FRONT ROYAL – A portion of Main Street will be closed to traffic this weekend as businesses expand operations into the roadway during what has been dubbed "Downtown Rebound," an effort to stave off economic turmoil stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren County Regional Jail said Thursday that an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.

FRONT ROYAL – A volunteer group - Citizens Helping Each Other (CHEO) Front Royal - spent time last weekend planting a variety of produce in a community victory garden to donate to food banks.

FRONT ROYAL – While the town seeks exemption from Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive orders outlining business reopening processes, Board of Supervisors Chairman Walter Mabe said during a Thursday news conference that the county will follow the governor’s orders.

FRONT ROYAL – Based on the results of a survey, seniors at Warren County and Skyline high schools will decide whether they have an individual graduation or a traditional ceremony.

FRONT ROYAL - The Warren County School Board is requesting that the county return its $1.6 million surplus to fund a series of purchases that include $1 million worth of renovations at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School.

FRONT ROYAL – A Linden man was recently arrested after allegedly hitting someone with a car Tuesday at the intersection of East Stonewall Drive and Bee Street, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release.

FRONT ROYAL – Whether a developer will be allowed to annex 20 acres off Guard Hill Road into town limits will be decided Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

FRONT ROYAL – During a virtual meeting on Monday, the Town Council unanimously voted down a resolution requested by Mayor Eugene Tewalt to have voting precincts rearranged so Front Royal has one representative in the Virginia House of Delegates.

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council has opted to delay deciding whether $1 million of town money will be spread among local businesses to relieve stresses of economic turmoil stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development recently welcomed Melissa Gordon as its newest board member

The first COVID-19 related death has occurred in Warren County, with 21 total deaths in the Lord Fairfax Health District as of Sunday afternoon, according to Virginia Department of Health statistics.

FRONT ROYAL – An attorney representing Michelle Henry, the Front Royal-Warren County Executive Development Authority’s former administrative assistant, sought for her dismissal from the authority’s $21.3 civil million lawsuit in a Friday hearing that was conducted via teleconference.

FRONT ROYAL – While the county’s recently approved budget includes money to keep the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority afloat, it was announced at the EDA's meeting Friday that funding does not include debt service payments for the Front Royal Police Department’s $8.4 …

FRONT ROYAL – Town Attorney Doug Napier is preparing a resolution, which will be considered by the Town Council at a to-be-determined date, asking for the Virginia House of Delegates to be rearranged so Front Royal falls into one district.

FRONT ROYAL – Vice Mayor William Sealock said via telephone Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in the town’s November election.

FRONT ROYAL – Developer Chris Ramsey hopes to build a 150-unit apartment complex off Guard Hill Road. Before construction, however, he wants 20 acres on which the development would sit annexed from the county into the town.

FRONT ROYAL – During a recent work session, the Town Council received a presentation from the Visitors Center explaining how the center benefits the town.

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council members during a Monday work session questioned whether Front Royal should be subject to the guidelines outlined in Gov. Ralph Northam’s plans to reopen businesses throughout the state.

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors during a Tuesday work session broached the possibility of making the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority a county department but ultimately delayed the discussion until after the town's November election.

Invasive species of forest insects and pathogens have contributed to about a quarter of the tree deaths in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain forests in the past three decades, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute announced in an April 30 news release.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has welcomed two Guam kingfisher chicks. The Guam kingfisher is extinct in the wild and is the most endangered bird species on Earth, a Friday news release from the SCBI states.


Christina Weiss’s life is very different now, nearly six years after she was sentenced to a year at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and another four years in federal prison for heroin distribution.

FRONT ROYAL – Although schools are closed, Warren County High School’s theater class has determined that the show must go on.


FRONT ROYAL – Cafeteria workers took a break Friday from preparing the hundreds of meals being distributed to children throughout the area to be honored on the eighth annual School Lunch Hero Day.

FRONT ROYAL – When 6-month-old golden retriever Willow was walking along Passage Creek on Thursday with her family, North Warren Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Wayne Dodson said she jumped in the water to pursue a stick flowing by that caught her attention.

With 1-3 inches of rain expected, small streams and creeks may overflow as the National Weather Service has declared a flood watch for today in localities throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Warren, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties.

FRONT ROYAL – Atif Qarni, Virginia’s secretary of education, spent about an hour on Tuesday with Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School fifth-graders during a virtual class.

Amid frustrations surrounding COVID-19, Niki Foster Cales and Scott Turnmeyer are hoping to bring some laughs, ask some questions and share information about local businesses in the Front Royal and Warren County areas.

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council at a virtual Monday meeting opted to spend $1.3 million for an engineering study related to the potential construction of a redundant waterline stretching to the Winchester Road corridor.

FRONT ROYAL – During a virtual Monday work session, the Town Council decided to hold a future public hearing regarding a stimulus package in which up to $1 million of town money may be given to businesses that have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FRONT ROYAL – Axalta Coatings Systems, which has a facility in the county, recently donated 612 gallons of hand sanitizer to various local agencies, according to a county news release.

FRONT ROYAL – The Rotary Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley is aiming to take a bite out of hunger by asking people to participate in a one-day fast Wednesday to support an initiative to feed those hungry locally and worldwide.

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council is set to hold two public hearings today regarding potential expenditures of about $2.2 million related to infrastructure upgrades.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Roanoke-based Brown Edwards firm are nearing the finalization of a deal for the completion of the authority’s long overdue 2018 and 2019 audits.

FRONT ROYAL — The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren County Regional Jail shed dozens of inmates in April in a coordinated effort to reduce the pressure on the facility as it confronts the danger of COVID-19 entering its walls.

FRONT ROYAL – ­­­­­Cat and dog owners can go to the PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse, 9 S. Commerce Ave., from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today to get free pet food in a drive-thru offering from the Humane Society of Warren County.


FRONT ROYAL – In three weeks, the Reaching Out Now program has provided 50 families 2,800 meals through its Give to Give Back initiative.