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Front Royal

Mayor: Council now seems in favor of property maintenance

FRONT ROYAL -- In a July 16 work session, Mayor Hollis Tharpe ordered discussions regarding a proposed property maintenance code to be delayed for two months due to what he counted as 4-2 opposition to its approval.  Tharpe said over the phone Tuesday, however, that he thinks that now "I have ...

Inmate reports sex offense while on work detail

A female inmate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional jail reported July 13 that she was the victim of a sex offense while on a work detail in Warren County. The woman came back to the jail from the work detail. The incident was subsequently reported to staff and who immediately ...

County gets feedback on disputed sanitary district’s performance

FRONT ROYAL - When the Board of Supervisors upheld the establishment of the Lake Front Royal Sanitary District in August 2016, the board agreed to re-evaluate its effectiveness in two years. Now, the time has come for that re-evaluation, and the county recently sent out surveys to Lake Front ...

Public hearing set on proposed golf course closing

FRONT ROYAL- Citizens will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the proposed closing of the Front Royal Golf Club’s nine-hole golf course during an August public hearing. According to previous reports, County Attorney Dan Whitten said that county would like to lease the property ...

Sheriff’s Office says home invader knew victim

At least one of the suspects in a home invasion Wednesday on McCoys Ford Road knew the homeowner. The Warren County Sheriff's Office continues to  investigate the  home invasion on the 1600 block of McCoys Ford Road in which two males entered a home through an unlocked door. Lt. Phillip ...

Council candidate discusses her platform

One of the six candidates for the Front Royal Town Council's November election recently announced what her priorities would be if elected. Letasha Thompson, 38, stated in a news release that she is “here for the people”  and is not running to benefit herself or one group, party or ...

Council argues whether all meetings are necessary

FRONT ROYAL – Councilman William Sealock said the lack of productivity at a recent Town Council meeting was disturbing. He said at a Monday work session that such meetings should be canceled. “To me, the meeting of last week was not lucrative. That whole agenda could have been delayed ...

Supervisors hope ATF center will remain

FRONT ROYAL – The day after a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the possible relocation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Canine Division's training center from Front Royal to Alabama, the Board of Supervisors said it hopes ...

Town delays property maintenance vote

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council remains in limbo regarding a possible rental inspection and property maintenance code. After a 40-minute discussion at its Monday work session, Mayor Hollis Tharpe directed that the matter be put on the backburner for two months. This follows years of ...

Town ponders new police radios

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council is continuing to consider upgrading the Police Department’s radio equipment. The issue originally came before the council in May when, according to previous reports, Chief Kahle Magalis explained the department’s radio system is antiquated. Those talks ...

Renovations underway at former middle school building

FRONT ROYAL -  Diversified Minds and the Warren County Registrar’s Office should have a new home in the Health and Human Services building by the end of the year. The $1.8 million renovation is the second set of upgrades to the former middle school at 465 W. 15th St. A $5.5 million ...

Students gain governmental experience with summer internship

FRONT ROYAL  – Three college students are learning the intricacies of local government through paid – $10 per hour – internships in the Warren County Government Center. Warren County Planning Director Taryn Logan said several departments implemented the intern program about five years ...

Three years after fire, VFW aims to rebuild

FRONT ROYAL - Almost exactly three years to the date after the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860 was destroyed in a fire, Post Commander Jeff Cook said Friday he hopes a new structure will soon be erected. The building at 1847 N. Royal Ave. was declared a complete loss after a July 12, 2015 ...

Arrest made relating to Wal-Mart, deli thefts

A teen has been arrested in connection with recent thefts from McAlister's Deli and Wal-Mart in the Riverton Commons Shopping Center, according to Warren County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Daniel Maxfield.  Dominic Jordan Smith, 19, was charged with entering a dwelling, house, etc. with the intent ...

Humane Society cancels Waggin for Dragons fundraiser

FRONT ROYAL – The Humane Society of Warren County recently announced the cancellation of its fifth annual Waggin for Dragons boat race, its largest annual fundraiser that usually generates around $50,000. Ellen Aders, Humane Society board president, said the cancellation is the result of a ...

Hearing to focus on ATF dog training facility

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee turns its attention Monday to the possibility of relocating a federal facility in Front Royal that trains dogs to find bombs and explosives. The panel, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, plans to hold a field hearing on the ...

Afton Inn renovation designs approved – work to begin soon

FRONT ROYAL - Resuscitation of the long-vacant Afton Inn will soon be underway.  The Board of Architectural Review at its Tuesday meeting unanimously approved a conceptual architectural design that includes a partial demolition and renovation.  Jim Burton, of Carter + Architecture PLC., ...