Page News and Courier

Tech Center automotive instructor chosen as Page County Public Schools’ ‘Teacher of the Year’

LURAY ― While some believe a college degree is the only guarantee for modern day success, one Page County teacher touts career and technical training as a path to excellence. “They really get the skills to not only succeed, but excel,” said Page County Technical Center automotive instructor Paul Strassner. Last week, the 11-year instructor was named District Teacher of the Year by the local school system. Strassner was selected to receive the title from nine other Page County teachers of the year, chosen from each of the county's eight public schools, as well as the Tech Center and the Grove Hill Preschool Academy. The divisional title is the first to be given in more than two decades, according to Superintendent for Page County Public Schools Donna Whitley-Smith. Each school's teacher of the year, as well as the district teacher of the year, was nominated by a peer at their respective school and chosen by a special committee of community leaders.

Stanley increases spending by 9 percent in fiscal 2016

STANLEY ― The town's $1.8 million budget will increase spending by about 9 percent (or $151,200) in the coming fiscal year. The Stanley Council approved the fiscal 2016 budget during a special meeting last Wednesday. The spending plan goes into effect next Wednesday, July 1.

Page County Sheriff’s Office receives $441,000 appropriation for budget shortfall

LURAY — Page County Sheriff John Thomas takes full responsibility for going over budget by $441,000 this fiscal year. The Page County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing last Tuesday to address $1.2 million in budget appropriations, including grant carry-overs and the sheriff's $441,000 shortfall. Thomas advised the supervisors of the shortfall due mainly to cost overruns at Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ). “We were three months behind payments with MRRJ because they had not billed the county — it was looking like we were ahead,” said Thomas, adding that he did not calculate out far enough. “MRRJ was underestimated — the total cost was underestimated.”

Remembering the Rameys

LURAY ― They are remembered for offering humor, kindness and love that rippled through the community. On Saturday, the family and friends of Tommy and Barbara Ramey packed the Luray United Methodist Church to remember the couple during a special memorial service. On Memorial Day, May 25, the Luray couple died after their vehicle pulled out in front of a Virginia State Police trooper at the intersection of Rt. 211 and Wallace Avenue in Luray. The trooper was in pursuit of an eastbound vehicle at the time. Both Tommy and Barbara were 64.

More than 30 candidates enter races in Page County

LURAY — With the filing deadline now passed, more than 30 candidates have officially qualified to appear on the November ballot, according to the Page County Registrar's Office. The deadline to qualify was 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. Page County Registrar Carol Gaunt, who was recently reappointed to her position for another four years, reflected on the past eight years as registrar. “The 2007 election was interesting — but does not compare to this year,” said Gaunt.

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