Page News and Courier

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.

Luray Middle School principal named Educator of the Year

LURAY ― A Page County educator last month was recognized with top honors by the state's middle school association. During a school-wide annual awards assembly on June 8, President of the Virginia Middle School Association Barbara Nichols surprised Luray Middle School Principal Kelly Lawton with the news that she had been selected as the association's Educator of the Year. “Through her leadership, a climate of success is provided at this school where staff and students have the opportunity to grow and learn together,” said an announcement posted on the VMSA website. “Programs and processes, such as the CSI Advisory Program, are in place to build relationships and create connections, which are vital to students at this stage in life.”

CPR training pays off for local teens

LURAY ― A group of Page County teens recently sprung to action with life-saving measures during an experience they say was life changing. During a trip last month to Pompano Beach, Fla. the seven teens ― Caroline Suddith, Katherine Spain, Daniel Roy, Elijah Caton, Connor Rothgeb, Matt Cubbage and Shannon White ― stepped up to lend a hand during a medical emergency in the parking lot of their hotel. On June 21, the group was preparing to leave for dinner when they heard cries for help from across the street. The teens ran to a woman yelling for help and arrived to find her husband slumped over in a vehicle suffering from what she said was a heart attack.

Luray considers establishing tourism zone

LURAY ― The town is looking to add one more “zone” to a growing list of designations aimed at helping Luray capitalize on incentives that cater to and entice movement on Main Street. From HUBZones to technology zones to enterprise zones, the designations vary in how they work and what they offer, but the end goal remains the same ― bolstering business. The county’s HUBZone designation, for instance, is aimed at helping small businesses in urban and rural communities gain access to federal procurement opportunities. While that program requires that a business be located in a historically underutilized area, the county’s enterprise zone designation, which was received in December 2014, includes a broader scope. Through that designation, localities offer incentives to businesses and industries that make investments in a town or in the county. Now, the town is considering establishing a tourism zone.

Stanley’s 51st annual homecoming celebration runs through Saturday

STANLEY ― Now in its 51st year, the town's annual homecoming festivities are aimed at offering bigger acts, brighter lights and bustling crowds. The action was slated to kick off at Wednesday. The four-day celebration includes a nightly carnival, food, entertainment and activities. New this year is a singing competition “I've Got a Voice,” in which local and regional singers will compete in two installments for a chance to win top honors. Nightly entertainment at the event's headquarters at Ed Good Park includes performances by both local favorites and nationally-renowned acts, including High Ground Bluegrass, The Promiseland, Relentless, Neon Summer and Thundergun.

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