Municipal offices closed for Memorial Day

A reminder that municipal offices throughout the region will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Schedules for services such as garbage collection have been adjusted for the coming week. Check with your local office or municipal website for updates.

Front Royal

Winchester

Stephens City

Middletown

Strasburg

Toms Brook

Woodstock

Edinburg

Mount Jackson

New Market

Luray

Berryville

There will be Memorial Day observances regionwide, including Middletown, which will have a remembrance and wreath-laying at 1 p.m. Monday at the Veterans memorial.

The Winchester Rotary Club will hold its Healing field of honor closing ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday at Handley High School.

Also, Virginia State Police urge motorists to use extra caution as the holiday combines with recent graduations to result in increased traffic.

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Parking restrictions for parade in Stephens City

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Stephens City police remind residents that parking restrictions are in place today along Main Street to accommodate the Newtown Heritage Festival Parade. Restricted areas will be signed as such.

Part of Main Street will be closed around 1:45 p.m. so the parade can begin at 2. The parade is expected to last about an hour.

The festival will be going on all day, so motorists are reminded to watch for pedestrians and use extra caution today. There will be live music at Newtown Commons and the festival will culminate with fireworks at 9 p.m.

The Shenandoah Fire Company also is holding its Memorial Day festival today in Luray with a bake sale until noon at the Carnival grounds, a parade at 4 p.m and live music tonight.

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Stonewall Jackson Highway reopened

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Stonewall Jackson Highway was reopened this morning after a crash affected traffic in both directions overnight near Rocky Lane.

The Warren County Sheriff’s office has not released details of the crash or identified anyone involved in it. Deputies urge caution when driving through the area, as there is loose gravel from a fluid spill cleanup.

Virginia State Police are handling the investigation.

Openings available for rape-defense course

The Page County Sheriff’s Office still has openings available for its rape aggression training program, which is set to start Monday.

The four-session course is designed to give women the skills and confidence needed to protect themselves against sexual assault.

Sessions are scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 13, May 16, May 20 and May 23 at Luray High School. Attendance is required for at least the first three sessions to complete the course.

The sheriff’s office will offer the course again in October.

Anyone interested should call 540-743-6571 or email jmckenzie@pagesheriff.com.

Comfort & Healing Care Packages

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During the month of December, the Luray Women in Business group will be accepting donations for Choices.

Choices is a local non – profit that houses women and children that have been the victims of sexual and domestic

abuse. They will be accepting donations of Comfort & Healing packages to benefit these survivors.

They are in need of bedroom slippers, sports bras or bras without underwire, underwear, cozy socks, yoga pants,

leggings, lounge pants, & gift cards. All sizes are needed larger are preferred.

If you are interested in donating supplies, you can drop them off at the Luray – Page County Chamber of Commerce

& Visitor Center located at 18 Campbell Street, Luray, every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or at Anderson Corporation, 31

Stoney Brook Lane, Luray, Monday through Friday 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Follow up on Mon.’s barricade situation in Luray

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As a follow up to the barricade situation in Luray on Sept. 26 police have a made an arrest.

According to the Page Valley News  Luray Police have arrested Jeffery Wright of Spotsylvania County.

After repeated attempts to get Wright out of the barricaded home in the 300 block of  Luray Avenue failed authorities forced their way in.

There they found Wright and a 15 year old female in the attic of the residence.

The female had been reported missing from another jurisdiction two months earlier.

As to why the two barricaded themselves in the home it is still being determined.

At this time Wright is only charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle but the investigation is ongoing.

Initially it was believed that Wright was holding Savannah Lee Emigh a 22 year old missing female from Mineral Virginia.

Louisa County Sheriff’s Office reported that Emigh was tracked to the Luray area.

Emigh was not with Wright and has been found safe according to Louisa County Authorities.

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VFW scam in Page County

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The Page County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents, especially small business owners, about a scam involving individuals pretending to represent the local VFW Comer-Jones Post 621 in Luray.

The scam is attempting to lure local businesses into buying advertising for a community calendar through an email and by phone.

They are not affiliated with the the VFW and have contacted people in the area and outside the state.

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Luray intersection improvements begin

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Major improvements will begin at 3 intersections in Luray this week and will continue for the next eight months.

The intersections affected will include Northcott Drive and West Main Street, Northcott Dr and Lee Highway, and West Main Street and Lee Highway.

Construction is planned to start on April 20th and will shut down a portion of Northcott Drive.

Motorists should be aware of lane shifts or closures in that area until completion of the project.

General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton was awarded the $1.6 million contract by VDOT with completion scheduled for December.

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Luray postpones the tree planting tomorrow 3/12

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The town of Luray announced the postponement of the tree planting event scheduled for tomorrow Mar. 12.

The tree planting has been planned at Hawksbill Creek each Sat. in Mar. the next one is scheduled for the 19 with an Apr. 2 date added.

The tree planting helps reduce the water’s temperature and improve the biodiversity of the creek.

Volunteers are needed to help plant even if you can only work a few hours.

Volunteers meet Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Luray Park and Ride and work until 3 p.m..

The postponement tomorrow Mar. 12 is due to the predicted weather.

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Page County couple is sentenced on drug charges

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A news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia confirms the sentence of a Luray Resident.

Danica Lee Strate of Luray  pleaded guilty on Feb. 4 to one count of the possession of 29 pounds of methamphetamine.

Strate and co-defendant Gene Stidham were living in Stanley in 2019 when law enforcement and a probation officer raided their residence.

During the search crystal methamphetamine, a wallet and plastic bags were recovered.

Later a subsequent search uncovered a duffel bag with the 29 pounds of methamphetamine, cash, scales, pistol and other items.

Stidham has since been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for illegal drug trafficking offenses.

Strate has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to similar charges.

The investigation was conducted by Page County Authorities, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and explosives and Virginia State Police.

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