. The caller, a resident on Old Farms Road in Shenandoah, identified the man as his neighbor. The deputies located the suspect's vehicle parked outside of 127 North West Turn Road, and issued a warning to the man, who was accused of recklessly driving his four-wheel drive vehicle. They advised him to “stay home and talk to the guy tomorrow about fixing the fence.” No charges were filed, and the deputies began “clearing from the call,” according to Page County Sheriff John Thomas. Painter then followed the deputies from the house down the driveway.
Page News and Courier /  12-16-2015

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Two for one

Logan ends career at Bridgewater in two sports

Madden wins at prestigious Penn Relays

While the rest of his Skyline teammates were prepping for last Saturday's Apple Blossom Invitational track and field meet in Winchester, junior Thomas Madden was getting ready to run in perhaps his biggest race of his career.

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.

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