Front Royal

Stepping out

April 15, 2015

Aurelio Lopez walks his son Marcelo, 19 months, around the brick walkway outside the gazebo area on East Main Street in Front Royal on a spring afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Stuck on reading

Amethyst Roland,10, a fourth grade student at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, straps a piece of duct tape on thschool principal Thomas Matteson during school on Friday. Students used  duct tape to tape Matteson and reading specialist Jennifer Hill to the wall as a reward for doubling their Dr. Seuss reading challenge in March. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 10, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Students at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Front Royal outdid themselves in this year’s March reading challenge, and after doubling their literacy goal, they had earned an unforgettable Friday afternoon celebration.

Mobile mechanic makes house calls

Wes Eisentrout, owner of My Mobile Mechanic,  repairs vehicles at teh scene,  typically in driveways or parking lots.  Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 10, 2015

FRONT ROYAL—Back in the summer of 2009, Wes Eisentrout, like many Americans, was facing bleak economic prospects.

B&G Goods to open April 18

April 10, 2015

FRONT ROYAL—B&G Goods, which will be at the site of the former Stokes Mart will have its grand opening April 18, five months to the day it was announced by the Warren County Economic Development authority it would be the new tenant.

A heavy toll, recalled

Shannon Moeck,  a park ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, helps ring a bell being supported by park volunteer Guy Young, of Gore, outside Belle Grove on Thursday. The ringing of the bells was  to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 9, 2015

Local residents and National Park Services officials gathered at Belle Grove Historic Plantation for the “Bells Across the Land” on Thursday.

Savvy seniors

Shirley Nichols, 76, left, and Sarah Whittaker, 84, right, both of Front Royal, listen to a presenter during the Senior Safety Expo held Wednesday at the Elks Lodge off Guard Hill Road in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 8, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The TRIAD Senior Safety Expo in Front Royal Wednesday was packed with advice for seniors on being financially savvy and keeping themselves safe from those who would seek to defraud them.

Front Royal completes DRIVE Tourism program

Maurice Jones

April 7, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — As a tourism destination, the town is looking to enhance its brand and visitation through a new unified plan from a statewide initiative called DRIVE Tourism.

Block by block

Lexi Golden, 10, of Front Royal, assembles her Lego creation as she and her classmates take to the floor during after school Lego Club at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School in Front Royal.    Rich Cooley/Daily

March 29, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Standing in a village of Lego rooms, fifth grade teacher Jill Alicie was unsure of what might happen.

Commission receives grant for study

March 27, 2015

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission received a $7,500 grant from the commonwealth to study consumer spending habits and areas of growth for outdoor recreation businesses in area communities.

Drescher named as new schools superintendent

Greg Drescher, right, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, laughs with Superintendent Pamela McInnis Thursday following the announcement at a special meeting that he will succeed her as superintendent, effective July 1 after she retires this spring.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 26, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Greg Drescher, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, was announced the district’s new superintendent at a special meeting Thursday evening.