Stories By Alex Bridges

Groups host candidates forums; two hold their own events

WOODSTOCK – A group of Shenandoah County organizations plans to host forums next month for candidates seeking local offices but two hopefuls intend to hold their own events. The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce joined with the Shenandoah County Education Association, the Shenandoah ...

Board OKs rules for dog tethers

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County dog owners face stricter rules when they tie up their animals. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a section to the county code that continues to allow tethering dogs and other canines under certain circumstances. But the new rules prohibit tethering ...

DC firm buys Riverton Commons

FRONT ROYAL – A Washington, D.C. company recently bought Riverton Commons for about $17.72 million. JCR Companies acquired the 69,496-square-foot shopping center north of Front Royal from EDENS. JCR plans to lease the vacant space and either develop or sell the property’s five remaining ...

Council to take up appeal for Afton Inn razing

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council could decide the fate of the Afton Inn next week. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority applied to the town, on behalf of MODE Partnership, for a permit to demolish the former Afton Inn, 2 E. Main St. The Board of Architectural Review ...

Candidates see campaign activity

WOODSTOCK – A candidate running for Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors continues to bankroll his campaign. Campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections and the Shenandoah County General Registrar showed activity from July 1 to Aug. 31. District 4 Supervisor ...

Front Royal, Edinburg miss out on revitalization money

Front Royal and Edinburg have missed out on federal money officials in both localities had sought for downtown revitalization. Virginia awarded almost $9 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for 15 projects around the state. Neither Front Royal nor Edinburg made the list in ...

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 ...

Authorities looking for regional jail inmate

Authorities say a Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail inmate in the work-release program walked away from his job Thursday. Jeffrey Aaron Staples, 34, left FDR Services at 26 Kelly Drive, Front Royal, at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to information from the Warren County ...

County grants tax break to church thrift store

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County took another piece of real estate off its tax rolls this week to help a local church provide services to the needy. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a request by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington to exempt its property at 207 N. Main St., ...

VDOT to orient public on new intersection

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists can expect traffic-pattern changes on U.S. 340-522 as work on the new South Fork Bridge enters the home stretch. The Virginia Department of Transportation said Thursday that changes should take place in October and November as crews complete construction of the ...

Panel denies permit to raze Afton Inn

FRONT ROYAL – A town panel on Tuesday denied a developer’s request for a permit to demolish the former Afton Inn. But, despite the Board of Architectural Review’s unanimous decision to protect the 150-year-old building, members acknowledged that the Town Council could go the opposite way ...

Old Triplett School project moves forward

MOUNT JACKSON – The Town Council cleared the way for developers to build homes behind the old Triplett School Tuesday. The council voted 3-0 on Tuesday to approve an application to subdivide property at 6044 Main St. that would allow the construction of eight duplexes, or 16 units, on open ...

Town sells former police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – The town has sold the former home of its police department for less than half its assessed value but will soon see tax revenue from the property. The Town Council voted Monday to change the fiscal 2018 budget to reflect the sale of the property at 24 W. Main St., for $275,000. ...

Developer seeks to renovate another Main Street building

MOUNT JACKSON – A former town councilman involved in several developments plans to turn a large building on Main Street into apartments. The Planning Commission first heard on Monday a request from Todd Holtzman for a special-use permit to allow him to develop the property at 5791 Main St. ...

Regional jail struggles with drug, alcohol abusers

FRONT ROYAL – Drug and alcohol abusers keep pushing the limits of the regional jail in Warren County. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority Board’s Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday approved a request from facility officials for the hiring of a staff member who ...

Town picks Sheriff’s Office major to lead police agency

FRONT ROYAL – Another veteran officer with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is taking over the town’s police department. Town Manager Joseph E. Waltz announced Monday that he appointed Kerry L. “Kahle” Magalis II as chief of police for Front Royal. Magalis assumes the role ...

Forecast for Irma effect on region still hazy

Weather experts said Friday it’s too soon to tell if Hurricane Irma will affect the Northern Shenandoah Valley. But meteorologists also didn’t rule out that the storm could hit the region. Forecaster and meteorologist Andy Woodcock, with the National Weather Service at its office in ...

Town sees bids to build new police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Bids to build a new home for the town’s police have come in  higher than expected but a special program should cover the cost. Front Royal received four bids to construct a new headquarters for the police department. The town plans to build a facility on land at Kendrick ...