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SAAA to search for director; will give workers a raise

After struggling financially for more than 19 months, the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) is giving its employees a raise and is ready to hire a permanent leader. The SAAA’s board of directors on Monday voted 8-0 to begin a search for an executive director. The title, Chairman John Hudson said after the meeting, reflects a change from the former president and CEO label to bring the SAAA in line with other similar agencies in Virginia. The SAAA has been without a permanent leader since Helen Cockrell was fired as president and CEO in September 2011. Cockrell, 57, was indicted by a Warren County grand jury on April 1 on four felony counts of embezzling amounts of $200 or more from the nonprofit group.

Former Sen. Byrd will serve as honorary grand marshall for 86th Apple Blossom Festival

The honorary grand marshal for the 86th  Shenandoah Apple Blossom will be longtime festival participant,   former  U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr. As honorary grand marshal, Byrd, 98, of Winchester will ride  in the Chevrolet Grand Feature Parade, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, said John H. Rosenberger, executive director of the festival.

Garden tour offers glimpse inside historic homes Saturday in Front Royal

As many as 300 people are expected to visit Front Royal this weekend for the Garden Club of Warren County's house and garden tour. Proceeds from the tour, which includes four Victorian homes in Front Royal, will benefit the Garden Club of Virginia for the restoration of gardens in historic properties in Virginia. The event is part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia. Members of the Garden Club of Warren County will create floral arrangements for each room in every house on the tour.

Front Royal Council casts final vote to move town elections from May to November

For the final vote Monday night on moving the town’s traditional May elections to November, there was little discussion and the measure passed with the same 5-1 margin it had on the first reading two weeks ago. Though the debate among the members of the Front Royal Town Council on moving elections to November has been largely settled for the past year, the even-vs.-odd -year wrangling had continued up until last week.

Boys charged with felonies after fire at elementary school

Two boys have been charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors in connection with the April 10 fire at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. Because the suspects are juveniles, their names have not been released. There were no injuries from the fire, which was started in the school's physical education room, located on the second floor.

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