Warren County

EDA sets ribbon cutting for parkway Monday

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists wanting to drive on Leach Run Parkway can do so Monday – after officials cut the ribbon on the long-awaited project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority along with leaders and officials with both localities plan to hold a ribbon-cutting ...

County seeks private help to run golf course

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County could turn its public golf course over to the private sector. The county posted an advertisement earlier this week seeking proposals from individuals or businesses to lease and manage the Front Royal Golf Club at 902 Country Club Road. The county plans to accept ...

Community Services Board may create nonprofit wing

FRONT ROYAL – The Northwestern Community Services Board is considering creating a nonprofit charity and hiring a development officer to write grants,  raise money and oversee volunteers. Neither the proposed hiring of the development officer nor the move to create the nonprofit were ...

Board puts off vote on kennel permit

FRONT ROYAL – Neighbors’ concerns prompted Warren County supervisors to put off a vote Tuesday on a proposed dog kennel. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to postpone action on a conditional-use permit requested by Michael Gibson to run a commercial kennel out of a home he leases at 387 ...

Fees to help fix roads in county districts

FRONT ROYAL – More Warren County sanitary districts will charge property owners who build new homes in their neighborhoods. The Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to approve road-use fees for new construction in the Blue Mountain, Lake Front Royal, Shangri-La, Shenandoah Shores and ...

New middle school nears completion

FRONT ROYAL – The new Warren County Middle School is nearing completion, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 9 a.m. July 31. The new middle school cost a total of $32,820,000,  and is scheduled to open on Aug. 15. Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration for Warren ...

Warren County EmComm participates in national Field Day

Being able to communicate in an emergency is key. Letting first responders know where victims are stranded or how many people need help at a given time are just a few components of emergency response. But what happens if our usual means of communication, cell phones or radios, aren't working? ...

EDA, Chamber award small businesses

FRONT ROYAL –  In the past, the Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast or lunch to celebrate the small business owners in town. They would have it at a local country club and cater the meal, but there was just one problem: the majority of business ...

Monday Spotlight: Studying Nordic mythology in Iceland

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal resident spent the last year in Iceland as a student studying Nordic mythology and will soon begin her thesis on shapeshifting. Caroline Oxley, 25, of Front Royal, recently returned to the United States after spending the past year as a student at the University ...

Town balks at county bill for $90,000

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials say they don’t need to pay almost $90,000 in outstanding bills owed to Warren County. The Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue continues to bill the town for personal property/real estate maintenance and tax books for the years 2007-2016. The town did not ...

Sayre, Fox try to limit closed session agenda

FRONT ROYAL – A couple of Warren County supervisors tried unsuccessfully this week to limit what the board could discuss behind closed doors. The Board of Supervisors took the usual action at the beginning of its regular meeting Tuesday to approve the agenda that included a closed ...

37 years on the road

FRONT ROYAL – Cherry Nickens was working in defense communications but wanted to spend more time with her children. She had four kids who went to Warren County Schools, so she took on a job as a bus driver for the school division. That was in 1980. Now, 37 years later, Nickens is ...

Warren County Schools to remove asbestos from Ressie Jeffries

FRONT ROYAL—For the second time in three years, Warren County Public Schools is going to pay to remove asbestos from Ressie Jeffries Elementary School. At their meeting Wednesday, members of the Warren County Public Schools Board agreed unanimously to pay Pittsnogle, LLC up to $150,000 to ...

Residents back paving Ashby Station Road

FRONT ROYAL – More than a dozen Warren County residents asked state transportation officials this week to keep their roads on the radar for improvements. The Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to adopt a resolution to approve the Secondary Six-Year Plan for fiscal 2018 to 2023 and the ...

Board grills EDA reps on housing project

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority came under scrutiny by local leaders Tuesday for its workforce housing project. Warren County Supervisors posed a series of questions to EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald and EDA Board Vice Chairman L. Greg ...

Board picks firm for reassessment

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders kicked off the next round of real estate reassessments Tuesday and made a change to the process. The Board of Supervisors voted at its regular meeting to approve a contract with Wingate and Associates Ltd. to perform the county’s 2019 general ...

Great Meadow shortlisted for international competition

THE PLAINS -- Great Meadow has been home to some of the most illustrious equestrian competitions in the world. Now, sometime this summer, it may get to add to its resume – the  course was chosen as just one of two U.S. finalists to play host to the Concours Complet International four-star ...

EDA attorney steps aside on housing project

Warren County’s attorney recently backed away from a housing project now under scrutiny by local leaders. County Attorney Dan Whitten has stepped aside as the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority’s legal counsel on the agency’s workforce housing project. “I ...

Skyline twins want to ‘make America healthier again’

FRONT ROYAL – Hannah and Sarah Chichester are involved in pretty much every extracurricular activity at Skyline High School. There’s just one thing they haven’t done. “We don’t do sports,” Sarah said. In their time at Skyline High School, the two were in the school’s ...