Warren County tourism spending increased in 2016

FRONT ROYAL — Visitors to Warren County spent nearly $140 million here in 2016, according to a report released last week by the Virginia Tourism Corp. That figure is up about 3 percent from 2015, when tourists spent about $135.9 million in Warren County. It includes revenue taken from hotel occupancy rates and receipts from restaurants and tourist attractions. That spending netted about $2.8 million in local taxes, $6.5 million in state taxes and supported 1,670 jobs, according to the report. Total payroll from those jobs was about $31.8 million.  
The Warren Sentinel /  09-25-2017  

Tourism groups get state grants

HARRISONBURG – Four Valley initiatives have received state funding to boost local and regional tourism. On Tuesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that more than $967,000 in matching grants will be distributed to 50 tourism programs statewide as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program. A $50,000 grant will be split among Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, the city tourism office and the city Department of Economic Development. The Shenandoah Spirits Trail received a $36,000 grant to target millennials and baby boomers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.The Passport to a Shenandoah BeerWerks Adventure, a 12-location beer trail featuring all four Harrisonburg craft breweries, received more than $22,000 for cross-promotion of each brewery and advertising outdoor activities. Today’s Shenandoah Valley Takes Flight, a collaboration led by the Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership and the Front Royal-based Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, also received $25,000 for the promotion of the Valley as “an outstanding year-round destination to global visitors."

State OKs regional economic development plan

HARRISONBURG – A five-year plan for economic growth in the Valley focuses on raising and retaining employment in five growing industries. On Sept. 13, the 24-member GO Virginia State Board approved an Economic Growth and Diversification Plan prepared by the program’s Region 8 Council. The council consists of 28 business and industry leaders in the 8th Region, which covers the Valley from Lexington to Winchester. GO Virginia, also known as the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region, was created in 2015 to encourage communities in nine regions of the state to work together to spur economic growth. It operates under the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Region 8 plan calls for increased workforce recruitment and training in five industry sectors that are expected to grow in the Valley during the next five years.

Brews and Blues festival to feature dozens of breweries

FRONT ROYAL — Local and regional brewers and musicians will be featured Saturday at the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce's eighth-annual Brew and Blues Festival. About 55 beers will be featured, including selections from Virginia breweries and more well-known national brands, according to Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster. The beer samplings will be accompanied by performances from Hypnotic Willie and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils. Drinking is not necessary to enjoy the day, Foster said. There will also be yard games such as corn hole, myriad of food selections and 40 vendors. The festival is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. in the Village Commons and on Chester Street. While a portion of Chester Street will be closed to traffic, Main Street will remain open.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-22-2017  
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Bridge removal to start Monday

FRONT ROYAL — Workers plan to start deconstructing the old South Fork Bridge on Monday, but donít expect a big boom. The removal process will not include explosives, VDOT spokesman Ken Slack said. The bridge, which recently went out of service after about 75 years, will be disassembled piece by piece. The process will take about four months to complete, Town Manager Steven Burke said.
The Warren Sentinel /  02-26-2016

Shrader indicted for shooting PCHS freshman

LURAY ― A man accused of shooting a 15-year-old Page County High School student was indicted Monday in Page County Circuit Court. A grand jury returned four indictments against James Lee Shrader, 20, including second-degree murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm after being a convicted felon and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Shrader, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, however, those charges were elevated on Nov. 16.
Page News and Courier /  02-24-2016

Missing Luray man found dead

LURAY — The body of Leonard Fox, 73, was found Monday in a field off of Rosedale Lane. He had been missing since Feb. 7 and was last seen on Horsepen Road.
Page News and Courier /  02-24-2016

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Page County names new football coach

Bridgewater assistant headed to Panther Country

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.

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