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Stories by Josh Gully

Judge Ronald Napier announces retirement plans

FRONT ROYAL - - Hanging in a closet in the chambers of the Warren County Circuit Court are the robes of past judges. Another robe belonging to 26th District Circuit Court Judge Ronald Lewis Napier will soon be added to the rack. Napier, 63, announced Thursday that he plans to retire July 1, ...

Latham leaving R-MA as one of its top students

FRONT ROYAL - Randolph-Macon Academy's salutatorian Ryan Latham has kept busy in his time at school.  His extracurricular activities have included being captain of the soccer team, band commander, drum major and president of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor ...

Town receives bids for West Main Street extension

FRONT ROYAL  - With bids for phase one of the West Main Street extension returned, the last step before construction is for the Town Council to determine how to fund the project.  The lowest bid came from the Mount Jackson-based G.B. Foltz Contracting for $1,082,975, which Town Finance ...

Toray celebrates $45 million expansion, 35 new jobs

FRONT ROYAL - Representatives from the state, Toray and Japan gathered Tuesday to celebrate the company’s recently completed $45 million expansion and its addition of new jobs. The expansion not only increased Toray’s ability to produce its polyolefin foams that are used in vehicle ...

Three teens hospitalized after one-car crash

A single-vehicle crash on Sunday sent three Warren County teens to the hospital, according to Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. F. "Les" Tyler. Tyler said a 2002 Jeep SUV driven by a 17-year-old girl was eastbound on Farms River Road near Howellsville Road at about 8:34 ...

Soldiers, dogs of war to be commemorated on Memorial Day

The sixth annual Front Royal Memorial Day Commemoration will honor not only the soldiers who have died for their country but also their four-legged compadres who made the same sacrifice. The event is slated from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the gazebo; the keynote speaker for the day will be ...

EDA finalizes $5.3 million building purchase

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority recently closed a deal to purchase a building that Executive Director Jennifer McDonald said she hopes will soon house manufacturing jobs. The EDA purchased a 14-acre industrial building at 426 Baugh Drive in the ...

Despite rainy days, no major floods are expected

If forecasts hold true, Shenandoah Valley residents need not worry about any floods striking the area. Cody Ledbetter, National Weather Services meteorologist, said although the Shenandoah River has risen, large floods are not expected. He said flash floods are the main concern and that ...

Two arrested after gun incident

A Warren County man was arrested Friday after he prevented his family from leaving a house while brandishing a shotgun, according to a Warren County Sheriff's Office news release. Kurt Jankowski, 33, was charged on a misdemeanor count of purchase, possession, or transportation of a firearm by ...

VDOT to host Happy Creek Road public hearing

FRONT ROYAL - Citizens can share their feelings on the proposed $10.5 million worth of improvements slated for Happy Creek Road when the Virginia Department of Transportation holds a public hearing regarding the proposed construction Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Warren County Middle School, 522 ...

Teen’s death ruled suicide

The teenage girl whose body was recently discovered on Apple Mountain died from suicide, according to a Sheriff's Office news release issued Friday. Sarah Rose Genari, 17, was last seen April 26 walking away from her Apple Mountain home. Her body was discovered on May 8 in a nearby area around ...

Two teens arrested after cars vandalized

FRONT ROYAL - Two arrests have been made after nearly two dozen cars were vandalized at a local auto shop, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. Jonathan Michael Hendrickson, 18, was charged on a felony count of property destruction and five misdemeanor counts of property ...

MMA’s ‘role model’ student looks back on time at school

WOODSTOCK - Although Sarah Panah only attended Massanutten Military Academy for a year, she said the school became a home she will miss after graduating Saturday. Panah, 18, a Maryland native, said she first came to MMA for a summer school program and ended up being offered a scholarship for ...

Pet of the Week: ‘Super sweet’ cats seek a home together

WINCHESTER - Two old friends are hoping to stay together in their journey of finding a new home. Boots and Trigger, two domestic short-haired cats, arrived at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in January in what caretaker Dana Lichliter said was a "custody release" in which a ...

Police commemorate fallen comrades

MIDDLETOWN - Area police gathered Monday to remember officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The Law Enforcement Memorial Service was hosted by the recently formed Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Center at Lord Fairfax Community College in recognition of National Police ...

County OKs secondary road improvement plan

FRONT ROYAL - County leaders have set priorities regarding which roads should be paved. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting unanimously approved its secondary road system improvement plan. The plan is split into two lists of roads that will be paved through either the ...

Ralph Sampson replaced by son as grand marshal

STRASBURG - Former NBA player Ralph Sampson will no longer be the Grand Marshal of the 36th annual Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Mayfest Parade on March 19 due to "urgent business in Dallas," according to a press release from Mayor Rich Orndorff Jr. The release states that Sampson will be ...

FOIA requests for details of teen’s death denied

FRONT ROYAL – The cause of 17-year-old Sarah Rose Genari's death is not being revealed publicly by the Warren County Sheriff's Office or the state Medical Examiner's office in Manassas. Both agencies recently denied Freedom of Information requests submitted by The Northern Virginia Daily ...

No recounts in two close Mount Jackson elections

MOUNT JACKSON - Although two races were decided by two votes or less in the recent mayoral and Town Council elections, there will be no recounts. Sarona Irvin, Shenandoah County Circuit Court clerk, said that none of the candidates filed for a recount by the 5 p.m. Monday deadline. In the ...

Wastewater plant welcomes long-awaited $45 million upgrade

FRONT ROYAL - The Chesapeake Bay may get a bit cleaner thanks to the town's updated wastewater treatment plant on Manassas Avenue. Construction on the long-awaited $45 million upgrades, which will cut back on the plant's discharge of unwanted chemicals, were recently completed about a decade ...