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Front Royal

Md. man in custody after standoff

By Kaitlin Mayhew kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A wanted Maryland man was taken into custody after a six-hour standoff ended Sunday morning on Fort Valley Road in Warren County. John Francis Carter III, 64, with no fixed address, was wanted in Maryland for failure to register as a sex ...

Fall into history

Front Royal to hold historic annual autumn tribute Oct. 8 By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Festival of Leaves, an annual tribute to autumn and local history, returns for its 41st year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the intersection of Chester and Main ...

Regional road plan approved

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission completed a 41⁄2-year effort Thursday with the adoption of a rural long-range transportation plan. The heart of the plan is a list of 328 proposed projects spread throughout Clarke, ...

Black bear activity on the rise

By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Black bears have been rummaging through trash bins and garbage cans in some new areas of Warren County this year. Michael Dawson, who lives on Commonwealth Drive, said that he's always seen bears in the area, but this year has been the ...

Veteran attorney takes town spot

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council chose someone with a long resume in local government when it appointed Douglas W. Napier as town attorney Monday. Napier, 60, is returning to local government after a four-year interlude spent mostly in private practice. He ...

Town says BB&T building to house department offices

Structure must be inspected before purchase By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL-- The town has plans to use the BB&T building on East Main Street for municipal government purposes. The Town Council voted at its meeting Monday to give Town Manager Steve Burke the ...

Blue Ridge Educational Center has new home

By Joe Beck-jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Blue Ridge Educational Center made a big difference in the life of Rob Kurzenknabe, so he was happy to be among those celebrating its new location Tuesday at 606 Massanutten Ave. As he entered the 10th grade in Warren County Public Schools in 2005, ...

Napier tapped as town attorney

By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council voted 5-0 to appoint Douglas W. Napier as town attorney at their meeting on Monday. He was elected for a two-year term beginning in Nov. 1, 2011. That date will mark the end of George M. Sonnett Jr.'s term as interim ...

Festival mixes ‘soulful’ music and beer

The Brew & Blues Festival drew a crowd in Front Royal By Preston Knight pknight@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- When the options are whittled to two, there is a strong chance you will pick one right for you. Everyone could be considered winners Saturday at Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of ...

Police: Driver in crash fell asleep

WINCHESTER -- Authorities say a Front Royal man fell asleep at the wheel before he caused a three-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Frederick County. A 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup heading north on Front Royal Pike (U.S. 522) veered off the road when the driver fell asleep, crossed over the ...

Man indicted on attempted murder charge

By Joe Beck-- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A grand jury indicted a Front Royal man Sept. 6 on a charge of attempted second-degree murder in the stabbing of another man during a fight. Michael J. Guiliani Jr., 21, of 821 E. Stonewall Drive, also faces charges of wounding a person in the ...

Town hires new director of IT

FRONT ROYAL -- Todd C. Jones, a 20-year veteran in the television and information technology fields, has been chosen as Front Royal's manager of information technology, town officials announced Wednesday. Jones began his career with WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, and entered the information ...

Umasking the pain

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Lisa Morgan is an artist who has discovered a mission for herself in helping victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse work through the pain and grief of their experiences. Her work was recently honored with a statewide award by the ...

Horse of a different species

Rare Persian onager born earlier this month at Front Royal facility By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute hailed the birth of a rare Persian onager earlier this month. In a written statement, Lindsay Renick Mayer, a ...

McKay parcel transferred to town

Acquisition of property could help with future construction of water treatment facility By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to convey one parcel of land on the McKay property to the town of Front Royal as well as a 2-acre portion ...

Bow hunters could curtail deer

Nonprofit group says more than 60 percent of meat donated to area charities By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council heard a presentation about a program to manage deer population in the area by recruiting a nonprofit bow hunting organization at Monday's work ...

Rotary honors past president

FRONT ROYAL -- The Front Royal Rotary Club gave its third annual Robert E. "Bob" Miller Community Service Award to John K. Marlow at its Friday meeting. Marlow, who has been a club member since 1968 and served as president from 1977 to 1978, was recognized for the many contributions he has ...

Beer, music event returns

Brew & Blues to offer more drinks, bands this year By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Downtown is gearing up for an event that serves up a hearty combination of beer and one of America's traditional forms of music. The second annual Brew & Blues festival runs from 1 to 8 ...

SAAA needs funds to function

Chairman: Agency faces 'short-term cash-flow problem' amid financial probe By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvalleycom FRONT ROYAL -- Accusations of shoddy financial management and possible fraud at the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging haven't harmed programs and services, but a short-term cash-flow ...

Open house held for local agencies

FRONT ROYAL -- Town officials invite residents to learn about how local agencies operate at Front Royal's open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Bing Crosby Stadium, 50 Stadium Drive. Special activities include law enforcement displays, barrel train rides and child safety seat checks. Air ...