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Front Royal

Former bank in need of major repairs

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- An inspection of the former BB&T office downtown shows the building needs more work than originally thought, which could affect the town's plans to buy the property. The building at 102 E. Main St., previously occupied by the Front ...

Salahis’ dueling divorce filings

Wife's complaint alleges violence By Joe Beck --- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The on again, off again divorce of Michaele Salahi and Tareq D. Salahi is back on, and more bitter than ever. Michaele Salahi has filed for divorce in Warren County Circuit Court, reviving a divorce that began ...

‘Adopt-A-Street’program aims to tidy town

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The town has launched an Adopt-A-Street program for residents interested in keeping the community tidy. The program, approved by the Town Council on Dec. 12, gives residents a chance to adopt a section of a town arterial or collector street. ...

Plant construction plans move forward

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved two items related to Dominion Virginia Power's plans to build a power plant in the Kelley Industrial Park. A public hearing was held Dec. 20 to grant a deed of open space land ...

Area agency on aging asks for $70,000 for 2013 budget

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Although it came a little late, the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging has submitted its budget request to Warren County. The agency has faced severe setbacks since August, when three top executives were dismissed after financial irregularities ...

Details released on DUI collision

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- State police arrested a now-former civilian employee of the Warren County Sheriff's Office on Sunday after fielding a report of a crash between two vehicles, an agency spokesman said Thursday. About 90 minutes later, state police arrested ...

Solar energy company drops suit against Front Royal councilmen — for now

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- An attorney for a solar energy company and its founder-partners dropped a $40 million defamation lawsuit against three council members Thursday, but vowed he would refile the suit in a few months. David W. Silek, who represents SolAVerde LLC, ...

Local Tree Stewards complete community enhancement project

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Front Royal-Warren County Tree Stewards are completing their year with satisfaction over the planting of 27 trees at the county's Linden Park on Dismal Hollow Road. Herb Rinehart, a member of the Tree Stewards who shepherded the project ...

Ordinance endorsed for former Avtex site

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The town Planning Commission moved to issue a recommendation to Town Council for adoption of a new zoning district Wednesday. The new Mixed-use Campus Development District will cover the Avtex Superfund site. The cleanup of the site was ...

Authorities search for missing inmate

FRONT ROYAL -- Law enforcement officers are looking for a work-release inmate from the Warren County Jail who failed to return at 7 p.m. Monday. Theodore James Shuck, 31, is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. Shuck was serving time for construction fraud and drug ...

Solar suit has another day in court

Action accuses three council members of defamation during, after bidding for proposed plant By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A $40 million defamation lawsuit against the town and three council members is scheduled for a new round of arguments Thursday in Warren County Circuit ...

Defendant found guilty in drug trial

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A Front Royal woman was found guilty of nine charges, including a number related to forging drug prescriptions, after a daylong trial in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday. As the trial neared its end, Judge Dennis W. Hupp denied a motion by ...

Board OKs county fire marshal position

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday night to create a fire marshal position to enforce provisions of the statewide fire prevention code. Additionally, the position will allow the county's Department of Fire and Rescue ...

Panel gets wastewater treatment plant update

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council heard a presentation and discussed plans for the upgrade and expansion of Front Royal's wastewater treatment plant during a Monday night work session. GHD, an engineering and architectural firm, proposed a change in design ...

Indictment returned in night burglary

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A Front Royal man has been indicted in Warren County Circuit Court in connection with a felony nighttime burglary in late October. The criminal complaint against Ricky Lynn Shell, 23, of 723 W. 13th St., accuses him of entering the home of ...

Oriental rug store will close

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Downtown is bracing for a blow when another of its mainstay businesses closes Dec. 31. Tariq H. Khawaja said he is giving up his 2,000-square-foot oriental rug store after 12 years. The three-year economic slump has been too much to overcome, he ...

Group plans 2012 Civil War events

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- As 2011 comes to an end, the county and town have exciting commemorative events to look forward to in 2012. The Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee is looking to start the grant application process in January, as 2012 marks the 150th ...

Facility could be threat to species

Dominion says has to take precautions for rare crustacean By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- While Dominion Virginia Power hopes to build a new generating plant in Warren County, the company says it has made sure to take necessary environmental precautions before possibly ...

Judge upholds 3 of 4 counts in Front Royal negligence suit

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The town has lost a legal challenge to three of the four counts filed against it in an $8 million lawsuit stemming from the drowning death of a 9-year-old boy at the Riverton Dam in June 2010. Circuit Judge Dennis W. Hupp issued a written ...

SUVs collide at town intersection

FRONT ROYAL -- An SUV rolled over on Royal Avenue when it was struck Tuesday morning by another SUV at the intersection with Stonewall Drive, according to a town police accident report. David Allan Riley, 49, of Stanley, was traveling north on Royal Avenue when his 1988 GMC Sierra was struck ...