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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Shenandoah County residents to schools: Fund STEM, CTE

WOODSTOCK — More than 690 Shenandoah County residents voiced their support for STEM, preschool and Career and Technical Education funding through an online budget survey in January. Shenandoah County Public Schools conducted the survey on its website from Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. Results were released on Feb. 1. The survey received 609 responses, with 314 of them, or 52 percent, coming from school employees and 295 from parents, students and other county residents. When asked what the division’s top three funding priorities should be, 263 respondents chose Career and Technical Education, 172 chose school technology and 147 chose preschool programs. Other choices included summer school, virtual courses and the Biomedical Academy at Central High School.

Multicultural worship service aims to bring King’s dream to life

FRONT ROYAL — During the benediction at the Warren-Page NAACPís Martin Luther King event Jan. 16, the Rev. Ed Dawkins of the Front Royal Presbyterian Church noted that 11 a.m. on Sunday is the most segregated time. Nearly a month later, his church is trying to do something about that, having invited members of the area's predominantly black churches to attend its 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Dawkins hopes this "multicultural" worship service will make a reality of King's dream that "one day white and black hands would join together to work together, to pray together, to struggle together."
The Warren Sentinel /  02-10-2017

Department mourns retired officers’ deaths

FRONT ROYAL — The town police department is mourning the recent, unrelated losses of two of its own. Greg A. Settle, a 22-year veteran of the department who retired in 2009, died Feb. 1. He was 58. Ralph C. Buracker, who served with the department in the 1970s, died Jan. 27 at age 77. The department remembered both men with photos and messages on its Facebook page.
The Warren Sentinel /  02-10-2017

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Ford becomes 8th Warren County player to hit 1k mark

In a 70-55 loss to Central, one Warren County senior hit a memorable career milestone.

Warren County Football Alum Gage Steele fulfills dream career at JMU

Warren County football star Gage Steele enjoyed a rare honor this month — winning the final game of his college career.

Brunelle dominates Central in front of Auriemma

With UConn head coach Geno Auriemma in attendance, William Monroe star Samantha Brunelle put on a clinic in Woodstock.

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