Warren County

In Brief

Authorities find wanted inmate FRONT ROYAL -- An inmate in the work-release program at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail who walked off the job Friday now faces an escape charge. The Warren County Sheriff's Office located Jeffrey Aaron Staples in a home in the 1300 block of ...

Road work for Royal Farms moves forward

FRONT ROYAL – A years-long effort to improve part of U.S. 340-522 in Warren County and spur development can finally move forward. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the county Board of Supervisors entered into a memorandum of agreement Friday to improve part of ...

County to consider dog tether rules

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County could put dog owners on a short leash with proposed tethering rules under consideration. The Board of Supervisors plans to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that establishes regulations governing the use of tethers on dogs. Supervisors already ...

State releases official school accreditation results

The Virginia Department of Education released accreditation results for state schools on Wednesday. The results verified expectations that Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Warren County and North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson Elementary School would have their accreditation denied ...

Board OKs higher ambulance fees

FRONT ROYAL – Patients picked up by ambulance in town and Warren County could pay more for the ride to the hospital. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to change the fees that the county’s billing company charges for ambulance transportation. Supervisors took action on the item as part ...

County looks at overtime pay for responders

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County could save money by changing the way it pays emergency responders and  bringing its policy in line with other localities. The Board of Supervisors heard during a work session Tuesday from Human Resources Manager Jodi Saffelle and Richard Mabie, chief of the ...

Warren County to bring in counselors to schools

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools are set to bring in counselors to provide mental health services to students inside the schools. During a School Board retreat on Wednesday, Michael Hirsch, director of special services for the district, said that the new positions would make it easier for ...

EDA board seeks changes to its rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's Board of Directors plans to change its rules after questions arose about how the body operates. The EDA plans to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve several proposed changes to the authority’s bylaws. ...

VDOT finishes Blue Mountain Road paving

LINDEN – Hundreds of Warren County residents can expect a smoother ride on a long and winding road through Blue Mountain. The Virginia Department of Transportation recently completed paving a 2.2-mile section of Blue Mountain Road. VDOT also replaced pipes to improve drainage, reshaped the ...

EDA board member resigns

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors has  lost another member. The EDA announced Thursday that Brendan Arbuckle resigned his seat on the board because he and his family plan to move out of state. Arbuckle, senior operations director at Toray ...

Warren County administrators link turnover, school test results

FRONT ROYAL — After two Warren County Schools, Ressie Jeffries Elementary School and Skyline High School, failed to meet state accreditation standards for the 2017-18 school year, district administrators pointed to at least one culprit: high turnover among staff. In a school board retreat on ...

Annual operation targets region’s drug trade

Law enforcement agencies recently rounded up dozens of suspects in an operation targeting drug dealers in the region. The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force and other area authorities conducted the fifth annual Operation Valley Venue that resulted in 111 charges and the ...

Neighborhood seeks shooting ban

FRONT ROYAL – Another Warren County subdivision could join the growing list of communities that ban most people from shooting firearms. Residents of the Bowling View subdivision, also known as the Bowling Green South area, filed a request with the county asking that the Board of Supervisors ...

EDA projects show progress

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority continues to move forward with major projects. EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald provided an update to the authority’s Board of Directors at its meeting Friday. Chairman  Greg Drescher indicated that ...

Board picks Blanton for EDA

A familiar face is joining the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's leadership. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint Alexander Gray Blanton to the EDA Board of Directors. Supervisors met in closed session at the end of their regular meeting before emerging ...

Warren County supervisors OK kennel permit

FRONT ROYAL – A Great Dane breeder can run his Warren County kennel after reaching a deal with neighbors and winning approval by local leaders. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve Michael Gibson’s request for a conditional-use permit to run a commercial kennel at 387 ...

SOL results suggest some schools will lose accreditation

Several schools in Shenandoah and Warren counties will miss out on full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year, based on Standards of Learning test results the Virginia Department of Education released Tuesday. According to Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Drescher, ...

Warren County Middle School starts first day

Principal Amy Gubler called the first day  at Warren County Middle School Tuesday a success. “I think we couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Gubler said. “We’ve just had lots of people helping with all of the procedures for getting people on and off the buses and getting them ...