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Shenandoah puts on patriotic best for 20th anniversary Memorial Day Festival and Parade

SHENANDOAH — As it does each year at this time, the Town of Shenandoah will put on its most patriotic face for the thousands expected to turn out for the 20th Anniversary Memorial Day Festival & Parade. A classic car Cruz In on First Street at 6 p.m. Friday serves to kick off red-white-and-blue weekend festivities, which include a memorial ceremony at VFW Avis O. Comer Post 8613, car and truck, tractor and motorcycle shows, and, of course, the parade at 3 p.m. Saturday. Councilman Dave Hinkle, who is co-chair along with Nancy Karnes of the Memorial Day festivities, expected the final parade-entry tally to top 100. Add to that, the car show and all the other events scheduled for the weekend, and, Hinkle said with a chuckle, between participation and attendance, "we'll have more people than we have in the town."  
Page News and Courier /  05-25-2017  

Driver pleads guilty in Remount Road death

FRONT ROYAL — The local man charged in relation to a 2016 car wreck that killed a Front Royal woman pleaded guilty this week to one felony count of reckless involuntary DUI manslaughter. Trevor Bryant Lee, 29, of Front Royal, pleaded Monday in Warren County Circuit Court, according to online court records. He is due in court Sept. 12 for a pre-sentence report hearing.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-25-2017  

Page Memorial Hospital debuts rehab services facility

LURAY ― An old ER has a new purpose in Page County. Local patients receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy services will now be treated at a “rehabilitated” rehab facility on the Page Memorial Hospital campus. Valley Health officials debuted the 7,000-square-foot Outpatient Rehabilitation Services facility during an open house on Tuesday. The facility officially opened last Tuesday. The Valley Health System's latest $1.5 million project includes seven private treatment rooms, one speech therapy room and a 1,200-square-foot central gym area. The facility is located in the parking lot adjacent to PMH, in the only remaining portion of the old hospital, which was constructed in 1999. Renovations to the former emergency department began in November.
Page News and Courier /  05-25-2017  

Future of Elkton’s old town hall remains cloudy

ELKTON — Town staff might not return to the former Civil War hospital most recently used as Elkton’s Town Hall. Mayor Wayne Printz and Troy Shifflett, the town’s public works director, said at last Monday night’s Town Council meeting that the building at 173 W. Spotswood Ave. is in very poor condition. An effort is being made to rid the structure of asbestos and mold. The town moved its operations to the Elkton Area Community Center nine months ago after the first floor of the structure flooded.
The Valley Banner /  05-25-2017  
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Funds denied for Route 55 widening

FRONT ROYAL — It may be a long time before Warren County is granted its wish of seeing John Marshall Highway — which carries Route 55 east of town — become a four-lane divided highway. The county's application for state Smart Scale funding to pay for the highway-upgrade project recently was denied. The county sought about $31.5 million to make the road a four-lane divided highway with a 16-inch raised median. Although no detailed design was made, the application sought to flatten hills and straighten curves, according to Staunton VDOT Coordinator Ed Carter. The highway was ranked 367th out of 404 statewide projects and 38th out of 42 VDOT Staunton District projects on the state's Smart Scale priority list. Had funding been approved, Carter said construction could have begun in 2023. The county and VDOT are still seeking solutions for the overcrowded and wreck-prone roadway.
The Warren Sentinel /  05-15-2017

Festival of Spring slated for Saturday

LURAY ― “Lucky No. 13” will serve as a focal point this Saturday when thousands pack the streets of of Downtown Luray on the 13th day of May during the 13th annual Festival of Spring. Billed as “our biggest festival yet” by Luray officials, the spring event will feature more than 100 vendors, as well as entertainment, games and food. Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. on Luray's Main Street and will continue throughout the day. Festival-goers can catch live musical performances at the PAL plaza, where guests can sample an assortment of refreshments and local and regional talent.
Page News and Courier /  05-10-2017

Shooter given two life sentences; girlfriend and fetus survived

LURAY ― A Page County man who prosecutors say shot the woman pregnant with his child in order to avoid paying child support will serve two life sentences without parole. As the sentence was handed down Wednesday afternoon in Page County Circuit Court the defendant remained straight-faced. Just prior, Matthew David Furlow, 27, took the stand to maintain that although he changed his plea to guilty during his second day of trial on Feb. 14, he was not the trigger-puller. “I think that the evidence is overwhelming in establishing Mr. Furlow's guilt,” Judge Clark Ritchie said, before speaking directly to Furlow. “I do not believe that Mr. Shifflett was the one who pulled the trigger in this case. I think you did.
Page News and Courier /  05-10-2017

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Local Sports

Front Royal youth wrestlers capitalize on Cage Stage

Several local youth wrestlers performed at intermission during a MMA fighting event.
04-30-2017

East Rockingham earns regular season sweep of softball powerhouse Page County

East Rockingham may have one of the inside tracks to a Conference 36 title after sweeping Page County during this spring's regular season.
04-29-2017

Luray ace Logan Morrison finds ‘right fit’ at Concord

Luray's Logan Morrison will join other Valley peers on the Concord University baseball roster next fall.
04-25-2017

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