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East Rock, Spotswood named among state’s top schools

HARRISONBURG — Three Valley schools have been named among the state’s best alongside almost 390 of their peers. East Rockingham, Spotswood and Central high schools received the 2017 Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the award’s 246 winning schools and school divisions on Aug. 8. The distinction is one of three honors that are part of the Virginia Index of Performance program. The Virginia Department of Education chose the winners according to their Standards of Learning exam pass rates during the 201516 school year. The VDOE also considered graduation rates for that year.  
The Valley Banner /  08-16-2017  

Pig Scramble under spotlight

WOODSTOCK — A long-standing tradition of the Shenandoah County Fair is the subject of two separate petitions two weeks ahead of the fair’s opening. Strasburg resident Lee Snarr launched a petition on the website Care2 on July 26 calling for the elimination of the Virginia’s Largest Greased Pig Contest. The event, a scramble held at the fair for more than 30 years, involves 300 to 400 children chasing and catching 100 pigs around the fair’s grandstand, according to Tom Eshelman, the fair’s general manager. The petition had received 48,625 signatures worldwide as of Wednesday afternoon, with 916 of them from supporters in Virginia. The petition has a goal of 50,000 signatures. The fair runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2 at the county fairgrounds in Woodstock. The Greased Pig Contest is scheduled for opening night at 7 p.m. with free admission.

New Market manager to retire Sept. 15

NEW MARKET — New Market’s town manager is retiring after 28 years of service – but he doesn’t plan on spending his golden years being idle. On Aug. 1, Mike Ritchie announced his resignation to Mayor Doug Bradley and Town Council. The announcement is effective Sept. 30, but he plans to use vacation time before he leaves, making his last day Sept. 15, he said. Ritchie, 55, grew up in Rockingham County and attended Broadway High School. He started working for New Market as an equipment operator at the old wastewater treatment plant in 1989. He was promoted to wastewater superintendent, then became the town’s public works director in 2007. He was named town manager in July 2014.

Council approves Triplett rezoning

MOUNT JACKSON – Town Council voted to clear the first hurdle in turning part of the old Triplett School property into a duplex neighborhood during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Council granted a request from Todd Holtzman and Dexter Mumaw to rezone 4.2 acres at 6044 S. Main St. from central business to medium-density residential. The pair agreed to purchase the school and 5 acres of surrounding property for $250,000 in August 2016 to build homes and turn the school into commercial space. The town still owns the property and will transfer ownership once all of the required permits and paperwork are approved, according to former Town Manager Charles Moore, who facilitated the sale.
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Traffic shift coming for South Fork bridge

FRONT ROYAL — The new bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River will soon open to northbound traffic and the Virginia Department of Transportation attributes that to the warm December we experienced. The target date is Monday, though that is subject to change, VDOT spokesman Ken Slack said Tuesday. Last month, Slack told The Sentinel the switch probably would take place in February. That estimate was based on the uncertainty of winter weather.
The Warren Sentinel /  01-07-2016

Christendom inquires about properties

FRONT ROYAL — It doesnít look like the Town Council has much interest in taking Christendom College up on a recent offer to buy the townís interest in two nearby properties. However, authorization to use the properties is not out of the question, council members said at their Monday night work session.
The Warren Sentinel /  01-07-2016

Trio charged with having fighting birds on return trip from Kentucky

HARRISONBURG — Virginia State Police arrested three Shenandoah Valley men in Botetourt County last month in connection with an animal-fighting operation. Cole McDaniel and Douglas McDaniel, both of Luray, and Brett Dearing, of Elkton, were charged with felony possession of animals for the purpose of animal fighting on Dec 21. The three men were arrested after a state trooper stopped to help them, according to a search warrant obtained by the Roanoke Times.
Page News and Courier /  01-06-2016

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Local Sports

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.
02-23-2012

Central girls headed to region semifinal

“We’re Not Done Yet! (Central Sophomore Brenna Cook)
02-23-2012

Stonewall Jackson trio crowned state champs

Ryan, Tisinger, Campbell win Group A titles on the mat in Salem
02-23-2012

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