Front Royal

Phoenix Project aids domestic violence victims

Tammy Sharpe

May 21, 2015

Domestic violence is often hidden. Victims sometimes fear public reaction or they fear what will happen to their family if they seek help. But there are signs of trouble even where there isn’t verbal confirmation, said Tammy Sharpe, executive director of the Phoenix Project in Front Royal.

LFCC student focuses on helping others

Cynthia Forrester, a 17-year-old Front Royal home school student, will graduate Saturday with an associate of science degree and will be the commencement speaker for this year's 1,036 graduation candidates at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 15, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Cynthia Forrester wanted to be a pediatrician, but knowing it would take a long time to get through high school, college and medical school, she decided to expedite the process.

Connecting with community

Paul Marinari, senior curator for species survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, stands outside this 24-unit purple martin house under construction at the  facility. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 11, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — In April 2001, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute — known then as the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center — was facing imminent closure. Then Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lawrence M. Small announced it would close Dec. 31 of that year.

Fall safety

Construction workers work on top of the bridge across Gooney Creek on US340 south of Front Royal on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 11, 2015

Construction workers work on top of the bridge across Gooney Creek on U.S. 340 south of Front Royal on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

High-tech matchmaking

A 2-year-old cheetah walks around a  fenced-in area at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s in Front Royal.    Rich Cooley/Daily

May 10, 2015

Paul Marinari, senior curator for the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, jokingly likened a trip around the 3,200-square foot institute near Front Royal to the classic Steven Spielberg film “Jurassic Park.”

Riverfront students pack meals for community

Riverfront Christian school second grade student Paige Fake, 7,  spoons a cup  of noodles into a bag during the school's  Pack-A-Thon. Courtesy photo

May 10, 2015

For its first ever community service project on April 30, students from Riverfront Christian School in Front Royal raised about $2,000 to purchase meals that would go feed area residents.

A living laboratory

Red pandas eat bamboo for a morning snack at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal. The pair, resting inside a hammock made of old fire hoses, will soon be going to a zoo in Chicago.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 8, 2015

Driving along scenic Route 522, south of Historic Front Royal, one can catch faint hints of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s campus through the hillside trees.

Tech expo to encourage creative thinking

May 6, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Technology is more than computers and video games, and at Riverfront Christian Academy in Front Royal, information technology teacher Elizabeth Coffey has challenged her students to think about technology in new — or sometimes old — ways.

‘Economic engine’

Virginia Port Authority CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart presents his State of the Port address Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 28, 2015

Virginia Port Authority CEO John Reinhart on Tuesday hailed the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County as a “regional economic engine” that serves 39 major companies and has generated more than 8,000 jobs.

Local agencies mobilize support

April 27, 2015

Following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, area organizations have mobilized efforts for immediate aid to more than 3,600 injured. It’s the worst disaster to hit the South Asian country in more than 80 years, Project HOPE reported.

Front Royal meeting focuses on rates

April 27, 2015

The town of Front Royal might not have to increase its water and sewer rates over the next five fiscal years, according to a study from the consulting firm Burton and Associates.