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Shenandoah National Park nears ‘grand finale’

If a year in the Shenandoah National Park were a symphony, Superintendent Jim Northrup thinks of the fall season as the “fantastic grand finale.” “It’s amazing — a huge crescendo of visitors and foliage and excitement around the park,” the park’s manager said. “Color season is, by far, our busiest season. It definitely takes a lot of preparation across the park.”

New judges appointed in the Valley

HARRISONBURG — The General Assembly selected new judges for the state Sept. 18, picking three Harrisonburg lawyers to fill spots in the 26th Judicial District. As is the norm when filling judgeships, the legislature relied on the recommendations of the local state delegation in making the picks.

Former Stanley Mayor remembered for having hometown pride

STANLEY ― Former Stanley Mayor, vice mayor and councilman Charles R. “Charlie” Buracker, died last Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the age of 86.

Bank robber charged for two heists

LURAY — A Culpepper man who allegedly held-up Luray's Pioneer Bank in April, and robbed Shenandoah's Pioneer Bank in August, was indicted on both by a grand jury in Luray on Monday. William Lee Arnette, 60, was arrested on Aug. 12, charged with one count of armed bank robbery of the Pioneer Bank in Shenandoah. Arnette was quickly apprehended by local authorities following advanced police procedures to narrow escape routes following the Luray robbery.

Former pastor’s wife loses appeal on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor

LURAY — Margaret Daley on Tuesday lost her final appeal for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class I misdemeanor. Page County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Albertson found Daley guilty, sentencing her to 180 days in jail with 170 suspended. Daley was fined $1,500. She must serve 80 hours of community service and a one-year probation period. In addition, she is barred from childcare for one year other than her grandchildren.

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