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Former Shenandoah, Page County leader passes away at 90

SHENANDOAH — When Robert Good's wife of more than 30 years, Ann, passed away in 2011 when Robert was 85, he realized that a few changes were going to be necessary. For starters, he needed to learn how to do laundry. He wanted to maintain his independence. "I taught him how to do laundry," said his daughter Robbie Colopy. "He wanted to do his own laundry, and didn't want me doing it for him." While Good's wife was taking care of the house, including their two children, he was busy being a town and county leader. During his lifetime, Good served on the Shenandoah Council, was Shenandoah Mayor from 1956 through 1959, he was on the Page County School Board from 1956 to 1976 and the Page County Board of Supervisors from 1988 until 2002. He also worked full-time for Merk and Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1987. In addition to those jobs, Good found time to run a part-time accounting business for several years, as well as serving as the financial secretary at his church for 25 years. Good passed away July 15, at the age of 90.

Page County will use local dollars to compensate for state revenue shortfall and keep 2% raises

LURAY ― The Page County Board of Supervisors and Page County Public Schools will readjust their spending plans after a state revenue shortfall is jeopardizing pay raises that the boards approved months ago. County and school officials announced last week that they will give the raises without state funding. Both the county and the local school system used state projections when planning their fiscal 2017 budgets, which went into effect on July 1. Included in the budgets were a 2-percent pay raise for all county and school employees to be paid for in part by the state. Virginia's fiscal 2017 spending plan earmarks money to go toward raises for state employees and educators ― but only if the revenues align with projections.

Warner speaks with Luray leaders about downtown revitalization

LURAY ― U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) gathered with downtown leaders and supporters on Sunday to tout the area's economic strides and talk about continuing challenges. With about a dozen new businesses opening their doors in the historic district in the past year, or planning openings in the coming year, the former Virginia governor said it's those small investments that make a big impact. In the past five years, according to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Main Street communities have made more than $161 million in private investments in the state, creating 2,637 jobs. Since his last visit to Luray eight years ago, when he toured the downtown area, walked the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway and met with local students at Lord Fairfax Community College's Luray-Page County Center, Warner said he's noticed continued development underway in Luray.

Bear encounters on the rise in Shenandoah Valley

LURAY ― Several black bear sightings in the Shenandoah National Park and the Valley are prompting park and town officials to alert residents to “unusual bear activity.” Last Thursday, SNP established temporary closures in its South District after several bear sightings. The previous weekend, a hiker reported a 300-pound bear that was “unusually assertive in approaching him to obtain food,” according to a July 7 news release issued by the park. The sighting was one of several reported by hikers to park officials that week.

Page County man faces six indictments for shooting his father

LURAY ― A Shenandoah man was indicted last Tuesday by a Page County grand jury for shooting his 61-year-old father. Travis Allen Grimsley, 27, faces six indictments, including malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and three counts of use of fire use of a firearm in commission of a felony, including aggravated malicious wounding.

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