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Phenix edges out Woodward to take supervisors’ chair, Bailey takes reins as school board chairman

LURAY ― The county will see new leadership in the coming year, when two top seats see new chairmen. Dr. Morgan Phenix will take the helm of the Page County Board of Supervisors, while Randy Bailey will take the reins as school board chairman. In Tuesday's general election, Phenix won the supervisors' chair with about 56 percent of Page County voters throwing their support behind the independent challenger, according to unofficial results by the Virginia Department of Elections. Two-term supervisors' chairman Johnny Woodward earned 2,768 votes, while Phenix garnered 3,540, winning the most votes in each of the county's five districts.

Peak season hike? SNP one of 17 parks that could see drastic entrance fee increases

LURAY — A proposed hike in entrance fees could more than double costs to visit Shenandoah National Park during peak season. The proposed increase at 17 national parks would affect each park's busiest contiguous five-month period. The National Park Service, which is within the Department of the Interior, announced the proposal last Tuesday as a $70 million revenue generator to offset an $11 billion maintenance backlog. Increases are proposed at parks such as the Grand Canyon, Acadia, Yosemite and Shenandoah National Park. Beginning June 1, vehicle entrance fees would climb from $25 to $70 at SNP. The cost of riding a motorcycle into the park would rise from $20 to $50, while individual passes would increase from $10 to $30. Annual park passes would jump from $50 to $75, rivaling gate costs of popular amusement parks (Kings Dominion, for example, is selling 2018 season passes on its website for $99; Busch Gardens is currently advertising annual passes for $144).

Neon lights and frights: DarkWood debuts 3D mind maze in 17th season

LURAY — The subjects are menacing, but before it goes dark, under bright house lights, it's almost cheerful ― bursts of colors and florescent swirls. It all changes when the lights go out just before 7 p.m. and the monsters depicted on the walls and the actors who portray them come alive behind a pair of 3D glasses. DarkWood Manor's latest attraction invites viewer's to enter the mind of a mad scientist. A few hours before showtime, a group of actors meanders outside Luray's Halloween attraction, sitting on hay bales and awaiting a Domino's delivery driver. For the actors who will soon take to the makeup chair to become unrecognizable, it's the fun of fear that lures them here but the camaraderie that keeps them coming back.

YEP seeks young entrepreneurs

LURAY ― Organizers of a young entrepreneur program are hoping that budding crafters, local business leaders and community members just say YEP. Presented through a partnership between the local school system, the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Hawksbill Trading Co. and Lord Fairfax Community College, Page County's Young Entrepreneur Program is aimed at helping young participants develop and implement business plans. The program kicked during the 2016-17 school year thanks to a one-time $22,596 grant. Local organizers opted to continue the program this school year, raising money to fund YEP through community donations.

Bluegrass Salute to Veterans

LURAY — A salute to local veterans is what the annual bluegrass festival held at the Luray VFW was started for and what it continues to be all about today. The festival will kick off this Thursday, Sept. 28 and feature music from various bluegrass bands, including Big County Bluegrass, Copper Canyon, and Dark Hollow. The MC for the event will be Ryan Funkhouser, who is also a member of the band Remington Ryde, who will be performing. Old Dogs New Tricks Bluegrass will start the music off on Thursday at 1 p.m. A different group will perform every hour until 9 p.m. that night. Friday, music and festivities continue, running from 1 until 9 p.m. On Saturday, the kickoff is a little earlier with Pickin’ Daisies at noon and music continuing until 10 p.m., when the last performer takes the stage.

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