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Six firefighters charged for sex with teen

STRASBURG — Six members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including its chief, were arrested over the weekend as a result of a Virginia State Police investigation into accusations that five of them had sex with a 17-year-old girl. Arrested were Chief Dale R. King, 36, of Strasburg; Nathan S. Hirschburg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew S. Key, 24, of Strasburg; Bradley A. Markin, 21, of Strasburg; Christopher L. Pangle, 32, of Woodstock; and Fabian J. Sosa, 25, of Woodstock. The suspects were detained at different times between Friday and Monday, Sgt. Les Tyler, spokesman for the VSP, said on Tuesday. They have all been charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Tyler declined to say whether further charges are forthcoming.  

Boyce Council bans recording at meetings except with permission

BOYCE — The Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday forbidding residents from making audio or visual recordings of council meetings without prior permission from the mayor or town manager. Council already uses a digital device to make audio recordings of its meetings. The action comes after a resident used a smartphone to visually record a portion of the December council meeting.
The Warren Sentinel /  01-08-2018  

Shenandoah native remembered for lifelong service to town

SHENANDOAH ― The only list longer than the number of community councils, boards, committees and clubs he was a part of is the names of those who were touched by his service. On Thursday, Dec. 28, U.S. “Jack” Rinaca Jr. passed away. He was 92. Sometimes referred to as “Mr. Shenandoah,” Rinaca held roles including Shenandoah mayor and councilman, president of the former Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, president of the Shenandoah High School Alumni Association and the District 5 representative on the Page County School Board.
Page News and Courier /  01-08-2018  

Under contruction? Council receives plans for former town hall

HARRISONBURG — More than 17 months after a flooded basement sparked an inspection that led to its use as Elkton’s Town Hall being discontinued, Town Council members soon could act on an effort to get a better grasp on the condition of the historic Jennings House. At this point, however, it appears likely that it will be at least midyear before Town Council knows what can be done and how much it will cost. At their Dec. 18 meeting, council members received proposals from three architectural firms interested in assessing the structure at 173 W. Spotswood Ave.
The Valley Banner /  01-08-2018  
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SVBF aims to protect local battlefields

HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is working to protect nearly 1,600 acres on land bordering the Cross Keys and Port Republic battlefields in Rockingham County. Last week, the foundation applied for about $12 million in funding through the Du-Pont-Waynesboro Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement. The money would pay landowners for conservation easements to protect the historic land. DuPont, a company that once operated a textile manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, is required to pay about $42 million for restoration projects after the facility poured mercury into the South River. Conservation easements restrict what can be done on properties, said John Hutchinson, director of conservation for the battlefields foundation.
The Valley Banner /  10-26-2017

Ex-Christiansburg employee tapped for New Market job

NEW MARKET — A longtime employee of the town of Christiansburg has been tapped to be New Market’s town manager. Town Council unanimously named Todd Walters, 52, to the position, effective Nov. 6, during its Monday meeting. He has worked for the Town of Christiansburg for almost 30 years, and has been its assistant director of engineering since 2010. Walters’ salary will be $75,000 per year, Councilwoman Peggy Harkness said. Former Town Manager Mike Ritchie retired on Sept. 15 after 28 years of employment with New Market and four years in the town’s highest staff position.

NTSB releases details of fatal plane crash

FRONT ROYAL — The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary accident report on a fatal plane crash earlier this month includes details on the moments before the glider tow plane crashed onto private property off Ridgeway Road. Pilot Steven B. Zaboji, 76, of Reston, was killed in the crash. Zaboji was a member of the Skyline Soaring Club, which is based at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport, according to the report. He was towing a glider the afternoon of Oct. 7 in a Piper Pawnee plane. A flight instructor in the attached glider was giving an introductory flight to a passenger, the report said.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-19-2017

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Local Sports

Spotswood grad Mickey Dean hired for Auburn Softball

Mickey Dean, an Elkton native and Spotswood High School graduate, was hired away from JMU to be the next softball coach at Auburn University.
09-18-2017

Football Roundup 9/15: Page County, Fort Defiance show improvement in losses

News and notes from Week 4 of the Valley's high school football schedule.
09-15-2017

Football Roundup 9/8: Luray still undefeated after win at Buffalo Gap

News and notes from Week 3 of the Valley's high school football schedule.
09-09-2017

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