Page News and Courier

Mark Stroupe enters District 3 supervisor race with incumbent Cave and former sheriff Presgraves

STANLEY — Mark Stroupe, 51, will be the first to tell you he is not a politician, but he is a salesman. As a first-time candidate for public office, he wants to put his record against incumbent J.D. Cave and the return to public life of former Page County Sheriff Danny Presgraves.

Page County must up annual contribution to regional library system to maintain status

LURAY — Director of the Massanutten Regional Library System (MRL) Lois Jones said that every five years the Library of Virginia evaluates local funding. Five years ago, the MRL system ranked 86 out of 91 in terms of local funding. Last year, that ranking sank to 88. Five years ago, the evaluation was overlooked because of the economic crisis. The MRL was surprised to receive a plan from the state that required additional local funding in order to receive a $362,000 annual state contribution. Jones spoke to the Page County Board of Supervisors last Thursday to a packed room of supporters dressed in white.

Shenandoah National Park announces spring opening dates

LURAY — Though winter has not released its grip on Shenandoah National Park and staff continues to work on clearing the Skyline Drive of snow and ice, spring is almost here! Park employees are gearing up for a busy season of protecting park resources and welcoming visitors.  Facilities in Shenandoah National Park will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring. 

Luray Council seeks candidates for open seat

LURAY – Councilwoman Pam Flasch departed from her last town meeting early — she had dinner plans. The town is seeking another candidate who is hungry for involvement and willing to contribute in town business as was the multifaceted Flasch. Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves halted the council meeting last Tuesday for Flasch's early departure with an abbreviated tribute. “From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank Pam; She has done an exemplary job,” said Presgraves. “You did an awesome job, from the bicentennial… We value your service.” The town is looking to replace the outgoing councilwoman whose tenure began when she was appointed to fill a vacated seat in March 2013. She won a special election in November 2013 before being elected to a four-year term last May.

Cub Run Road reopening assessment delayed

NEWPORT — U.S. National Forest Service engineers had to delay their assessment of Cub Run Road due to the recent snowstorm — postponing the plan to repair the road. The extent of the damage to the 200-year-old road remains unknown.

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