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Front Royal

Board of Architectural Review to consider Afton Inn plans

FRONT ROYAL – Renovation plans for the Afton Inn are progressing, as the developer and the Board of Architectural Review will hash out details Tuesday. An EDA news release states that plans call for the demolition of the annexation facing North Royal Avenue while the original four walls ...

Closures coming to Interstate 66

Safety improvements on Interstate 66 in Warren County will require lane closures for about a month, starting Monday. The improvements on a two-mile section of the interstate, from mile marker 10.1 to 12.2, will require the  application of  a high-friction surface treatment to improve ...

Town hopes jaywalking enforcement will curb pedestrian accidents

FRONT ROYAL -  The town has spent about $100,000 upgrading crosswalks to modern standards in the last year. Now, officials would like citizens to use those crosswalks.  As part of  the S.T.O.P.S. - Smart Towns Observe Pedestrian Safety - initiative, the town may add a jaywalking ordinance ...

Front Royal considers $65,000 crosswalk for pedestrian safety

FRONT ROYAL - An inordinate number of pedestrians and bikers have been struck by vehicles, and town officials hope that will change.   Town Manager Joe Waltz previously said that an average of about eight pedestrians have been struck by vehicles annually over the last five years. One ...

Two Shenandoah County residents arrested on drug charges

Two Shenandoah County residents, Katie Louise Harlow and Pablo Arias Jr., were recently arrested on a myriad of unrelated felony drug distribution and possession charges. Harlow, 26, of the 200 block of Lakeview Drive, Woodstock, was arrested on five felony counts of illegal distribution of ...

Six candidates file for November Town Council election

FRONT ROYAL - Six candidates will vie for three Town Council seats in the Nov. 6 election while Mayor Hollis Tharpe seeks re-election in an unopposed race. The seats are occupied by councilmen Gary Gillispie, Christopher Morrison and John Connolly. Gillispie and Morrison will run as ...

Pedestrian struck in Front Royal; no charges and no major injuries

A vehicle struck a pedestrian in Front Royal on Tuesday morning. According to a news release from the Front Royal Police Department, a vehicle driven by Justin Matlock, 29, hit Arney Murray, Jr., 21 in the 800 block of John Marshall Highway. No one has been charged, and no charges are pending, ...

Vehicle strikes bicyclists near Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – A motor vehicle struck two bicyclists on U.S. 340 south of Front Royal on Saturday, sending both riders to hospitals. Virginia State Police identified the driver of the vehicle as Jesse Fox, 29, of Front Royal, spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Monday. The incident ...

New Warren Memorial Hospital site OK’d by state

Valley Health's certificate of public need application for construction of its planned  Warren Memorial Hospital has been approved by the Virginia Department of Public Health, according to a Valley Health news release. The Department of Health's website states that criteria to obtain a ...

Suspect identified in hit and run

Police are seeking a Front Royal woman as a suspect in a recent hit and run that resulted in a pedestrian being airlifted to the hospital, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. Sandra Lavern Carter, 45, is being sought on a felony arrest warrant on a count of leaving the ...

Northern Virginia 4-H Center cancels July 4th fireworks

For the first time in over three decades, fireworks will not light up the sky above the Northern Virginia 4-H in Front Royal on Independence Day. The organization recently announced via a Facebook post that its annual July Fourth celebration and all associated events are canceled. That post ...

Town aims to increase tourism

FRONT ROYAL – The town is seeing an increase in tourist visits and Felicia Hart, director of Tourism and Community Development, is doing everything possible to maintain that trend. She said the area has always had great offerings for tourists, but it is just a matter of marketing to ...

Pedestrian hurt in hit and run is recovering

FRONT ROYAL – A town man struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident almost two weeks ago continues to recover from his injuries, police said Wednesday. Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline said Wednesday in an email that the department has not made any arrests in the hit and run. ...

Despite delays, officials say progress is being made at ITFederal site

FRONT ROYAL - The groundbreaking ceremony for ITFederal in the Royal Phoenix development was held in October 2015. Since then, a series of events have delayed the project.  Greg Drescher, chairman of the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority, said that building on the ...

How ITFederal’s EB 5 Visa status affects construction plans

FRONT ROYAL - ITFederal is coming to Front Royal through the EB-5 visa program. Enacted in 1990, the federal program grants foreign investors green cards for investments in America. Jennifer McDonald, Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority executive director, explained the ...

Front Royal-D.C. bus kicks off services

Warren County citizens who work in Washington, D.C. now have an alternate option to get to the city. The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission's Ride Smart bus commuter service gave its first ride Monday morning. Karen Taylor, NSVRC senior project and operations manager, said two ...

EDA officials: Planned police academy “on hold”

FRONT ROYAL - The planned construction of a local facility to house the Skyline Criminal Justice Academy may never come to fruition due to increased construction costs, according to Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority officials. Plans for the academy were announced in ...

ICE was looking for space

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was looking for housing for immigrant detainees in Virginia. The agency  sent out an email about 10 days ago to the Virginia Sheriff's Association asking members to help with providing 65 short-term bed spaces for immigrants, according to area officials. ...