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Front Royal

Historic plot donated to Warren County

FRONT ROYAL – Two sisters have donated to the county a tract of land once inhabited by a prominent local family. Tannis Warren, 77, of Warrenton, and Patricia Bonner, 73, of Decatur, Georgia, donated about 10.6 acres off Marys Shady Lane. It is the site of Happy Creek Manor, which burned ...

Front Royal police seek help with case

Front Royal police are asking for help in an investigation of shots fired into a home. Officers on Sept. 5 raced to a home in the 100 block of Beeden Lane after they received a call of shots being fired into a home, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. They found the house ...

Crosswalk eyed to prevent pedestrian injuries

FRONT ROYAL –  The town is continuing to consider a crosswalk on Shenandoah Avenue in the hope of reducing a rash of pedestrian-related traffic accidents in the area of the Shenandoah Motel.  Town Manager Joe Waltz said during a Monday work session that the proposed crossing, which would ...

Town, ITFederal developer dispute pipe funding

FRONT ROYAL – The town and a developer disagree on who should pay to reroute stormwater from the future site of ITFederal – the business that broke ground in October 2015 on the Royal Phoenix Superfund site off Kendrick Lane. Town Engineer Robert Brown explained that the town is funding a ...

Some animal shelters reach capacity

Two area animal shelters, the Humane Society of Warren County and SPCA of Winchester, have reached maximum capacity during a busy summer for both of them. Kayla Wines, Humane Society of Warren County shelter manager, said it is not unusual to reach capacity this time of year as kitten season ...

Crews demolish Afton Inn annex

FRONT ROYAL - The Afton Inn’s road to renovation began this week as crews demolished the building’s annex that faces North Royal Avenue. Jim Burton, of Carter + Burton Architecture PLC, said over the phone that demolition began with “precautionary saw cuts” that separated the ...

Town adopts Virginia’s property maintenance code

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting adopted the state’s property maintenance code after years of discussion on the matter. The adoption, which allows a complaint-based or proactive enforcement of the state's property maintenance code, was approved by a 4-2 vote ...

Council OKs purchase of new police radios

FRONT ROYAL – The police department will soon have new radios to accompany its new office. The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved the $545,000 purchase of a Motorola radio system.  The department has had its 800 LTR radio system for about two decades, and Chief Kahle Magalis ...

Arson suspect held without bond

A Front Royal woman accused of setting fire to a house and shed in town Saturday remains held in jail without bond. Rebecca Starr Melvin appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday where she stands charged with arson of an occupied dwelling owned by Beth Vaught and maliciously ...

Florence may bring heavy rain, flooding to our region

Residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst as Hurricane Florence approaches the United States. That is the advice of area law enforcement. Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Wesley Dellinger said Monday that a lot of waterways and streams are already at their limit. "They ...

Warren County battles 3 house fires in 3 days

A Larkin Ridge Road house in Front Royal was declared a complete loss after a Monday afternoon fire, according to Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico. Fire Chief Richard Mabie said the Monday fire capped off a busy weekend for rescue units that included a Saturday evening fire at 407 E. Prospect ...

Police: Teen wounded in shooting incident

FRONT ROYAL - Police are investigating a shooting late Sunday afternoon involving a 16-year-old male in the 100 block of Steele Avenue. The teen received what a  police news release described as "an apparent gunshot wound to the foot" and was taken for treatment at Winchester Medical Center ...

Property maintenance vote slated for Monday

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council will vote again on a proposed property maintenance code at its regular 7 p.m. meeting on Monday. The town may approve one of two options, which according to the meeting's agenda item, include: • Adoption of a section of the proposed property maintenance code ...

Economic Development Authority elects new chairman

FRONT ROYAL —The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority elected Gray Blantion as its new chairman at a special meeting Friday morning. The board unanimously elected Blanton before going into a closed session. Greg Drescher stepped down as chairman of the EDA last month. He ...

Rotary Club gives over $120,000 back to community

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal Rotary Club announced at a ceremony on Friday that the club had given $126,370 back to local charities and groups from July 2017 to June 2018. During the ceremony, the club gave money it had raised throughout the year to various organizations that continue to ...

Mayor investigated for unspecified ‘criminal matter’

FRONT ROYAL - Mayor Hollis Tharpe is under investigation for a "criminal matter," according to Winchester Commonwealth's Attorney Marc Abrams. No charges have been filed, and Abrams declined to reveal details of the investigation. Tharpe said over the phone that he was unaware of any ...

County drops attempt to close golf course

FRONT ROYAL - The county has pulled out of its attempt to close the Front Royal Country Club’s Golf Course. The country club was donated in 1938 to the citizens of Warren County by William E. and Agnes H. Carson, with a deed stipulating that the land be used for recreational purposes, ...

Town discusses relocating political protests

FRONT ROYAL – The weekly political protests and counter-protests that have been held at the gazebo off East Main Street for about a year-and-a-half may be forcibly relocated by the town. The Town Council at its Monday work session initiated discussions about moving the opposing sides at the ...

Town false starts again in purchasing of police radios

FRONT ROYAL – Last week the Town Council seemed poised to approve the $545,000 purchase of a new Front Royal Police Department Motorola radio system, but that was not the case. The Town Council voted 4-0 during a special meeting before its Monday work session to delay the purchase. ...