Stories By Alex Bridges

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 ...

County IDA seeks firms for engineering work

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s Industrial Development Authority plans to hire an engineering firm to help market agency properties and boost the local economy. The authority recently issued a request for proposals from firms interested in performing engineering services on vacant lots ...

Vogel, Fairfax tout campaign numbers

Candidates running for lieutenant governor reported their latest campaign finance numbers this week. State Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, raised $147,500 in June, bringing the total collected to $1.8 million, her campaign reported Monday. The latest filing period covered campaign finance ...

County acquires land for park area at bridge

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to use land near the Morgan Ford Bridge to enhance the recreation area at the Shenandoah River crossing. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to buy a 0.58-acre parcel of property from owner Alfred Chapman for $10,000 and to accept his gift of an ...

County to expand bus service to LFCC, jail

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to start a new bus service in the area at the end of the month. The transit service will provide transportation from Front Royal to the U.S. 340-522 Corridor and to Lord Fairfax Community College’s Middletown campus. The new trolley service provides town ...

Front Royal asks delegate for help in legislature

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council asked a state delegate Monday to help the locality during the next Virginia General Assembly session. Del. Chris Collins sat in on council’s work session during its discussion of a proposed rental-inspection district and a property-maintenance program, both ...

County keeps firms to collect taxes

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to continue to work with two firms tapped to go after delinquent taxpayers. The Board of Supervisors voted at its meeting Tuesday to renew contracts with Pond Law Group and TACS, which the county hired last year as it increased its efforts to collect unpaid ...

Seven Bends Park clearing big hurdle

WOODSTOCK – A new bridge stands in the way of progress at Seven Bends State Park in Shenandoah County. But the Virginia Department of Transportation expects its crews to complete the replacement of the Lupton Road Bridge next month, spokesman Ken Slack said Friday. The single-lane, ...

Council to try charter changes again

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council could switch local elections back to May if members support the change. The council plans to discuss potential changes to the town charter at its work session Monday. Some current and now former members have expressed an interest in moving the elections for ...

Guns stolen from hardware store

Authorities say one or more suspects stole numerous firearms from a hardware store near Stephens City early Wednesday. Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm at Miller Hardware Store, 208 Centre Drive, at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to information from ...

SOL scores fall short for two county schools

WOODSTOCK – Early tallies show two Shenandoah County public schools will miss full accreditation for the 2017-2018 year, prompting the division to take remedial action. North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson Elementary School could receive a rating of Accreditation Denied under the ...

Town responds to authority claims over water dispute

STEPHENS CITY – The war of words over water between the town and the Frederick County Sanitation Authority continued Tuesday. The Town Council met in closed session with attorney Thomas “Ty” Lawson during its regular meeting to discuss the status of a legal dispute between Stephens City ...

Veteran EDA board member dies

Longtime member of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Patricia S. "Patty" Wines died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Wines, 81, served on the EDA’s Board of Directors for 16 years and as its chairwoman since 2008. She recently was reappointed to the board. Wines ...

Stoney Creek Bridge work on track

EDINBURG – Work on a new bridge on Stoney Creek Road remains slightly ahead of schedule, state transportation officials say. The project site lies west of Edinburg, between Interstate 81 and Senedo Road over Stoney Creek. The project replaces the current bridge – a single-lane structure ...

Council kills residency rule for police chief

FRONT ROYAL – A divided Town Council failed Monday to back an effort to make the next police chief live in the corporate limits. The council voted 3-2 against a proposal to change the town code section pertaining to residency requirements for certain government employees. The proposal came ...

Developer seeks incentives for downtown rehab projects

FRONT ROYAL – A developer plans to breathe new life into a couple of downtown buildings. Vibe Properties LLC intends to redevelop buildings at 120-124 E. Main St. and 205 E. Main St. The Town Council is expected to vote at its meeting today on a request to approve two Tourism Zone ...

Town issues drought alert

Strasburg officials declared a drough-watch condition Friday and asked residents and businesses to conserve water. Low-flow levels on the Shenandoah River prompted the town to issue the declaration. The seven-day average flow as of Friday had dropped below 175 cubic feet per second. The town ...

Town lawsuit over water moves forward

A Stephens City official Thursday downplayed the threat of Frederick County shutting off the town’s water over a legal dispute. Any attempt by the Frederick County Sanitation Authority to disrupt water service likely would draw the attention of the Department of Health, Town Manager Mike ...

Council to consider taking land for bridge project

FRONT ROYAL – The town could try to take land from a property owner when it replaces the Criser Road Bridge. The Town Council plans Monday to consider scheduling a public hearing on a resolution to authorize the initiation of condemnation, or eminent domain, proceedings for temporary ...

Town wants manager for police facility project

FRONT ROYAL – The town can expect to pay a firm close to $174,000 to oversee construction of the new police department headquarters. The Town Council heard  this week from a representative of JTS LLC, a Henrico County firm that would serve as the clerk of the works for the project. JTS LLC ...