Front Royal

Town reopens search for police chief

FRONT ROYAL – Potential changes to residency rules for certain department heads prompted the town to reopen its search for a new police chief Wednesday. Town Manager Joseph Waltz said that officials decided to renew the application process in light of the July 10 public hearing on proposed ...

Council fixes faulty agenda, closes meeting

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council may have broken its own meeting rules Monday when it tried to go behind closed doors. The council adopted its meeting agenda before addressing the topics on the slate. The agenda included a closed session to discuss one topic: Town Manager Joseph Waltz’ ...

Town claims resident broke backyard chicken rules

FRONT ROYAL – The town recently accused a resident with breaking local rules on keeping backyard chickens. Christopher Patton, 35, of 851 Happy Creek Road, violated the town code section pertaining to urban agriculture, according to a criminal complaint filed in Warren County General ...

Community Services Board may create nonprofit wing

FRONT ROYAL – The Northwestern Community Services Board is considering creating a nonprofit charity and hiring a development officer to write grants,  raise money and oversee volunteers. Neither the proposed hiring of the development officer nor the move to create the nonprofit were ...

New middle school nears completion

FRONT ROYAL – The new Warren County Middle School is nearing completion, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 9 a.m. July 31. The new middle school cost a total of $32,820,000,  and is scheduled to open on Aug. 15. Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration for Warren ...

Warren County EmComm participates in national Field Day

Being able to communicate in an emergency is key. Letting first responders know where victims are stranded or how many people need help at a given time are just a few components of emergency response. But what happens if our usual means of communication, cell phones or radios, aren't working? ...

At Camp MED, students get a workout

FRONT ROYAL – It was the end of the first day of an academic camp, and Michael Mitchell was having his kids do planks. “I see a whole lot of shaking going on; you’re not even 15 seconds in,” Mitchell said. Mitchell, a sports fitness instructor at the Warren County Memorial Hospital ...

Afton Inn still on blight list

FRONT ROYAL – Town leaders plan to talk about the Afton Inn’s fate after the dilapidated structure appeared on a list of blighted buildings. Planning and Zoning Director Jeremy Camp presented the Town Council on Monday with an updated inventory of at-risk structures in Front Royal. The ...

Turnover hurts town trash department

FRONT ROYAL – Employee turnover continues to hurt the town’s efforts to improve its solid waste department. Town Manager Joseph Waltz gave an update Monday on changes underway within the division meant to streamline trash collection and save money. The Town Council learned at its work ...

EDA, Chamber award small businesses

FRONT ROYAL –  In the past, the Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast or lunch to celebrate the small business owners in town. They would have it at a local country club and cater the meal, but there was just one problem: the majority of business ...

Finishing touches: Leach Run Parkway project nears end

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists wanting to drive on the long-awaited Leach Run Parkway need to wait a little longer. The new route between John Marshall Highway and Happy Creek Road remains an active construction site as crews work to complete the project by the end of the month. Town officials ...

Council appoints Waltz town manager

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council voted Monday to appoint Joseph E. Waltz as town manager. Waltz’s appointment took effect Monday. He succeeds former town manager Steven Burke who left the job in November for a position with Manassas. Waltz served as the interim town manager since his ...

Council seeks applicants for vacancy

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to fill its second vacant seat so far this year. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger steps down from her seat July 1. She announced her plans in mid March, noting then that she and her fiancée plan to move out of the area. The town put out the call Monday to ...

Monday Spotlight: Studying Nordic mythology in Iceland

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal resident spent the last year in Iceland as a student studying Nordic mythology and will soon begin her thesis on shapeshifting. Caroline Oxley, 25, of Front Royal, recently returned to the United States after spending the past year as a student at the University ...

Town balks at county bill for $90,000

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials say they don’t need to pay almost $90,000 in outstanding bills owed to Warren County. The Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue continues to bill the town for personal property/real estate maintenance and tax books for the years 2007-2016. The town did not ...

Council debates residency rule for police chief, others

FRONT ROYAL – Town leaders could make future department heads live in the corporate limits, potentially narrowing the candidate pool for police chief. The Town Council discussed at a work session this week a proposed change to the residency requirements for certain Front Royal government ...

Waltz named Front Royal town manager

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to appoint Joseph E. Waltz as the new head of local government. Mayor Hollis Tharpe held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the gazebo on Main Street to announce that he and council members picked Waltz, a 12-year employee of Front Royal, to serve ...

Great Meadow shortlisted for international competition

THE PLAINS -- Great Meadow has been home to some of the most illustrious equestrian competitions in the world. Now, sometime this summer, it may get to add to its resume – the  course was chosen as just one of two U.S. finalists to play host to the Concours Complet International four-star ...

Blessing box serves people in need

FRONT ROYAL – Carol Vorous was on Facebook one day when she came across the concept of a blessing box, a  wooden box that people put outside and fill with nonperishable goods that people in need can take anonymously at any time of the day. Vorous liked the idea so much that she worked on ...

ITFederal, Avtex road projects moving forward

FRONT ROYAL – A planned road extension into the former Avtex Fibers site remains a major hurdle for the long-awaited ITFederal project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors heard brief updates at its meeting Friday on both projects from Executive ...