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Front Royal

Police up patrols in wake of burglaries

Chief urges residents to lock doors, windows following rash of thefts By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Police are stepping up patrols in residential areas of the town as they try to solve a wave of burglaries and walk-in thefts that began in mid-December. Chief Richard H. ...

Options for hours explored

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Town officials are still looking for ways to extend hours for the town's utility office. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which poses a problem for some residents, according to Mayor Timothy Darr. "Sixty percent of our ...

Driver injured in single-car crash

FRONT ROYAL -- A single-vehicle crash near the Warren County line Sunday afternoon left the driver injured and the road closed for about an hour, according to authorities. The crash occurred at 2:20 p.m. on Fort Valley Road (Va. 678) two miles south of the county line, said state police ...

Local United Way meets fundraising goal

Front Royal/Warren County group receives more than $112,00 in pledges for its 2011 campaign By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The United Way of Front Royal/Warren County has hit its annual fundraising goal for the second year in a row. The nonprofit organization received ...

Town gets top ranking for power rates

Director of energy services credits long-term purchasing with keeping prices low stable By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Front Royal has the lowest rates of any municipal electric power provider in Virginia and the second-lowest among all providers in the state. Joe Waltz, ...

Facility tracks progress of four maned wolf pups

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Four maned wolf pups born about a month ago at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are "doing well," according to officials at the center. Everything appears to be normal with the pups and their mother and father, said Nucharin ...

Man treated after stabbing

FRONT ROYAL -- A stabbing incident early Saturday sent a 37-year-old man to Warren Memorial Hospital for treatment, police investigators said. The victim, Chad E. Henry, 37, told police he was involved in an altercation with another passenger while riding in a vehicle at about 12:45 a.m. ...

Garbage truck, bicyclist collide

FRONT ROYAL -- Police are investigating a traffic crash Monday morning in which a town garbage truck and bicyclist collided. The bicyclist, Christopher Roemer, 21, of Capon Bridge, W.Va., was treated for minor injuries at Warren Memorial Hospital and released, according to a Wednesday press ...

Man arrested in utility wire theft

FRONT ROYAL -- A tip about someone cutting wire from utility poles and placing it in his backpack on West 11th Street led to the arrest of a 20-year old man Jan. 26. David A. Bowden of Strasburg Road was charged with misdemeanor property destruction and petty larceny, police said. Bowden and ...

Well, septic ordinance reviewed

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- While Wednesday night's work session didn't bring about a final recommendation, members of the Warren County Planning Commission reviewed a revised ordinance concerning the required distance between well and septic systems. Different ...

To protect and serve

Weather, other factors delay completion of new public safety building By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Even though the Public Safety Building project is behind schedule, Sheriff Daniel McEathron is staying positive and focusing on the end result. The building, which will ...

One charged in single-car crash

FRONT ROYAL -- A man was charged with driving under the influence after a single vehicle crash on Happy Creek Road near Loop Road around 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to police. Police said Larry D. Shuck, 43, of North Massanutten Street, Strasburg, was transported to Warren Memorial ...

County names first fire marshal

FRONT ROYAL -- Lt. Gerry Maiatico has been appointed fire marshal for Warren County, according to a news release from the Fire and Rescue Department. Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie appointed Maiatico to the new position on Jan. 9, the release says. An ordinance creating the position was ...

Streets to close for tree work

FRONT ROYAL -- Sections of Main Street will be closed Monday for tree maintenance projects, according to a news release from the town Department of Public Works. Main Street from Church Street to Chester Street will be closed from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., a public notice says. The section of ...

Traffic problems plague local elementary school

Parent volunteers, staff now get children to buses, parents' vehicles safely By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Kevin Glascock stood in the middle of Stonewall Drive at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School Monday with a two-way radio directing cars backed partway down Stonewall ...

Rezoning may allow planned neighborhood

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A rezoning for a large planned neighborhood in the Leach Run area inched closer to completion Monday when the Town Council informally agreed to tentatively schedule a public hearing for the project. Town Manager Steven M. Burke set a date of ...

Report: BB&T building needs at least $420,000 in repairs

Town bought former bank site, parking lot for use as office space By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- ECS Mid-Atlantic, the engineering firm that conducted an inspection of the former BB&T building on Main Street, has estimated total repair costs at more than ...

Schools to revisit food reward ban

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County School Board decided Thursday to have Superintendent Pamela M. McInnis review the execution of a rule intended to discourage unhealthy eating after recent criticism from a parent. The regulation, a product of the board's ...

Jail authority interviews site representatives

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The RSW Regional Jail Authority's board approved a motion Thursday to begin negotiations associated with hiring an owner's construction representative. County administrators from the Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties interviewed ...

Elderly victim of trailer fire receives fuel oil assistance

92-year-old had been using defective space heater to stay warm By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The thermostat in Michael Bennett's trailer is set at 65 degrees, and that's the way he likes it now that he knows he has plenty of fuel for his furnace. "I set the thermostat at ...