Warren County

County acquires land for park area at bridge

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to use land near the Morgan Ford Bridge to enhance the recreation area at the Shenandoah River crossing. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to buy a 0.58-acre parcel of property from owner Alfred Chapman for $10,000 and to accept his gift of an ...

County to expand bus service to LFCC, jail

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to start a new bus service in the area at the end of the month. The transit service will provide transportation from Front Royal to the U.S. 340-522 Corridor and to Lord Fairfax Community College’s Middletown campus. The new trolley service provides town ...

County keeps firms to collect taxes

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to continue to work with two firms tapped to go after delinquent taxpayers. The Board of Supervisors voted at its meeting Tuesday to renew contracts with Pond Law Group and TACS, which the county hired last year as it increased its efforts to collect unpaid ...

Hot, humid today: Warmer temps mean higher energy consumption

As temperatures continued to rise Thursday into today, with heat indices getting close to 100 degrees, home and office energy consumption will also be on the rise, according to the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. Temperatures got as high as 91 degrees Thursday and are expected to be in ...

Veteran EDA board member dies

Longtime member of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Patricia S. "Patty" Wines died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Wines, 81, served on the EDA’s Board of Directors for 16 years and as its chairwoman since 2008. She recently was reappointed to the board. Wines ...

Man charged after gun incident

A Bentonville man is facing charges of assault and battery and using threatening language over public airways after an incident Saturday in which authorities accused him of firing a gun and threatening to harm a neighbor. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that ...

RSW jail graduates dog in new program

FRONT ROYAL – The regional jail in Warren County has graduated its first dog from a program that lets inmates and canines learn from each other. Desiree Henderson, an inmate at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, trained Whimsey, a 2-year-old, female pit-bull terrier mix, to ...

EDA sets ribbon cutting for parkway Monday

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists wanting to drive on Leach Run Parkway can do so Monday – after officials cut the ribbon on the long-awaited project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority along with leaders and officials with both localities plan to hold a ribbon-cutting ...

County seeks private help to run golf course

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County could turn its public golf course over to the private sector. The county posted an advertisement earlier this week seeking proposals from individuals or businesses to lease and manage the Front Royal Golf Club at 902 Country Club Road. The county plans to accept ...

Community Services Board may create nonprofit wing

FRONT ROYAL – The Northwestern Community Services Board is considering creating a nonprofit charity and hiring a development officer to write grants,  raise money and oversee volunteers. Neither the proposed hiring of the development officer nor the move to create the nonprofit were ...

Board puts off vote on kennel permit

FRONT ROYAL – Neighbors’ concerns prompted Warren County supervisors to put off a vote Tuesday on a proposed dog kennel. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to postpone action on a conditional-use permit requested by Michael Gibson to run a commercial kennel out of a home he leases at 387 ...

Realtors say 2017 is definitely a sellers’ market

For residents of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, the final six months of 2017 is the time to sell a house. Inventory is low, buyer interest is high and prices are on the rise because of each. Beth Waller, principal broker and owner of Team Waller Real Estate in Front Royal, explains ...

Fees to help fix roads in county districts

FRONT ROYAL – More Warren County sanitary districts will charge property owners who build new homes in their neighborhoods. The Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to approve road-use fees for new construction in the Blue Mountain, Lake Front Royal, Shangri-La, Shenandoah Shores and ...

New middle school nears completion

FRONT ROYAL – The new Warren County Middle School is nearing completion, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 9 a.m. July 31. The new middle school cost a total of $32,820,000,  and is scheduled to open on Aug. 15. Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration for Warren ...

Warren County EmComm participates in national Field Day

Being able to communicate in an emergency is key. Letting first responders know where victims are stranded or how many people need help at a given time are just a few components of emergency response. But what happens if our usual means of communication, cell phones or radios, aren't working? ...

EDA, Chamber award small businesses

FRONT ROYAL –  In the past, the Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast or lunch to celebrate the small business owners in town. They would have it at a local country club and cater the meal, but there was just one problem: the majority of business ...

Monday Spotlight: Studying Nordic mythology in Iceland

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal resident spent the last year in Iceland as a student studying Nordic mythology and will soon begin her thesis on shapeshifting. Caroline Oxley, 25, of Front Royal, recently returned to the United States after spending the past year as a student at the University ...

Town balks at county bill for $90,000

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials say they don’t need to pay almost $90,000 in outstanding bills owed to Warren County. The Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue continues to bill the town for personal property/real estate maintenance and tax books for the years 2007-2016. The town did not ...

Sayre, Fox try to limit closed session agenda

FRONT ROYAL – A couple of Warren County supervisors tried unsuccessfully this week to limit what the board could discuss behind closed doors. The Board of Supervisors took the usual action at the beginning of its regular meeting Tuesday to approve the agenda that included a closed ...

37 years on the road

FRONT ROYAL – Cherry Nickens was working in defense communications but wanted to spend more time with her children. She had four kids who went to Warren County Schools, so she took on a job as a bus driver for the school division. That was in 1980. Now, 37 years later, Nickens is ...