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LFCC celebrates 10 years at Luray Center; fourth annual Evening with the Stars slated for Thursday

LURAY — During the fourth installment of Lord Fairfax Community College's Evening with the Stars next Thursday, college officials will highlight its decade-long presence in Luray and the efforts of community leaders that made it possible. “We are so fortunate to have this facility here to educate our youth and to help those who have been in the workforce receive training and retraining,” said office manager of LFCC's Luray-Page County Center Judy Suddith. “There are so many more opportunities available here that we didn't have when we opened in 2006.” Since opening its doors in the Luray annex building on North Hawksbill Street in January 2006, the Luray-Page County Center has impacted thousands of students. But LFCC's presence in Page stretches back even further.

Page County to save $300,000 over next five years through jail lease agreement with MRRJ

LURAY ― The county is on track to save about $300,000 over the course of five years after negotiating a contract with Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ) in Staunton. After opting out of buying into the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren (RSW) Regional Jail near Front Royal nine years ago, Page County signed a bed rental contract with the facility last year ― a cost of $38 per inmate, per day, according to Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage. After signing a longterm contract with MRRJ earlier this year, continued Cubbage, the county is “locked in” for the next five years at $36 per inmate, per day. The contract allows up to 136 inmates to be housed in the Staunton facility. On average, Page County rents 50 beds each day.

LDI’s Tailgate Party slated for Saturday

LURAY ― The Luray Downtown Initiative (LDI) will “pay it forward” this Saturday during its second Tailgate Party, when competing teams will vie for a chance at a $5,000 grand prize for one of three local nonprofit groups. During the inaugural “Pay it Forward” Tailgate event last September, LDI netted nearly $24,000 to continue its downtown efforts, while contributing $5,000 to the winning team “Campbell Thunder” on behalf of the Va. Tech Corps of Cadets. With ticket-casting attendees determining the winner, “Campbell Thunder” edged out second-place finisher the “Page County Public Schools' Field Trip Fund” by just four votes ― prompting the LDI Board of Directors to add a $1,000 prize for the No. 2 team at this year's event. Competing teams include “U.Va.” for the Luray High School Athletic Department, “Va. Tech” for the Page One Food Bank and “Page County Walk” for the Alzheimer's Association.

Labor Day weekend offers two options in Page

LURAY — Residents of Page County will have two options for Labor Day weekend activities this year. Luray will host their second-annual Aloha Arrowhead event at Lake Arrowhead, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. In Stanley, their first Labor Day Fest will be held at the pool, starting at noon and running until 8 p.m.

Page County’s longtime building inspector passes away

LURAY — Kenneth Fox, long-time Page County Building Inspector, passed away last week at the age of 61. "It will be a hard to replace Kenny," said Johnny Woodward, Board of Supervisors Chairman. "I don't know if we ever fully can." According to the Page County government website, a building permit is required for any new construction and additions, remodeling, demolition, swimming pools, commercial buildings, electrical upgrades, changeovers, or repairs. Anybody needing any of those over the last 15 years would need to meet with Fox. He would look at the proposed site and determine if the request was allowed in the town code.

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