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Page’s fiscal 2017 budget decreases spending by 2.3 percent; raises tax rate by 2 cents

LURAY ― The county will decrease its spending by about $1.4 million in the coming fiscal year, and local homeowners will see a 2-cent hike in real estate tax. The Page County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the fiscal 2017 spending plan during its work session Tuesday night. Overall, the county's $61.65 million budget ― including schools ― decreases spending by about 2.3 percent from the current $63.1 million budget. The upcoming spending plan is based on level funding or decreased spending by most county departments, according to Page County Administrator Amity Moler. Moler added that if a department increased its budget, it was due chiefly to health insurance expenses.

Fort Stover fire leaving more questions than answers

LURAY — Standing on a dirt and gravel road with the charred remains of what was once a home behind him, Sheriff Chad Cubbage confirmed what many knew for nearly a week. He announced the names of those who died in last week’s Fort Stover Road fire at a Sunday evening press conference. The deaths of William Holloway, 33, and Sandra Holloway, 29, have been confirmed, but Cubbage noted that DNA testing was still being conducted to confirm the identities of the Holloway daughters, Ava, 5, and Elizabeth, 3.

Tuesday morning fire claims four lives; 9-year-old boy only survivor

LURAY — The Luray Volunteer Fire Department was called to 509 Fort Stover Road, about three miles outside of town, at 3:52 a.m.on Tuesday. Firefighters arrived to find the home fully ablaze. The names of those involved have not been released, but Luray Fire Chief Mark Lancaster confirmed that there were five individuals present at the time of the fire, with only one surviving.

Two Luray men charged with attempted capital murder in shooting of pregnant woman

LURAY ― Two Luray men are charged with attempted capital murder for allegedly shooting a Page County woman, knowing she was pregnant. Matthew David Furlow, 26, and Raymond Lee Shifflett, 20, both of Luray, were initially charged on April 4 with attempted first-degree murder. The charges were elevated on Tuesday. “After the collection of further evidence, we feel that these are the appropriate charges, given the severe nature of the case,” said Page County Commonwealth's Attorney Ken Alger.

Luray-Hawksbill Greenway awarded for environmental excellence

LURAY — The Hawksbill Greenway in Luray has been honored with a 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.
The awards, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, were presented at the 27th Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington on Thursday.
They recognize the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in the four categories of sustainability, environmental projects, land conservation and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan, according to the DEQ’s website.

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