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Front Royal

Woman back in jail after failing drug testing

A Front Royal woman was arrested Tuesday after a judge in Warren County General District Court revoked her bond for allegedly failing ordered drug tests. Victoria Peterman, 35, was found in a back bedroom March 5 suffering from the effects of what authorities believe to have been a drug ...

Police commemorate fallen comrades

MIDDLETOWN - Area police gathered Monday to remember officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The Law Enforcement Memorial Service was hosted by the recently formed Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Center at Lord Fairfax Community College in recognition of National Police ...

County OKs secondary road improvement plan

FRONT ROYAL - County leaders have set priorities regarding which roads should be paved. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting unanimously approved its secondary road system improvement plan. The plan is split into two lists of roads that will be paved through either the ...

Connolly will not seek re-election

FRONT ROYAL - Councilman John Connolly will not throw his name in the ring for November's election. Connolly, 33, announced at the Town Council's regular Monday meeting that he will not seek re-election, citing work and family as reasons he does not wish to retain a seat on the council. At the ...

Front Royal, African village connected through fundraising effort

FRONT ROYAL – Beth Waller previously thought it was best for her fundraising efforts to have a local angle and benefit the area. That changed last year when Herbie Kawuma contacted her friend Tammy Ruggiero via Facebook about his Light Up Life Foundation that aims to assist children in his ...

Town prioritizes pedestrian safety

FRONT ROYAL - Town officials hope to curb a trend of cars striking pedestrians. Due to an average of eight pedestrians being involved in traffic incidents over the last five years, Town Manager Joe Waltz said the S.T.O.P.S - smart towns observe pedestrian safety - program was instituted last ...

Front Royal business gives four cars away

A Front Royal business was able to help improve transportation for four area families. The Auto Care Clinic in Front Royal announced in January that it was hosting a car giveaway contest to someone in need and that it was seeking nominations. It turned out that four cars were given away. One ...

Town sends out new vehicle decals

FRONT ROYAL – Town citizens should be on the lookout for new vehicle decals to be arriving in the mail. Town Manager Joe Waltz explained that the town decided to mail out new decals because the state is requiring that inspection stickers be moved to the left side of windshields by the ...

Town mulls new police radios

FRONT ROYAL – Chief of Police Kahle Magalis says his department’s radio system is antiquated and needs to be replaced. He asked the Town Council at its Monday work session to consider purchasing an estimated $550,000 Project 25 radio system, saying the department has been “struggling ...

Planning Commission seat opens with resignation

FRONT ROYAL – One of the six seats on the town's Planning Commission is up for grabs. Town Clerk Jennifer Berry said Commissioner David Gushee recently announced his resignation from the board due to health issues and because he is moving  to Atlanta to be with his family. Berry said ...

Warren County High School senior is film competition finalist

FRONT ROYAL — Jacqui Ris, a senior at Warren County High School, has plans to become a director or cinematographer. She said she’s an intern with Mirandum Pictures and is going to study film at Virginia Commonwealth University next year. While she played a role in some other film making ...

Democratic hopefuls speak on campaign finance

FRONT ROYAL – Candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District weighed in on campaign finance Saturday. Sergio Coppola, from Rockingham County; Jennifer Lewis, of Waynesboro; and Charlotte Moore and Peter Volosin, both from Roanoke, appear ...

Educational Endowment to hold 24th golf tournament

FRONT ROYAL – Golfers will take to the greens Wednesday in an attempt to raise green for the county’s public schools. The Warren County Educational Endowment’s 24th annual golf tournament will be held at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. The event will kick off with food from the Apple ...

New pole dancing fitness studio aims to bring out inner goddess

FRONT ROYAL – Main Street has a new flavor that is easily spotted thanks to the neon purple lights emanating from The Inner Goddess Pole Studio. The studio recently opened at 529 E. Main St. with a goal that owner and instructor Rachel Melvin said is right in its name – to bring out ...

Construction on new police station about halfway done

FRONT ROYAL – If all goes according to plan, Front Royal Police Department officers will receive about an  $11 million Christmas gift in the form of a new station. Crews have been hard at work since a November 2017 groundbreaking and Randy Atkins, who is overseeing the project for the ...

Warren County Schools anticipate impact of changed accreditation standards

FRONT ROYAL — The Virginia Department of Education is once again changing its accreditation standards, an effort that the department says is aimed at providing “a more comprehensive view of school quality” than simply looking at how many students pass the annual state Standards of ...

Warren County schools division approves budget

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board has approved a $56 million operating budget for the 2019 fiscal year. During a School Board meeting Wednesday,  Superintendent Greg Drescher noted that the district had received $634,000 less from the Warren County Board of Supervisors than the ...

Chick-fil-A backs out of lease for unknown reason

FRONT ROYAL –Chick-fil-A has pulled out of its lease agreement for a county location, and no local officials seem to know why. Chick-fil-A recently opted to not open a restaurant at 145 Riverton Commons, as County Planning Director Taryn Logan said the company terminated its lease with the ...

Look-alike rescue dog named in honor of police K-9

FRONT ROYAL – When an unnamed dog arrived at its temporary foster home in town, a Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue volunteer noticed its uncanny resemblance to Boone, a recently deceased Front Royal Police K-9. So to pay homage to the police dog who was beloved throughout the community, Shenandoah ...

Front Royal prepares to receive downtown revitalization grant

FRONT ROYAL – The ball should soon get rolling on the series of improvements to the town’s historic district thanks to a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state. In January, Front Royal was announced as a recipient of the grant for downtown revitalization that provides ...