Front Royal

Warren County school board seeks increase in teacher salaries

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board indicated Wednesday that it would like to raise teacher salaries and seek more county funding, setting up a potential fight with the Board of Supervisors. Warren County Superintendent Gregory Drescher said during the meeting that he would like to ...

Police department warns of phone scam

FRONT ROYAL – “Fake kidnapping” phone calls have increased in recent days, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. In this scam, citizens receive phone calls from an unknown person who claims to have kidnapped a family member, the release states. The caller says the ...

Supervisors OK dog kennel

FRONT ROYAL – A dog kennel was allowed to continue operations after meeting most requirements in a previously approved conditional use permit. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved Michael Gibson's WillowBrooke Danes dog kennel at 387 Ritenour Hollow Road. A ...

Fire damages historic house

FRONT ROYAL – A historic 1850s Bentonville house suffered extensive damage Tuesday. Warren County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched about 2:20 p.m. to 3609 Buck Mountain Road in response to a house engulfed in flames, Fire Chief Richard Mabie said. Mabie said upon arrival the fire ...

Smithsonian facility sees spike in births of rare bird

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has had a recent surge in births of the Guam rail birds. Since November, the conservation facility has seen the birth of eight of the flightless birds. During the past four years, the facility has had one or two births of the birds ...

Stabbing victim in critical but non-life-threatening condition

Front Royal police responded to a report of a stab wound at 613 S. Royal Ave. at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, Roger Allen Cameron Jr., suffered a stab wound to the chest, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. The release stated he was transported to Warren ...

One-way Main Street vetoed

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council decided at its Monday work session to leave Main Street the way it is and drop a proposal to make a portion of it one-way. The decision to leave the matter out of future meetings came after a recent survey showed citizen opposition to the proposal. Of the ...

Royal Phoenix plans progress

FRONT ROYAL – The town is moving forward with plans to install a pump station to serve future development at the Royal Phoenix site off Kendrick Lane. The Town Council decided at its Monday work session to put the proposed pump station out for bid. It will serve ITFederal and the new Front ...

GOP candidates field questions at forum

FRONT ROYAL – The eight people seeking the Republican Party nod to run for the Sixth Virginia Congressional District shared similar ideals and subtle differences at a candidates’ forum in town Saturday. Dozens of people from the region attended the event held at the Warren County ...

Early death of zebra leaves questions about program’s future

The recent death of a 4-year-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal is set to bring uncertainty about the institute’s program for the endangered species. On Jan. 30, Raylan, a male mountain zebra, died at the facility after enduring ...

Former Front Royal Town Hall up for sale

Front Royal – The former Front Royal Town Hall recently hit the market for $1 million, and the town will have the right of first refusal if an offer is made. Located at 16 N. Royal Ave., the former town hall was acquired by Frank Barros in a 2014 property swap with the Front Royal-Warren ...

Front Royal house to be seen on HGTV

FRONT ROYAL – People nationwide will be welcomed into Warren County, as a local house is set to be featured on HGTV. Kim and Joe Stanley's former Catlett Mountain Road home will be one of three houses displayed on “Log Cabin Living.” The show will air 11:30 p.m. today and 2:30 a.m. ...

No major damage to Town Hall after boiler fire

FRONT ROYAL - A Friday boiler room fire in the Front Royal Town Hall basement was quickly contained by Warren County Fire and Rescue Service units and caused minor damage. Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said rescue units were dispatched at 8 p.m. to the Town Hall, 102 E. Main St. Upon arrival, a ...

Front Royal EDA has two businesses lined up for purchased property

Four days after the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority announced it would purchase two properties for $8.3 million in the interest of economic development, it confirmed Tuesday that it is in talks with two companies to become tenants. “These are the things the state ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Warren County

FRONT ROYAL – A lawsuit filed against Warren County by Sysco regarding a property assessment dispute was recently dismissed by Judge Ronald Napier in Warren County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claimed that Warren County's assessment of Sysco's property at 1000 Baugh Drive was too high and ...

Trail’s construction to mark completion of greenway

FRONT ROYAL – Nearly 30 years since the idea first floated about, the Royal Shenandoah Greenway is slated for a February completion date. The last piece of the puzzle, the Criser Road Trail, will connect the Happy Creek and Eastham trails. Town Manager Joe Waltz said Winchester-based ...

‘Food Dude’ films in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – The allure of homemade burgers, fries and buttered buns made Spelunker's “Food Dude” Brandon Frye's latest stop. Frye, 42, of South Riding, has spent the last five years visiting restaurants nationwide for his internet-based show “Food Dude USA.” Its premise is ...

County hopes to expand Morgan Ford landing

FRONT ROYAL – The recently opened Morgan Ford Bridge is not the only upgrade in store for the area, as county staff is seeking grant opportunities to expand the nearby undersized boat landing. The county has worked about a year with state and federal agencies to identify  funding for a boat ...