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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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Elkton man shot by trooper charged

ELKTON — The Virginia State Police have filed charges against an Elkton man accused of attempting to wound a trooper Sunday evening. Shaun A. Riley, 34, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding of a police officer related to an encounter at the Mount Sidney rest stop on Interstate 81, according to a Friday news release. He was shot by a trooper and is still being treated for “serious injuries” at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. The name of the trooper involved in the shooting has not been released.
The Valley Banner /  02-16-2017

Page County man faces up to two life sentences in connection with April shooting of pregnant woman

LURAY ― On his second day of trial on Tuesday just before 9 a.m., Matthew David Furlow sits on a bench in Page County Circuit Court. Ten months after he was initially charged in connection with the shooting of a pregnant woman, his once buzz-cut hair is noticeably longer and a small, tear-shaped tattoo is discerned at the corner of his eye. A large white cross hangs from his collared shirt. Every so often, he turns to look at a crowd of about 18 spectators, as whispered chatter in the court room indicates that Furlow is expected to change his plea. Around 9:10 a.m., he does. “I felt that it was just the right thing to do,” the 27-year-old tells Judge Clark Ritchie when asked what prompted his decision to plead guilty to all charges. In total, Furlow pleaded to eight felony charges, including attempted capital murder, conspiracy to commit capital murder, aggravated malicious wounding, attempting to conceal a body, abduction by force/intimidation, grand larceny and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Page News and Courier /  02-15-2017

Strasburg to get some ‘LOVE’

STRASBURG – Town leaders are asking residents where a Virginia LOVEwork sculpture should be placed in town. The town placed a survey on its website and in residents’ February water bills asking whether the sculpture should be placed at the outdoor pavilion being constructed east of Town Hall or at the Gateway to Shenandoah Visitor Center at the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park. Responses are due by March 17. The Virginia Tourism Corporation operates the LOVEwork program as a way to promote family-friendly tourism across the state. Sixty-seven cities and towns in Virginia have permanent LOVEwork sculptures, according to virginia.org. The VTC also establishes temporary LOVEwork signs across the state on a rotating basis.

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Local Sports

Warren County Dominates Conference 28 Wrestling Tourney

Despite being an underdog to one of the state's best wrestling programs, Warren County won big at the Conference 28 tournament.
02-13-2017

Page shakes off Nelson County, 61-44

After a gritty tournament win over Nelson County, the Page County Panthers are hungry for another shot at East Rockingham.
02-12-2017

Bischoff sparks Strasburg’s comeback win over Madison County

Strasburg's unlikely comeback win against Madison County sets up a favorable play-in game for the Rams.
02-05-2017

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