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Front Royal

Regional jail board planning ahead to maintain jail

FRONT ROYAL – Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail administrators and the Jail Authority Board are planning ahead on future maintenance. The regional jail opened in July 2014 at a cost of about $55 million, said Doug Stanley, who is Authority Board chairman as well as Warren County ...

Resolution on funds EDA owes town goes to closed session

FRONT ROYAL - Town Council will finalize details of a resolution regarding money it is owed by the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority during a Monday closed session. The resolution, which lays out a timeline of the town being overbilled $291,000 over nine years by the ...

RSW Jail superintendent gets raise

FRONT ROYAL - The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail superintendent received praise and a raise on Thursday. The Jail Authority Board approved a pay raise for Superintendent Russ Gilkison that will bring his annual salary of $97,257 to $105,000 as of Dec. 1, said board Chairman ...

Judge change sought in supervisor’s suit against EDA director

FRONT ROYAL - Supervisor Tom Sayre is proceeding with his civil case lawsuit against Jennifer McDonald, executive director of the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority, despite her being found not guilty in a related October case. Sayre is suing McDonald on counts of ...

Valley gets its first taste of winter

Winter arrived early in the Shenandoah Valley as rain, sleet and snow – about 1.8 inches of accumulation – fell by 5 p.m. Thursday, according to National Weather Services meteorologist Jamie Lee. Lee said a winter storm warning will remain in effect through 3 a.m. today. The bleak ...

EDA may owe Front Royal $291,000

FRONT ROYAL – The first public mention of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority overcharging the town nearly $300,000 was made during Tuesday's Town Council meeting. The EDA acknowledges that it owes the town about $291,000 stemming from overcharges related to debt ...

Town reconsiders Main Street closure rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council at a Tuesday work session discussed clarifying its code relating to events and festivals that are held on Main Street and at the gazebo. The town code states that Main Street may be closed a maximum of 24 times per year, with a limit of two closures per month. ...

As first storm approaches, VDOT ready for winter

STEPHENS CITY – Just in time for what may be the region's first winter storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed keeping the roads open this winter during its annual snow preparedness news conference on Tuesday. Starting late tonight through all day Thursday and into ...

Park and police prepare for another busy weekend

FRONT ROYAL - Last weekend, traffic was at a standstill from Shenandoah National Park’s entrance, down Stonewall Jackson Highway, along South Street and back nearly to Linden. Jennifer Flynn, Shenandoah National Park superintendent, told the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday that of the ...

One incumbent, two challengers fill Town Council seats

FRONT ROYAL -  The winners in Tuesday’s Town Council election, according to unofficial results, are Letasha Thompson, Christopher Holloway and Gary Gillispie. The elected group represents a first-time councilman in Thompson, an incumbent in Gillispie and a councilman from 2008 to 2012 in ...

Settlement proposed in RSW Jail inmate’s death

A proposed settlement to a lawsuit stemming from an inmate's death at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been filed in U.S. District Court. An approval hearing on the proposed settlement involving the death in 2016 of Brendon Garrett Sullins has been scheduled for today. It ...

The Warren County Beer Party shakes up partisan politics

FRONT ROYAL – What started with David Downes’ frustration over difficulties in obtaining an off-street parking exemption for his Virginia Beer Museum has morphed into an effort to strip partisan politics from the Town Council election. Downes, a lawyer and Beer Museum proprietor, recently ...

6th District candidate rallies troops

FRONT ROYAL – As Election Day nears, 6th District congressional candidate Jennifer Lewis stopped by the Warren County Democratic Committee’s Headquarters on Friday for a meet and greet with voters over coffee and donuts. Lewis, a mental health care worker, is running against State Del. ...

Three Front Royal Town Council seats open

Six candidates are vying for the three Front Royal Town Council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 6 election while Mayor Hollis Tharpe seeks to retain his position in an unopposed race. The council candidates are Alford “A.D.” Carter, Christopher Holloway, Robert Tennett Jr. and Letasha ...

EDA executive director’s misdemeanor charge dismissed

FRONT ROYAL – The misdemeanor case of filing a false police report against Jennifer McDonald, Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority executive director, was dismissed by Judge W. Dale Houff on Wednesday in Warren County General District Court. The charge stemmed from a ...

Tim Kaine stumps in Front Royal ahead of midterms

FRONT ROYAL — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine campaigned in Front Royal on Wednesday evening, on behalf of himself and fellow Democrat Jennifer Lewis, the party's candidate in the 6th Congressional District. Kaine is running for reelection to the Senate against Corey Stewart. Much of Kaine’s stump ...

6th District candidate Cline stumps in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL - State Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Lexington, made a brief stop to rally supporters Tuesday at the Warren County Republican Committee Headquarters. Cline is running against Jennifer Lewis, a mental health care worker from Waynesboro, in the Nov. 6 race for the 6th Congressional ...