Front Royal

Front Royal, Edinburg miss out on revitalization money

Front Royal and Edinburg have missed out on federal money officials in both localities had sought for downtown revitalization. Virginia awarded almost $9 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for 15 projects around the state. Neither Front Royal nor Edinburg made the list in ...

Model ship sails in to Warren County High School

FRONT ROYAL — Glenn Mikulak graduated from Warren County High School in 2010. Now, his prized creation, a 10,000-piece model cruise ship made out of KNEX, has made its way to the school’s library. For Kenneth Knesh, assistant principal at Warren County High School, the decision to find ...

VDOT to orient public on new intersection

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists can expect traffic-pattern changes on U.S. 340-522 as work on the new South Fork Bridge enters the home stretch. The Virginia Department of Transportation said Thursday that changes should take place in October and November as crews complete construction of the ...

Panel denies permit to raze Afton Inn

FRONT ROYAL – A town panel on Tuesday denied a developer’s request for a permit to demolish the former Afton Inn. But, despite the Board of Architectural Review’s unanimous decision to protect the 150-year-old building, members acknowledged that the Town Council could go the opposite way ...

Town sells former police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – The town has sold the former home of its police department for less than half its assessed value but will soon see tax revenue from the property. The Town Council voted Monday to change the fiscal 2018 budget to reflect the sale of the property at 24 W. Main St., for $275,000. ...

Town picks Sheriff’s Office major to lead police agency

FRONT ROYAL – Another veteran officer with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is taking over the town’s police department. Town Manager Joseph E. Waltz announced Monday that he appointed Kerry L. “Kahle” Magalis II as chief of police for Front Royal. Magalis assumes the role ...

Town sees bids to build new police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Bids to build a new home for the town’s police have come in  higher than expected but a special program should cover the cost. Front Royal received four bids to construct a new headquarters for the police department. The town plans to build a facility on land at Kendrick ...

Town faces deadline on waterline project funds

FRONT ROYAL – The town could lose $3.5 million if it doesn’t act soon to upgrade its water lines in the U.S. 340-522 corridor. Dominion plans to rescind its offer to help cover the cost of any project designed to improve the water distribution system serving the power plant if Front Royal ...

Town close to naming new police chief

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials could name the new police chief in the next few weeks,  Director of Human Resources Julie Bush said Wednesday. A renewed search for a chief resulted in the town receiving roughly 15 applications by July 24, Bush said. Town staff interviewed three of the ...

Warren County to bring in counselors to schools

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools are set to bring in counselors to provide mental health services to students inside the schools. During a School Board retreat on Wednesday, Michael Hirsch, director of special services for the district, said that the new positions would make it easier for ...

Pain at the gas pumps

Warnings of increased gas prices as a result of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Gulf Coast came true Thursday. Gas prices jumped dramatically on Thursday, leaving consumers who did not heed the warnings to fill up earlier a little lighter than expected in the wallet. Bill Holtzman, president of ...

EDA board member resigns

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors has  lost another member. The EDA announced Thursday that Brendan Arbuckle resigned his seat on the board because he and his family plan to move out of state. Arbuckle, senior operations director at Toray ...

Support grows for rental inspection program

FRONT ROYAL – Town leaders heard more support Monday for rules aimed at rental properties that fail to meet basic standards. Mayor Hollis Tharpe told the audience that the council would not take action on the proposal. Rather, the council held the hearing to collect public input. Town ...

Town seeks more bids for bridge project

FRONT ROYAL – Bridge builders showed little interest this month in constructing one of the town's long-awaited projects. Town Manager Joseph Waltz recently told the board of directors for the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority that only one company submitted a bid to ...

Council backs developer’s land request

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council endorsed a property owner’s request Monday to give up public land for a potential development. The council voted 6-0 to approve an ordinance on its first reading to conditionally vacate a portion of 16th Street and two, unimproved alleys at 1521 N. Royal ...

EDA projects show progress

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority continues to move forward with major projects. EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald provided an update to the authority’s Board of Directors at its meeting Friday. Chairman  Greg Drescher indicated that ...

Public weighs in on plan to raze Afton Inn

FRONT ROYAL – A proposal to let a developer tear down the former Afton Inn drew supporters and foes to a public hearing Tuesday. The Board of Architectural Review plans to consider a request by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority to demolish the historic structure at ...

Town to consider smoking ban at bus stops

FRONT ROYAL – A push to ban smoking near school bus stops in town may not go farther than the corporate limits if it gets off the ground at all. The Town Council plans to continue its discussion at its work session today on a proposal to restrict smoking at and around bus stops. ...

Council to consider changes to town charter

FRONT ROYAL – Residents could benefit from changes and updates to the local charter, says the town’s attorney. The Town Council resumes its discussion today on the charter and possible changes to its language. Any amendments to the charter would have to be approved by the Virginia General ...