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Page County’s longtime building inspector passes away

LURAY — Kenneth Fox, long-time Page County Building Inspector, passed away last week at the age of 61. "It will be a hard to replace Kenny," said Johnny Woodward, Board of Supervisors Chairman. "I don't know if we ever fully can." According to the Page County government website, a building permit is required for any new construction and additions, remodeling, demolition, swimming pools, commercial buildings, electrical upgrades, changeovers, or repairs. Anybody needing any of those over the last 15 years would need to meet with Fox. He would look at the proposed site and determine if the request was allowed in the town code.

11th installment of Luray Triathlon to draw thousands this weekend

LURAY — Thousands will pack Lake Arrowhead this weekend during the 11th installment of the Luray Triathlon. “The triathlon is our biggest event of the year,” said Luray Parks and Recreation Director Pat O'Brien. “It's our most logistically complicated event, but it's probably the most important event to the town, due to economic benefits and the exposure it brings.” Since the inaugural event in 2006, the annual triathlon has grown from less than 300 triathletes during a single-day race, to more than 1,000 during a two-day competition, said the triathlon's owner Ken Racine of Racine Multisports. This year, about 1,200 athletes are expected, Racine added, including returning champion and pro triathlete Adam Otstot, who will defend his two-year reign. Several other professional triathletes are expected to compete in both Saturday's international race and Sunday's sprint. Saturday's race will additionally serve as the Mid-Atlantic USA Triathlon's 2016 Club Regional Championship.

Attempted capital murder charges against Luray men for shooting pregnant woman head to grand jury

LURAY ― Charges against two Luray men accused of the attempted capital murder of a pregnant woman will head to a Page County grand jury on Monday. Eight felony charges against both Matthew David Furlow, 26, and Raymond Lee Shifflett, 21, were certified last Thursday during a joint preliminary hearing in general district court, including: 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, in addition to attempted capital murder.

Stanley Elementary teacher receives state recognition for work in STEM education

STANLEY ― A Stanley Elementary teacher last month was recognized with top honors by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association during the group's summer conference. Second-grade Stanley Elementary School teacher Kelley Davis was awarded the Virginia Elementary Teacher Excellence Award ― the highest state honor given to technology and engineering education teachers. The annual award is given in recognition for “outstanding contributions to the profession and their students,” according to the state association's website.

Bluegrass in the Blue Ridge: Shriners’ festival raises money for children’s hospitals

LURAY — Hundreds are expected to turn out to the Luray VFW this weekend for fast-paced tunes and homemade barbecue, and to raise money and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Caverns Shrine Club's 12th annual Bluegrass in the Blue Ridge music festival will kick off this Thursday, Aug. 4, and will run through Saturday, Aug. 6. All net proceeds raised during the three-day event will benefit the international organization's 22 nonprofit hospitals.

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