Warren County

Morgan Ford Bridge to open to traffic Monday

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to open the new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County on Monday. VDOT began to detour traffic using Morgan Ford Road between Howellsville Road and Fairgrounds Road in April 2016. VDOT plans to lift the detours mid-morning Monday, ...

Four arrested in inmate escape case

FRONT ROYAL — Matthew Perry Michael and three other people were arrested on Thursday in connection with Michael’s alleged escape Wednesday  from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. According to a news release from the Winchester police, officers arrested Michael and three ...

Christendom responds to claims it brushed off rape cases

FRONT ROYAL – Christendom College responded Thursday to a blogger’s claims the school failed to prevent rape or sexual assaults on female students years ago. College President Timothy O’Donnell issued a response that began by saying the blog post contained “misleading information and ...

Superintendent: Ressie Jeffries on pace to meet accreditation

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher said that Ressie Jeffries Elementary School is more than on its way toward meeting full accreditation standards next year. In a meeting of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, Drescher said that he believed the school ...

Warren County schools face spike in health insurance costs

FRONT ROYAL — After several years of stagnant costs, health insurance premiums are set to increase significantly for Warren County Public Schools. The district has only faced increased premiums once over the past four years despite significant increases nationally in hospital and ...

RSW work force inmate escapes

An Rappahannock-Warren-Shenandoah Regional Jail work force inmate escaped from his work assignment Wednesday. According to a news release from RSW, Matthew Perry Michael left his work assignment at the Warren County maintenance shop between 6:25 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday. The release stated ...

Board OKs new deal with Comcast

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to keep Comcast Cable as its service provider for at least another 15 years. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to renew its cable franchise agreement with Comcast. No one spoke at the public hearing held on the matter. The agreement allows for ...

School Board maintains leadership, combines bus driver positions

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board has decided to keep its leadership unchanged. In a meeting on Wednesday, the School Board voted unanimously to maintain Catherine Bower as the chair of the School Board and C. Douglas Rosen as the vice chair. During the meeting, board member ...

Board backs pitch for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders showed support Wednesday for Valley Health’s plans to build a new hospital in town. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a letter of support for Warren Memorial Hospital’s application to seek a certificate of public need to build the new ...

Board picks officers, sets schedule

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Board of Supervisors picked new leaders Tuesday. The board voted to elect Happy Creek District Supervisor Tony Carter as chairman and North River District Supervisor Daniel J. Murray Jr. as vice chairman. Murray nominated Carter for the post. Fork District ...

Dog kennel permit up for review, hearing

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County dog kennel destroyed by fire in March faces increased scrutiny as officials consider the fate of its operating permit. The Planning Commission set a public hearing Jan. 10 for Wendy Tenney’s conditional-use permit that allows her to run a commercial dog kennel ...

Valley Health Board of Trustees approves construction plans for new hospital

The Valley Health System Board of Trustees voted to approve the construction and planning of the replacement for Warren Memorial Hospital in their meeting on Tuesday. Floyd Heater, the president of Warren Memorial Hospital, praised the decision, as hospital officials continue to work toward ...

County to consider Browntown events center

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders could again consider letting property owners hold events on agricultural land. Michael and Judith Albarelli recently applied for a conditional-use permit to run an agricultural events center on their 86-acre property at 309 Broad Road Road. The Albarellis ...

Neighborhood seeks sanitary district status

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County could create another sanitary district and its first under a new state rule early next year. More than 30 residents who live along Wildcat Drive in the Aspen Hill Farms, Aspen Hill Farms Skyview and Lands of the Blue Ridge neighborhoods petitioned the county to ...

County to consider new deal with Comcast

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders could ink a new deal with Comcast to provide cable to residents, government offices and the school system. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set a public hearing next month for the county’s renewal of its franchise agreement with Comcast Cable. ...

Board OKs deal for ambulance gear

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County took advantage Tuesday of a deal to obtain new equipment for its emergency response vehicles. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the Department of Fire and Rescue Services' request to enter into a deal to lease and purchase Physio-Control Inc. LifePaks ...

Board OKs fire station staffing plan

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders on Tuesday approved a plan to put more paid firefighters at the station serving Shenandoah Farms. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to continue staffing at Station 6, formerly Shenandoah Farms, using $130,000 from funds set aside in the Department of Fire ...

Board OKs protection for Mint House

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County has put another 40 acres of property into protection from future development. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to accept a deed of gift of easement from Stephen James Lee to place 39.8 acres known as the Mint House, along Strasburg Road, into a ...

Warren County schools agree to purchase new security equipment

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public School District has been awarded a $40,000 security grant from the Virginia Department of Education. Members of the Warren County School Board, in a meeting on Wednesday, voted unanimously to accept the grant funding and to pay for a server, cameras and ...