The Warren Sentinel

Warren County considers merging two fire companies

FRONT ROYAL — Could two of Warren County's 10 fire companies be consolidated into one? That is a question the Warren County Board of Supervisors will be discussing in the near future. A resolution is being drafted for the Board to consider consolidating Fortmouth and Rivermont Volunteer Fire Departments. The two fire companies currently located in older facilities could use some repairs and are too small for the currents needs of the stations. While the Rivermont Station buildings are old, they continue to have 50 volunteers of which 17 are deemed active and responding, the Fortsmouth Stations building is in better condition but the company is struggling for volunteers, out of five active volunteers only one lives in the company’s first due area. The two stations combined provide coverage for approximately 5,133 residents and 2,175 residences.

Quilts share their stitches and their stories

BERRYVILLE — More than 150 years of history hang from the walls of the Barns of Rose Hill in the form of the new Quilts and Their Stories exhibit. Through March 15, the Barns will display more than 20 quilts, the oldest of which was sewn in the 1840s. The exhibit will also share stories about the quilts — their creation, history or discovery by a collector.

Scientists still don’t know cause of fish kills in Shenandoah River

WINCHESTER — A decade-long trend of fish dying in the Shenandoah River continued through 2014, according to biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Fish sampling on the river last spring — particularly the South Fork, from Port Republic to Front Royal — indicated high mortality and disease rates among adult fish larger that 11 inches, a recent department report states. The sampling found a high number of bass and sunfish with lesions — or sores — signifying disease. According to the report, fish kills and disease have been less common since 2010, but “angler reports and annual fall sampling seems to indicate another disease episode occurred during the spring of 2014.”

Virginia ports booming, may rival NYC and Savannah as busiest

FRONT ROYAL — The Port of Virginia met with Warren County officials and Front Royal last Thursday at the Virginia Inland Port for a briefing about operations, economic development and a future forecast. The 161-acre facility located within one mile of I-66 and five miles of I-81 was established in 1989 and receives imports from the ports in Hampton Roads and Norfolk via CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, Peter Trocchiano, vice president of multi-use terminal operations said.

Morgan Ford Bridge design divides community

FRONT ROYAL — The public got its first real look last Wednesday at the design of a controversial bridge project in Warren County. Virginia Department of Transportation officials held a design public hearing for the replacement of the Morgan Ford low-water bridge over the Shenandoah River, north of Front Royal. The hearing at the North Warren Fire Hall was an opportunity for the public to give comments and suggestions on the proposed project. The last citizen meeting on the project was held in November 2012.

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