Front Royal

Judge sentences conspirators in heroin ring

A dozen defendants have received federal prison terms for their roles in a heroin distribution ring that connected Baltimore to Front Royal. The 12 people sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg were convicted of trafficking more than 1,000 grams of heroin from Baltimore to ...

Warren County, Front Royal join the Artisan Trail network

FRONT ROYAL – The town and county are teaming up with the Artisans Center of Virginia in an attempt to connect local businesses with the organization’s network of Artisan Trails. As part of the trail's implementation, a brochure will be created to show locations of artisan studios, ...

Two salons, restaurant burglarized: Intruder knocked out power to shops

A string of three burglaries was carried out in similar fashion over about an hour early Tuesday morning in Front Royal and Strasburg. The first burglary occurred at Blake and Co. Hair Spa on North Shenandoah Avenue in Front Royal,  followed by incidents at Twisted Salon and Great Wall ...

Town set to purchase ITFederal pump station

FRONT ROYAL – A critical piece of infrastructure that will allow businesses to operate at Royal Phoenix – as the former Avtex development is now known – is on the way. Town Council at its Monday work session unanimously agreed to move forward with the installation of a pump station and ...

Criser Road bridge replacement project progresses

FRONT ROYAL – The town has selected a contractor to replace the flood-prone Criser Road bridge, and officials say they hope to complete the project by summer’s end. The lowest bid for the project came from Archer Western Construction at $986,075. Town Finance Director B.J. Wilson said the ...

Weekend fire destroys Linden home

LINDEN – A Sunday fire caused an estimated $282,000 in damages to a Linden home, Fire Chief Richard Mabie stated in a news release on Monday. Rescue units were dispatched about 5:20 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of Brandy Road in the Apple Mountain West subdivision  after reports of a deck ...

Front Royal electric bills to jump slightly

FRONT ROYAL – Residents can expect to see a slightly larger charge for electricity upon arrival of the next round of utility bills. Town Finance Director B.J. Wilson said a power cost adjustment hike in the April bills would increase electric rates from .01091 cents per kilowatt hour to ...

Laurel Center recognizes sexual assault awareness month with 386 flags

FRONT ROYAL – The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic and Sexual Violence planted 386 flags last week at the Warren County Court House on Main Street to honor and remember sexual assault victims in Front Royal and Warren County over the past four years. Leslie Hardesty, sexual assault ...

Council delays vote on rezoning for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Citizens on Monday pleaded again for the Town Council not to pass the proposed rezoning for the site of the new Warren Memorial Hospital due to its lack of an obstetric unit. After 14 people spoke during the meeting’s public presentations, the Town Council opted to delay ...

Man arrested on robbery, assault charges

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal man has has been arrested on charges stemming from a Sunday robbery in the Gateway Plaza off John Marshall Highway. Austin Richard Arocho, 19, of the 140 block of West 15th Street, was arrested Sunday on two felony counts of robbery, one felony count of malicious ...

Town, county finalize revenue sharing agreement

FRONT ROYAL – The 340/522 corridor revenue sharing agreement will remain intact for 25 years, as both the town and county have agreed to formalize the deal. According to a 2015 agreement, the town is compensated with 30 percent of the meals taxes and 5 percent of lodging taxes collected in ...

Homeowner: Fire caused more damage due to understaffing

FRONT ROYAL - David Santmyers said he thinks the Easter Sunday fire that destroyed his home should have been contained to two bedrooms. The fire’s cause is unknown, and damages to the home at 3470 Mountain Road house are estimated to be $300,000 to the structure and $400,000 to its ...

Group aims to remember families displaced by the park

FRONT ROYAL – Although Shenandoah National Park is now only visited and not inhabited, that was not always the case, and the Blue Heritage Project hopes to memorialize those past residents. In the 1920s, the federal government felt the eastern United States needed a park similar to those ...

Front Royal Carquest, Advance Auto join forces

FRONT ROYAL – The local Carquest Auto Parts joined a nationwide trend this week as it was consolidated into Advanced Auto Parts. Bill Turner, Advance Auto Parts manager, explained that Advanced Auto Parts purchased Carquest Auto Parts in January 2015. Since then, he said, more than 500 ...

West Main extension out for bid, Criser Road Bridge coming back

FRONT ROYAL – A pair of major projects are inching forward as the town recently put out a bid for phase one of the West Main Street extension and awaits for the bid period on Criser Road Bridge to close. The bid for construction on West Main Street was put out last week and will remain open ...

Brewery aims for mid-June opening

FRONT ROYAL – Although The Front Royal Brewing Co.’s opening date has been delayed several times, the owners hope to welcome customers by mid-June. A big piece of the puzzle arrived last week when fermenters and serving tanks were delivered to the brewery’s 122 E. Main St. location. Tim ...

Town, county seek to set corridor agreement in stone

FRONT ROYAL – The town and county hope to formalize their U.S. 340/522 corridor revenue sharing agreement at the urging of Chick-fil-A. The 2015 agreement compensates the town with 30 percent of meals taxes and 5 percent of lodging taxes collected in the corridor in exchange for extending ...