Front Royal

Construction starting on Marriott Hotel in Front Royal

Construction has begun on the TownePlace Suites Hotel by Marriott in Front Royal. Warren County recently approved the full building permit and walls have already started to go up for the hotel, said Jason Aikens, vice president of the family-owned Aikens Group. H&W Construction, an ...

Town takes up flea market rules again

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to takes up new rules again for flea markets Monday. The council and the Planning Commission, along with town staff members, have spent the better part of the year considering a request by one flea market owner to operate on Fridays. The council plans to ...

EDA veteran retires

FRONT ROYAL – A long-time employee with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority steps down next month. Director of Marketing and Business Development Marla Taylor Jones retires effective Oct. 1, the EDA announced Friday. At this point, the EDA does not plan to fill the ...

DC firm buys Riverton Commons

FRONT ROYAL – A Washington, D.C. company recently bought Riverton Commons for about $17.72 million. JCR Companies acquired the 69,496-square-foot shopping center north of Front Royal from EDENS. JCR plans to lease the vacant space and either develop or sell the property’s five remaining ...

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 ...