Warren County

Increased police presence at Warren County schools to continue after new threat

FRONT ROYAL – Despite the online proliferation of a screenshotted Facebook conversation that warned -- falsely,  it turned out -- of school shootings at several Warren County schools, all county schools opened and operated as normal Friday. An increased number of Warren County Sheriff’s ...

Randolph-Macon hires new dean

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy has hired a new dean, after it promoted its previous dean to the newly created position of vice president. On Jan. 8, Jonathan Ezell officially became vice president for the school, and Tess Hegedus became Randolph-Macon’s dean of instructional ...

Warren students could see shorter summer breaks

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County public school calendar may be revised to shorten the length of summer break. During a meeting of the county School Board on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration for the district, said that the move might help students retain ...

Proposed sanitary district set for public hearing

FRONT ROYAL – The county may soon create its 12th sanitary district, as registered voters in two neighborhoods have signed a petition in support of establishing the Wildcat Drive Sanitary District. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved an advertisement for a 7 p.m. ...

Warren Memorial’s obstetric services may close in May

Valley Health is likely going to stop offering obstetric services at Warren Memorial Hospital earlier than anticipated. In a post on Facebook, the hospital announced that it would likely close obstetric services at the hospital in May. Valley Health had previously announced it would not offer ...

For a Front Royal doctor, cancer treatment leads to fundraising

Floyd “Tripp” Bradd hadn’t been feeling quite right for some time before he went to his doctor in March 2017. A former Division I swimmer at Duke University, the Front Royal family practice physician started noticing in 2014 that his swims across the Chesapeake Bay were becoming more ...

Social services aims to curb fraud cases

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Department of Social Services cracked down on fraud cases in 2017. Social Services Director DeAnna Cheatham said the department had 125 fraud referrals totaling over $90,000 last year. Three Circuit Court indictments handed up this month involved accusations ...

Hearing regarding fate of burned down kennel extended

FRONT ROYAL – A recommendation will be made next month on whether the dog kennel destroyed in a March 2017 fire should continue operation. The Warren County Planning Commission was scheduled to hold a public hearing at its regular Wednesday meeting regarding the the continuance or revocation ...

Planning Commission proposes capital improvement priorities

FRONT ROYAL – The Planning Commission took a first look this week at a proposed capital improvement plan that lists priorities for major county projects in the upcoming budget year. The plan's purpose is to guide the Board of Supervisors during development of the county's budget, Warren ...

Sheriff seeks funding for career development

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron is asking the county to implement a career development program to boost personnel recruitment and retention. This may be difficult, however, as the county faces a tough budget year. McEathron asked for the funding during a Tuesday budget ...

One hospitalized in Warren County crash

A Luray woman was hospitalized after a crash on U.S. 340-522 in Warren County on Sunday morning, according to Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler. Frances Evans, 26, was southbound on U.S. 340-522 at about 6:30 a.m. when she lost control of her 2003 Ford ...

Warren County school board seeks increase in teacher salaries

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board indicated Wednesday that it would like to raise teacher salaries and seek more county funding, setting up a potential fight with the Board of Supervisors. Warren County Superintendent Gregory Drescher said during the meeting that he would like to ...

Babysitter accused of biting infant

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities claim a babysitter bit an infant in her care a year ago. A grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Katlyn Beth Morningstar this week on one count of abuse or neglect of a child while the parent, guardian or person responsible for the victim. Morningstar, ...

Supervisors kick off budget talks

FRONT ROYAL – Budget season is underway with the Board of Supervisors beginning discussions Tuesday with outside agencies. The board met in a work session with the health department, economic development authority, Northwestern Community Services, and the Shenandoah Area Agency on ...

‘Beautiful’ riverside land preserved

FRONT ROYAL – A piece of land along the Shenandoah River in Bentonville will be preserved as it is. The Board of Supervisors approved a resolution Tuesday  accepting an open space easement for a 50-acre parcel off Rocky Hollow Road on Lazy River Lane owned by Margie Guy Hockman. “It's a ...

Icy weather closed some schools this week

Tuesday's inclement weather prompted school closings for some area school districts. Frederick and Shenandoah county public schools closed for the day as ice coated the roads. Warren County Public Schools called for a two-hour delay. “Today marked the fourth day this school year that ...

Warren supervisors support, oppose several bills

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors this week approved resolutions opposing and supporting an array of House and Senate bills that are before the 2018 Virginia General Assembly. The board on Tuesday approved four supporting and opposing resolutions at the request of County Attorney Dan ...

Smithsonian facility sees spike in births of rare bird

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has had a recent surge in births of the Guam rail birds. Since November, the conservation facility has seen the birth of eight of the flightless birds. During the past four years, the facility has had one or two births of the birds ...

Warren County awarded breakfast grant

The two Warren County middle schools have received grant funding to help them make changes to their breakfast program. Both Warren County Middle School and Skyline Middle School were awarded $5,000 to start a so-called “breakfast after the bell program.” According to Claire Mansfield, the ...

Early death of zebra leaves questions about program’s future

The recent death of a 4-year-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal is set to bring uncertainty about the institute’s program for the endangered species. On Jan. 30, Raylan, a male mountain zebra, died at the facility after enduring ...