Loan program

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority has begun accepting applications for its recently relaunched U.S. Department of Agriculture Loan Program, per an EDA news release.

EDA Executive Douglas Parsons noted during a Small Business Loan Committee meeting that the EDA has about $360,000 for the program, with intentions of making loans ranging between about $5,000-$15,000.

The release notes the program was launched to assist small businesses, “especially those affected by the COVID-19 crises” and “we strongly encourage women and minority-owned businesses to apply.”

Interested businesses can contact Parsons at or EDA Administrative Assistant Gretchen Henderson at for more information regarding the loan program.

The applications can be viewed at

Parsons noted that one businesses has already applied to receive a loan.

Weichert Realtors

Daryl Stout with Weichert Realtors shared top honors for leading the sales region for listings in April. The region is composed of locations throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Orange, Prince William and Warren counties.

Stout can be reached at 540-635-8000 or 824 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal.


Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s The Power of Change program has awarded over $111,000 to local organizations. Local recipients include:

• Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity, Winchester: $5,000 to support the expansion of critical home repair to multiple families.

• Blue Ridge Hospice, Winchester: $2,500 to make quality end-of-life care accessible, support the families effected by death and to advocate for patient comfort, dignity and choice.

• Clark County Historical Association, Berryville: $700 to host a series of historical craft workshops taught by archivist Melanie Garvey.

• St. Luke Community Clinic, Front Royal: $5,000 to purchase and install two new dental chairs.

• Youth Development Center Inc., Winchester: $7,750 for their Baker’s Anchor Mentoring Summer Fest Scholarship Program.

The program encourages members to round up the amount of their bill to the next dollar. To see the full list of recent recipients, visit