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Front Royal

April event will mark community trail designation

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Front Royal/Warren County's recent designation as an official Appalachian Trail Community will be marked with an event later this spring. A steering committee, that made the designation possible, is finalizing plans for the April 21 event ...

Localities could go on hook for May elections

The cost to Front Royal remains to be seen By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A bill requiring municipalities to pay all expenses associated with May elections, including those costs incurred by the State Board of Elections, is moving quickly through the House of Delegates. ...

Pups doing well at 6 weeks

Wolves get shots, first exam By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Four maned wolf pups born six weeks ago at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute received their first round of vaccinations, as well as a physical examination, on Thursday. While there isn't a great ...

Finding a love for the great outdoors

Survey shows area residents have passion for hunting, walking and visiting parks By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Walking outdoors for pleasure ranked first among outdoor activities of Virginia residents and those in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, according to results of a ...

VFW post’s flea market request tabled

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860 in Front Royal must continue to wait in its request to open a flea market on its property at 1847 North Royal Avenue. A public hearing was held Wednesday night at the town's Planning Commission meeting ...

Citizens Police Academy slots open

Front Royal program offers participants opportunity to ride along with officer By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A few spots remain available for town and county residents who want to participate in the 12th annual Citizens Police Academy, which starts on Tuesday. The ...

Battling wild blazes

Personnel prepare for possible heavy activity during busy spring season By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The impending arrival of wildfire season had firefighters from the Warren County Fire and Rescue Services breaking out their brush rakes and other tools in a training ...

House of worship for sale

Riverton United Methodist Church places historic chapel on market By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Riverton United Methodist Church is putting two properties up for sale, one of which dates back to the late 1800s. The church's original chapel, built in 1890 in a gothic ...

Parker seeking election changes

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- After attending the annual Legislative Day in Richmond last week, Councilman N. Shae Parker is asking that the Town Council review and update the town charter. "At an upcoming work session, I request that we look at potential charter ...

Partisan elections out for time being

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Advocates of partisan town elections dropped plans earlier this week to discuss the possible change after Mayor Timothy W. Darr objected. Non-partisan elections do not require that a candidate declare a party affiliation of Democrat, ...

Community clinic adds Thursday hours

Extra funding from Valley Health helps facility offer more patient appointments By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- St. Luke Community Clinic has expanded its hours, offering patient appointments from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Before starting the new hours last month, ...

One injured in morning crash

FRONT ROYAL -- State police said one person was injured around 8:20 a.m. Friday when a Chevrolet Suburban SUV crashed on Va. 55 near the Shenandoah County-Warren County line. Sgt. F.L. Tyler said the victim was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital. No other details were available.

Food reward ban stirs the pot

Resident: Policy caused by mother of diabetic pupil's complaint about use of sweets By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A town resident addressing the Warren County School Board at Thursday night's meeting accused school officials of covering up what he called the real reason ...

Police: Student had gun at school

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 17-year-old boy Thursday morning after finding him with a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun on school property. The youth was arrested around 8 a.m. at the Diversified Minds Alternative ...

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, ...