Front Royal

Road by bridge project set to open Thursday

FRONT ROYAL – Part of a new intersection at the bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River opens to traffic Thursday. Motorists can expect traffic delays in the area of U.S. 340-522 and Strasburg Road at the bridge from mid-morning through early afternoon while crews pave the street ...

Town lifts water restriction

FRONT ROYAL – The town lifted its mandatory water conservation Monday after a report showed an increase in the flow of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. But town officials warned that water users should exercise voluntary conservation methods because the river flow remains low. The ...

Council taps firm to build new police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council picked a firm to build a new police department headquarters and decided on a way to finance the project. The council voted 5-1 Tuesday to approve a bid from Dustin Construction to construct the facility for $7.73 million. The total cost of the project is ...

Council OKs Friday flea markets

FRONT ROYAL – Flea markets can run on Fridays but now must pay a flat fee to the town each year. The Town Council on Tuesday voted 6-0 on changes to local regulations to allow flea markets to operate on Fridays with a special-use permit and to allow for a possible farmers market. The action ...

Front Royal issues stricter water alert

An apparent drought has spurred at least two towns to require residents and businesses to conserve water. A lack of rain and low flow levels in the Shenandoah River prompted Front Royal and Strasburg to issue an alert for mandatory water conservation measures. Strasburg declared a "drought ...

Police academy project moving forward

FRONT ROYAL – A new criminal justice academy planned in town made it over some major hurdles in recent weeks. But whether or not the project spearheaded by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority can stay within its $8 million budget remains uncertain. EDA Executive ...

Planners, developer hash out housing project details

FRONT ROYAL – A developer and town planners continue to discuss and consider proposed changes to perks offered with a large-scale housing project. The Front Royal Limited Partnership, headed by David Vazzana, has filed another update to a list of proposed changes to the proffers that would ...

Flea markets get first OK for Friday hours

Front Royal flea markets could soon open on Fridays once Town Council gives a final green light. Council plans to vote next month on changes to town code that would let flea markets operate on Fridays with a special-use permit. Council voted 6-0 this week to approve the ordinance amendment on ...

Pet of the Week: Mugzie a happy-go-lucky little fellow

FRONT ROYAL – Mugzie, a 6-year-old chihuahua-beagle mix, is a charismatic, happy-go-lucky little fellow who greets everyone he sees, whether four-legged or human, with a wagging tail. He’s been at the shelter since Tuesday, said Kaley Wines, canine team leader. Mugzie was a transfer from ...

Council puts off action on rental property program

FRONT ROYAL – Renters hoping the Town Council takes action against so-called slumlords must wait a little longer for help. The council heard and eventually accepted arguments Monday from property managers and owners who urged members to reconsider proposed regulations targeting landlords who ...

Council to pick firm to build police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Town homeowners can expect to see their tax bills go up to pay for a new police department headquarters. The Town Council plans to vote to award a contract to Dustin Construction – the apparent low bidder – to build the police department facility on land off Kendrick Lane. ...

Front Royal issues water conservation alert

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials have asked residents and business to conserve water after flow levels dropped for the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Town Manager Joseph Waltz announced Monday that the Department of Public Works observed that the 14-day rolling average stream-flow rate of ...

Council OKs Afton Inn demolition

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council gave the green light Monday to letting a developer demolish the former Afton Inn. Council voted 6-0 at its regular meeting to grant the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s application to demolish the Afton Inn at 2 E. Main St. Council ...

Construction starting on Marriott Hotel in Front Royal

Construction has begun on the TownePlace Suites Hotel by Marriott in Front Royal. Warren County recently approved the full building permit and walls have already started to go up for the hotel, said Jason Aikens, vice president of the family-owned Aikens Group. H&W Construction, an ...

Town takes up flea market rules again

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to takes up new rules again for flea markets Monday. The council and the Planning Commission, along with town staff members, have spent the better part of the year considering a request by one flea market owner to operate on Fridays. The council plans to ...

EDA veteran retires

FRONT ROYAL – A long-time employee with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority steps down next month. Director of Marketing and Business Development Marla Taylor Jones retires effective Oct. 1, the EDA announced Friday. At this point, the EDA does not plan to fill the ...

DC firm buys Riverton Commons

FRONT ROYAL – A Washington, D.C. company recently bought Riverton Commons for about $17.72 million. JCR Companies acquired the 69,496-square-foot shopping center north of Front Royal from EDENS. JCR plans to lease the vacant space and either develop or sell the property’s five remaining ...