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Warren County

Public hearing set on potential golf course closure

Citizens have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the fate of the Front Royal Country Club Golf Course. A 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Supervisors public hearing will focus on the proposed closure of the county-owned course. County Attorney Dan Whitten has explained that the county ...

Former R-MA counselor sues school for discrimination

A former counselor for Randolph-Macon Academy claims the school fired her in 2016 after she complained of sexual discrimination by officials and overtime violations. Jumanah Khader claims in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg  that Randolph-Macon Academy violated her ...

Extra patrols during “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign

The law enforcement Labor Day 2018  “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is underway. Local law enforcement will be out in full force until Sept. 3 promoting safety on the roads during the Labor Day holiday. Front Royal police, along with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office,  ...

Watchdog group seeks answers

A watchdog organization wants Front Royal resident E. Scott Lloyd,  director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, to address the state of detention facilities holding immigrant children. Lloyd was appointed in March 2017 as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a ...

Warren County School Board approves crisis plan

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board approved an updated crisis plan for the division during its work session on Wednesday. Michael Hirsch, director of special services for the district, described the updated plan as an attempt to improve the district’s protocol for ...

Two firms to continue delinquent tax collection

FRONT ROYAL - The county will continue pursuing the collection of delinquent real estate taxes through the assistance of two law firms. The Board of Supervisors recently extended its contract with the collection firm TACS through July 2019. When the county hired TACS in August 2016, ...

Teacher turnover declines: Superintendent pleased with drop in rate

WOODSTOCK – Teacher turnover dropped this year for Shenandoah County Public Schools. The turnover rate stands at 11 percent, down from the 15 percent the district has experienced the last two years, said Linda Hodges, Director of Human Resources. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston noted ...

Warren County schools report a smooth start

The new school year in Warren County marks the beginning of E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School’s participation in the Community Eligibility Program. Under that program, the Warren County Public Schools division provides students with free breakfasts and lunches through a reimbursement ...

Scanner owners react to switch to encrypted police radios

FRONT ROYAL - Citizens tuning into the communications of the Warren County Sherriff's Office and Front Royal Police Department via scanners will soon have quieter houses.  Both departments plan to move to fully encrypted radio systems, which will make those scanners unable to capture that ...

Police cite officer safety as reason for encryption

FRONT ROYAL – Communications on the Warren County Sheriff’s Office’s and the Front Royal Police Department’s new radios will be fully encrypted, with Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Chief Kahle Magalis citing officer safety as the primary reason for the decision. When communications ...

Cat in Front Royal tested positive for rabies

A cat that was reported acting strangely around 22 West Duck St. in Front Royal has tested positive for rabies. A news release from the Warren County Sheriff's Office said someone complained on July 26 about  “a cat was chasing people and acting aggressively.” On Thursday, test results ...

Warren County schools prepare for new year

FRONT ROYAL — Shortly after school starts in Warren County on Monday, the district is slated to receive four new buses. But the new buses won’t be traveling the routes that students take to school in the morning, Aaron Mitchell, director of transportation for the district, said. That’s ...

4 endangered species foals born at biology institute

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has had four Przewalski horse foals born this year, the largest number of births of the animals the institute has had in 28 years. The horses are native to the Gobi desert region in Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, and are endangered ...

Authorities charge man in building fire

Authorities have accused a local man of intentionally starting a fire at a Warren County trucking business Thursday morning. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Allen Hay and charged him with burning or destroying personal property, entering someone’s property with the intent ...

Historical Warren County records preserved through grant

FRONT ROYAL - Important historical county legal records will be maintained for future generations to reference thanks to a recent grant. The Warren County Circuit Court recently received an $8,713 Library of Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation grant to restore records including ...

Lip-synch challenge hits valley: Local cops have fun shooting videos

Local law enforcement agencies have briefly stepped out of their role as public servants and into one of entertainers.  Several Shenandoah Valley departments recently have participated in the nationwide lip-synch video trend, which shows another side of officers. Instead of protecting ...

‘Learn by doing’: Fair animal contests test 4-H members’ skills

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Fair, which runs through Sunday, is the ultimate test of a 4-H member’s hard work, but according to Angel Kidwell, 18,  of Front Royal, the understanding of the 4-H’s is the ultimate test of their skills. “The 4-H’s: head, heart, hands and health are ...

Front Royal police charge suspect in loan store robbery

A Georgia man has been charged in Thursday's robbery of a Front Royal loan store and may be indicted soon on charges linked to the robbery of a Winchester loan store earlier that day. Jhon Jario Lopez-Freyde, 22, of Norcross, Georgia, was recently charged with one felony count of robbery in ...