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GOP to hold firehouse primary Saturday in Page County; Commonwealth Attorney, Clerk of the Court

Page County voters will determine this weekend the Republican candidates for two constitutional offices up for grabs in November. To determine the Commonwealth's Attorney and clerk of the court nominations, the county GOP will hold a party canvass (commonly known as a firehouse primary) this Saturday, April 25. A party canvass is similar to a general election, but is run by a local political party. Any registered Page County voter, regardless of his or her political affiliation, is eligible to cast a ballot. Participants should bring a voter registration card along with a photo ID. Each voter will receive a paper ballot with the names of the candidates, which they will deposit in a secure ballot box. Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Commonwealth's Attorney: incumbent Ken Alger and Charles Butler. Republican candidates for clerk of the court are Mark Dofflemyer, Lori Gochenour and Grayson Markowitz.

Natural gas pipeline group holds open house

SHENANDOAH — Page County Middle School hosted an open house last week for residents to answer concerns about a planned maintenance project of an existing underground natural gas pipeline. The Columbia Pipeline Group brought close to 30 of its staff to convene on the Line WB2VA Integrity Project — a pipeline that was first installed in the 1950s. This pipeline is a 50-mile section starting in West Virginia that enters Page County. Scott Castleman, Manager of External Communications with Columbia Pipeline Group, explained the pipeline project as an upgrade of a current existing pipeline. The modernization program that started about two years ago is part of a five-year program that includes a $1 billion upgrade.

Bergdahl charged and local soldier responds

LURAY — Local retired U.S. Army Sgt. Jordan Vaughn appeared eight times on Fox News after the Obama administration traded five high-level Taliban in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl — the soldier who disappeared from his Afghan post in 2009. Both Bergdahl and Vaughn and have become subjects of intense media scrutiny since six American soldiers died searching for the POW.

Valley Health may team with localities on drug court

WINCHESTER — Three years into a severe problem with heroin and prescription drug abuse, the area is closer than ever to having a special court to deal with the problem. There were 33 fatal heroin overdoses in the region in 2014 — up from 21 in 2013 and one in 2012. So far this year there have been eight in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Schultz murder case elevated to circuit court; indictments expected April 27

LURAY — The Commonwealth easily proved probable cause last month against the two suspects in the murder of Joy Schultz — George Schultz and his son George Schuppan. The two are expected to be formally indicted on all charges on April 27 by a Page County grand jury. Page County General District Court Judge Dale Houff listened to more than 90 minutes of testimony, as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ilona White established a timeline that placed the former husband and his son with issues of credibility.

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