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Front Royal

EDA executive director’s misdemeanor trial date set

FRONT ROYAL - Jennifer McDonald, Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority executive director, is slated to stand trial on one misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report. The trial is scheduled for 2 p.m. October 31, according to online court documents. Commonwealth ...

Judge gives checklist regarding closure of golf course

FRONT ROYAL – The county may lease the Front Royal Country Club to an unknown party that wants to close its nine-hole golf course. Before the county-owned property is leased to the unidentified bidder, a judge must determine if such a closure would be allowed because the deed specifically ...

Hazardous materials incident occurs at Toray Plastics

Emergency responders rushed to Toray Plastics in Front Royal Wednesday afternoon for a hazardous material incident. Warren County Fire and Rescue Units were called to Toray at 1:07 p.m., according to a statement from the department. Fire and rescue personnel, along with Toray safety employees ...

Three arrests made in vandalism incidents

FRONT ROYAL – Three people have been charged in relation to a string of June 9 vandalism incidents, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. The release states Ben O'Brien, of Front Royal, Stephen Donohue, of Front Royal, and Joseph Scheetz, of Manassas were charged with an ...

Council mulls rubric for outside agency funding requests

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council is continuing to consider implementing criteria to determine which outside agencies receive town money. Councilman Jacob Meza originally pointed out the need for guidelines in making such determinations when the council in May approved a $15,000 utility break ...

Official: EDA board member’s delinquent tax bill has been upward of $200,000

FRONT ROYAL – Ron Llewellyn, a Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority board member, has at times owed the county between $200,000 and $300,000 in delinquent real estate taxes, according to Warren County Treasurer Wanda Bryant. In the recent list of delinquent taxes released ...

Front Royal-D.C. bus service to open next week

A new bus service slated to begin Monday will offer morning rides from Front Royal to the Washington D.C. area and drop passengers back in town later that night.   The bus, which is a Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission project, will run Monday through Friday. Daily tickets are ...

Approval of hospital bond may not have passed with full board

FRONT ROYAL - Two councilmen were not present when the town approved the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority's issuance of a bond to Valley Health for construction of a new hospital. Had the entire council voted, there may have been a different result. The bond passed 3-1 ...

Korean War veteran meets daughter for first time

On his 82nd birthday in May, Korean War veteran Wieland Charles Johnson woke from a nap to a surprise visitor. On that day, he met his 59-year-old daughter for the first time. Johnson served in a non-combat support role in the Air Force on Okinawa Island from 1956 to 1958. While there, like ...

Man airlifted to hospital after fire

FRONT ROYAL - A Front Royal resident was flown to the MedVac Burn Center in Washington, D.C. after a Friday morning fire, according to Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico. Maiatico said rescue squads were dispatched to 502 Virginia Ave. at about 8:44 a.m. and left at 10 a.m. He said ...

EDA director charged with filing false police report

FRONT ROYAL - Jennifer McDonald, who has worked as the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority's executive director for a decade, has been charged by the Virginia State Police with a misdemeanor count of filing a false police report. A criminal complaint by Special Agent Eric ...

Honoring Father’s Day: One man’s story of family devotion

FRONT ROYAL -- Larry Rhodes of Front Royal knew one thing: He always wanted to be a father. “I live for my kids,” Rhodes said. “I can't tell you the last time I did something for myself without putting them first. That’s just the kind of dad I knew I always wanted to be.” This ...

‘Something has to be done’: Crowd tells VDOT what’s wrong with I-81

STRASBURG – Kermit Orndorff Jr., 64, was one of about 100 people attending Tuesday night's Virginia Department of Transportation's Interstate 81 corridor improvement plan public meeting held at Strasburg High School. Orndorff has a home on Junction Road in Strasburg, and he is concerned ...

Deputies ask for help solving robbery

Warren County Sheriff's Office investigators are asking for the public's help in solving a recent break-in at a local business. A burglar alarm was activated about 5:13 a.m. on Saturday at the Tobacco Plus store at 90 Riverton Commons Drive, said Lt. Phillip Henry. Responding deputies found ...

Rains have delayed farmers, affected some crops

Recent rains have had an impact on some area farmers. Jerod Stephens, owner of Stephens Custom Farming in Woodstock, farms fields in nine counties including Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties. He plants mostly feed corn and soybean crops. “There has been extremely wet conditions in ...

Man arrested on count of aggravated sexual assault of a minor

A Front Royal man was arrested Wednesday on a felony count of aggravated sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint by Front Royal Police Department Detective D.L. Fogle. The complaint states that Gilbert Edward Caison, 54, of the 400 block of Hill Street, was ...

Town approves bond for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Before Valley Health received its last necessary approval from Town Council for a bond of up to $60 million  for its new hospital, concerned citizens once again voiced displeasure over the lack of an obstetrics unit at the facility. Town Attorney Doug Napier explained that ...

Two arrested on counts of cocaine distribution

Two men were recently arrested on counts of cocaine distribution after a traffic stop led to the search of a Front Royal house. Ricky Coronado, 30, of South Boston, was arrested June 6 on two felony counts of cocaine possession or distribution, one felony count of conspiracy to possess or ...

Councilman votes on hospital bond after previously recusing himself

FRONT ROYAL – Town Councilman Jacob Meza, a Valley Health employee, opted to not recuse himself from a vote regarding whether the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority could issue Valley Health a bond for its new Warren Memorial Hosptial. This comes after Meza previously ...

Cyclist hit by car, airlifted to hospital

FRONT ROYAL - A Front Royal man remains in critical condition after being struck by a car Saturday night, according to a text message from Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline. Trevail Deshaun Holloman, 21, was hit just before midnight by a northbound car on Royal Avenue near the ...