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Warren administrator: Number of home starts back to normal

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County housing market in 2016 continued its slow climb back from the down years of the recession. The number of new home starts in Warren County increased by 29 from 2015 to 2016, sustaining a trend since an all-time low in 2010, when a total of 51 units were started. New home starts last year numbered 145 compared to 116 in 2015, the sixth consecutive year of an increase. Of the new home starts, 14 were in the Town of Front Royal, down one from 2015. That illustrates a steady increase, as there 87 new home starts in 2014 and 82 in 2013. Along with communities throughout the nation, Warren Countyís housing market suffered from 2008 to 2013. The county dipped to its lowest new home start figures in 2010 with 55. The normal number of new home starts for a year in Warren County is between 125 and 175, County Administrator Doug Stanley said.  
The Warren Sentinel /  02-23-2017  

Warren supervisors OK Reliance Road truck ban; Frederick board must approve before going to state

FRONT ROYAL — A truck ban on Reliance Road is one step closer to reality. The Warren County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board prohibit trucks on the road during its Tuesday meeting. Reliance Road is narrow and tractor-trailers rarely are completely on the proper side of the median, said Supervisor Dan Murray, who lives on Reliance Road. While most of Reliance Road stretches across about five miles of Warren County, about one mile is in Frederick County. For that reason, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors also must support the resolution for further action to be considered. The Frederick County Supervisors planned on holding a public hearing regarding the issue Wednesday night. The outcome was not available at press time.
The Warren Sentinel /  02-23-2017  

Stanley Elementary teacher, school, garner state recognition

STANLEY ― A Stanley Elementary teacher this month garnered state recognition for Elementary Teacher Excellence. During the Virginia Children's Engineering Council's annual convention on Feb. 9 and 10, second-grade Stanley Elementary School teacher Kelley Davis was recognized for receiving the Virginia Elementary Teacher Excellence Award ― the highest state honor given to technology and engineering education teachers. Stanley Elementary additionally was recognized for winning the Elementary Program Excellence Award. The awards, sponsored by Pitsco Education, were announced in August during a Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association conference.
Page News and Courier /  02-22-2017  

Council adds support to Shenandoah Wellness Park proposal

ELKTON — Despite reservations, Elkton officials are throwing their support behind a proposed wellness facility. The proposed Shenandoah Wellness Park would be part of a massive undertaking with four facilities on hundreds of acres called the Blue Ridge Project led by developer Pham Chopra. While it was clear officials had many questions about the project at Monday’s Town Council meeting, the panel voted 4-1 to support the project. Council members Margaretta Isom, Jeff Jones, Harry Armbruster and Steve America voted to support the development, while Councilman Josh Gooden voted against it. Councilman Jay Dean was absent. Mayor Wayne Printz said the town’s support was needed so Chopra could seek funding for the project.
The Valley Banner /  02-22-2017  
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County investigating cause of antique store fire

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Woodstock antique store on Feb. 10. According to Lt. Aaron Sigler of Woodstock Fire Department, crews at the station received a call about a structure fire at 5:57 a.m. and arrived at Just Looking Antiques and Thrift Shop at 164 N. Main St. three minutes later. The 3,200-square-foot building was engulfed in flames by the time crews got there, Sigler said.

Council schedules public hearing for new industrial zone

MOUNT JACKSON — On Tuesday, Mount Jackson Town Council scheduled a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission for a proposed amendment that would create a new zoning district in town. The hearing will be held at the town offices on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. The proposed general industrial, or I-2, district would allow 18 kinds of industrial and commercial enterprises by right, and an additional four uses by special use permit. The amendment would also adjust the town’s existing limited industrial, or I-1, district to allow 18 uses by right and six by special use permit. Currently, 28 uses require a special use permit and none are allowed by right. Council members and commissioners started discussing the amendment in January as a way to make it easier for companies to open, expand or relocate to the area.

Juvenile charged in bomb threat

FRONT ROYAL — A Skyline High School student was charged last week with threatening to bring an explosive device to the school, according to a Warren County Sheriffís Office news release. The unnamed juvenile was charged with threats to bomb, a class five felony, the release said. He was taken into custody at the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Warren County Sheriffís Office School Resource Deputy Paul Brenner met Feb. 8 with Skyline High School administrators with regard to a student who allegedly discussed bringing explosive devices to the school later in the week, the release said.
The Warren Sentinel /  02-16-2017

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Local Sports

Spotswood’s late rally earns Blazers final Conference 29 championship

Spotswood won the last Conference 29 boys' basketball championship that will ever be handed out.
02-22-2017

Luray girls trending up with regional bid on the line

After a blowout win over William Campbell in the opening round of the Conference 44 tournament, the Luray girls' basketball team is hitting their stride at the right time.
02-20-2017

East Rock, Stuarts Draft still alive in 2A East

With the east regional trimmed to eight teams after Friday night's opening round, East Rockingham and Stuarts Draft are the lone Valley teams remaining in the boys' tournament.
02-18-2017

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