Front Royal

Public Works director resigns

FRONT ROYAL – Town Public Works Director James Hannigan recently handed in his resignation as he is in the midst of felony court proceedings. Hannigan, 38, of Middletown, was arrested Jan. 8 and charged with one felony count of forging a vehicle title, one felony count of uttering a vehicle ...

10 students sent to hospital after school bus crash

FRONT ROYAL – A Monday morning crash involving a Warren County Public Schools bus resulted in 10 students being transported to a hospital emergency room with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline. Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher said that ...

New Ressie Jeffries principal announced

FRONT ROYAL – The upgrades to Ressie Jeffries Elementary School's playground and building are not the only changes slated for the school, as a new principal has been tapped to take the helm next year. Nina Helmick was approved by the School Board last week as the school's principal for the ...

Town Hall to receive back-up generator

FRONT ROYAL – The town is moving forward with plans to purchase a back-up power generator for Town Hall. To be able to proceed with the purchase, Town Council at its regular Monday meeting approved the transfer of $90,000 from the town's contingency budget to the general properties building ...

1-cent tax increase fails to pass

FRONT ROYAL – The first reading of a proposed 1-cent real estate tax increase received a 3-2 vote in favor, but did not pass because a majority vote was needed. Town Councilmen Gary Gillispie and Chris Morrison represented the two dissenting votes, and Town Councilman John Connolly was ...

Hop on in – Uber now available in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – Michael Williams is a man who wears many hats. Although he left his post as Randolph Macon Academy's director of student life last year after two decades, he remains the school's baseball coach, football announcer, tutor, and occasional driver. Still, some of his newly found ...

Town seeks safety net for phones

FRONT ROYAL – After a recent Town Hall power outage knocked the Police Department's phones offline, the Town Council is considering purchasing a back-up power generator. Town Manager Joe Waltz said in addition to the Town Hall's phones, other critical lines that went down during the outage ...

Gun vigil set for Saturday

FRONT ROYAL – A group of concerned citizens is preparing to join the gun debate that has roiled the nation since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gazebo. In addition to honoring gun violence ...

Front Royal officer remembers his four-legged partner

FRONT ROYAL –  Boone, an East-European shepherd, was not the typical dog. In addition to being a family pet who liked to play with his favorite toy, he was a pioneer who served as the Front Royal Police Department's first narcotics K-9. Boone died Monday, two days after his 12th birthday, ...

Suspected vehicle burglars arrested on unrelated charges

FRONT ROYAL – Police Chief Kahle Magalis said the department has arrested “a couple” of suspects believed to be responsible for the string of vehicle break-ins throughout town over the past two weeks. The suspects were arrested last week on unrelated charges, and Magalis said he, ...

Hospital rezoning set for public hearing

FRONT ROYAL – Whether the future site of Warren Memorial Hospital should be rezoned from agriculture to a mixed-use campus will be subject of a public hearing later this month. The hospital will be on a 147-acre parcel off Leach Run Parkway next to Warren County Middle School, a future ...

Group protests planned hospital labor, delivery unit closure

FRONT ROYAL — When Kate Debord-Peter found out that the new Valley Health hospital was not going to have a labor and delivery unit, she was upset. “I just found out about it,” Debord-Peter said. “My daughter was born here just this last year, and I can’t imagine having the rug pulled ...

Front Royal Thermal Shelter opens for trial run

FRONT ROYAL – A warm respite from cold winter nights is now being offered to the local homeless population. The Front Royal Thermal Shelter, a combined effort of churches and volunteers, began operations Friday. The shelter's location changes on a weekly basis among four churches that have ...

Steve Burke selected as Luray town manager

After just over a year as the public works director in Manassas, former Front Royal Town Manager Steve Burke has been chosen to take the helm in Luray. Luray Assistant Town Manager Bryan Chrisman said the Town Council voted unanimously at its Feb. 12 meeting in selecting Burke as town manager. ...

Arts council applies for grant money

FRONT ROYAL – The Blue Ridge Arts Council hopes to receive continued state and local funding. The Town Council approved at its regular Monday meeting the organization's application to receive the Virginia Commission of Arts $4,500 Creative Communities Partnership Grant. If approved, the town ...

Selah Theatre Project leases EDA-owned property

The Warren County Economic Development Authority has revealed the tenant moving into the former Avtex Administration Building in Front Royal on Feb. 21. The company, the Selah Theatre Project, will offer drama classes and produce two original theater productions and two community theater ...

Humane Society of Warren County has new executive director

FRONT ROYAL — The Humane Society of Warren County has a new executive director. Alyssa Ellison officially started working as the executive director on Feb. 19. , replacing  Levenda Denney, who left the organization to serve as executive director for the Winchester SPCA. Ellison, who has ...

EDA officials: Closed meeting was legal

FRONT ROYAL – Economic Development Authority officials and their lawyer are denying accusations that they conducted a closed session illegally in June. The accusations came Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors regular meeting when Mark Egger, a private citizen and father of former ...