ALICE: ‘The new face of poverty’ — United Way report documents plight of working poor

FRONT ROYAL — It's not exactly news to most Warren County residents that many of their neighbors work full time and still have trouble making ends meet. However, we can now quantify that number — about 49 percent of Front Royal households and 27 percent of households countywide — thanks to a study released Tuesday by the Front Royal-Warren County and Northern Shenandoah Valley United Way chapters. Combined with the 10 percent of Warren County households living in poverty, about 37 percent of county households have some kind of continuing struggle to get by.  
The Warren Sentinel /  07-21-2017  

Page News commemorates 150th anniversary with open house next Thursday

LURAY ― From his office on Luray's South Court Street, Harrisonburg businessman Samuel J. Price published the first edition of what is now the Page News and Courier on March 15, 1867. It was 14 years before the railroad came through Page County, more than 15 years before either the towns of Stanley or Shenandoah were established and 40 years before the Luray Electric Light Plant was completed. In the debut issue of what was then known as the Page Valley Courier, Price gave readers his idea of how a newspaper should function in an 823-word salutatory.
Page News and Courier /  07-20-2017  

Grottoes lawn party ready to get underway

GROTTOES — The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party gets underway this week and is held from Wednesday through Saturday, July 19-22, at Mountain View Park. Wednesday is Veterans Night, with veterans offered a free meal with valid identification. A kids’ pedal pull competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Southern Grace. Rides begin Thursday, with a $15 armband offering unlimited turns from 5 to 10 p.m. Music guests will be The Hackens Boys. On Friday, an $18 armband allows unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m. with bluegrass music offered by Totally Unrelated. Also Friday, the annual Fireman’s Parade begins at 7 p.m. Lineup starts at 6 p.m. and no registration is necessary. On Saturday, rides will again be available for $18 armband from 5 to 11 p.m., with country and southern rock music from Sean Elliott Jr. and 460 South. Fireworks are planned at 10 p.m.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  

Town seeks to enhance its street improvement efforts

ELKTON — Town improvement efforts soon will be hitting the streets. Troy Shifflett, Elkton’s public works director, told members of Town Council at their meeting Monday night that he’ll put out notices soon seeking bids for Elkton’s fall paving work. The town’s recently approved budget includes $412,000 in state funds earmarked for street work. The plan includes repaving parts of B, C and F streets and East Spotswood Avenue and extending Park Avenue to connect with the turnaround at the end of Roland Avenue. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and interim town manager, said Tuesday that the town had fallen behind on street-paving work until last year. That’s when it spent about $462,000 into sprucing up the streets.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  
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Curtis guilty; gets life in prison

FRONT ROYAL — A West Virginia man had no notable reaction when the jury returned a guilty verdict in his Warren County Circuit Court murder case. Clay Marshall Curtis, 64, of Welch, W. Va., was sentenced to life in prison last week for the 2014 first-degree murder of Simon Funk, 42. The jury, which consisted of seven women and five men, reached its verdict Thursday after hearing testimony from more than 30 witnesses and seeing more than 60 pieces of evidence. Curtis also was given a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for use of a firearm in a felony. He was found not guilty on a charge of the attempted second-degree murder of Jeff Sisler. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18, at which Circuit Court Judge Clifford Athey could uphold the juryís decision or opt for a lesser punishment.

Battlefield group hopes to save 25 New Market acres

NEW MARKET — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is launching a new preservation campaign to preserve three New Market sites that were integral to the Civil War’s 1864 Valley campaign. The foundation hopes to raise between $92,000 and $97,000 by early next year to protect 25 acres from potential future development. The land includes the 2-acre Clinedinst Crim property, 13.5 acres along River Road and the 9.5-acre Rice property. The Clinedinst Crim house along South Congress Street was where New Market resident Eliza Clinedinst Crim and her family nursed Virginia Military Institute cadets who were wounded during the May 15, 1864 Battle of New Market.

Top-notch teacher: EMS’ Roadcap wins state award

ELKTON — In a regular school day, Luke Roadcap is a bit of a celebrity at Elkton Middle School. He’s recognizable to every student, mainly because each comes through his sixth-grade history class. Now, he’s getting recognized throughout the state. Roadcap was selected last week as the 2017 Virginia History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award comes with a $1,000 prize and an archive of classroom resources and documents. He’s also one of 53 finalists for the national history teacher of the year award, which will be announced in the fall.
The Valley Banner /  07-10-2017

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Local Sports

Armstrong’s debut powers win for Bridgewater in RCBL

Turner Ashby baseball coach Andrew Armstrong made his season debut for Bridgewater, pitching five innings and earning the win in the Reds’ 12-4 triumph over Elkton in a Rockingham County Baseball League game Sunday at Ray Heatwole Field.

Christendom College wins first rugby national championship

The Christendom College Crusaders rugby team won the school’s first-ever national championship last Sunday in Philadelphia with a thrilling 24-19 overtime win over St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Turner Ashby nets seventh state title with dominating with over Riverside

Turner Ashby returned to glory by dismantling Riverside 14-3 for the 3A state championship on Saturday in Salem.

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