Front Royal

North Fork Resort recovers slowly from fire one year ago

FRONT ROYAL – Two workers armed with leaf blowers cleared melted snow from a concrete slab in North Fork Resort Monday. One year after a fire completely razed the resort’s pool pavilion, there’s not much to show. Chief Richard Mabie of Warren County Fire and Rescue Services called the ...

Town attorney defends closed session for study

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council’s attorney defended the council's decision Monday to talk about a salary study behind closed doors. The council convened in closed session prior to its regular meeting to discuss several items, including a town employee compensation study underway by Paypoint ...

Town cuts bridge weight limit

FRONT ROYAL – The town alerted motorists Tuesday afternoon that the Prospect Street bridge over Happy Creek could no longer handle vehicles heavier than five tons. The town changed the posted maximum weight limit for the bridge near Commerce Avenue from 10 tons to five tons. The town ...

Fire ravages hunting lodge over the weekend

Warren County Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire in the Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision at the end of Shadows Drive at 9:24 p.m. Saturday. Owners said the building, which was built in the 1900s, was used as a hunting lodge. The fire started from an apparent electrical short in the ...

Warren County braces for consequences of Republican tax bill

FRONT ROYAL – Sandi McNinch, general counsel for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, discussed the impacts of the Republican tax bills working their way through Congress during her presentation at the Warren County Community Center Friday. McNinch expressed her concerns about the ...

Council to talk about town staff pay study

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to go behind closed doors Monday to talk about employee salaries and a compensation study. A proposed motion on the council’s meeting agenda indicates that members could convene in closed session “with respect to discussion and potential ...

Persistent resistance

FRONT ROYAL – Protesters have gathered at the gazebo in Front Royal every Wednesday since Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. “I honestly don't know what motivates them,” said Tom McFadden, organizer of the Front Royal Political Action Group counter-protesters. “The election's ...

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 ...

Council considers debt options for police home

FRONT ROYAL – Regardless of how the town plans to finance the Police Department’s new home, taxpayers can expect to cover the cost for the next 30 years. The Town Council continued its discussion Monday over whether or not to use a program that would allow Front Royal to cover just the ...

Bridge work misses deadline

FRONT ROYAL – The contractor on the South Fork Bridge project missed the completion deadline Friday but should finish the work soon, state transportation officials say. Meanwhile, motorists should expect delays along the U.S. 340-522 bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and on ...

Police charge man in stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities accused a town teenager of stabbing a man late Thursday night. Police responded to the area of 622 S. Royal Ave. for a report of a fight. Officers arrived at about 10:40 p.m. and found a man lying in the road in the 100 block of Beeden Lane suffering from a stab ...

Report claims nutrient trading is worsening river pollution

A recent report from the Environmental Integrity Project, an environmental advocacy nonprofit, accuses a Virginia nutrient-trading program of insufficiently punishing polluters and creating local pollution “hot spots,” including in the Shenandoah Valley. According to the report, wastewater ...

Front Royal resident wanted on sex charges is captured

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested  Front Royal resident Michael Edward Haymond in West Virginia on Wednesday. Haymond, 57,  has been wanted since early November by Front Royal police on a total of four warrants, two of which are for charges of rape of a child less than 13 years old and the ...

Front Royal OKs tether laws

FRONT ROYAL – The town joined Warren County’s effort Monday to tackle animal neglect, voting 3-2 to adopt an ordinance that adds regulations pertaining to tying up dogs "and other canines" and related restrictions. The council adopted the ordinance on its second and final reading. Vice ...

Jim Eastham remembered for his love of Front Royal

James ‘Jim’ Eastham Sr. was a beloved member of the Front Royal community who cared passionately for his hometown. Eastham, 65, died Nov. 17. He was a life-long resident of Front Royal who devoted much of his life to extensive and wide-ranging work in the community.  Eastham served two ...

Town sees Avtex redevelopment cost rising

FRONT ROYAL – The cost to bring ITFederal and other businesses into the former Avtex site, along with the added traffic, continues to climb. The Town Council learned at a work session this week that the locality might need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars just to supply utilities to ...

Front Royal man still being sought

Front Royal police are continuing to look for a local man wanted on multiple warrants for sex offenses. Police are looking for 57-year-old Mike Edward Haymond who is wanted on a total of four warrants, two counts of rape of a child less than 13 years-old and two counts of sodomy of a child ...

Jim Eastham remembered for his love of Front Royal

James ‘Jim’ Eastham, Sr. was a beloved member of the Front Royal community who cared passionately for his hometown. Eastham, 65, died Nov. 17. He was a life-long resident of Front Royal who devoted much of his life to extensive and wide-ranging work in the community.  Eastham served two ...