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Edinburg teen performs on ‘Ellen’

WOODSTOCK — John-Robert Rimel used to be a local sensation - it's hard not to be impressed by a 13-year-old who can sing like he can - but he's got a much bigger following now that he's been a veteran performer of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Two candidates vye to fill Joe Williams’ shoes as next mayor of Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON — Two Mount Jackson men are vying for town mayor in the first election since the unexpected death of Mayor Joe Williams, who had served as the town’s leader for 15 years. The contenders are Al Asbury, 67, who moved to the town in 1995, and Bucky Miller, 37, a Mount Jackson native. Interim Mayor Michael Koontz is not running for election because things are busy at First Bank, where he works, and at home, where he has a large family, he said. Koontz served as a councilman between 1996 and 2008 and the town council appointed him to take Williams’ place after the mayor died July 16 at the age of 81.

Electric Co-Op proposing base rate increases of 5-7%

HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative is proposing a base-rate increase for the first time in nearly 14 years. The base rate is the cost electric customers pay each month to receive service from SVEC. It pays for the equipment and processes needed to generate and deliver power. The total cost changes with consumption, but the rate remains constant each month.

4 candidates for 3 seats in New Market

NEW MARKET — Terms on the New Market Town Council will expire in June for vice mayor John Blosser, and council members Gary Comer and Peggy Harkness. They are seeking re-election, and James Stroop Jr. is hoping to unseat one of them in the May election.

Valley Health patient records to go electric

WINCHESTER — In a matter of weeks, Valley Health will launch its electronic records management system. The use of EpicCare will begin in some outpatient offices throughout the health system on April 8. The entire system will be using it by May 30.

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