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No delay foreseen in opening new Warren County Middle School despite budget cuts

FRONT ROYAL — When the county's 2016-17 budget was approved, about $204,000 was cut from proposed funds to open the new middle school. Operation and staffing costs necessary to open the school total $1.5 million. With the $204,000 reduction, the county needs to raise about $900,000 of the $1.5 million necessary to open the middle school. County Administrator Doug Stanley and School Superintendent Greg Drescher are both confident the school will be opened by the scheduled 2017 date. Drescher said the $1.5 million will fund personnel and bills for electric, water, sewer and phone. He said the money is needed for the 2017-18 budget year, by this time next year.

Mayor won’t seek a fourth term

FRONT ROYAL — Mayor Tim Darr announced Monday night that he will not seek a fourth term. "I'm just tired," he said in a brief statement at Monday night's Council meeting. Darr said he discussed his plans with his wife Tammy and came to the conclusion that three terms was enough.

Field trip buses crash on return from D.C.; Morrison Elementary students among 23 injured

FRONT ROYAL — Two buses carrying 95 E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School students returning from a Washington D.C. field trip were involved in a wreck on John Marshall Highway (Va. 55) Tuesday, according to Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Les Tyler. Warren County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched at about 3:40 p.m. to the High Knob entrance on John Marshall Highway. Nine students and seven adults were treated and transported Warren Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, said Warren County Fire Chief Richard Mabie in a news release. Another seven patients were transported by personal vehicles and treated in the emergency room as of 8 p.m. Monday, Mabie said.

Hospital’s Wellness Expo provides ‘one-stop shop’ for screenings, health information

FRONT ROYAL — More than 70 health and wellness agencies are lined up for Warren Memorial Hospitalís Community Safety and Wellness Expo, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Warren County High School. Kim Shirley, director of the hospitalís emergency department and co-chair of the event, calls it a ìone-stop shopî for services and programs. "Many people are surprised to learn about all the resources available to help us live healthier and safer, and we bring them together under one roof," she said. Once again, hospital laboratory staff will offer a comprehensive blood panel. It has become a popular feature at the expo.

Council rejects tax rate increase

FRONT ROYAL — The town real-estate tax rate wonít increase for fiscal 2016-17. As it did last month, Council voted down a motion to increase the rate to 14 cents per $100 of assessed value and voted in favor of keeping the current 13-cent rate. This time, however, council had the supermajority needed to approve a tax rate. The proposed penny increase would have generated about $125,000 in revenue that would have been earmarked for the new police station. Instead, the council will look to cut costs for the coming fiscal year by trimming fat from the proposed 2016-17 budget.

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