Front Royal EDA brings back Business Development Board

The Front Royal Economic Development Authority announced the return of the Business Development Board.

After a brief period of dormancy, the Board is back with the goal of growing the tax base and finding new ways to support the town’s ever-changing workforce needs.

The vision of the group is “To sustain and grow a healthy economy that provides opportunity and protects the characteristics that make Front Royal a unique community.”

The Board’s mission is to “provide leadership necessary for Front Royal to optimize economic opportunity and community improvement.”

The group is in their initial phase and plans to announce their first-step projects in the coming weeks.

The group will focus on five key areas:

  • workforce development
  • infrastructure
  • new business development
  • existing business support
  • asset development

The Business Development Board is composed of seven community leaders who were appointed by the Town Council and represent a variety of backgrounds and business experiences in the community.

The group will meet monthly at the Council Chambers of Town Hall.

Their meeting agendas are available here.

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Warren county public schools plan for traffic disruption

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Due to the closing of the Shenandoah Shores and Happy Creek intersection on Wednesday, February 14th, Warren County Public Schools has announced their plans.

They are asking that students be at their bus stops 5 minutes early to ensure prompt pick up.

The contractor is working with the transportation department to accommodate the morning schedule.

If the work is not completed by afternoon drop off, a second bus will be stationed across the tracks for student transport.

First Responders will be on site to help students cross the tracks.

STEAM-H scholarship

Governor Glenn Youngkin, First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin, and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the 13th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Healthcare (STEAM-H) essay scholarship and encourage female high school senior students to enter.

The STEAM-H Scholarship is available to female seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 and are planning to go into a STEAM or Healthcare field.

Applications and guidelines are available online here.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Essays will be judged by a panel of Council members and individuals who represent STEAM-H fields.

Winners will be notified in late April 2024.

The scholarship awards will be presented in the spring of 2024.

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Grassland Partnership Program

Farms along the I-81 corridor that have pastureland that is used for forage production are invited to participate in the Grassland Partnership Project.

The project focuses on the impact of six grassland management practices.

The affect soil carbon storage, input cost, profitability, productivity and in some cases the response of birds and pollinators.

Funding is available to farmers who install at least three of the six practices and maintain them for at least five years.

The Grasslands Partnership  is a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture , VSU College of Agriculture, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

For questions please contact Grasslands Project Coordinator Amanda “Mandy” Fletcher at 804-892-0108 or

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News Maker Travis Sumption on being Clarke County Sheriff

Clarke County’s new Sheriff Travis Sumption has been in his position for a little over a month.

We met and spoke to the Sheriff about his position in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Sheriff Sumption tells us of his years with Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and rising through the ranks.

He also tells us that he has been honing his skills with the help of his predecessor long time Clarke County Sheriff Roper.

Sheriff Sumption also tells us that they will continue to follow the course that has already been set and that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to be there for the citizens of Clarke County.

Click here for Sheriff Sumption’s news maker.

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