Luray High School temporarily evacuated

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Luray High School was temporarily evacuated Monday afternoon May 2 after smoke was seen coming from the building.

Around 2 p.m. smoke was reported in the school’s common area when the fire department was called.

The school was evacuated for approximately 15 minutes as authorities investigated.

Fire personnel were able to determine the smoke was coming from a malfunctioning furnace.

Fire officials were able to remedy the situation quickly and students, staff and faculty were able to safely re-enter the building at approximately 2:15 p.m..

By 2:40 p.m. school officials posted on the Page County Public School website that the situation had been remedied.

The post goes on to praise the quick response of local emergency services.

Luray High School Principal Nicky Clark went on to praise the response of students and staff.

According to the post the principal said the students and staff handled the situation beautifully.

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News Maker Sam Quinones on tomorrow’s 2/23 presentation

Page Alliance for Community Action and Northwestern Community Services Board will present journalist and bestselling author Sam Quinones at Luray High School.

Sam has written five books including The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in a Time of Fentanyl and Meth.

Sam’s talk will be on addiction and the importance of community support for those with substance issues.

We spoke to Sam in our latest news maker segment about his presentation.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Sam tells us about his free presentation that begins at 6:30 tomorrow Feb. 23.

Sam also tells us about his discoveries made while traveling the country and observing the national addiction crisis.

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News Maker Sam Quinones on tomorrow's 2/23 presentation
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Best selling author Sam Quinones comes to Luray

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An email from Page Alliance for Community Action and Northwestern Community Services Board announced they will host author Sam Quinones.

The New York Times best selling author will be at Luray High School Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m..

The presentation is free and open to the public with a chance to get a signed copy of his book The Least of Us.

The book and Quinones talk focuses on the hardships families face when dealing with addiction and working together to create a community of healing.

The event is free but tickets are needed to attend and can obtained here.

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Graduations dominated the weekend

The weekend saw a number of Graduation ceremonies in the area.

Shenandoah University (SU) had over 1400 students receive diplomas in several ceremonies starting Sat. and ending Sun..

Senator Mark Warner was the keynote speaker on Sat. morning at SU.

Shenandoah County’s Stonewall Jackson High School held graduation Sat. morning with 134 seniors receiving their diplomas.

Luray High School held their ceremony Sat. morning as well with close to 120 graduates.

Sat. night Shenandoah County’s Central High School held their graduation with 176 seniors receiving diplomas.

Page County High School handed out close to 145 diplomas at their Sat. night ceremony.

Congratulations to all seniors and all the best in your future from the River 953.

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