Page News and Courier

Page Theater must go digital

LURAY — Jerry Spencer, 73, loves the theater business, but not the movie industry — or at least what it has become. Owner of the Page Theater since 1989, Spencer's livelihood is under threat from the movie industry's drive to push theaters in the U.S. to go digital. The choice: Go digital or go dark.

A Day No Pigs Would Be Chased: Virus cancels fair plans

FRONT ROYAL — A fatal virus infecting millions of baby pigs across the U.S. has caused the cancellation of the popular pig scrambles at area fairs this year.

Puppy mill discovered in Page

LURAY — What began as a concern for the Page County Animal Shelter in Stanley became a six-state mobilization of fifty volunteers from the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC). The Page County Sheriff's Office raided the Mill Creek Kennels owned and operated by Lennis and William Atkins specializing in breeding small dogs. “Operation Liberty Dogs” from resources provided by ARC arrived at 1608 Mill Creek Crossroads near Luray early Thursday morning with a search warrant. The first priority was to provide treatment to the most vulnerable animals. The Page County Animal Shelter, Virginia State Veterinarian, Dr. Carolyn Bissett, along with American Dog Rescue providing financial resources rescued 135 dogs and four parrots.

Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging returning to normal after financial scandal

FRONT ROYAL — With the exception of the diversion of most of its fundraising dollars to debt payments, Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) leaders say the nonprofit that assists senior citizens in the region has returned to relatively normal operations. Services provided to clients are increasing, Executive Director Cathie Galvin said, as are donations to the organization. That’s great news for the agency, which suffered financially for months after a financial scandal was uncovered in 2011.

Grand jury hands down 44 indictments against former church secretary

LURAY ― A former secretary of the St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church is accused of swindling thousands of dollars from the Luray church over a six-year period. Ellen Housden Fields, 51, of Luray, faces 44 indictments alleging a string of embezzlements that occurred between 2008 and 2014.

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