Missing Front Royal resident’s remains found

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The Front Royal Police Department received information last month from the Fairfax County Police Department regarding the discovery of unidentified human remains in their jurisdiction.

After DNA testing, statistical analyses and other facts and circumstances surrounding the case, it was determined that the remains were those of missing Front Royal resident Kevin Smith.

He was first reported missing on January 28th, 2020.

FRPD thanked FCPD, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science for their help on the case.

Chief Magalis added, “This is certainly not the outcome we had hoped for regarding the disappearance of Mr. Smith. We give our condolences to the Smith family during this very difficult time.”

If you have information regarding the case, contact Detective M. P. Galagher at the Front Royal Police Department.

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FCSO rescues horse from pool

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Yesterday Frederick County Sheriffs responded to a call about a 1800 lb. Draft horse that fell into a residential swimming pool.

Upon arrival, deputies determined the horse had knocked the top rail off the fence and then jumped over.

It then walked out onto the Nylon pool cover before falling through.

The horse’s head remained above water in the 9 foot deep pool while deputies cut away the pool cover.

They then led the horse to the shallow end and then eventually up the stairs and onto the pool deck.

The horse is doing fine following the incident and was checked by it’s regular veterinarian.

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Christmas parades around the Valley

It’s Christmas time in the Shenandoah Valley and this weekend will feature quite a few celebrations and parades.

Christmas on Main in Front Royal gets started at noon today with the Merry Market and Christmas parade at 5 pm.

Strasburg’s Christmas parade down King Street will start at 4:30 pm today followed by a tree lighting ceremony.

Middletown’s Christmas parade will start at 2 pm tomorrow.

The Sports Marshall is Sherando High School and Shenandoah Univeristy alum Darrell Thompson, who is now a pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. 

The Grand Marshals include the James Wood Volleyball team that recently claimed their first state title.

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Front Royal community helps restore ecosystem

The Town of Front Royal’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, local community groups, and volunteers came together to plant a 200 meter section of Happy Creek’s riparian buffer in November.

Volunteers planted 450 young seedlings of seven different varieties of native shrub species that were approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The section of Happy Creek between South and Short Street was selected as a high priority area due to the abundance of invasive and undesirable vegetation that had begun to take over.

ESAC member and local conservation biologist Justin Proctor spoke on the value of these native plants reminding us that they “are adapted to handle our local climate and soils… build back our beneficial insects and pollinators, provide food for wildlife… stabilize riverbanks and help clean out pollutants.”

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SCSO warns of scam

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is receiving reports once again regarding scam calls coming from people attempting to impersonate deputies, supervisors, or investigators within the agency.

The scam calls attempt to get the victim to send money in an attempt to resolve a legal issue.

The Sheriff’s office wants to remind residents they will not call you in an attempt to request money.

If you are unsure about a call you have received, hang up and call the Sheriff’s Office directly at 540-459-6100.

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Holiday Parade returns to Old Town

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Monday marks the return of the Holiday Parade to Old Town Winchester. The parade will feature floats, bands, local organizations and Santa himself!

The parade will start down Piccadilly Street before turning on to Braddock Street and then E Cork Street.

Those roads along with a few others in the immediate area will close at 5:45 pm on Monday.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place immediately after the parade on the walking mall.

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Front Royal hosts public hearings Monday

The Town of Front Royal is holding three public hearings on Monday at 7:00 pm at the Warren County Government Center’s Board Meeting Room at 220 N Commerce Avenue.

The requests being discussed include a Special Use Permit for a daycare at LifePoint Church and two different Special Use Permits for short term rental properties on Main Street and on E. Lee Street.

Information on those requests are available at the Office of Planning and Zoning at Town Hall.

All interested members of the community are invited to attend these hearings to express their views.

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WCFR reminds residents to dispose ashes properly

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Warren County Fire and Rescue personnel recently responded to two significant fires caused by improperly discarded fireplace and wood stove ashes.

One of the major causes of home fires is the improper disposal of fireplace ash.

Warren County Fire Chief James Bonzano reminds citizens to treat all ashes as if they are hot, and wait at least 24 hours before removing the ash.

You should never add live embers to an ash bucket or anything combustible.

Place a lid over the ash bucket to reduce oxygen from reaching live embers and keep ash buckets in a well-ventilated location as live embers can produce carbon monoxide.

Pour water over ashes in the bucket in an outdoor location and allow the bucket to sit for at least three days before disposing of the ashes.

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Middletown celebrates with Tree Lighting Ceremony

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‘Tis the season in Middletown as they got in the Christmas spirit with their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony last night.

They welcomed Super Bowl Champion and Washington legend Brian Mitchell as a special guest to help light the tree which is located off Reliance Road as you are entering Middletown.

Middletown will continue their festivities next weekend with their Christmas Parade down Main Street next Saturday at 2:00 pm.

If you’re in Middletown anytime through the holidays, don’t forget to stop by their mailbox to Santa and Mrs. Claus to drop off your letters which they have promised Mayor Harbaugh to respond to.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland returns to Clearbrook Park

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Frederick County Parks and Recreations annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland opened last night and will remain open nightly through January 1.

The dazzling display spans the 0.5 mile path at Clearbrook Park with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, displays, and a display synchronized with music.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for nightly appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets are available for purchase online or with a credit card at the gate with a portion of the sales going to the Chain of Checks campaign.

Advance ticket sales are encouraged as walk-up entry is not guaranteed.

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