Front Royal

Pet of the Week: Mugzie a happy-go-lucky little fellow

FRONT ROYAL – Mugzie, a 6-year-old chihuahua-beagle mix, is a charismatic, happy-go-lucky little fellow who greets everyone he sees, whether four-legged or human, with a wagging tail. He’s been at the shelter since Tuesday, said Kaley Wines, canine team leader. Mugzie was a transfer from ...

Council puts off action on rental property program

FRONT ROYAL – Renters hoping the Town Council takes action against so-called slumlords must wait a little longer for help. The council heard and eventually accepted arguments Monday from property managers and owners who urged members to reconsider proposed regulations targeting landlords who ...

Council to pick firm to build police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Town homeowners can expect to see their tax bills go up to pay for a new police department headquarters. The Town Council plans to vote to award a contract to Dustin Construction – the apparent low bidder – to build the police department facility on land off Kendrick Lane. ...

Front Royal issues water conservation alert

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials have asked residents and business to conserve water after flow levels dropped for the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Town Manager Joseph Waltz announced Monday that the Department of Public Works observed that the 14-day rolling average stream-flow rate of ...

Council OKs Afton Inn demolition

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council gave the green light Monday to letting a developer demolish the former Afton Inn. Council voted 6-0 at its regular meeting to grant the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s application to demolish the Afton Inn at 2 E. Main St. Council ...

Construction starting on Marriott Hotel in Front Royal

Construction has begun on the TownePlace Suites Hotel by Marriott in Front Royal. Warren County recently approved the full building permit and walls have already started to go up for the hotel, said Jason Aikens, vice president of the family-owned Aikens Group. H&W Construction, an ...

Town takes up flea market rules again

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to takes up new rules again for flea markets Monday. The council and the Planning Commission, along with town staff members, have spent the better part of the year considering a request by one flea market owner to operate on Fridays. The council plans to ...

EDA veteran retires

FRONT ROYAL – A long-time employee with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority steps down next month. Director of Marketing and Business Development Marla Taylor Jones retires effective Oct. 1, the EDA announced Friday. At this point, the EDA does not plan to fill the ...

DC firm buys Riverton Commons

FRONT ROYAL – A Washington, D.C. company recently bought Riverton Commons for about $17.72 million. JCR Companies acquired the 69,496-square-foot shopping center north of Front Royal from EDENS. JCR plans to lease the vacant space and either develop or sell the property’s five remaining ...

Front Royal, Edinburg miss out on revitalization money

Front Royal and Edinburg have missed out on federal money officials in both localities had sought for downtown revitalization. Virginia awarded almost $9 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for 15 projects around the state. Neither Front Royal nor Edinburg made the list in ...

Model ship sails in to Warren County High School

FRONT ROYAL — Glenn Mikulak graduated from Warren County High School in 2010. Now, his prized creation, a 10,000-piece model cruise ship made out of KNEX, has made its way to the school’s library. For Kenneth Knesh, assistant principal at Warren County High School, the decision to find ...

VDOT to orient public on new intersection

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists can expect traffic-pattern changes on U.S. 340-522 as work on the new South Fork Bridge enters the home stretch. The Virginia Department of Transportation said Thursday that changes should take place in October and November as crews complete construction of the ...

Panel denies permit to raze Afton Inn

FRONT ROYAL – A town panel on Tuesday denied a developer’s request for a permit to demolish the former Afton Inn. But, despite the Board of Architectural Review’s unanimous decision to protect the 150-year-old building, members acknowledged that the Town Council could go the opposite way ...

Town sells former police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – The town has sold the former home of its police department for less than half its assessed value but will soon see tax revenue from the property. The Town Council voted Monday to change the fiscal 2018 budget to reflect the sale of the property at 24 W. Main St., for $275,000. ...

Town picks Sheriff’s Office major to lead police agency

FRONT ROYAL – Another veteran officer with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is taking over the town’s police department. Town Manager Joseph E. Waltz announced Monday that he appointed Kerry L. “Kahle” Magalis II as chief of police for Front Royal. Magalis assumes the role ...

Town sees bids to build new police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Bids to build a new home for the town’s police have come in  higher than expected but a special program should cover the cost. Front Royal received four bids to construct a new headquarters for the police department. The town plans to build a facility on land at Kendrick ...

Town faces deadline on waterline project funds

FRONT ROYAL – The town could lose $3.5 million if it doesn’t act soon to upgrade its water lines in the U.S. 340-522 corridor. Dominion plans to rescind its offer to help cover the cost of any project designed to improve the water distribution system serving the power plant if Front Royal ...

Town close to naming new police chief

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials could name the new police chief in the next few weeks,  Director of Human Resources Julie Bush said Wednesday. A renewed search for a chief resulted in the town receiving roughly 15 applications by July 24, Bush said. Town staff interviewed three of the ...