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Stanley Elementary teacher, school, garner state recognition

STANLEY ― A Stanley Elementary teacher this month garnered state recognition for Elementary Teacher Excellence. During the Virginia Children's Engineering Council's annual convention on Feb. 9 and 10, second-grade Stanley Elementary School teacher Kelley Davis was recognized for receiving the Virginia Elementary Teacher Excellence Award ― the highest state honor given to technology and engineering education teachers. Stanley Elementary additionally was recognized for winning the Elementary Program Excellence Award. The awards, sponsored by Pitsco Education, were announced in August during a Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association conference.

Page County man faces up to two life sentences in connection with April shooting of pregnant woman

LURAY ― On his second day of trial on Tuesday just before 9 a.m., Matthew David Furlow sits on a bench in Page County Circuit Court. Ten months after he was initially charged in connection with the shooting of a pregnant woman, his once buzz-cut hair is noticeably longer and a small, tear-shaped tattoo is discerned at the corner of his eye. A large white cross hangs from his collared shirt. Every so often, he turns to look at a crowd of about 18 spectators, as whispered chatter in the court room indicates that Furlow is expected to change his plea. Around 9:10 a.m., he does. “I felt that it was just the right thing to do,” the 27-year-old tells Judge Clark Ritchie when asked what prompted his decision to plead guilty to all charges. In total, Furlow pleaded to eight felony charges, including attempted capital murder, conspiracy to commit capital murder, aggravated malicious wounding, attempting to conceal a body, abduction by force/intimidation, grand larceny and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Youth Entrepreneur Program program kicks off Feb. 16

LURAY ― Organizers of a new, grant-funded program are hoping that young entrepreneurs just say YEP. Next Thursday, Page County's Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP) will officially kick off at Luray High School. Funded through a $22,596 state grant, the program is aimed at fostering budding entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 25. 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, participants will meet weekly over the course of four months to develop and implement business plans with the help of local business leaders and mentors.

Donation of property paves way for future LFCC center at Luray Landing

LURAY — The LFCC Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that Baker Development Partnership, LLC has donated 6.3 acres in the Luray Landing Development for the purposes of building a permanent home for the college’s Luray-Page County Center.  The property is in a convenient location, behind the Wal-Mart shopping center in Luray. Baker Development Partnership is made up of Russell Jenkins, and his son Rodney, the CEO and president, respectively, of Warrenton-based General Excavation Inc. The Jenkinses live in Page County.

Unity March in Luray meets up with Trump supporters

LURAY — An estimated crowd of 700,000 to 900,000 turned out for the inauguration of Donald Trump, America’s 45th President, Friday, Jan. 20. The next day, 600,000 marched through the streets of the nation’s capital to protest Trump’s election, with more than 1 million marching worldwide. In Luray, the numbers were smaller, but the intent was just as large. A crowd of around 25 gathered at the East Main shopping plaza and marched the half of a mile to Ruffner Plaza, calling it a “Unity March,” to protest Trump. They held signs promoting peace, love, equal rights and protesting bigotry and hatred. Once the protesters made their way to Ruffner Plaza, they were met with more supporters, bringing their numbers closer to 40. They were also met by a group of around 10 counter protesters, holding signs in support of Trump. The Trump supporters in attendance were not lost on Luray Police Chief C.S. “Bow” Cook, who had been monitoring online chatter since first hearing about the march on Dec. 27.

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