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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FBI reconstructs face for skull found in 2010

FORT VALLEY — The Federal Bureau of Investigations has completed a facial reconstruction of a partial human skull found in the George Washington National Forest almost six years ago. The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office sent the skull to the FBI Academy in Quantico in January for the reconstruction. Turkey hunters found the skull in April 2010 in northern Fort Valley near the Warren County line. According to the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the skull, which is missing its lower jaw, belonged to a white man of European descent between the ages of 30 and 45.

Seventh student charged in Strasburg sexual assault

STRASBURG — A seventh Strasburg High School student has been charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a school basketball player in December. Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies served a petition to the 16-year-old boy on Feb. 12, according to Maj. Scott Proctor of the sheriff’s office. A petition is the juvenile justice equivalent of an indictment. Three 16-year-olds and three 17-year-olds, all SHS students and basketball players, made their first appearances in juvenile and domestic relations court in Woodstock on Feb. 11. They received petitions on Jan. 21. All seven suspects are charged with assault and battery by a mob and are accused of attacking a 16-year-old teammate on a bus used for athletic transportation on Dec. 19.

Front Royal planning for new police station

FRONT ROYAL — A representative of Moseley Architects came to the Town Council work session last week looking for guidance on how to proceed with plans for a new police station. Council obliged Monday night, approving a resolution for a deign that would meet the departmentís anticipated needs for 2040. The town plans to build a new police station at the corner of Kendrick Lane and Monroe Avenue. The chosen plan would cost about $7.78million and include a main building to house personnel and a 911 center and a support building for vehicle and evidence storage. Both buildings would meet the departmentís needs to keep up with expected growth and development in the community. The 4-2 vote came after a failed effort to get the matter brought back to a work session over concerns about how to pay for it.
The Warren Sentinel /  02-26-2016

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Local Sports

Elkton’s Butler, Morris win multiple events

Elkton Middle School had several event winners during a home track meet last Thursday against J. Frank Hillyard and Cornerstone Christian School.

Wildcats and King off to fast start

Senior pitcher Nicole King is piling up strikeouts for Warren County at her usual stellar pace and the Wildcats have used its experience and speed to race out to a 4-0 start to the season.

Bulldogs field veteran lineup

Luray opens with win over Madison

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