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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Luray and the DOF team up for water quality

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Luray and the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) announced that they are inviting volunteers to plant trees along the Hawksbill Creek.

Trees will be planted along the creek to improve water quality through the riparian buffer professionals will be on hand to demonstrate and teach the importance of the effort.

Tools will be provided with volunteers invited each Sat. in Mar. to preform the work to protect the water way.

Each day begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. starting at the Luray Park and Ride on Rt. 211 rain or shine.

Dress appropriately for the weather and for work around water.

Bring your own drinking water and pack a lunch for a midday break.

If weather becomes a factor dates will be moved to April.

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PACA Polar Bear Plunge

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The Page Alliance for Community Action is doing their Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Arrowhead

Saturday February 19th. There are 3 ways to plunge in person, virtually, and you can also choose the

one to plunge. Ages 11 and up may register and teams are required to have at least 5 members with a

team discount. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and the best virtual plunge submission.

For complete details and registry you can visit

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Page County Authorities increase their presence at Page County Schools

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A social post from Page County Public Schools announced the increased presence of law enforcement at schools and at school activities.

The post reads that the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Luray Police Department will have a noticeable increase in presence at Page County Schools in the future.

This was after the Page County Public Schools Central Office received what’s being considered a threatening phone call.

The call came from an unknown individual who never made a direct threat to anyone in the division.

However out of an abundance of caution the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Luray Police Department were notified.

The Sheriff’s Office and Police will continue to ensure student and staff safety in school and at after school activities for as long as is deemed necessary.

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Luray Police respond to a threat on school property

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In a social post from the Luray Police Department it is reveled that they have charged a woman for making an oral threat.

The post reads that LPD continues to investigate an incident of an oral threat being made on school property.

The perceived threat was made during a school board meeting on mask mandates and caused public alarm.

Immediately after the perceived threat the woman contacted law enforcement and apologized for the statement.

The woman was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

The woman is cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Measures have been put in place to ensure safety of students and staff at all schools.

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Luray Police seek information on a home invasion and car theft

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According to a Luray Police Department (LPD) social media post authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a stolen 2007 Laser Blue Chevrolet Equinox.

The vehicle has a Virginia Registration 3160CC with slight damage to the passenger side door and rear fender.

An abandoned vehicle was found near the scene on Old Farm Rd..

That vehicle is a 2006 bright blue Kia with Texas plates.

The Kia is registered to a Harrisonburg subject named Gonzalez who may be involved in the incident.

The Equinox was stolen during a home invasion early yesterday Oct. 31 in the Collins Ave. area.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or home invasion is asked to call (540) 743-5343.

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LFCC celebrates the grand opening of Jenkins Hall in Luray

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) celebrated the grand opening of the new permanent site at the former Wrangler Annex building in Luray.

The 13,000 square foot Jenkins Hall features classrooms, science and health labs, trades lab, boardroom and student commons area.

The modern state of the art labs are a huge step forward for the college in Luray.

The facility was being used back in Jan. but with limited classes.

Because of the pandemic the grand opening was delayed.

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