Warren County tourism spending increased in 2016

FRONT ROYAL — Visitors to Warren County spent nearly $140 million here in 2016, according to a report released last week by the Virginia Tourism Corp. That figure is up about 3 percent from 2015, when tourists spent about $135.9 million in Warren County. It includes revenue taken from hotel occupancy rates and receipts from restaurants and tourist attractions. That spending netted about $2.8 million in local taxes, $6.5 million in state taxes and supported 1,670 jobs, according to the report. Total payroll from those jobs was about $31.8 million.  
The Warren Sentinel /  09-25-2017  

Tourism groups get state grants

HARRISONBURG – Four Valley initiatives have received state funding to boost local and regional tourism. On Tuesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that more than $967,000 in matching grants will be distributed to 50 tourism programs statewide as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program. A $50,000 grant will be split among Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, the city tourism office and the city Department of Economic Development. The Shenandoah Spirits Trail received a $36,000 grant to target millennials and baby boomers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.The Passport to a Shenandoah BeerWerks Adventure, a 12-location beer trail featuring all four Harrisonburg craft breweries, received more than $22,000 for cross-promotion of each brewery and advertising outdoor activities. Today’s Shenandoah Valley Takes Flight, a collaboration led by the Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership and the Front Royal-based Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, also received $25,000 for the promotion of the Valley as “an outstanding year-round destination to global visitors."

State OKs regional economic development plan

HARRISONBURG – A five-year plan for economic growth in the Valley focuses on raising and retaining employment in five growing industries. On Sept. 13, the 24-member GO Virginia State Board approved an Economic Growth and Diversification Plan prepared by the program’s Region 8 Council. The council consists of 28 business and industry leaders in the 8th Region, which covers the Valley from Lexington to Winchester. GO Virginia, also known as the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region, was created in 2015 to encourage communities in nine regions of the state to work together to spur economic growth. It operates under the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Region 8 plan calls for increased workforce recruitment and training in five industry sectors that are expected to grow in the Valley during the next five years.

Brews and Blues festival to feature dozens of breweries

FRONT ROYAL — Local and regional brewers and musicians will be featured Saturday at the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce's eighth-annual Brew and Blues Festival. About 55 beers will be featured, including selections from Virginia breweries and more well-known national brands, according to Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster. The beer samplings will be accompanied by performances from Hypnotic Willie and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils. Drinking is not necessary to enjoy the day, Foster said. There will also be yard games such as corn hole, myriad of food selections and 40 vendors. The festival is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. in the Village Commons and on Chester Street. While a portion of Chester Street will be closed to traffic, Main Street will remain open.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-22-2017  
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Dedication of monument brings history to life

STANLEY — At the beginning of this year, after much deliberation, the Ed Good Park in Stanley was chosen as the site of a new monument to honor families who were displaced by the Shenandoah National Park. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Ridge Heritage Project’s chimney monument took place back in early April of this year. The official ceremony was brought to attention by Rose Ann Smythe, who stressed the importance of starting out with a song from High Ground called “What we could see for free.” Bill Henry, the founder of the entire Blue Ridge Heritage Project, pointed out that in each of the eight counties, the monuments will be unique to that community. Two of the main things that are unique to this monument are the size of it and the stone work that went into in by Clyde Jenkins and his helpers.
Page News and Courier /  09-22-2017

Hemp to harvest: Lawmakers, advocates tour Rodes’ Port Republic farm during a Hemp Field Day

PORT REPUBLIC — U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s industrial hemp bill charged this year’s industrial hemp field day, which drew about two dozen people to Glenn Rodes’ Port Republic farm Friday. Goodlatte’s Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 would remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act’s definition of marijuana and would allow states to create hemp cultivation programs. It is illegal to grow hemp in the U.S. unless it is grown for an approved university research program, which requires background checks and fingerprinting, said Mike Renfroe, the biology professor at James Madison University heading up the school’s hemp research. Rodes has about 10 acres of hemp, which he has grown in conjunction with JMU’s research for the last two years.
The Valley Banner /  09-22-2017

Front Royal selects Magalis as its next police chief

FRONT ROYAL — The town police department has a new leader, as Warren County Sheriffís Maj. Kerry L. "Kahle" Magalis II was introduced last week as Front Royal's next chief of police. He is taking the reins from Bruce Hite, who served as interim chief since May. Hite assumed he interim role when Norman Shiflett retired after holding the position since September 2012.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-18-2017

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