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
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 ― 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
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
Spotswood won the last Conference 29 boys' basketball championship that will ever be handed out.
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.
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.