Page News and Courier

Exploding targets now a safety issue

LURAY — It's a whole lot easier to visually see an exploding target at 250 yards than to walk down range. The use of exploding targets, designed for long-range target practice, creates a lot of noise and excitement. The problem is that when used in multi-pound amounts — the explosion can shake houses.

Police seek missing woman near Shenandoah

SHENANDOAH — Page County law enforcement is searching for a woman who has been missing since Sunday, Sept. 7. Capt. Carl “Bow” Cook, of the Page County Sheriff’s Office, identified the woman as 51-year-old Joy Schultz. Cook said that the woman was last seen at her residence in the 900 block of U.S. 340, outside of the Shenandoah town limits, around 9 a.m. on Sept. 7.

Whitley-Smith named Page County school superintendent

LURAY ― Before the school board had a chance to vote, applause from the audience resounded Monday night upon a motion to appoint Donna Whitley-Smith as full-time superintendent. Following a unanimous decision, the 39-year Page County educator was welcomed to the helm of the local school system with a standing ovation from her peers.

Shenandoah National Park plans prescribed burn at Big Meadows

LURAY — Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 35 acres of Big Meadows sometime between September 20 and October 10, 2014, weather permitting. A portion of Big Meadows (milepost 51), the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center, is burned each year for the purpose of maintaining the open vista by preventing encroachment by trees and shrubs.

Area’s heroin overdose deaths surpass total for 2013

HARRISONBURG — Law enforcement is continuing to beat the drum of awareness when it comes to the region’s heroin epidemic. Officials from the United States Attorney’s Office, Virginia State Police, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration and area law enforcement agencies gathered Wednesday, Aug. 27, on the steps of the U.S. District Courthouse in Harrisonburg for a press conference.

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