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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 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.

Mimslyn Inn garners state recognition during May’s Business Appreciation Month

LURAY ― Anyone rolling into the downtown district knows about the mansion on the hill. Towering on a high knoll on West Main Street, the 1931 Southern-style inn can't be missed. When the Mimslyn Inn was built in the midst of the Great Depression, many questioned the optimism of the endeavor. It emerged as a destination for well-to-do Washingtonians (including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1936) and spectators who would catch a train headed for the Shenandoah Valley and luxury in Luray. Fast forward 74 years when the Asam Family purchased the fraying inn to restore it to its former grandeur, many may have also questioned the endeavor. At the time of the purchase in 2005, the 45-room Mimslyn Inn generated $268,000 in annual sales, according to the hotel's general manager Jim Sims. Last year, the property generated $3 million.

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.

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.

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