Front Royal

Property owner seeks protection for land

FRONT ROYAL – A local property owner wants to protect a mile-long stretch of land along the Shenandoah River in town. The Planning Commission on Wednesday endorsed a proposal by Ronald Llewellyn to put approximately 40.5 acres of land in a conservation easement. Conservation easements ...

Board tours Afton Inn, airs concerns

FRONT ROYAL – Members of the Architectural Review Board toured the crumbling husk of the Afton Inn this week before discussing the historic building’s fate. The board plans to consider a request by MODE Partners Inc. and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority to ...

Warren County Middle School starts first day

Principal Amy Gubler called the first day  at Warren County Middle School Tuesday a success. “I think we couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Gubler said. “We’ve just had lots of people helping with all of the procedures for getting people on and off the buses and getting them ...

Students try out hospital work through internship program

FRONT ROYAL — Brooke Athelli, 17, of Rappahannock County, was finishing up her shift at the cafeteria in Warren Memorial Hospital. “Right now, I’m working in the cafeteria, and I serve the customers the food that they would like,” Athelli said. Athelli had been working throughout the ...

Town reaches deal over land by bridge

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials recently reached a deal with a local business to avoid taking land for a bridge project through eminent domain. The Town Council planned to hold a public hearing Monday on a resolution to authorize condemnation proceedings for 1,710 square feet of property near ...

EDA reveals name of housing project firm

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority has revealed the name of the developer of its workforce housing project. The Aikens Group, a private firm based in Winchester, will develop the 36-unit apartment complex designed and priced for local teachers, law enforcement workers ...

Town considers smoking ban at bus stops

FRONT ROYAL – The town may soon make it illegal to smoke at school bus stops. The Town Council agreed at its work session Monday to pursue passing an emergency ordinance that would prohibit smoking at bus stops in Front Royal. Neither the town nor the county has such a ban. Should the ...

Council picks new member

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council filled one of its vacant seats Monday after weeks of interviews and discussions behind closed doors. The council voted 4-0 at a special meeting to appoint Gary Gillispie to serve out the rest of Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger’s term set to expire Dec. 31, 2018. ...

Ribbons are cut at Warren County’s middle schools

FRONT ROYAL —  There are now officially two middle schools in Warren County. The Warren County Public Schools Board held ribbon-cutting ceremonies Monday at both buildings, dedicating the new Warren County Middle School and renaming the other middle school Skyline Middle School. Skyline ...

EDA picks Afton Inn developer

FRONT ROYAL – A developer plans to tear down the Afton Inn and replace it with a restaurant and apartments. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors agreed at its meeting Friday to let MODE Partnership LLC demolish the Afton Inn at 2 E. Main St. and ...

EDA board to review role, strategic plan

The new chairman of Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors refreshed members' memory on the agency’s role Friday. L. Greg Drescher gave a speech at the beginning of the EDA meeting – the first held by the board since longtime member Patricia Wines died ...

Red pandas are born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Three red pandas were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal on June 14 when  a third- or fourth-time mother Nutmeg gave birth to twins. Three days later, first-time mother Moonlight gave birth to two cubs. One of Moonlight’s cubs died shortly after ...

Council puts off pick for vacant seat

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council voted Monday to put off picking a new member to fill a vacancy indefinitely. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger resigned July 1. Voters elected Egger in November 2014 to a term set to expire Dec. 31, 2018. Egger announced this spring that she would resign because she ...

County, town to consider joint tourism panel

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County and the town could soon join forces to promote local tourism. County Administrator Doug Stanley said last week that a new panel made up of representatives from both localities would collaborate to push tourism initiatives. Stanley talked about the proposed joint ...

Railroad crossings spark frustration

FRONT ROYAL -- Blocked railroad crossings continue to plague the county while the town deals with a rough intersection on East 6th Street. Town Manager Joseph Waltz said this week he expects Norfolk Southern Railroad to make repairs to its crossing on East 6th Street. He told the Town Council ...