Warren County

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 — For years, the Shenandoah Valley region has not offered an intensive outpatient program, a long-term program designed to help children or teenagers recover from substance use disorders. That is soon set to change. 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 ...

Warren County school division closer to migrating special services

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County school division is closer to migrating its special services into one building. During a School Board meeting Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent, announced that the schools now have a contract for the project. Sheppard said that the Warren ...

Judge keeps murder trial in county for now

FRONT ROYAL – The trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s young child and wounding another must stay in Warren County for now. Chad Andrew Ritchie appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a hearing on motions filed by his attorney, Jason Ransom. Ritchie, 28, ...

RSW Regional Jail: This bed is for rent

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail in Warren County is bringing in extra revenue by renting out available bed space. Jail Superintendent Russ Gilkison said the jail took in about $121,000 of extra revenue by renting out jail space to two other local law enforcement agencies from ...

Road improvements top CIP priorities

FRONT ROYAL – A Virginia Department of Transportation revenue-sharing program tops the county’s proposed capital improvement plan. Planning Director Taryn Logan said the plan is strictly advisory and meant to guide the supervisors during the development of the county’s budget. The ...

Attorney seeks to move child murder case out of area

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with killing his girlfriend’s young son and injuring the boy’s twin wants a judge to move his trial out of Warren County. Chad Andrew Ritchie stands charged with second-degree murder for the death of Tabitha Rose Zimmerman’s 22-month-old son. Ritchie, 28, ...