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Stories by Josh Gully

Watchdog group seeks answers

A watchdog organization wants Front Royal resident E. Scott Lloyd,  director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, to address the state of detention facilities holding immigrant children. Lloyd was appointed in March 2017 as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a ...

Planning Commission OKs hospital’s site plan

FRONT ROYAL – Valley Health has moved a step closer to commencing construction on the new Warren Memorial Hospital. The Front Royal Planning Commission at its regular Wednesday meeting unanimously approved a site plan for phase one of the new hospital. Planning Director Jeremy Camp ...

Two firms to continue delinquent tax collection

FRONT ROYAL - The county will continue pursuing the collection of delinquent real estate taxes through the assistance of two law firms. The Board of Supervisors recently extended its contract with the collection firm TACS through July 2019. When the county hired TACS in August 2016, ...

Town moves foward with jaywalking ordinance

FRONT ROYAL – The town is a step closer to ticketing jaywalkers in an effort to curb pedestrian-related traffic incidents. The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved the first reading of a jaywalking ordinance, which will be up for a second reading and final ...

Council: ATF facility should remain local

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council hopes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Canine Center will remain in Front Royal. The council at its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved a resolution supporting the facility's continued presence in town. This comes about a month ...

Why town, county going it alone on new radio systems

FRONT ROYAL - Both the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Front Royal Police Department will soon have new Motorola VHF radio systems.  The county approved the $1.17 million purchase of system upgrades in June 2017 while the town will vote on a new $545,000 system that councilmembers ...

Scanner owners react to switch to encrypted police radios

FRONT ROYAL - Citizens tuning into the communications of the Warren County Sherriff's Office and Front Royal Police Department via scanners will soon have quieter houses.  Both departments plan to move to fully encrypted radio systems, which will make those scanners unable to capture that ...

Police cite officer safety as reason for encryption

FRONT ROYAL – Communications on the Warren County Sheriff’s Office’s and the Front Royal Police Department’s new radios will be fully encrypted, with Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Chief Kahle Magalis citing officer safety as the primary reason for the decision. When communications ...

Jaywalking ordinance public hearing set for Monday

FRONT ROYAL – The town plans to start enforcing jaywalking rules in response to pedestrians being struck by vehicles. At 7 p.m. today, the Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding the adoption of the state’s jaywalking ordinance into the town’s code. The proposed jaywalking ...

Shenandoah Bowling Lanes reopens, offering a door to the past

MOUNT JACKSON - Duckpin bowling - a version of bowling with smaller balls and pins - has returned to town as Shenandoah Bowling Lanes is reopening. The alley, located at 5904 Main St. will hold its soft opening today from noon to 10 p.m. Mount Jackson native Tina Bowman, the alley's new ...

Historical Warren County records preserved through grant

FRONT ROYAL - Important historical county legal records will be maintained for future generations to reference thanks to a recent grant. The Warren County Circuit Court recently received an $8,713 Library of Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation grant to restore records including ...

Groundbreaking set for memorial to families displaced by park

Work will soon begin on a memorial to the families who were displaced from their land in the 1920s to make way for the Shenandoah National Park. The Warren County Blue Ridge Heritage Project will hold a 10 a.m. Saturday groundbreaking for a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney off Criser Road ...

Lip-synch challenge hits valley: Local cops have fun shooting videos

Local law enforcement agencies have briefly stepped out of their role as public servants and into one of entertainers.  Several Shenandoah Valley departments recently have participated in the nationwide lip-synch video trend, which shows another side of officers. Instead of protecting ...

Front Royal police charge suspect in loan store robbery

A Georgia man has been charged in Thursday's robbery of a Front Royal loan store and may be indicted soon on charges linked to the robbery of a Winchester loan store earlier that day. Jhon Jario Lopez-Freyde, 22, of Norcross, Georgia, was recently charged with one felony count of robbery in ...

Council ponders payment options for police radios

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council has agreed to move forward with the $545,000 purchase of a new Front Royal Police Department radio system, but must first decide how to pay for it. Police Chief Kahle Magalis said the purchase from Motorola includes $56,800 for installation, optimization and ...

County aims to get in sync with state on license fee exemptions

FRONT ROYAL – Warren C0unty officials hope to adjust the county code to fall in line with state requirements regarding exemptions for license fees.  The Board of Supervisors at a Tuesday work session agreed to move forward with a public hearing to add a stipulation to the county code ...

Strasburg man arrested on sexual assault charge

FRONT ROYAL – A Strasburg man has been charged in a case involving the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint by Front Royal Police Detective Landin Waller. Kyle Mason Hitchner, 21, of the 300 block of Pendleton Lane, was arrested Thursday on a felony count ...

Vehicle runs off mountain, driver transported to hospital

A Clear Brook woman was  transported to the hospital early Thursday morning after her vehicle went down an embankment off High Knob Road in Linden, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L "Les" Tyler. Tyler said that Terry D. Smelser, 55, was traveling along private property on High Knob ...

Rain results in numerous Warren County vehicle rescues

Thursday evening’s rainfall made for a busy night for Warren County Fire and Rescue as units rescued about 10 people from stranded vehicles. Fire Chief Richard Mabie stated in a news release that these rescues occurred primarily in Linden, Blue Mountain and Shenandoah Farms. He said those ...