Stories By Alex Bridges

Town planners back changes to housing project

FRONT ROYAL – The Planning Commission recently endorsed changes to a long-proposed development in town. The commission voted to recommend that the  Town Council approve an amendment to proffers associated with the Front Royal Limited Partnership’s proposed development of its 149.3 acres ...

Christendom seeks waiver for chapel

FRONT ROYAL – Christendom College appears poised to build a new chapel more than a year after announcing its $40 million fundraising campaign. But the chapel as designed exceeds Warren County’s height limit for buildings so Christendom has asked to modify the original permit for a waiver ...

Goodlatte, Comstock vote for tax reform bill

Republicans representing Virginia in the House of Representatives voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday. Virginia’s 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke lauded the legislation as a way to create more jobs and make taxes lower and fairer. "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is ...

Bailey seeks change in regional jail spending

FRONT ROYAL – An outgoing Shenandoah County supervisor took a last stab Thursday at trying to change the way the regional jail spends local money. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority Board of Directors held its final regular meeting this year. Shenandoah County ...

Comstock seeks to target sexual harassment on Hill

Capitol Hill and Congress remain plagued by sexual harassers, two members of Congress told colleagues during a committee hearing in the House of Representatives  this week. U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, spoke to the Administration Committee at a hearing Tuesday on the House’s ...

GOP tax plan nixes program for historic rehab

Some congressional Republicans want to end a program once used to turn the old Toms Brook School into apartments for low-income residents. The Republican tax plan would eliminate the Federal Historic Tax Credit – an incentive used in communities across Virginia to attract new businesses, ...

VDOT preps for winter weather

STEPHENS CITY – State transportation officials say the Department of Transportation district covering the mid and northern Shenandoah Valley district stands ready to tackle any winter weather that hits the region this season. The district fared better this past winter than it did a year ...

Council backs rules for dog tethers

FRONT ROYAL – A split Town Council on Monday  nearly refused to join Warren County in approving new rules for protecting dogs. Mayor Hollis Tharpe cast the tie-breaking vote to tentatively approve new rules for tethering and caring for dogs “and other canines.” The council must approve ...

Council puts off vote on rental rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council again delayed a vote Monday  on a program aimed at tackling dilapidated buildings and rental properties. The council voted 4-2  to remove from the meeting agenda an ordinance to amend the Front Royal municipal code chapter on buildings by adopting a property ...

County GOP chair weighs in on election

The Shenandoah County Republican Committee remains unified after Tuesday’s election, its chairman said Thursday. Voters elected the Republican Party pick over the independent candidate in the District 5 race for the Board of Supervisors. Longtime supervisor and Republican Dennis Morris ...

Kennel permit under scrutiny

Warren County officials could revoke a kennel owner’s permit, though local zoning officials now appear willing to talk with the dog breeder. Wendy Tenney lost 16 of her Australian shepherds in the March 6 fire that destroyed the kennel for her dog-breeding operation at 63 Limeton Church ...

Bus service targets valley

A new regional bus service that rolls out Dec. 1 appears to bypass Shenandoah County – for now. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation announced Thursday the launch of the state’s intercity bus program. The Virginia Breeze, the program’s pilot route, connects travelers ...

Goodlatte won’t seek re-election in 2018

U.S. Rep. Robert W. “Bob” Goodlatte plans to step down next year, the longtime congressman announced Thursday. Goodlatte, a Republican based in Roanoke representing Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, said in a statement he does not intend to seek re-election next year. Goodlatte ...

Elected leaders, merchants oppose park fee hike

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders oppose a proposal to hike entrance fees at the Shenandoah National Park. The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to adopt a resolution in opposition to a National Park Service proposal to increase the daily entrance fee from $25 to $70 per vehicle during ...

Roulston, Morris, Neese win supervisor seats

WOODSTOCK – Voters in Shenandoah County ousted two opponents of tax increases from the Board of Supervisors in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results. Woodstock-area business owner Karl V. Roulston defeated Supervisor Cindy M. Bailey for the District 4 board seat. Dennis ...

Panel loses member after Afton Inn vote

FRONT ROYAL – A Board of Architectural Review member doesn’t want to stay on for another term after the Town Council overturned the panel’s decision to protect the Afton Inn from demolition. The council plans to discuss appointments to two upcoming vacancies on the Board of Architectural ...

Bond counsel: Jail, counties miss out on savings

The counties operating the regional jail near Front Royal have missed out on saving a total of roughly $176,618 a year because Shenandoah County opted out of refinancing the loan on the facility, the jail's bond counsel says. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority Board ...

Rockland Park moves ahead of schedule

FRONT ROYAL – Construction on Warren County’s Rockland Park has jumped ahead of schedule thanks to other nearby economic development projects. H&W Construction worked with county staff on grading along the east and west sides of Fishnet Boulevard near the entrance to Rockland Park. ...

DEQ receives award for Avtex work

FRONT ROYAL – Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has earned a federal award for its work to prepare the former Avtex Fibers site for redevelopment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that the DEQ received the Excellence in State Engagement Supporting ...

Town breaks ground on future police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Town leaders, officials and law enforcement officers – past and present – broke ground Wednesday for the police department’s future home. Mayor Hollis Tharpe led the event in the former Avtex Fibers parking lot at Kendrick Lane and Monroe Avenue, flanked by current and ...