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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Library making history digital for Archives Month

EDINBURG — October is National Archives Month, and the Shenandoah County Library is kicking off the celebration by digitizing historical documents both in its own archives and from county residents’ attics. Volunteers with the Edinburg library scanned historical photographs and documents for the library system’s Truban Archives as part of Public Digitization Day on Saturday.

Light bulb comes on for students at Energy Challenge 2015

QUICKSBURG — About 100 North Fork Middle School sixth graders are on notice to figure out how to harness alternative energy following a challenge from Shenandoah County’s superintendent on Oct. 2. Dr. Jeremy Raley presented the Energy Challenge 2015 to kick off sixth graders’ study of energy in their science classes. Raley urged students to think of ways to make NFMS greener and save the school district money.

‘Angels in Adoption’

ELKTON – A couple of Elkton “angels” were recognized by a national adoption organization this week. Jeff and Molly Butler were honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and a gala on Oct. 7. The festivities took place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Butlers were each selected as an “Angel in Adoption” for devoting their lives to adoption by adopting seven children from foreign nations over the past 18 years.
The Valley Banner /  10-12-2015

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Local Sports

Panthers blast Mountaineers

Page puts five in double figures during Region B quarterfinal

Luray boys headed to Region B semifinal

Could there be a rematch with cross-county rival Page?

Stonewall Jackson girls stay alive

The Stonewall Jackson girls basketball team kept its season alive, going on the road Wednesday night to defeat homestanding Cumberland County, 60-27, in the first round of the Region B, Division 1 Tournament.

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