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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 29 of the 31 Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs have requested the federal government close the trail until April 30 to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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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.

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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.

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.

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On Thursday, the Yebernetsky family of Frederick County was planning to visit North Dakota from their kitchen for an evening of steak and potatoes.

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.

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging Wheels has prepared its clients in case COVID-19 forces the cancellation of the Meals on Wheels program.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health reported that 6,189 people have been tested for COVID-19, 460 cases have returned positive and 65 people have been hospitalized by the virus. A total of 13 people have died.

FRONT ROYAL – Town and county leaders gathered together Thursday evening to update citizens on the ongoing efforts at the local level to fight the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic that landed in Warren County late last week.

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved Sheriff Mark Butler’s request to fund the hiring of a lieutenant who will focus on special investigations, internal affairs and obtaining accreditation.

FRONT ROYAL – In response to public inquiries regarding the local government’s preparation for the COVID-19 emergency, Warren County recently issued a letter to citizens stating that the county “can only be as prepared as its citizens are.”

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced Tuesday that high school seniors who were on track to earn a diploma later this spring will be able to graduate, despite the closure of schools for the remainder of the year.

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors during a special Tuesday meeting unanimously voted to advertise the county’s budget and tax rates containing no increases.

FRONT ROYAL – A Sunday fire resulted in $220,000 of estimated damages to a High Knob home and rendered it uninhabitable, according to a Warren County Fire and Rescue news release.

This week’s weather forecast calls for clearer skies and warmer temperatures, according to the latest information from meteorologists.

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors last week tabled potential funding for a Warren County Fire and Rescue training facility until the county’s overall budget picture becomes clearer.

FRONT ROYAL – A driver was flown to the Fairfax INOVA Trauma Center after an early Sunday morning single-vehicle wreck, according to a Warren County Fire and Rescue news release.

FRONT ROYAL – Two people within the Lord Fairfax Health District - which includes Shenandoah, Page, Clarke, Frederick and Warren counties - have tested positive for COVID-19.


FRONT ROYAL — Outside his wife’s ground-level window at Lynn Care Center on Friday, Chuck Lowe said he was glad for the opportunity this week to celebrate his 42nd wedding anniversary and plan for his daughter’s upcoming wedding.

Virginia’s Standard of Learning testing is likely to be canceled this year after the U.S. Department of Education said Friday that it would waive mandatory testing requirements.

FRONT ROYAL – A COVID-19 testing site was set up Thursday in a yellow tent outside Valley Health’s outpatient facility at 120 N. Commerce Ave. for citizens who have a doctor’s order to be tested.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority is considering a backup plan in its efforts to sell the former Stokes Mart at 506 E. Main St.

FRONT ROYAL – While the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to not renew County Administrator Doug Stanley’s contract, the door remains open to the possibility of him remaining in the position.

Warren County Interim Superintendent Melody Sheppard announced Wednesday at a Warren County School Board meeting that the school division will close through April 13, with students returning April 14.

FRONT ROYAL – As the number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia continues to increase, the Warren County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared a local state of emergency.

After prosecutors proved to a judge in Warren County General District court they had probable cause to move forward with a malicious wounding case, a grand jury handed up indictments for George Lee Good, 28, and April Marie Wright, 41, earlier this month.

FRONT ROYAL – Figures that County Administrator Doug Stanley presented during a Tuesday budget work session gave a clearer picture of how the alleged embezzlement within the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority affects the county budget.

The spread of COVID-19 continues to impact local colleges, forcing the cancellation of commencement ceremonies for Virginia's 23 community colleges.


As COVID-19 continues to spread across Virginia and the United States, grocery shoppers are trying to purchase basics.

FRONT ROYAL – As fears of COVID-19 continue sweeping the nation, the Front Royal Town Council’s weekly Monday meeting was canceled while the Front Royal-Warren County Visitors Center has closed for an undetermined timeframe.

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal on Friday announced that its director, Harold A. Hayes, has tendered his resignation.

FRONT ROYAL — Police have filed a flurry of search warrants after a second parent came forward to report a former school bus driver had made inappropriate comments and advances toward her child.

FRONT ROYAL – The budget that County Administrator Doug Stanley presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday includes $406,028 of funding for the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority.

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday that projected expenditures in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget are expected to exceed expected revenues by $712,168.