Front Royal

ITFederal, Avtex road projects moving forward

FRONT ROYAL – A planned road extension into the former Avtex Fibers site remains a major hurdle for the long-awaited ITFederal project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors heard brief updates at its meeting Friday on both projects from Executive ...

Randolph-Macon senior plans to fly to new heights

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy senior Parker Overstreet is leaving high school satisfied with his experience, and with high hopes for the future. Overstreet plans to eventually work in the airlines industry. He is going to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, ...

EDA responds to questions about project

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority responded last week to one town leader’s questions over an agency housing project. The EDA Board of Directors and staff members released documents and information about the Royal Lane Workforce Housing Project ...

Council members at odds over EDA project

FRONT ROYAL – A Town Council member seeking information about a controversial project and a colleague clashed again Monday. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger sought answers to questions about the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority workforce housing project earlier this month. ...

Wine, craft fest draws crowd to Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL — Crowds were bustling and wine was flowing as people from all over the country converged downtown to take part in the 31st annual Wine and Craft Festival. The festival, which was held on Main Street, featured more than 15 wine vendors, over 50 craft vendors, food and live ...

A ‘Day of Caring’

FRONT ROYAL – Volunteers built a handicap ramp for a town resident as part of the 2017 Day of Caring projects being completed throughout the county. Martha Buracker, team captain of the handicap ramp project, said United Way paid for all the building materials to build the ramp for ...

Cause of historic building fire still undetermined

FRONT ROYAL -- Fire investigators have not been able to determine what caused the April 29 fire that gutted a historic building in Front Royal because of the amount of damage the building sustained, officials said Friday. The three-alarm fire took 14 hours for firefighters from all Warren ...

Constituents criticize congressman

FRONT ROYAL – A dozen people criticized U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, on Wednesday for his support of legislation designed to undo much of the Affordable Health Care Act. Goodlatte’s constituents also called on the congressman to push for the appointment of a special prosecutor ...

Councilwoman questions EDA on housing project

FRONT ROYAL – A Town Council member raised questions Monday about the delayed workforce housing project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board voted late last month to move forward with the potential purchase of property on Royal Lane for the workforce housing ...

Fire guts historic building, hurts business

FRONT ROYAL – A fire not only destroyed an historic building in town this weekend but also likely hurt a growing, nationally known business. An “active investigation” continues into the blaze that left much of the building at 1858 N. Royal Ave. in charred ruins, Warren County Fire ...

Fire destroys Front Royal business

FRONT ROYAL -- Firefighters responding to a 911 call late Saturday evening discovered flames shooting from the Strong Oaks Workshop at 1868 N. Royal Ave. The fire destroyed the old stone building along with a wood storage building next to it. It also damaged two auxiliary ...

Chamber of Commerce announces new scholarships

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors announced the creation of two scholarships during its annual awards dinner this week. The awards will be named in honor of two members of the Chamber of Commerce, Roy K. Boyles and James M. Eastham. Boyles ...

EDA to buy land once gifted for housing project

FRONT ROYAL – The town’s first workforce housing development faces a scale-back after the project missed a deadline. The Board of Directors for the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority voted at its meeting Friday to approve the purchase of property on Royal Lane ...

Town effort aims to prevent pedestrian deaths

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials say they hope a new campaign helps prevent pedestrian fatalities on local streets. Smart Towns Observe Pedestrian Safety kicked off Thursday with Sgt. Robbie Seal, a community resource officer with the Front Royal Police Department, Town Councilman William ...

Port of Virginia chief gives address

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Inland Port continues to help drive the state’s economy, the head of the Port of Virginia said Wednesday. John F. Reinhart, the Port of Virginia CEO and executive director, delivered his State of the Port Address to an audience of area officials and elected ...

Council OKs exceptions for academy

FRONT ROYAL – Developers received permission from the Town Council Monday to move forward and build a criminal justice academy facility that doesn’t need to meet all local design standards. The council voted to adopt on its second and final reading the conditional approval of an ...

Golf club board reacts to effort to cut funding

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County’s golf club survived an attempt this week to take away some local funding. But members of the Front Royal Golf Club Advisory Committee on Thursday agreed the county needs to generate more revenue and interest in the decades-old facility. The committee ...

Council hears budgets for utilities

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council continued its work on the next budget Monday focusing on the utilities. Director of Finance B.J. Wilson presented information on the proposed fiscal 2018 budget for the town’s enterprise funds for water, sewer, electricity and solid waste collection. Wilson ...

Smithsonian center welcomes cheetah cubs

• Related: Q&A Raising cheetah cubs in Front Royal FRONT ROYAL -- Cheetahs Happy and Miti brought two litters of cubs into the world at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute last month. Happy, a 3-year-old cheetah, gave birth to five healthy cubs on March 23, according ...

Q&A: Raising cheetah cubs in Front Royal

Paul Marinari, senior curator of the Department of Animal Programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Warren County, answered questions about the births of cheetah litters at the facility in March. Q. How are the litters since their birth? A. Both of the litters are doing ...