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THIS WEEKEND: Shenandoah’s Memorial Day Weekend festivities

SHENANDOAH — Red, white and blue will fill the streets of Shenandoah this weekend, when thousands gather for the town's 18th annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade. Sponsored by the town and the Shenandoah Heritage Center, the festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. this Thursday, May 21, with live music, food and activities at the town's carnival grounds on Third Street. Activities will commence again at 5 p.m. Friday in conjunction with a Cruz-In on First Street scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday's festivities also include a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Shenandoah Veterans Park on Virginia Avenue. The Shenandoah River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution planted two pink dogwood trees at the local park to honor veterans. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. A special Saturday ceremony will honor men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Town officials, leaders and local veterans will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah VFW Avis O. Comer Post 8613.

Jail overrun causes budget deficit for Page Sheriff’s Office; county awaits offer from regional jail

LURAY — Page County Sheriff John Thomas has come under fire for going over the current budget, yet he began addressing its chief driver — the rising costs of incarceration — three years ago. Page County Administrator Amity Moler said that the sheriff must request additional funding “in the $400,000 range” at the June supervisors' meeting. When a local government exceeds supplemental appropriations by more than 1 percent of the total adopted budget, a public hearing must be advertised and held before any more appropriations can be approved, said Moler.  Since the adoption of the FY15 budget, carryover funding for grants, funding for the courthouse roof and security, CSA additions, new asset forfeiture appropriations and an increase in inmate population requiring additional funding have collectively increased spending by more than 1 percent.

THIS WEEKEND: Luray’s Festival of Spring

LURAY ― Main Street will be bustling with activity this weekend, as vendors and visitors pack the downtown area during the 11th annual Festival of Spring. The Saturday event will bring arts and crafts, entertainment, games and food, well as children's activities at Ruffner Plaza. The festival's lineup is “booked solid,” said Luray's Parks and Recreation Director, Pat O'Brien, noting that more than 140 vendors will fill Main Street. “It's the most vendors, including food, that we've ever had,” said O'Brien.

Rileyville teen indicted for attempted murder, arson

LURAY — Jacob Elija Johnston, 18, of Rileyville, was named in two separate felony indictments from an incident that occurred on Dec. 24, 2014 as a juvenile. According to court documents, Johnston maliciously burned the occupied dwelling belonging to Jeremiah Johnston. The second indictment is for attempted murder in the first degree.

Page’s Commonwealth Attorney wins big; Markowitz walks away with GOP nomination for clerk of court

LURAY — The Page County Republican Party held a “firehouse primary” on Saturday and overwhelmingly nominated incumbent Ken Alger for Commonwealth's Attorney over challenger Charles “Chuck” Butler. The three-way race for Clerk of the Court saw Grayson Markowitz pull away from Lori Gochenour and Mark Dofflemyer. Alger won with nearly 80 percent of the popular vote — open to all registered voters in the county. The election was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Luray Middle School and Page County High School.

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