Front Royal

Board mulls proposal for health care plan change

By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County School Board met Thursday to discuss a brief agenda, including changing employee health plans. But as Superintendend Pamela M. McInnis said at the meeting, "Right now it's all about preparation for school to start." The ...

Martin’s unveils new community room

Front Royal store has 'state-of-the-art' space for groups to host events, parties, meetings By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL-- The Martin's grocery store in Front Royal opened its new community room on Wednesday. The room was part of a four-month renovation that included ...

Embezzler must make restitution payments

By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A local man who was charged with 21 counts of embezzlement last year has accepted a plea agreement sentencing him to little more than probation. John A. Hensley Jr., 51, was accused of unlawfully obtaining money belonging to Elizabeth ...

Petition drive begins to get issue on ballot

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Local residents are moving forward with a petition drive for a binding referendum on whether town elections should be moved from May to November. Linda Allen, who is helping to collect signatures to petition a Warren County Circuit Court ...

Town manager candidate pool narrowed

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council appears ready to announce a new town manager within the next few weeks. "We're progressing towards making sure we get the right person for the job," Mayor Timothy W. Darr said Monday. Darr said the panel was scheduled to ...

Long-term power purchase contract OK’d

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a 10-year purchase agreement for electricity. The panel voted to authorize Interim Town Manager Steven M. Burke to execute all of the contract documents for the purchase of up to ...

Council looks to EDA for assistance

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council wants to meet with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority to see if the agency can assist in a marketing strategy for town property. During a Thursday work session, members of the Town Council ...

Royal Phoenix site could be ready by next year

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- After more than a decade of cleanup at the old Avtex Fibers Superfund site, now known as Royal Phoenix, a 160-acre tract of the parcel could be ready for development by next year. Jennifer R. McDonald, executive director of the Front ...

Robinett position set to be advertised

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council plans to begin advertising soon for the position of town attorney. The panel discussed the matter during a Thursday work session. Town Attorney Thomas R. Robinett is leaving Front Royal for the dual role of town manager and ...

Cardinals tickets free tonight

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County Night is slated to be celebrated at a Front Royal Cardinals baseball game tonight. Free tickets are provided to the public as a part of the county's 175th anniversary celebration. The Cardinals will take on the Winchester Royals at 7 p.m. at Bing Crosby ...

New playground handicapped accessible

By Ben Orcutt-borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Free Wheeling Way Playground at Lion's Park, next to Fantasyland, seems to be a hit with children. The park opened on May 31, according to Warren County Parks and Recreation Director Daniel P. Lenz. "This is designed for use by all ...

Town named in defamation suit

Attorney now seeks $40M By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A $40 million defamation lawsuit has been filed against the town and three town councilmen in Warren County Circuit Court. David W. Silek, of the Manassas law firm of Ours & Silek, filed the amended complaint on ...

Proud to be American

Pre-Independence Day 4-H event is an annual tradition By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Coming to the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center for the annual July 3 celebration is a tradition for Gretchen Divers and her family from Virginia Beach. "It's just a thrill to be ...

Man admits to dodging federal taxes

Plea agreement calls for forfeiting $500,000 from four accounts By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com A Front Royal man agreed Friday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke that he would forfeit $500,000 after he admitted dodging taxes. Mark Timothy Smoot, 44, pleaded guilty to four counts of ...

Date with Schumann

Classically trained vocalist chosen to study in Germany By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- When Kellie McHugh first began taking lessons at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy at age 19, she had no idea she would one day be performing in Germany. McHugh, 29, will ...

Monument celebrates centennial

Ceremony coincides with Civil War's 150th By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Local organizations, including the John S. Mosby Camp 1237 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Warren County Confederate Monument on ...

Cyclist injured after hitting deer

Daily Staff Report FRONT ROYAL -- A man was injured Wednesday when his motorcycle struck a deer on Mountain Road in Warren County. The motorcycle was headed south on Mountain Road near the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' fish hatchery at 10:17 a.m. when the deer jumped out of the ...

Police to be out in force July 4

Daily Staff Report FRONT ROYAL -- There will be extra town police officers patrolling the roads over the weekend of July 4 in an effort to catch drunken drivers. "Our motto here at the department is 'No excuses, no exceptions,' if you are caught while driving under the influence, you will be ...

Seat belt use up after campaign

Daily Staff Report FRONT ROYAL -- More Front Royal drivers are wearing their seat belts after the Police Department's recent "Click It Or Ticket" campaign. According to Police Chief Richard Furr, 83 percent of drivers were buckling up in a survey taken before the campaign started. Afterward, ...

Fired officer sues town, police chief

Woman files suit for being terminated after vehicle crash By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- A former Front Royal police officer is suing Chief Richard H. Furr and the town in U.S. District Court after she says she was wrongfully fired last year. Emily Partlow, of Warren ...