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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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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Stonewall Jackson girls stay alive

The Stonewall Jackson girls basketball team kept its season alive, going on the road Wednesday night to defeat homestanding Cumberland County, 60-27, in the first round of the Region B, Division 1 Tournament.

Central girls headed to region semifinal

“We’re Not Done Yet! (Central Sophomore Brenna Cook)

Stonewall Jackson trio crowned state champs

Ryan, Tisinger, Campbell win Group A titles on the mat in Salem

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