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U.S. Marshal, Luray native killed in line of duty

LURAY — Patrick Carothers, Luray High School graduate and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service, was killed in the line of duty last week. Carothers, 53, lived in Georgia with his wife of 30 years, Terry, and five children. Working as the Deputy Commander of the Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force, Carothers was leading his team on the search for a fugitive on the run from South Carolina on Friday morning, Nov. 18.

SALT partners with TRIAD for senior citizens conference Oct. 27

SHENANDOAH — Spinning off from the success of their annual Spring conferences, The Page County SALT Council is presenting their second annual Fall Senor TRIAD Conference. This year's theme is community awareness and crime prevention. The conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 27.

Lasting legacy: Community gathers to remember Coach Chrisman

LURAY ― Hundreds of community members packed the Luray Middle School gymnasium last Tuesday to remember the life of a longtime coach, mentor and teacher ― and to celebrate a lasting legacy. Michael “Coach” Chrisman, of Luray, died on Friday, Sept. 30. He was 64. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Teresa Thomason, and two sons, Cliff and Michael Chrisman, both of Luray. “He was one of those coaches and teachers that never gave up on anyone,” remembered Mary Alice Crews, who had Chrisman as a coach and earth science teacher at Luray High School in the 1980s. “He genuinely cared about every person that he came across.” Dr. Paul Johnson, who also ran track and cross-country in the 1980s under Chrisman's leadership, remembered the coach as “a friend.” “Mike Chrisman displayed unconditional love for an unconditional length of time,” said Johnson. “Mike taught me how to live and he taught me how to endure.”

Luray resident appointed to UN position in Somalia

LURAY — Hubert Price, a life-long resident of Page County, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary General and Head of the UN Support Office in Somalia. Price is a 1972 graduate of Luray High School, who had a 20-year career on active duty with the United States Army, including tours of duty during Desert Storm, before stepping down in 1996. A career with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Assignments included operations in Angola, East Timor, Liberia, Italy and New York. He retired in 2015.

Page County Heritage Festival to be held this weekend

LURAY — That time of year is upon us once again, the 47th annual Page County Heritage Festival. The two-day event is held each October over Columbus Day weekend — the 8th and 9th this year — at the fairgrounds. "This is a very popular event with the locals," said Nancy Cotter, one of the festival organizers. "People that used to live here, but don't any more, they come in for that weekend to visit. It's a big deal." Last year's event drew in nearly 8,000 people over the course of the weekend. The Page County Heritage Festival is an extension of the Page County Heritage Association. Part of their mission is to help preserve historic buildings in the area. Those buildings include the Massanutten School, Mauck Meeting House, Calendine Museum and the Hamburg Store. Proceeds from the festival will go toward those buildings. During the festival, there will be a variety of entertainment acts — some of which are familiar to long-time attendees, but Cotter promises several new additions as well.

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