Jennifer McDonald trial to begin Monday August 21

Despite an attempt to have the trial moved to a different location Jennifer R. McDonald’s trial will start Monday, August 21, 2023 in Harrisonburg.

According to court documents the criminal jury trial of the former Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Executive director will begin at 9 a.m. in Court Room 12.

The attempt to move the trial was to ensure fair jury selection.

McDonald’s attorneys believe that given publicity surrounding the case it will make a fair jury selection difficult, if not impossible.

To ensure a fair jury selection the presiding Judge Elizabeth Dillion excluded Warren County residents from the jury pool.

McDonald is facing over 30 charges of wire and bank fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.

McDonald resigned from her position as EDA director in 2018 and remains free on bond.

Barring a last-minute plea deal the projected six-week long trial will begin Monday with no remote access.

To view the proceedings you must attend the trial.

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Shenandoah County celebrates 250 years

An email from Shenandoah County Virginia’s Tourism and Economic Development Coordinator Brenda Black announced the county’s birthday celebration.

Shenandoah County begins the celebration of 250 years on March 26 at 6 p.m..

A birthday celebration will be held at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market with guest speakers, games, light refreshments, music with people and exhibits representing the county’s unique history.

The celebration on Mar. 26 will include cake.

The public is invited to honor the past to inspire the future in Shenandoah County.

Future events are Shenandoah county’s 250 anniversary Facebook page with new events listed weekly.

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Warren County appoints a director of economic development

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An email from the Deputy Clerk of the Warren County Administration Emily Ciarrocchi announced the appointment of a new director of Economic Development for the county.

Warren County’s current Planning Director Joe Petty will take on the new position from this day forward.

As the Director of Economic Development Petty will coordinate several groups to promote tourism and economic development throughout Warren County.

Petty will be coordinating efforts between the Board of Supervisors, County Staff, Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority, State Agencies, The Town of Front Royal as well as Discover Front Royal.

The office of the Warren County Economic Development is located in the Warren County Government Center at 220 N. Commerce Ave. Front Royal call (540) 636-3354 with any questions.

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