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Unflappable and down-to-earth, Eleanor Rappaport had a wonderful life

FRONT ROYAL — She was praised by the likes of actor Warren Beatty and President George W. Bush, honored with a key to the Town of Front Royal, and feted as the “star” of a “This Is Your Life” celebration when she retired in 2003 after 70 years as a downtown businesswoman. Just one week shy of the 11th anniversary of that celebration, Eleanor Rappaport passed away on Saturday, March 8, at the age of 98.

Finish in sight for regional jail

FRONT ROYAL — Construction of the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail is nearing completion and administrators at the new facility are working on evenings and weekends to fill job openings and initiate contracts before the scheduled July opening.

Warren County supervisors approve EDA purchase of right-of-ways for Leach Run Parkway

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the purchase of two parcels of property by the Economic Development Authority for the Leach Run Parkway project. The vote comes a day before the EDA planned to hold a public meeting to invite public input into the plans for the Parkway, which will become a connector road between U.S. 55 (John Marshall Highway) and Happy Creek Road. That meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, from 4-7 p.m. at the Warren County Community Center at 538 Villa Ave. in Front Royal (the former public library building).

Shenandoah National Park visitors spend $76 million in 2012

LURAY — Visitors to the nation's parks in 2012 spent more than $14 billion in surrounding communities, according to a new National Park Service report. Communities surrounding Shenandoah National Park saw an economic spillover of $76 million — up from 73.9 million (or about 3 percent) from the previous year.

Ag Census: Va. Farms Getting Bigger

HARRISONBURG — Jeff Slaven’s farm has been continuously growing in size since he started operating it in 1980. At that time, it was 250 acres; today, it’s more than 1,700. A large percentage of the growth has been from rented land. “It’s been a constant increase, even in the past few years,” he said. The farm is located near Burketown in northern Augusta County but a portion of one of its fields crosses into Rockingham County. The preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture released last week show that farms in Virginia are actually getting larger. The survey, conducted every five years, shows that from 2007 to 2012, the amount of farmland in Virginia increased by 3 percent, rising to 8.3 million acres. The number of farms in the state, however, decreased by 3 percent during that time to 46,036.

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