Warren County

Front Royal drinking water quality improved

May 27, 2015

Front Royal issued its annual Water Quality Assessment Report last week, and on the surface, it appears that the town’s water quality was improved from 2013.

A performing arts legacy

Kym Crump, left, executive director of the Blue Ridge Arts Council in Front Royal, looks over music with Pam Dyke, band director at Warren County Middle School, while talking about this Friday's musical tribute and stage dedication ceremony at the school. The school will dedicate its stage to Virginia C. "Ginna" Looney, previous longtime theater director at Warren County High School, who died last year.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 26, 2015

For 22 years Virginia C. “Ginna” Looney taught math for at Warren County High School, but her legacy to area music and theater students is just as strong. A tribute to Looney, who died last year, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Warren County Middle School with a stage dedication in her name.

Initial Front Royal town budget reading passes

May 26, 2015

The town of Front Royal voted to approve an appropriation ordinance for its fiscal year 2015-2016 budget. It was the budget’s first public reading, and one of two votes for it.

Phoenix Project aids domestic violence victims

Tammy Sharpe

May 21, 2015

Domestic violence is often hidden. Victims sometimes fear public reaction or they fear what will happen to their family if they seek help. But there are signs of trouble even where there isn’t verbal confirmation, said Tammy Sharpe, executive director of the Phoenix Project in Front Royal.

County to name baseball field

May 20, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County will name the baseball field in Bing Crosby Stadium after a longtime supporter of local sports and recreation.

Fire station consolidation voted down

May 19, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders on Tuesday chose not to consolidate two volunteer fire companies after hearing pleas for and against the plan.

LFCC student focuses on helping others

Cynthia Forrester, a 17-year-old Front Royal home school student, will graduate Saturday with an associate of science degree and will be the commencement speaker for this year's 1,036 graduation candidates at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 15, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Cynthia Forrester wanted to be a pediatrician, but knowing it would take a long time to get through high school, college and medical school, she decided to expedite the process.

Board approves classes a year early

May 15, 2015

At a regular meeting Thursday evening, the Warren County School Board approved an addendum to the program of studies the division was able to institute a year early.

Connecting with community

Paul Marinari, senior curator for species survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, stands outside this 24-unit purple martin house under construction at the  facility. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 11, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — In April 2001, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute — known then as the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center — was facing imminent closure. Then Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lawrence M. Small announced it would close Dec. 31 of that year.

Fall safety

Construction workers work on top of the bridge across Gooney Creek on US340 south of Front Royal on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 11, 2015

Construction workers work on top of the bridge across Gooney Creek on U.S. 340 south of Front Royal on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Riverfront students pack meals for community

Riverfront Christian school second grade student Paige Fake, 7,  spoons a cup  of noodles into a bag during the school's  Pack-A-Thon. Courtesy photo

May 10, 2015

For its first ever community service project on April 30, students from Riverfront Christian School in Front Royal raised about $2,000 to purchase meals that would go feed area residents.

A living laboratory

Red pandas eat bamboo for a morning snack at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal. The pair, resting inside a hammock made of old fire hoses, will soon be going to a zoo in Chicago.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 8, 2015

Driving along scenic Route 522, south of Historic Front Royal, one can catch faint hints of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s campus through the hillside trees.