Page News and Courier

Historic Mimslyn Inn expanding

LURAY — The 1931 Mimslyn Inn on 7 acres recently gained approval last week from the town to advance on its 2.3-acre purchase of an existing property and to build six new cottages. Town council voted unanimously in support to rezone a R2, or medium density residential zoned parcel to B1-C or general business with conditions. The Mimslyn purchased a 2.3-acre parcel in May from Bob and Tammy Falter known as “A Cottage to Remember” located at 128 South Court Street, with four separate cottages and the main house along with a pool on the premises. The town approved the expansion project under the guidelines “limited to lodging and hospitality-related uses.”

Teen arsonist pleads guilty; father does not seek restitution for burning down house with him inside

LURAY — The young arsonist who burned down his father's residence pleaded guilty as an adult last Wednesday. Jacob Elijah Johnston, 18, of Rileyville, pleaded guilty to arson and attempted malicious wounding by fire from a Dec. 24, 2014 incident in which Jacob set fire to the home of his father, Jeremiah Johnston, of Luray. Jeremiah escaped without injury. The two-story home was a total loss. Page County Circuit Court Judge Clark Ritchie accepted the guilty plea. No agreement on sentencing was reached with the Commonwealth.

Stanley to hold special election; candidates must file by Aug. 14

STANLEY ― A seat on the town council will be up for grabs in November during a special election. Candidates must file with the Page County General Registrar's Office by Friday, Aug. 14, in order to appear on the ballot. Stanley voters voters will determine during the Nov. 3 election who will fill a vacated seat after Richard Dorraugh resigned from the council in March, citing “personal reasons.”

Friday night blaze destroys Lucas Hollow home

STANLEY ― A blaze last Friday destroyed a Page County home, displacing its three residents and shutting off water in the area. Firefighters were called to the blaze at 1858 Lucas Hollow Road, about five miles southeast of Stanley, around 11:17 p.m. on Friday, July 3. They arrived to observe flames coming from the roof of the single-story brick home and an attached garage, according to Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit. The house was occupied by tenants Basil Carter, 90, and his son, Ben Carter, 57, at the time.

Cub Run Road reopens in national forest

NEWPORT — A prime stretch of Cub Run Road between Catherine Furnace and Route 685 was reopened in March. In December 2013, the foundation on a section of the popular historic road collapsed closing a portion near Catherine Furnace. The area is known for its historic iron furnace in the Lee Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest, in the southern part of Page County, where residents and tourists enjoy outdoor recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, backpacking, hiking and camping.

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