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Valley Health prepares for future hospital in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL — Although a timeline for the construction of a new acute care hospital off Leach Run Parkway is unknown, Valley Health recently took preliminary steps to get ducks in a row through a series of deals with Warren County Public Schools. Valley Health purchased about 150 acres off Leach Run Parkway in 2008 for $2.6 million. Of that land, the hospital may cover about 25 acres. The land is currently zoned agriculture and open-space preservation, and would have to be re-zoned before construction. Valley Health recently received about 0.5 acres of land on the southeast corner of Leach Run Parkway from Warren County Public Schools, which the hospital will use for storm water management and signage. The schools, in return, were given a small patch of land adjacent to Warren County Middle Schoolís track and field.

Phenix edges out Woodward to take supervisors’ chair, Bailey takes reins as school board chairman

LURAY ― The county will see new leadership in the coming year, when two top seats see new chairmen. Dr. Morgan Phenix will take the helm of the Page County Board of Supervisors, while Randy Bailey will take the reins as school board chairman. In Tuesday's general election, Phenix won the supervisors' chair with about 56 percent of Page County voters throwing their support behind the independent challenger, according to unofficial results by the Virginia Department of Elections. Two-term supervisors' chairman Johnny Woodward earned 2,768 votes, while Phenix garnered 3,540, winning the most votes in each of the county's five districts.

New EACC director hired; police chief search continues

ELKTON — Elkton’s search for a police chief is expected to continue into next month, at least, but a new director for the Elkton Area Community Center is in place. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and acting town manager, said Tuesday that 17 people have applied to lead the Elkton Police Department. Elkton’s Personnel Committee has called a meeting for Nov. 21 to narrow the list of candidates to be interviewed by members of Town Council. Aaron Hammer resigned as the town’s police chief in early October to accept a deputy’s position with the Page County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Junior Kite was appointed interim chief by Town Council in accordance with the Town Charter.
The Valley Banner / 11-10-2017

Shenandoah County judge to retire after 26 years

WOODSTOCK — A Shenandoah County judge has announced that he is retiring in 2018 after 26 years on the bench in Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit. In an Oct. 19 memorandum to the Shenandoah County Bar, Judge Dennis Lee Hupp, 66, said he will retire on Aug. 1. He announced it more than nine months in advance to give the General Assembly time to choose his replacement during its 2018 session, he said during a phone interview on Oct. 26.

High rent, low quality: Poor conditions irk renters; officials look at ways to address issue

FRONT ROYAL — Flushing toilets, taking showers and washing laundry are everyday tasks usually accomplished without negative consequences. In Candi Plaugherís recent house, however, heavy water usage would cause a septic tank to flood her backyard. "It wasnít a puddle, it was kind of like a stream going through the backyard," Plaugher said. "We could smell it in the house, and you couldn't go outside because you'd gag." Two months after the first leak, Plaugher's landlords had the tank "jerry rigged," she said. The leaks resumed a month later and the tank was never fixed again, she said, because the landlord claimed not to have money for repairs. The house was ìcompletely unlivable," Plaugher said. Other unaddressed issues included a hole in the ceiling, leaks and weak floors. Though extreme, the conditions at Plaugher's house are not unique in Warren County. An inquiry about rental conditions on the Facebook group What's Up Front Royal received more than 100 responses. Not all were negative, and some complimented their houseís conditions and landlords. But most renters who responded described issues including cracked walls, mold, leaks, holes in the ceiling, sinking floors, bedbugs, roaches, contaminated water, exposed wires, and more.

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