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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.

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.

Juvenile charged in bomb threat

FRONT ROYAL — A Skyline High School student was charged last week with threatening to bring an explosive device to the school, according to a Warren County Sheriffís Office news release. The unnamed juvenile was charged with threats to bomb, a class five felony, the release said. He was taken into custody at the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Warren County Sheriffís Office School Resource Deputy Paul Brenner met Feb. 8 with Skyline High School administrators with regard to a student who allegedly discussed bringing explosive devices to the school later in the week, the release said.

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."

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.

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