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Authorities have charged a convicted felon with possessing a firearm based on video footage investigators claim shows the Front Royal man holding a gun.

FRONT ROYAL - The candidates for Warren County sheriff recently shared their thoughts on county leadership, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority controversy and the future of the Sheriff’s Office.

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FRONT ROYAL - Lawyers for several defendants named in the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s civil lawsuit have filed motions in the case lamenting lacking details and requesting that discovery be discontinued pending criminal investigations.

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Front Royal police have arrested Devon Bennett, 27, of Page County, on a trespassing charge after he allegedly entered an apartment and fell asleep in the renter’s bed.

FRONT ROYAL – With the recent revelation that ITFederal will not open at the Avtex Superfund site, the town may have to pay back a $650,000 grant it was given for phase one of the West Main Street extension project, which is nearing completion.

FRONT ROYAL — All but one Town Council member voiced opposition during a Monday work session to the thought of supplying the proposed housing development near Target with water.

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FRONT ROYAL – About an hour before being indicted on a misdemeanor count of soliciting prostitution, Mayor Hollis Tharpe on Monday announced that he is taking a temporary administrative leave from mayoral duties.

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FRONT ROYAL – The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia State Police were at the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s offices Tuesday morning. Officers and officials were mum regarding the reason for the law enforcement presence.

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FRONT ROYAL – Bernard Steed has been walking the lands that now make up George Washington and Jefferson National Forests his whole life. He is 69 years old.

FRONT ROYAL -– The Warren County School Board has passed a resolution that approves a ground lease with the Economic Development Authority to allow financing of several county projects during a special meeting on Tuesday.

FRONT ROYAL - A town man on Wednesday was charged with felony counts for crimes allegedly committed during two domestic violence incidents on the same day, according to a criminal complaint by detective Landin Waller, of the Front Royal Police Department.

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council at its regular Monday meeting gave its attorney Doug Napier the go-ahead to submit a Freedom of Information Act request to the Front Royal-Warren County Development Authority seeking the authority’s forensic audit.

FRONT ROYAL – The Port of Virginia is pushing to become a premier shipper and receiver, not just on the East Coast but throughout the world, John Reinhart, the port’s CEO, told a room of business owners, elected officials and legislators Tuesday morning.

FRONT ROYAL — When the Northern Virginia Daily sent a Freedom of Information Act request seeking an email written by Blair Mitchell, a former county and Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority attorney, it was revealed that his emails were deleted before the state code allows.

FRONT ROYAL — Although the Town Council has approved a 13.5-cent real estate tax, the same rate as last year, citizens will pay more in taxes since property values increased after a recent real estate reassessment.

FRONT ROYAL–The three-day trial of Tabitha Zimmerman, who is charged with two counts of cruelty and injury to children, began Monday with the appointment of a jury and opening statements.

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council at its regular Monday meeting will vote on a resolution allowing Town Attorney Doug Napier to file a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the audit report that delved into the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s finances.

FRONT ROYAL – Confusion has arisen over whether or not the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority board ever formally approved the sale of a piece of land that it bought for $577,000 but was sold for $10, according to a deed.

FRONT ROYAL - The Board of Supervisors during a Tuesday work session came to the consensus that the county should serve as the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s fiscal agent, which means the county would be responsible for every EDA financial transaction.

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher and School Board member Donna McEathron, both of whom have ties to defendants in a $17 million lawsuit filed by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority, did not attend a closed executive session held…

The U.S. Marshal’s Service on Monday arrested a second suspect in Cleveland who was wanted in a home invasion in Front Royal last month.


FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s $17 million civil lawsuit alleges that former director Jennifer McDonald directed that a credit line reserved for town and county projects be used for a $577,511 land purchase from her aunt and uncle.

FRONT ROYAL – In an effort to avoid raising taxes, Town Council members came to a consensus during a Monday work session to cancel funding for a property maintenance program and use that money for construction of the Front Royal Police Department's new headquarters.

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Circuit Court Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. on Wednesday impaneled a special grand jury to investigate potential widespread criminal activity among local governmental entities.

Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday announced amendments to Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718, legislation that would provide $151 million in dedicated funding for the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on a crash that killed one man in 2017.

FRONT ROYAL – A judge gave the go ahead last week to a defamation lawsuit filed by Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Tom Sayre against former Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority director Jennifer McDonald.

FRONT ROYAL — The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting voted to raise the real estate tax rate by 1.5 cents from 13.5 cents per $100 of assessed value to 15 cents per $100 of assessed value.

FRONT ROYAL — A Front Royal man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday in a second-degree murder case in which he was accused of killing one of his girlfriend’s 22-month-old children and injuring the other.

FRONT ROYAL — Citizens can share their thoughts regarding a proposed 2.5-cent real estate tax increase during a public hearing at the Town Council’s 7 p.m. meeting today.

STRASBURG – Local job-seekers visited Strasburg High School in droves Thursday for a college and career fair that turned into a job fair later that evening.

FRONT ROYAL — U.S. Rep. Ben Cline covered an array of topics during a Tuesday town hall meeting at the American Legion Post 53 including the threat of socialism, President Donald Trump and abortion.

Virginia conducted its annual statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, but a software glitch stopped the test alert from being broadcast on NOAA radios and some broadcast television stations.

Warren County Fire and Rescue responded to a gas leak at the Commonwealth Senior Living Community in Front Royal on Thursday.

FRONT ROYAL – Bryan Layton has tossed his name into the hat to replace Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Madden, who was recently appointed a judge in the 26th Judicial Circuit Court.

FRONT ROYAL – Citizens can expect a slight bump in their utility bills as Town Council on Monday approved rates that may result in $3 monthly increases.