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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Police looking for missing elderly man

LURAY — The Virginia State Police issued a Senior Alert for Leonard Charles Fox, 73, who was last seen Sunday evening on Horsepen Road in Luray. Fox is listed as 5'5" and 233 lbs, with brown eyes and gray/black hair. He could be operating a green 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck, with a license number ZVY-3503. The police report states that Fox has a "cognitive impairment and the disappearance poses a credible threat to his safety."
Page News and Courier /  02-11-2016

Whitfield is out as Elkton town manager

ELKTON — Kevin Whitfield is no longer Elkton’s town manager. Whitfield said he resigned from the position, but Town Attorney Nathan Miller said council fired Whitfield on Friday, effective at 5 p.m. that day. Miller declined to say whether Whitfield submitted his resignation before he was fired. Council made the decision Friday afternoon following an emergency meeting. Whitfield said he submitted his resignation on Jan. 25 – two weeks before he was fired – and gave a departure date of March 31.
The Valley Banner /  02-10-2016

Displaced SNP families to be honored locally

ELKTON – Jim Lawson and others are working to create a monument to honor families displaced due to the creation of Shenandoah National Park. Lawson, 74, an Elkton resident and retired statistician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, got involved in the Blue Ridge Heritage Project three years ago when Greene County officials said they planned to build such a monument. Lawson served as the eight-county project’s first chairman. Although Greene County started the project, Madison County “took the ball and ran with it,” Lawson said. Their monument was built outside a closed elementary school last fall. Madison County’s effort sparked one in Rockingham County, Lawson said.
The Valley Banner /  02-10-2016

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Local Sports

Panthers blast Mountaineers

Page puts five in double figures during Region B quarterfinal

Luray boys headed to Region B semifinal

Could there be a rematch with cross-county rival Page?

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.

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