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Warren County

Man jailed for domestic assault

A Warren County man has received jail time for assaulting a woman at a Front Royal hotel in July. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Freddie Lee Kendricks Jr. in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to three years in prison for committing one felony count of domestic assault – a third or ...

School divisions attend educational conference

Two area school divisions recently attended a national conference in Phoenix. During the week of Sept. 24-28, Shenandoah County Public Schools sent 19 staff members to EdLeader 21, a national conference in the Arizona state capital. The cost to the division was approximately $32,000, or about ...

Cause of Front Royal man’s death remains unknown

The cause of the death of Larry Dawson II, 28, of Front Royal, remains undisclosed by public safety officials. Dawson was declared dead Oct. 8 after being found unresponsive in the Shenandoah River at the Riverton Boat Landing, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Office news ...

Memorial unveiled: Chimney is dedicated to those displaced by national park

FRONT ROYAL – Families whose ancestors were displaced in the 1920s to make way for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park have finally received recognition. On Saturday afternoon, a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney was dedicated with the names of the 68 families in Warren County who ...

EDA board’s treasurer resigns after 30 years of service

William "Billie" Biggs, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's treasurer, recently resigned after 30 years on the job, citing health reasons. "I'm old and beat up...it's long enough for anybody really," he said over the phone, noting that he suffered a stroke four years ...

Man charged with child rape pleads to lesser crime

FRONT ROYAL – A man accused of raping two girls in 2017 avoided a jury trial and potential life sentences Thursday by pleading guilty to lesser charges. Mike Edward Haymond stood charged in Warren County Circuit Court with four counts of rape involving a child under the age of 13. The ...

Dedication set for chimney honoring families displaced by park

FRONT ROYAL – The local families who were displaced by the creation of Shenandoah National Park will be honored Saturday with the dedication of a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney. In the 1920s, the properties of 500 families in eight counties – Warren, Green, Albemarle, Augusta, ...

EDA director’s hearing set for its original date

FRONT ROYAL – The misdemeanor case of Jennifer McDonald, Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority executive director, will not be continued from its Oct. 31 date despite a continuance request from Commonwealth Attorney Brian Madden.  Madden recently filed the request in ...

Hearing set for couple accused of animal, child cruelty

FRONT ROYAL – A husband and wife facing animal and child cruelty charges will appear at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in Warren County General District Court for a preliminary hearing. Brian Tenney, 55, and Wendy Tenney, 43, were each charged in September on six felony counts of cruelty and injuries to ...

Judge orders woman to repay welfare benefits in fraud case

FRONT ROYAL – A town woman must serve jail time and pay back thousands of dollars in welfare benefits she received through fraud. Nina Frances Haymond pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of submitting a false application for welfare benefits, welfare fraud ...

Man given jail time for drug charge

FRONT ROYAL – A judge sentenced a Frederick County man to jail time Tuesday for cocaine possession and obstruction of justice. Jody Kenneth Barthlow, 43, of 1034 Filbert St., Stephens City, pleaded no contest to the two charges in Warren County Circuit Court. An agreement between Assistant ...

Voter registrars expect busy election season

WOODSTOCK – Qualified voters can still register through Monday to participate in the Nov. 6 mid-term elections. Area general registrars and election officials continue to prepare for what some experts say could draw record numbers of voters. Shenandoah County General Registrar Lisa McDonald ...

Joint tourism committee embarks on wayfinding signage program

FRONT ROYAL - The town and the county's joint tourism committee hopes to draw visitors to popular attractions with new signs. The committee, which was initiated last year, recently got its $111,842 budget approved. Of that, $40,000 is dedicated to a wayfinding signage program that Warren ...

Warren schools focus on keeping students with disabilities in classroom

Data released Oct.1 by the Virginia Department of Education show 93 percent of students with disabilities at Warren County Public Schools graduated on time, above the state average of 88 percent. Michael Hirsch, director of special services for Warren County Public Schools, focuses on a ...

Skyline students apologize in wake of social media controversy

FRONT ROYAL — A controversy in which a group of Skyline High School students posed in front of posters mocking Strasburg High School took center stage at Wednesday's meeting of the Warren County Public Schools Board. During the board's public comment period, the students offered apologies ...

Backroom Brewery seeks county-state expansion grant

FRONT ROYAL - Backroom Brewery's owner is hoping to obtain a grant to aid its million-dollar expansion but needs the county's help.  To receive the state's agriculture and forestry industries development grant, County Administrator Doug Stanley explained that the county must provide matching ...

Board OKs new chiller for elementary school

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board unanimously approved the purchase of a new chiller for Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School's air conditioning system  during its meeting on Wednesday. The old chiller at the elementary school broke earlier this year. Mike Riley, the district's ...

County again seeks party to take over golf course

FRONT ROYAL - The county is continuing attempts to rid itself of the responsibility of funding the Front Royal Country Club Golf Course. The county recently began soliciting proposals from parties interested in leasing the country club. A request for proposal, which seeks bids from interested ...

Missing Warren County man’s body found

Warren County sheriff's deputies found the body of a 60-year-old Warren County man Tuesday morning in the woods off Western Lane. David Eugene Keister was last seen leaving his home in the 400 block of Western Lane during daylight hours on Saturday. He was reported missing by his family on ...

County seeks solutions to crash-prone road

FRONT ROYAL – The county is continuing efforts to reduce motor vehicle crashes on John Marshall Highway near the High Knob Road intersection. Brad Reed, Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District assistant district planner, told the Board of Supervisors at their regular Tuesday ...