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Stories by Josh Gully

Issues plague Rivermont as plans for new station progress

FRONT ROYAL - Cracked walls, a condemned second floor, flooding, mold and uninhabitable living quarters have made life tough for firefighters at the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department. But Chief Jeremy Greenback and Assistant Chief Joe Woodall hope to boost spirits and rebuild a sense of ...

Supervisors deny auto garage’s permit request

FRONT ROYAL – A proposed vehicle body shop and paint garage in the Valley Farm subdivision will not open after neighbors asked that a conditional use permit request be denied. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting voted unanimously against Courtney Barnhart’s request to ...

Town hovering just above three-month reserves

FRONT ROYAL – As councilmen pondered funding options for the recently approved $545,000 Motorola Police Department radio system, Finance Director B.J. Wilson suggested that the town not loan itself the money. During a Monday work session, he said the town should instead purchase the system ...

Town considers redundant water pipeline

FRONT ROYAL – The town is considering the construction of a second water line to ensure that future development in the U.S. 340/522 corridor has enough water and that there is a backup supply if pipes break. Steve Steele, of CHA Design/Construction, explained at the Town Council’s Monday ...

Candidates share thoughts on issues facing the town

FRONT ROYAL – The six town council candidates seeking three open seats in the Nov. 6 election last week participated in a forum and shared their thoughts on a variety of topics including tourism, parking issues and infrastructure issues. All candidates - Alford "A.D." Carter, incumbent ...

BAR hammers out minor Afton Inn details

FRONT ROYAL - Renovation plans for the Afton Inn are moving along as the Board of Architectural Review recently approved a series of minor building details. Since the board's approval of general facade details in July, the annex facing Royal Avenue has been demolished, and stabilization work ...

Cause of Front Royal man’s death remains unknown

The cause of the death of Larry Dawson II, 28, of Front Royal, remains undisclosed by public safety officials. Dawson was declared dead Oct. 8 after being found unresponsive in the Shenandoah River at the Riverton Boat Landing, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Office news ...

Town Council candidates square off in forum

FRONT ROYAL – The six candidates vying for three open seats in the Nov. 6 Town Council election presented their platforms during a Thursday forum. The candidates are Alford "A.D." Carter, Christopher Holloway, Robert Tennett Jr., Letasha Thompson and incumbents Gary Gillispie and ...

EDA board’s treasurer resigns after 30 years of service

William "Billie" Biggs, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's treasurer, recently resigned after 30 years on the job, citing health reasons. "I'm old and beat up...it's long enough for anybody really," he said over the phone, noting that he suffered a stroke four years ...

Dedication set for chimney honoring families displaced by park

FRONT ROYAL – The local families who were displaced by the creation of Shenandoah National Park will be honored Saturday with the dedication of a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney. In the 1920s, the properties of 500 families in eight counties – Warren, Green, Albemarle, Augusta, ...

EDA director’s hearing set for its original date

FRONT ROYAL – The misdemeanor case of Jennifer McDonald, Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority executive director, will not be continued from its Oct. 31 date despite a continuance request from Commonwealth Attorney Brian Madden.  Madden recently filed the request in ...

Hearing set for couple accused of animal, child cruelty

FRONT ROYAL – A husband and wife facing animal and child cruelty charges will appear at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in Warren County General District Court for a preliminary hearing. Brian Tenney, 55, and Wendy Tenney, 43, were each charged in September on six felony counts of cruelty and injuries to ...

Proposed property maintenance code moves forward

FRONT ROYAL – The town has taken another step toward adopting the state's property maintenance regulations into its code.  Town Council at its regular Monday meeting approved a first reading of the proposed adoption by a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Eugene Tewalt the lone ...

Front Royal man dies after incident at boat landing

A Front Royal man was declared dead after being "unresponsive" Monday in the Shenandoah River at the Riverton Boat Landing in Warren County, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Larry Dawson II, 28, was declared dead at Warren Memorial Hospital after a friend pulled him from the river ...

Town to vote on property maintenance

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. today regarding the adoption of the state’s entire property maintenance code, minus a rental inspections district, into the town code.   The proposed code will allow for a complaint-based or proactive enforcement of ...

Candidates to face off in Thursday forum

FRONT ROYAL – The six Town Council candidates vying for three open seats in the Nov. 6 election will share their views Thursday during a Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce forum. All six Town Council candidates are scheduled to appear, including two incumbents, Gary Gillispie and ...

Rivermont fire station inches forward

FRONT ROYAL – Plans for the new Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department's new $5.6 million station is continuing to progress through bureaucratic checkpoints as the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors prepare to hold public hearings this month regarding its conditional permit. The ...

Joint tourism committee embarks on wayfinding signage program

FRONT ROYAL - The town and the county's joint tourism committee hopes to draw visitors to popular attractions with new signs. The committee, which was initiated last year, recently got its $111,842 budget approved. Of that, $40,000 is dedicated to a wayfinding signage program that Warren ...

Skyline students apologize in wake of social media controversy

FRONT ROYAL — A controversy in which a group of Skyline High School students posed in front of posters mocking Strasburg High School took center stage at Wednesday's meeting of the Warren County Public Schools Board. During the board's public comment period, the students offered apologies ...

Continuance motion in EDA director’s case cites ex-town manager

FRONT ROYAL - Commonwealth Attorney Brian Madden recently requested that the misdemeanor trial of Jennifer McDonald, Front Royal-Warren County economic development authority executive director, be delayed due to former Town Manager Michael Graham's unavailability to appear as ...