FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority has sold the former Stokes Mart building at 506 E. Main St., a property EDA Executive Douglas Parsons said the authority should have never owned.

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Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday he is moving Virginia’s congressional primary from June 9 to June 23, and he is suggesting that localities postpone their May elections until November.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Thermal Shelter will remain open longer than usual to provide shelter to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some Strasburg Town Council members objected to the idea that COVID-19 has brought “disaster” to the town and voted against an ordinance that allows members to meet virtually rather than in person.

FRONT ROYAL – Solid backups at the wastewater treatment plant resulted in the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality fining the town $38,615.

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council during its virtual Monday work session received a recommendation to implement a 2.9-percent increase in water and sewer utility rates.

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Area animal shelters and rescue groups are continuing their work with animals in need of a home, but in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re changing some of the ways they operate.

Last week the Virginia Department of Corrections announced that the first reported cases of COVID-19 inside a correctional facility were confirmed. While the virus has not seeped into the local Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren County Regional Jail, Russ Gilkison, the superintendent, said the j…

FRONT ROYAL - While the Front Royal Thermal Shelter would have normally closed April 4 as the weather warms, Social Services Director DeAnna Cheatham hopes it will remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FRONT ROYAL – In uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hope Bible Church Youth Minister Lee Montgomery is happy to play a small role in brightening peoples’ day.

FRONT ROYAL – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the special grand jury investigating alleged embezzlement within the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority being granted a six-month extension, Prosecutor Michael Parker states in an email.

FRONT ROYAL – Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene explained during a Thursday news conference that COVID-19 has infected a wide age range of persons in Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Clarke and Frederick counties.

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Broadcasting from his home earlier this week, Sen. Mark Warner continued his efforts to keep in touch with constituents on the unfolding measures to combat COVID-19 while maintaining the appropriate social distancing mandated by state and federal guidelines.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority hopes to help aid businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic by reactivating its USDA loan program.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is continuing its operations during Virginia’s stay-at-home order, the organization announced in a news release.

New Market Town Council members met remotely Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether they would extend the deadlines and waive late fees for personal property tax and real estate tax bills due on June 5.

FRONT ROYAL – The search firm seeking candidates for the open town manager position wants to know the qualities citizens would like to see in the individual chosen for the job.

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council during a virtual Monday work session continued discussions regarding a proposed pavilion in the town commons, a project for which the construction costs are significantly over previous estimates.


FRONT ROYAL – Without exiting her vehicle, town resident Jamesa Hughes received two bags of free food from the Front Royal-Warren County Congregational Community Action Project nonprofit organization.

FRONT ROYAL – As the number of online utility payments increases amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the town is waiving its 2.35% card fees through June.

High winds caused a power line to short and spark a fire that burned a wooded area and destroyed a trailer home Monday, Warren County officials determined.


Town governments might need to wait until May to see how the coronavirus epidemic hurts their bottom lines.


Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order Monday afternoon, putting more teeth on his previous executive orders in response to the swelling COVID-19 pandemic. The order went into effect immediately and extends through June 10.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority has outlined in a news release various resources for small businesses struggling through the COVID-19 outbreak.

FRONT ROYAL – The Rotary Club of Front Royal is offering to pick up groceries for home-bound citizens – especially the elderly population – during the COVID-19 emergency.

FRONT ROYAL – Practicing proper social distancing, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority conducted a virtual meeting Friday in which various resolutions were approved on tasks that have been in the making for months.