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Front Royal

NPS looking for concession bids

FRONT ROYAL -- The National Park Service is seeking proposals from those interested in operating concessions in Shenandoah National Park in 2013 and beyond. The concessions include providing visitors with lodging, food and beverages, retail sales and other services, according to a news ...

Cops: Chase suspect tried to escape in cab

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A vehicular chase suspect who later ran from officers early Wednesday was arrested in a cab he had hailed in a futile effort to escape, authorities said Wednesday afternoon. Carlos Eligio Pedroza, 22, of Rockville, Md., was arrested and charged ...

Victim in truck crash recovering

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- James Brogan continues to make good progress in healing from serious injuries he received after his truck crashed into a tree about a month ago, his mother said Wednesday. Carey Brogan said James, 16, remains hospitalized in Inova Fairfax ...

Working to be free

Program allows some inmates to provide labor in exchange for shaving time off sentences By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- After one year of using inmate labor for various projects, Warren County officials say that well over $100,000 has been saved in associated costs. As ...

Well, septic ordinance brought up to Va. code

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- After a review of the county's wells and septic systems ordinance, the Warren County Planning Commission has decided to leave it as is, except for two changes to bring the ordinance up to date with state standards. At last week's work ...

Proposal for summer parks program nixed

Local day-care providers said sessions were unfair competition for businesses By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Board of Supervisors asked the Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday to abandon its proposal for a summer in the parks program. Instead, ...

Official pushes for lower tax rate

Councilman: County taking over library funding opportunity for cuts By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Councilman N. Shae Parker is hoping to reduce the town's personal property tax rate once Warren County officially agrees to pay the town's share of funding for Samuels ...

Board to support legislation banning smoking in parks

Measure would allow localities to prohibit lighting up at public outdoor facilities By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Board of Supervisors approved a request Tuesday by the county attorney's office to adopt a resolution supporting legislation aimed at ...

Candidate hits walking trail

U.S. Senate hopeful makes trek across state trying to get placed on November ballot By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Kevin Chisholm is walking and riding his way through Virginia in the hopes that all the traveling will eventually take him to the U.S. Senate. Chisholm, an ...

Neighbors rush to the rescue in fire

Man carries disabled resident part way down steps to safety in Sunday night blaze By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Bruce Smoot's Super Bowl party turned into a life-saving rescue drama after he left the game behind to carry two neighbors to safety from their flaming duplex ...

Police up patrols in wake of burglaries

Chief urges residents to lock doors, windows following rash of thefts By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Police are stepping up patrols in residential areas of the town as they try to solve a wave of burglaries and walk-in thefts that began in mid-December. Chief Richard H. ...

Options for hours explored

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Town officials are still looking for ways to extend hours for the town's utility office. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which poses a problem for some residents, according to Mayor Timothy Darr. "Sixty percent of our ...

Driver injured in single-car crash

FRONT ROYAL -- A single-vehicle crash near the Warren County line Sunday afternoon left the driver injured and the road closed for about an hour, according to authorities. The crash occurred at 2:20 p.m. on Fort Valley Road (Va. 678) two miles south of the county line, said state police ...

Local United Way meets fundraising goal

Front Royal/Warren County group receives more than $112,00 in pledges for its 2011 campaign By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The United Way of Front Royal/Warren County has hit its annual fundraising goal for the second year in a row. The nonprofit organization received ...

Town gets top ranking for power rates

Director of energy services credits long-term purchasing with keeping prices low stable By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Front Royal has the lowest rates of any municipal electric power provider in Virginia and the second-lowest among all providers in the state. Joe Waltz, ...

Facility tracks progress of four maned wolf pups

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Four maned wolf pups born about a month ago at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are "doing well," according to officials at the center. Everything appears to be normal with the pups and their mother and father, said Nucharin ...

Man treated after stabbing

FRONT ROYAL -- A stabbing incident early Saturday sent a 37-year-old man to Warren Memorial Hospital for treatment, police investigators said. The victim, Chad E. Henry, 37, told police he was involved in an altercation with another passenger while riding in a vehicle at about 12:45 a.m. ...

Garbage truck, bicyclist collide

FRONT ROYAL -- Police are investigating a traffic crash Monday morning in which a town garbage truck and bicyclist collided. The bicyclist, Christopher Roemer, 21, of Capon Bridge, W.Va., was treated for minor injuries at Warren Memorial Hospital and released, according to a Wednesday press ...

Man arrested in utility wire theft

FRONT ROYAL -- A tip about someone cutting wire from utility poles and placing it in his backpack on West 11th Street led to the arrest of a 20-year old man Jan. 26. David A. Bowden of Strasburg Road was charged with misdemeanor property destruction and petty larceny, police said. Bowden and ...

Well, septic ordinance reviewed

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- While Wednesday night's work session didn't bring about a final recommendation, members of the Warren County Planning Commission reviewed a revised ordinance concerning the required distance between well and septic systems. Different ...