Front Royal

Town sees Avtex redevelopment cost rising

FRONT ROYAL – The cost to bring ITFederal and other businesses into the former Avtex site, along with the added traffic, continues to climb. The Town Council learned at a work session this week that the locality might need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars just to supply utilities to ...

Front Royal man still being sought

Front Royal police are continuing to look for a local man wanted on multiple warrants for sex offenses. Police are looking for 57-year-old Mike Edward Haymond who is wanted on a total of four warrants, two counts of rape of a child less than 13 years-old and two counts of sodomy of a child ...

Jim Eastham remembered for his love of Front Royal

James ‘Jim’ Eastham, Sr. was a beloved member of the Front Royal community who cared passionately for his hometown. Eastham, 65, died Nov. 17. He was a life-long resident of Front Royal who devoted much of his life to extensive and wide-ranging work in the community.  Eastham served two ...

Town planners back changes to housing project

FRONT ROYAL – The Planning Commission recently endorsed changes to a long-proposed development in town. The commission voted to recommend that the  Town Council approve an amendment to proffers associated with the Front Royal Limited Partnership’s proposed development of its 149.3 acres ...

Steel’s arrival heralds start of VFW’s recovery

FRONT ROYAL — Jeff Cook, the commander of the Front Royal Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860, was standing out in the cold at the site of the former post building Friday morning. There were other people watching with him — Front Royal Mayor Hollis Tharpe, Warren County Board of Supervisors ...

Vehicle pursuit in Front Royal lead to charges

Warren County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit early Wednesday morning in which the driver escaped but two passengers were arrested and charged after their vehicle crashed. Deputies at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday received a 911 call reporting a larceny that had just ...

Council backs rules for dog tethers

FRONT ROYAL – A split Town Council on Monday  nearly refused to join Warren County in approving new rules for protecting dogs. Mayor Hollis Tharpe cast the tie-breaking vote to tentatively approve new rules for tethering and caring for dogs “and other canines.” The council must approve ...

Police looking for Front Royal man

Front Royal police are asking for the public's help in locating a local man wanted on multiple warrants for sex offenses. Police are looking for Mike Edward Haymond, 57, who is wanted on  four warrants – two counts of rape of a child less than 13 years old and two counts of sodomy of a ...

Front Royal man found dead in parking lot

Front Royal police are investigating, as a matter of procedure, the death of a Front Royal man found dead Sunday morning in the parking lot of a strip mall. Police were called to the South Town Center mall on South Street about 7 a.m. Sunday when a nearby homeowner saw something in the parking ...

Council puts off vote on rental rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council again delayed a vote Monday  on a program aimed at tackling dilapidated buildings and rental properties. The council voted 4-2  to remove from the meeting agenda an ordinance to amend the Front Royal municipal code chapter on buildings by adopting a property ...

Locals gather to honor veterans

FRONT ROYAL – Town and county officials came together to pay their respects to both present and past veterans Friday at the Warren County Court House. Despite the chill in the air, hundreds of individuals, of all ages, paid tribute on the historical holiday. Introduced in 1919 by President ...

Panel loses member after Afton Inn vote

FRONT ROYAL – A Board of Architectural Review member doesn’t want to stay on for another term after the Town Council overturned the panel’s decision to protect the Afton Inn from demolition. The council plans to discuss appointments to two upcoming vacancies on the Board of Architectural ...

Smoke-free lodge cheered as family friendly, heathier

WOODSTOCK -- Generations remember social and charitable clubs like the Moose lodge on Moose Road in Woodstock as dimly illuminated bars where members could talk over drinks while lighting up. At Lodge 1329 a smoking ban put in place in the main hall on Nov. 1, 2016 by vote of lodge members ...

Front Royal finally climbs out of the Great Recession

FRONT ROYAL -- From his second-story office on Main Street, Robert MacDougall has mere inches between his window and the scaffolding next door. After months of construction workers peering in at him and intermittent jackhammering, MacDougall hasn’t experienced a peaceful, ...

Warren County schools and Valley Health will swap land

FRONT ROYAL —Warren County Public Schools will swap parcels of land with Valley Health as the hospital system moves toward replacing Warren Memorial Hospital. The Warren County School Board voted unanimously during their meeting on Wednesday to swap land the school district owns by Leach ...

DEQ receives award for Avtex work

FRONT ROYAL – Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has earned a federal award for its work to prepare the former Avtex Fibers site for redevelopment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that the DEQ received the Excellence in State Engagement Supporting ...

Town breaks ground on future police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Town leaders, officials and law enforcement officers – past and present – broke ground Wednesday for the police department’s future home. Mayor Hollis Tharpe led the event in the former Avtex Fibers parking lot at Kendrick Lane and Monroe Avenue, flanked by current and ...