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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Town attorney introduced at council meeting; fills position vacant since August

LURAY — Filling a position that had been vacant since August, Jason Botkins was formally introduced as the Town Attorney at the Feb. 8 town council meeting. Botkins, who practices law with Litten and Sipe in Harrisonburg, will provide legal counsel to the town of Luray.
Page News and Courier /  02-18-2016

Utility-terrain vehicles may be allowed on town streets

GROTTOES – Utility-terrain vehicles could soon be allowed on the streets of Grottoes. On Monday, Feb. 8, the Grottoes Town Council voted to proceed with amending the town’s golf cart ordinance to include UTVs. The action follows a citizen’s request. The town has allowed golf carts on its streets since Dec. 11, 2013. The planning commission recently recommended adding UTVs. A UTV is a 2-6 person vehicle such as a John Deere Gator. One would have to pay a $10 registration fee, pass an inspection, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance in order to legally drive a UTV on town streets, Town Manager Jeff Nicely said.
The Valley Banner /  02-18-2016

Fire and rescue focus group proposed

WOODSTOCK — During a work session on Feb. 4, the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors proposed bringing local first responders together in a focus group to discuss their future. According to a presentation from County Administrator Mary Beth Price, the group would discuss the community’s public safety expectations and the best way to use “limited human and equipment resources” to respond to 911 calls. The 15-member group would contain five county residents, five representatives from the county administrative and fire and rescue departments and five volunteer first responders, the presentation read. Demographic needs would also be addressed, as 911 calls in the county increased from 9,900 in 2011 to more than 12,000 last year, according to the presentation.

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