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’s general reassessment projected to generate slight revenue hike

LURAY ― The county is projected to increase its real estate tax revenue by $28,000 in the coming fiscal year, following the completion of a year-long general reassessment. Page County Commissioner of the Revenue Becky Smith announced the projected hike during last month's supervisors' meeting, noting that a 9- to 10-percent decrease in revenue was initially forecasted. The local reassessment process began in January 2015 with fieldwork by Roanoke-based Wingate Appraisal Service. Page County's last reassessment was in 2011.
Page News and Courier /  03-16-2016

Town receives wastewater treatment plant bids

ELKTON – Town council has received three bids for the second phase of an upgrade of the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Council discussed the bids during a workshop “retreat” at The Alley Building, 303 W. Spotswood Trail, on Monday afternoon. Herb White, president of the WW Associates engineering firm of Charlottesville, presented bids ranging from $3.027 million to $3.635 million. The low bid came from MEB General Contractors of Chesapeake. Council recently approved the issuance of $3.1 million in bonds to pay for the project, which will add clarifiers and a digester to the plant at 15917 Old Spotswood Trail.
The Valley Banner /  03-16-2016

‘Paint the Town Purple’ set in April

ELKTON – Businesses in town are being encouraged to decorate in purple from April 18 to 22 as part of an American Cancer Society fundraiser. Elkton’s events coordinator, Allison Morris, said purple “love bows” are being sold at town hall and the Elkton Area Community Center for $3 each or two for $5. The bows are for those who have defeated cancer, are fighting the disease or in memory of loved ones. The bows will be put on the town tree on Rockingham Street across from town hall for an April 20 ceremony at 1 p.m.
The Valley Banner /  03-16-2016

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Local Sports

Stonewall Jackson wins state track title

Generals outdistance second-place Altavista

Luray heads to state semifinals at Radford

After winning the Region B tournament and taking down Sussex Central in the first round of states, the Bulldogs baseball team plays the next round of the Group A, Division I state tournament at 10 a.m. on Friday

Full circle journey finishes at home

Former Skyline catcher Neeb joins the Cardinals

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