Warren County

Judge sends teen’s murder charge to grand jury

FRONT ROYAL – The case of a teenager accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend in town in March goes to a grand jury next month. Judge Kim Athey found probable cause at the end of a preliminary hearing in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday to send the ...

EDA responds to questions about project

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority responded last week to one town leader’s questions over an agency housing project. The EDA Board of Directors and staff members released documents and information about the Royal Lane Workforce Housing Project ...

County names new DSS director

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County’s Department of Social Services will have a new director. County Administrator Doug Stanley announced Tuesday the promotion of Assistant Director DeAnna Cheatham as the head of the department effective July 1. Cheatam takes over for Director H. Elizabeth ...

Warren County Schools launches workplace program

Warren County Public Schools is partnering with Lord Fairfax Community College on a new program that would offer job training and peer support to students with disabilities. The program, according to Michael Hirsch, director of special services at Warren County Public Schools, is aimed in part ...

Encountering a bear was just the first battle

On May 12, a bear came onto the back porch of Dustan and Tiffany Golladay’s house. The couple was sleeping and was awakened by their dog, Zoe. “Her bark wasn’t her normal bark,” Tiffany said. Dustan came down the stairs of his two-story house on the back door of Shenandoah National ...

A ‘Day of Caring’

FRONT ROYAL – Volunteers built a handicap ramp for a town resident as part of the 2017 Day of Caring projects being completed throughout the county. Martha Buracker, team captain of the handicap ramp project, said United Way paid for all the building materials to build the ramp for ...

Constituents criticize congressman

FRONT ROYAL – A dozen people criticized U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, on Wednesday for his support of legislation designed to undo much of the Affordable Health Care Act. Goodlatte’s constituents also called on the congressman to push for the appointment of a special prosecutor ...

County looks at new radio system for sheriff’s office

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to help improve radio communications for its Sheriff’s Office this year. The Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Motorola representatives at a work session earlier this week as the county considers spending more than $1.2 million on a new ...

School Board OKs health insurance rates

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Public Schools employees can expect no increase in their insurance coverage later this year. The School Board approved the insurance rates for health, dental and vision coverage for the 2017-2018 year at its meeting Wednesday. The division expects no increases ...

Warren County woman held in daughter’s stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – A woman accused of stabbing her daughter Saturday in Warren County remains jailed awaiting a court appearance. The Sheriff’s Office arrested Julia Minor, 62, of 158 Mitchell Drive, west of Strasburg in Warren County, and charged her with aggravated malicious wounding. Minor ...

Fire destroys Front Royal business

FRONT ROYAL -- Firefighters responding to a 911 call late Saturday evening discovered flames shooting from the Strong Oaks Workshop at 1868 N. Royal Ave. The fire destroyed the old stone building along with a wood storage building next to it. It also damaged two auxiliary ...

Chamber of Commerce announces new scholarships

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors announced the creation of two scholarships during its annual awards dinner this week. The awards will be named in honor of two members of the Chamber of Commerce, Roy K. Boyles and James M. Eastham. Boyles ...

RSW jail losing officers, plans pay boost

FRONT ROYAL – Officers at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail likely can expect pay raises as the facility tries to keep employees. The RSW Regional Jail Authority Board’s Finance and Personnel Committee voted Tuesday to recommend approval of the classification and pay plan ...

Golf club board reacts to effort to cut funding

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County’s golf club survived an attempt this week to take away some local funding. But members of the Front Royal Golf Club Advisory Committee on Thursday agreed the county needs to generate more revenue and interest in the decades-old facility. The committee ...

Counties ramp up efforts to collect back taxes

FRONT ROYAL – The top 10 delinquent taxpayers in Warren County owe more than a half-million dollars in back taxes. The county continues to pursue real estate owners in arrears on their taxes, with help. Last year the county bolstered its efforts by hiring two firms that work with the ...

Board OKs budget, pay raises

FRONT ROYAL – Most Warren County Public Schools employees can expect to see a pay raise in the next budget. The School Board adopted the fiscal 2018 budget at its meeting Wednesday – a day after the Board of Supervisors approved a tax increase and the county’s spending plan. The ...

Split board OKs tax increase

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County real estate owners can expect an increase in their next tax bills. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to adopt the fiscal 2018 budget that assumes an increase in the real estate tax rate from 62 cents to 65 cents per $100 of assessed value. The ...

Q&A: Raising cheetah cubs in Front Royal

Paul Marinari, senior curator of the Department of Animal Programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Warren County, answered questions about the births of cheetah litters at the facility in March. Q. How are the litters since their birth? A. Both of the litters are doing ...

Program keeps kids moving on holidays

FRONT ROYAL – A few dozen Warren County children took advantage this week of a recreational program offered during school breaks. The Department of Parks and Recreation held its Schools Closed Gym’s Open Fun Day at the Health and Human Services Complex gymnasium, 465 W. 15th St., ...

Warren County supervisors hear support, opposition to budget

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders heard from the public Tuesday about next year’s proposed budget and increase in the tax rate. The proposed fiscal 2018 budget calls for spending $105.62 million – an increase of $3.92 million or 3.85 percent from the current $101.7 million. The ...