Warren County

Warren County Schools shift surplus funds toward teacher raises

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board moved to enact a budget measure that, if approved by the Warren County Board of Supervisors, would raise teacher salaries by 2 percent next year. In a five-minute special meeting on Wednesday, the School Board agreed to spend $381,661 out of its ...

Warren County reassessments about halfway complete

FRONT ROYAL – Property reassessments slated to become effective Jan. 1, 2019, are about halfway complete, as Wingate Appraisal Services continues working its way through Warren County examining properties. County Administrator Doug Stanley said the Roanoke-based Wingate has about 12,250 ...

Health department report cites minuses to missing obstetrics unit

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Health recently agreed with citizens’ concerns regarding Valley Health’s decision not to include an obstetrics unit at the new Warren Memorial Hospital. Although the report submitted by the department cites potential issues related to closing the ...

Warren County, Front Royal join the Artisan Trail network

FRONT ROYAL – The town and county are teaming up with the Artisans Center of Virginia in an attempt to connect local businesses with the organization’s network of Artisan Trails. As part of the trail's implementation, a brochure will be created to show locations of artisan studios, ...

Earth Day cleanup yields 100-plus garbage bags

LINDEN – Laura Corebello noticed a disturbing trend of trash – beer cans, plastic bottles, fast food bags, and abandoned shoes – littered upon her beloved Blue Mountain. A retired teacher and artist, Corebello said one reason she moved there 16 years ago is because the area “was so ...

Supervisors OK new sanitary district

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County has established its 12th sanitary district with the Board of Supervisors recent approval of the Wildcat Drive district by a 3-2 vote. The district will consist of 34 homes and 47 lots in the Aspen Hill Farms and Lands of the Blue Ridge subdivisions. The ...

Warren County Public Schools to have special meeting on budget adjustments

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board is set to have a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss adjustments to the school budget. During a work session on Wednesday,  Superintendent Greg Drescher said that the Warren County Board of Supervisors is set to provide enough money ...

Community services board to add substance use program for children and teens

FRONT ROYAL — The Northwestern Community Services Board is set to launch an intensive outpatient program, a long-term program designed to help children or teenagers recover from substance use disorders, for children and teenagers. During a meeting of the Northwestern Community Services Board ...

Supervisors: New hospital should have obstetrics unit

FRONT ROYAL – Although the new Warren Memorial Hospital will be located within town limits and outside of the county's jurisdiction, the Board of Supervisors is requesting that Valley Health add an obstetrics unit to the new facility. Valley Health plans to discontinue its labor and ...

Warren County OKs budget, 1-cent tax hike

FRONT ROYAL – County residents can ready themselves for higher bills, as the Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved a 1-cent real estate tax increase. This marks the fifth consecutive year the board raised the real estate tax rate, which now stands at 66 cents per $100 ...

Supervisors deny permit for burned down kennel

FRONT ROYAL – The dog kennel destroyed in a March 2017 fire will not be able to continue operations. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting voted 5-1 in favor of revoking Wendy Tenney’s conditional use permit for the dog kennel at 63 Limeton Church Road. Supervisor Linda ...

County explores closing golf course

FRONT ROYAL – County officials hope a judge will allow the county to close the government-funded Front Royal Country Club golf course and use the land for recreation activities that would include new hiking and biking trails. The nine-hole golf course was donated by Agnes and William Carson ...

Supervisors to decide on fate of burned down kennel

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors will decide at its 7 p.m. meeting tonight whether a dog kennel that burned down last year should continue operating. The Warren County Planning Commission forwarded a recommendation to the supervisors that the board should grant a continuance for the ...

Jail staff sees aftermath of drug addiction daily

FRONT ROYAL – Staff at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail see the aftermath of the drug epidemic every day. Most inmates at the jail are there on low level offenses, mostly related to addiction. The No. 1 charge of inmates at the jail on an average day is parole ...

Supporters, dissenters speak on proposed budget

FRONT ROYAL – There was a mixed reaction Tuesday among the 11 speakers at the Board of Supervisors public hearing on the budget. The six who spoke positively of the budget were affiliated with a county-associated organization. They included Sheriff Daniel McEathron, Schools Superintendent ...

Stanley addresses criticism of fire, rescue funding

FRONT ROYAL – County Administrator Doug Stanley offered a counter-argument to recent accusations that the county underfunds fire and rescue in his PowerPoint presentation before Tuesday's public hearing on the budget. That criticism came from David Santmyers, who voiced displeasure that the ...

Obenshain happy governor signed I-81 bill

Sen.r Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is pleased that  Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill that would develop and adopt an improvement plan for Interstate-81. Senate Bill 971 orders the Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop and adopt an Interstate-81 Corridor Improvement plan and evaluate ...

Budget public hearing set for tonight

FRONT ROYAL – Citizens can share their thoughts tonight on the county’s proposed 2018-19 budget and 1-cent tax increase during a Board of Supervisors 7 p.m. public hearing at the Warren County Government Center. If passed, the hike would bring the county’s real estate rate to 66 cents ...

Homeowner: Fire caused more damage due to understaffing

FRONT ROYAL - David Santmyers said he thinks the Easter Sunday fire that destroyed his home should have been contained to two bedrooms. The fire’s cause is unknown, and damages to the home at 3470 Mountain Road house are estimated to be $300,000 to the structure and $400,000 to its ...