Front Royal

Town, county seek to set corridor agreement in stone

FRONT ROYAL – The town and county hope to formalize their U.S. 340/522 corridor revenue sharing agreement at the urging of Chick-fil-A. The 2015 agreement compensates the town with 30 percent of meals taxes and 5 percent of lodging taxes collected in the corridor in exchange for extending ...

Man charged with drug possession in overdose

FRONT ROYAL – Police charged a town man with drug possession after officers responded to an overdose at his home last week. Michael A. Craig Sr., 32, of 624 Massanutten Ave., remains held on bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on two counts of possession of a controlled ...

Heritage Hall Easter egg hunt continues 10 years of tradition

FRONT ROYAL – Despite the cloudy skies, Good Friday was a great Friday for the 50 plus children who were heard laughing at great distances as they hunted for brightly colored Easter eggs around the property of Heritage Hall nursing home. Receptionist Diana Helminski,  said this was the ...

ITFederal construction progresses

FRONT ROYAL – Over two years after a ceremonial groundbreaking, progress on ITFederal’s first building at the Royal Phoenix site is visible. Contractors have set in place the steel framing of a 10,000-square-foot office building. Although ITFederal originally planned one 46,000-square-foot ...

Town reaffirms opposition to wireless infrastructure bills

FRONT ROYAL – The town does not want to lose control over wireless infrastructure, and officials are asking Gov. Ralph Northam not to let that happen. Town Council at its regular Monday meeting approved  a resolution asking Northam, a Democrat, to veto House Bill 1258 and Senate Bill 405, ...

Council decides against tax increase

FRONT ROYAL – Real estate tax rates for the town will remain the same next year. Town Council voted 4-2 for no increase at its regular monthly meeting on Monday. An initial motion to pass a .9-cent hike failed on a 3-3 vote, with Councilmen John Connolly, Gary Gillispie, and Christopher ...

Tax increase public hearing set for today

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council will give approving an increased real estate tax estate another go. A public hearing regarding a .9-cent real estate tax hike is set for council’s regular 7 p.m. meeting today. Two weeks ago, a proposed 1-cent increase failed after receiving a 3-2 vote in favor, ...

With snow gone, cold temperatures may linger

While hope may be that Wednesday's snow was the area's last taste of winter, National Weather Meteorologist Brian LaSorsa said not to expect spring temperatures quite yet. He predicted daytime temperatures in the 40s and night temperatures in the 20s through the week's end. By Wednesday, he ...

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors: Mosque event aims to bridge gap between religions

FRONT ROYAL – A local mosque hopes to clear up misconceptions of Islam and form connections with people of other faiths at the fourth annual Meet Your Muslim Neighbors. The event is set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Khatme Nubuwwat Center, 1602 Strasburg Road. It will begin with ...

Injured coyote found in town

FRONT ROYAL – In 18 years as a local animal control officer, Sgt. Junior Darr never dealt with a coyote in town limits. That changed Monday when officers were dispatched to Church Street to check on an injured husky that turned out to be a coyote that may have been hit by a car. “It's a ...

Town may join Artisan Trail network

FRONT ROYAL – The town may soon team up with the Artisans Center of Virginia so local businesses can become connected with the organization’s network of Artisan Trails. When localities join the network, a brochure is created that points out locations of artisan studios, craft-related ...

Crashes keep law enforcement busy

Law enforcement agencies were busy responding to crashes as drivers took to the roads, even one that involved a Virginia State Patrol trooper. No agency, however, reported any fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon. From midnight through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police statewide ...

Arrest made in Royal Auto Works theft

FRONT ROYAL – An arrest has been made in the theft of a Chevy Equinox from Royal Auto Works. Wesley Kenneth Gough, 19, of Gainesville, was charged Friday on felony counts of grand larceny, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, possession of schedule II drugs, and ...

Town seeks slight changes in proffers for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council met with Valley Health officials during a Monday work session and ironed out details of voluntary proffers listed in a rezoning application for the new hospital. Valley Health is seeking to rezone the 147-acre parcel off Leach Run Parkway from agriculture to a ...

Police arrest suspect in car break-in

FRONT ROYAL – A suspect was recently arrested as the result of an ongoing investigation into a string of vehicle break-ins, according to a Police Department news release. Joshua Allen Cook, 28, of the 200 block of Virginia Avenue, was arrested Feb. 28 on one felony count of grand larceny, ...

Site plan submitted for Dunkin’ Donuts

FRONT ROYAL – A stand-alone Dunkin' Donuts may soon open in town. A site plan for the restaurant was submitted to the Planning Commission earlier this month by H.N. Funkhouser and Company and calls for a 19,000-square foot one-floor building at 114 South St. The plans also include a parking ...

Company may bring natural gas to Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – Washington Gas and Light is exploring the possibility of bringing natural gas into town by extending a pipeline under the Shenandoah River and Interstate 66. Town Manager Joe Waltz said the company is undergoing a feasibility study that includes a route analysis for the ...

Planners: Let dog kennel continue operating

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Planning Commission will recommend that a dog kennel that burned down last year should continue operating. The commission on Wednesday evening approved forwarding the Board of Supervisors a recommendation for a permit continuance at Wendy Tenney’s 63 Limeton ...

Connolly: I would have voted against tax increase

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council now stands at a 3-3 gridlock regarding a proposed real estate tax increase. Councilman John Connolly, who missed Monday’s vote on a 1-cent real estate tax increase due to a work conference, said he would have opposed the hike. The increase received a 3-2 vote in ...