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Valley church destroyed in early-morning blaze
SHENANDOAH ― Investigators, including ATF agents, sifted through charred remnants and ruin last Thursday afternoon, searching for the cause of a blaze that destroyed a Page County church.
Page News and Courier / 02-12-2014
George Washington National Forest Management Plan Still Stalled
HARRISONBURG — After more than two years of estimating when a new George Washington National Forest management plan would be complete, U.S. Forest Service officials have declined to make another guess on when a final decision will be reached. The plan, last revised in 1993, is generally updated every 10 to 15 years. The U.S. Forest Service most recently missed a completion target of fall 2013.
New fall festival forming in Page County
LURAY ― The Superintendent for Page County Public Schools is forging ahead with plans for a countywide fall festival. The plan: a three-day “Farm and Foliage Festival” that would feature vendors, events and the participation of the county's three towns. The purpose: generating new revenue for both the county and the school system. The price tag: a request of $40,000 of the county's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). The problem: the county's not on board ― at least not yet. Technically, the school board's not, either.
Page News and Courier / 02-07-2014
Town, LDI at crossroads on funds, Festival of Spring
LURAY — A spirited debate over whether last year’s event coordinator for the Festival of Spring should receive additional funding of $10,000 dominated last week’s council meeting. Liz Lewis, Director of the Luray Downtown Initiative (LDI) claimed that if the town council did not award LDI the money — then the annual May festival would not go on as scheduled.
Page News and Courier / 02-05-2014
PTS remains allusive on repayment of $300,000 loan for Project Braveheart
LURAY — The stalemate between the state and Page County regarding the unpaid balance of $300,000 that David Tong of Premier Technical Services (PTS) received in 2008 for Project Braveheart remains unresolved. Attorneys for the state and county claim that they are not responsible for repayment of the state grant funds.The $300,000 Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund Grant was tied to a Performance Agreement that targeted a total investment of $16.5 million. The undeveloped project proposed constructing a data processing facility to create 96 new jobs for Page County.
Page News and Courier / 01-29-2014