Front Royal

Council puts off pick for vacant seat

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council voted Monday to put off picking a new member to fill a vacancy indefinitely. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger resigned July 1. Voters elected Egger in November 2014 to a term set to expire Dec. 31, 2018. Egger announced this spring that she would resign because she ...

County, town to consider joint tourism panel

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County and the town could soon join forces to promote local tourism. County Administrator Doug Stanley said last week that a new panel made up of representatives from both localities would collaborate to push tourism initiatives. Stanley talked about the proposed joint ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Council to consider expanded flea market hours

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials plan to try and resolve an issue with a local flea market before allowing it to extend its hours. The Town Council might consider changing local regulations to allow flea markets to operate on Fridays with an approved, special-use permit. Town Code restricts flea ...

Council considers setting up rental inspections program

FRONT ROYAL – A lack of funding could delay a town effort aimed at landlords who let rental properties fall into disrepair. Draft regulations, if adopted, would set up a town-wide maintenance code and a rental-inspection program covering the central part of Front Royal. The cost to ...

Town reopens search for police chief

FRONT ROYAL – Potential changes to residency rules for certain department heads prompted the town to reopen its search for a new police chief Wednesday. Town Manager Joseph Waltz said that officials decided to renew the application process in light of the July 10 public hearing on proposed ...

Council fixes faulty agenda, closes meeting

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council may have broken its own meeting rules Monday when it tried to go behind closed doors. The council adopted its meeting agenda before addressing the topics on the slate. The agenda included a closed session to discuss one topic: Town Manager Joseph Waltz’ ...

Town claims resident broke backyard chicken rules

FRONT ROYAL – The town recently accused a resident with breaking local rules on keeping backyard chickens. Christopher Patton, 35, of 851 Happy Creek Road, violated the town code section pertaining to urban agriculture, according to a criminal complaint filed in Warren County General ...

Community Services Board may create nonprofit wing

FRONT ROYAL – The Northwestern Community Services Board is considering creating a nonprofit charity and hiring a development officer to write grants,  raise money and oversee volunteers. Neither the proposed hiring of the development officer nor the move to create the nonprofit were ...

Realtors say 2017 is definitely a sellers’ market

For residents of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, the final six months of 2017 is the time to sell a house. Inventory is low, buyer interest is high and prices are on the rise because of each. Beth Waller, principal broker and owner of Team Waller Real Estate in Front Royal, explains ...

New middle school nears completion

FRONT ROYAL – The new Warren County Middle School is nearing completion, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 9 a.m. July 31. The new middle school cost a total of $32,820,000,  and is scheduled to open on Aug. 15. Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration for Warren ...