Front Royal

Criser Road bridge replacement out for bid again

FRONT ROYAL – The town is continuing to search for a contractor on its Criser Road bridge replacement project. The town put out its third bid this week on the project, which will remain open through April 10. Town Manager Joe Waltz said when bids were put out in August and September 2017, ...

Tharpe to seek re-election

FRONT ROYAL – Hollis Tharpe hopes to maintain his center seat at Town Council meetings, as he recently announced intentions to seek a second term as Front Royal's mayor. “When you get it in your blood, you get it in your blood,” Tharpe said. “My heart is in the town.” Tharpe served ...

Police can now enforce park rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Police Department now has authority to properly patrol parks located within town limits. The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting approved an agreement with Warren County allowing the Front Royal Police Department to enforce the park system's code of conduct. The town ...

Proffer amendments made for housing development

FRONT ROYAL – Several changes were made in a proffer agreement between the town and a developer regarding a proposed housing development off Happy Creek Road. The proposed 320-unit development by Front Royal Limited Partnership, headed by David Vazzana, is on a 149-acre parcel near Norfolk ...

Councilman calls for college president’s resignation

FRONT ROYAL – Town Councilman John Connolly, a Christendom College graduate, said he thinks Timothy O’Donnell, the school's president, should resign or be fired amid the recent string of rape and sexual assaults that were alleged to have taken place under his watch. "If he truly loves ...

Front Royal police phone lines still not fully operational

The Front Royal Police Department’s phone lines stopped working for approximately 12 hours between Friday night and Saturday morning, and continue to experience intermittent issues. Chief Kahle Magalis said that only non-emergency calls have been affected, as all 911 calls go through the ...

Council votes down property maintenance code

FRONT ROYAL –  After months of discussion, the Town Council at its regular Monday meeting voted 4-0 against the implementation of a property maintenance code. The vote came after a public hearing during which no one spoke.  Councilmen Jacob Meza and Christopher Morrison were absent. ...

Veterans react to proposed parade

Nelson Ritter, commander of Winchester American Legion Post 21, does not think President Donald Trump's proposed military parade is a good idea. He said his  feelings do not speak for the entire post. That was immediately clear upon discussing the interview for this article at the ...

Public hearing set for property maintenance code

FRONT ROYAL – Citizens can voice their opinions about the proposed property maintenance code at  7 p.m. Monday during a Town Council public hearing. The council held a previous public hearing on the matter in August 2017. In November, it postponed action on the program. The previously ...

Warren County school board seeks increase in teacher salaries

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board indicated Wednesday that it would like to raise teacher salaries and seek more county funding, setting up a potential fight with the Board of Supervisors. Warren County Superintendent Gregory Drescher said during the meeting that he would like to ...

Police department warns of phone scam

FRONT ROYAL – “Fake kidnapping” phone calls have increased in recent days, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. In this scam, citizens receive phone calls from an unknown person who claims to have kidnapped a family member, the release states. The caller says the ...

Supervisors OK dog kennel

FRONT ROYAL – A dog kennel was allowed to continue operations after meeting most requirements in a previously approved conditional use permit. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved Michael Gibson's WillowBrooke Danes dog kennel at 387 Ritenour Hollow Road. A ...

Fire damages historic house

FRONT ROYAL – A historic 1850s Bentonville house suffered extensive damage Tuesday. Warren County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched about 2:20 p.m. to 3609 Buck Mountain Road in response to a house engulfed in flames, Fire Chief Richard Mabie said. Mabie said upon arrival the fire ...

Smithsonian facility sees spike in births of rare bird

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has had a recent surge in births of the Guam rail birds. Since November, the conservation facility has seen the birth of eight of the flightless birds. During the past four years, the facility has had one or two births of the birds ...

Stabbing victim in critical but non-life-threatening condition

Front Royal police responded to a report of a stab wound at 613 S. Royal Ave. at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, Roger Allen Cameron Jr., suffered a stab wound to the chest, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. The release stated he was transported to Warren ...

One-way Main Street vetoed

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council decided at its Monday work session to leave Main Street the way it is and drop a proposal to make a portion of it one-way. The decision to leave the matter out of future meetings came after a recent survey showed citizen opposition to the proposal. Of the ...

Royal Phoenix plans progress

FRONT ROYAL – The town is moving forward with plans to install a pump station to serve future development at the Royal Phoenix site off Kendrick Lane. The Town Council decided at its Monday work session to put the proposed pump station out for bid. It will serve ITFederal and the new Front ...

GOP candidates field questions at forum

FRONT ROYAL – The eight people seeking the Republican Party nod to run for the Sixth Virginia Congressional District shared similar ideals and subtle differences at a candidates’ forum in town Saturday. Dozens of people from the region attended the event held at the Warren County ...

Early death of zebra leaves questions about program’s future

The recent death of a 4-year-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal is set to bring uncertainty about the institute’s program for the endangered species. On Jan. 30, Raylan, a male mountain zebra, died at the facility after enduring ...