The Warren Sentinel

Shenandoah National Park nears ‘grand finale’

If a year in the Shenandoah National Park were a symphony, Superintendent Jim Northrup thinks of the fall season as the “fantastic grand finale.” “It’s amazing — a huge crescendo of visitors and foliage and excitement around the park,” the park’s manager said. “Color season is, by far, our busiest season. It definitely takes a lot of preparation across the park.”

New judges appointed in the Valley

HARRISONBURG — The General Assembly selected new judges for the state Sept. 18, picking three Harrisonburg lawyers to fill spots in the 26th Judicial District. As is the norm when filling judgeships, the legislature relied on the recommendations of the local state delegation in making the picks.

Avtex property released

FRONT ROYAL — “It’s about time they finally did something with it.” That was the opinion of Warren County native Harry Deavers, who first went to work at the rayon manufacturing plant in Front Royal when it was owned by the FMC Corporation in 1966. He was among those who lost their jobs when the plant closed in 1989. “I was very upset when it closed,” Deavers said. “I was making a pretty good living there.” Deavers was in attendance at the Avtex Community Day ceremony on Saturday morning, held at the new Warren County groundwater leachate plant on the former Avtex property. The ceremony signified the return of the 440-acre property to the community after a government-sponsored cleanup that took 25 years and $150 million dollars, according to figures provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Following the ceremony were tours of the site and a community festival near the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA)headquarters on Kendrick Lane.

THIS WEEKEND: Brew & Blues Festival, Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL — Virginia’s craft beer industry has been growing steadily in recent years, which is why the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce created the annual Brew & Blues Festival, now in its fifth year, slated for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, on Main Street in downtown Front Royal. About 2,500 people attended last year and organizers expect roughly the same number this year, if not more.

Four new judges likely to be added in 26th Judicial District

WINCHESTER — Four new judges are expected to be added to the benches in the Northern Shenandoah Valley next week. They were selected from among 19 candidates seeking the judgeships in the 26th Judicial District, according to a joint news release from Republican Dels. Mark Berg, Frederick County; Randy Minchew, Leesburg; Dave LaRock, Hamilton; Todd Gilbert, Woodstock; Steve Landes, Verona; Tony Wilt, Harrisonburg and Michael Webert, Marshall; along with GOP Sens. Jill Vogel, Upperville; Mark Obenshain, Harrisonburg and Emmett Hanger, Mount Solon.

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