VaNews for Page County
More than 410,000 tons of poultry waste and one billion gallons of liquid manure are generated every year from chicken, turkey and dairy and beef cow operations in the Shenandoah Valley counties of Augusta, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah.
While the close of 2016 saw just one less fatal overdose in the region than in 2015, authorities say they are hoping that instead of continuing on the defense against substance abuse and heroin, they can finally begin to be proactive.
According to numbers provided by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, the region comprising Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page saw 29 overdose deaths in 2016. In 2015, there were 30 such deaths, down slightly from 33 the previous year.
Page County Sheriff John B. Thomas lost his bid for another term in office to Chadwick W. “Chad” Cubbage in the general election on Tuesday, while C. Grayson Markowitz topped eight other candidates for the county’s clerk of court seat.
A Page County elected official is facing more than a dozen criminal counts after his arrest Monday on charges related to the falsifying of vehicle titles.
J.D. Cave, 65, of Stanley, is charged with 15 felonies and one misdemeanor, including five felony counts of forgery. The charges were filed by a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles special agent.
A school superintendent who refused to release a student’s school records to police investigating a threat of school violence was within her rights under federal law, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled.
In an official opinion, Cuccinelli said the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorized the school chief to deny access to a pupil’s records for a law enforcement officer seeking information about a threatened school shooting in Page County.
An independent survey that graded the transparency of government websites in Virginia gave Harrisonburg’s site a grade of B, while marking both Rockingham and Page Counties with C grades.
The Virginia Coalition for Open Government surveyed the ease by which an entity’s budget could be found on its website.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Craig, Frederick, Page and Surry counties as a primary disaster area because of damage caused by drought and excessive heat in 2011. Prince George County received the designation because of damage caused by Hurricane Irene.