The Warren Sentinel

Virginia Air Show cleared for takeoff this weekend

FRONT ROYAL — Planes, a miniature train and automobiles will be some of the attractions to entice motorheads of all ages at the ninth-annual Virginia Air Show. The air show will take off at 7 a.m. with a hot air balloon launch at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport at 229 Stokes Road Airport Road off Rivermont Drive. During a noon ceremony, a skydiver will descend from above with the American flag in tow while "The Star Spangled Banner" plays. The air show is set to feature The Flying Circus Airshow, an aerobatic performance by a crew based in Bealeton. The show also will include static airplane displays and fly-bys by aircraft including gyro copters and a P-51 Mustang.

I-66 bridge dedicated in honor of fallen trooper

FRONT ROYAL — State Trooper Harry Lee Henderson wore other hats besides the one that went with his police uniform. He was a Scout leader and a father who left an indelible mark throughout Warren County. Henderson was killed on Interstate 66 during a traffic stop in 1987 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer that strayed off the road. Now, when motorists drive through Warren County on the interstate, they will pass over Morgan Ford Road on the Harry Lee Henderson Memorial Bridge. Friends, family members, Boy Scouts, county officials and police officers packed the ceremony hall Tuesday morning at the Front Royal Golf Club to honor Hendersonís legacy and unveil the sign that will preserve his memory.

National NAACP chief to speak at Warren-Page chapter banquet

FRONT ROYAL — The president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will address the local chapter at its annual Freedom Fund Banquet. The Warren-Page NAACP this week named Cornell Brooks as its keynote speaker for the chapterís 59th annual Freedom Fund Banquet, which is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 111 Hospitality Drive, off Winchester Road. The theme for the banquet will be "All Lives Matter and All Votes Count," Warren-Page NAACP President A.D. Carter said Tuesday. Brooks, a civil-rights attorney and social justice advocate, became the NAACPís 18th chief executive in 2014.

Town names Wilson its new finance director

FRONT ROYAL — B.J. Wilson recently got a promotion and lost the ìinterimî from his title. Wilson was named the townís director of finance. He had served as interim finance director since the retirement of Kim Gilkey-Breeden in March. Wilson has 18 years of finance and accounting experience and is certified as a Virginia Contracting Associate for Governmental Purchasing, according to a town news release.

Teen cancer survivor plans to help others in fight against disease

FRONT ROYAL — A Winchester teen who has successfully fought off leukemia is enjoying her last visit to Camp Fantasic as a camper. "It's my final year, so Iím kind of sad about that," Abby Snider said. Now 17 and cancer-free, she is aging out of the program established in 1983 for children ages 7-17 fighting cancer and held each year since at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Warren County. However, sheís not done with the camp.

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