Warren County needs your input to build an athletic complex

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Warren County Parks and Recreation is asking for public input on a proposed athletic field complex at Rockland Park.

According to Warren County’s website the proposed complex would include two softball fields and two baseball fields.

If approved the complex would include lighting and parking.

Full restroom facilities and a concession stand would be on site as well.

The facility would be funded through a combination of a Land and Water Conservation grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and recreation.

Local funding and in kind services would be provided by Warren County.

Input from the public will be accepted through June 10.

Contact Dan Lenz the Director of Warren County Parks and Recreation at (540) 635-7750.

Written comments can be sent to Lenz at 200 E. 8 St. Front Royal 22630.

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News Maker Christa Shifflett on the Larry M. Funk award

Applications for the very first Larry M. Funk memorial award are being accepted through June 3.

Nominations are open for those who provide outstanding service to children in the community.

The award will be presented at the Warren Coalition’s annual luncheon on July 28.

We spoke to Warren Coalition’s Executive Director Christa Shifflett in our latest news maker.

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Christa tells us about the service that Larry Funk provided to the children of the community.

She also tells us the requirements for the award and how to nominate someone.

Christa also tells us when and what the recipient receives.

Click here for Christa’s interview.

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Front Royal seeks public input on the comprehensive plan

The town of Front Royal announced on it’s website that two public input meetings will be held to update the comprehensive plan Fri. May 20 and Sat. May 21.

The comprehensive plan controls development as well as the vision of the town.

The current plan is 25 years old and citizen input is needed to update the plan to manage development and create a sustainable community.

Fri. May 20’s meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Warren County Public Safety Building on Skyline Vista Drive.

Sat. May 21’s meeting will take place at the Town Hall first floor lobby on Main St. Front Royal.

More information on the comprehensive plan and meetings is available here.

Any additional questions should be directed to the Town’s Planning Director Lauren Kopishke.

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News Maker Earnie Bliss on the Healing Field of Honor

The Healing Field of Honor returns to Winchester this Memorial Day weekend.

This year the ceremony is bigger with a chance for you to honor a lost loved one or fallen hero.

We spoke with Rotary Member and Public Relations Chair Earnie Bliss about the event in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Earnie explains the origin of the Healing Field of Honor.

He also tells us about how you can honor someone.

Earnie also explains how the funds for the event are distributed.

Click here for Earnie’s interview.

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FRPD investigate possible human trafficking

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) is investigating a possible human trafficking case.

The FRPD announced in a news release that they have arrested 23 year old Florida resident William Chase Mathews.

The investigation leading to the arrest regarded an adult who is suspected of having sexual relations with a juvenile.

Investigators uncovered additional information and evidence of possible human trafficking.

Further investigation revealed that  Mathews was providing housing for the juvenile and acting as her caretaker.

Mathews and the 15 year old met online before he moved to Front Royal from Florida to take care of the her.

Mathews is being held without bond with a court date of June 9.

Authorities are asking that anyone with any additional information to contact FRPD Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208.

FRPD Chief Magalis reminds parents to always be aware of their child’s online activity and report anything suspicious.

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The first volunteer fair is scheduled for Sat. 5/14

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Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) and the Wednesday Group are hosting the first Warren County Volunteer Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

The fair was announced at the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce website to be held at Samuel’s Public Library.

Nonprofits that will be there include Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Warren Coalition and more.

Any nonprofits interested in participating in the fair should contact Samuel’s Public Library in Front Royal.

Contact Michelle Toss at Samuel’s Public Library at (540) 635-3153.

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News Maker Niki Foster on the return of Wine and Craft

The Virginia Wine and Craft Festival returns to Front Royal on May 21.

We spoke with Front Royal Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster about it in our latest news maker.

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Niki tells us about the return of the event after 2 years.

She also tells us about the wines that will be on hand for the event as well as beer being available.

Niki also tells us that she could really use some volunteers to help out.

All the details along with ticket information and volunteer opportunity are available by clicking here.

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VSP investigate the death of Ralph Ennis

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) have confirmed via email that they have launched an investigation into the arrest and death of Ralph Ennis on April 2 in Front Royal.

VSP and the Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting  a thorough investigation of the death of Ennis.

In light of the release of a Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) video of the arrest and the other agencies investigating the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is suspending its own internal investigation.

According to Warren County Sheriff Mark Butler stopping the internal investigation will ensure no interference with the ongoing investigation by any other agencies.

After the completion of the State Police and Medical Examiner’s investigation the WCSO will have an impartial law enforcement and civilian board conduct an investigation of the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Butler reiterated his pledge of full disclosure in the incident and expressed thoughts and prayers to the family and deputies involved in the incident.

One deputy has been placed on administrative leave while another has been reassigned to administrative duties while the investigation is conducted.

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News Maker Jody Krupa on LVFD golf tournament

The Linden Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) has a golf tournament set for May 14.

We spoke with organizer and Linden Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Jody Krupa in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jody tells us about the tournament and the some of the games and prizes involved.

She also tells us registration is currently open along with sponsorship availability through May 11.

Jody also tells us about the amazing amount of materials a volunteer fire department has to purchase and take care of out of pocket.

The responsibilities of a volunteer fire department are tremendous which is why it is so important to support these fund drives.

To register and find out more about the tournament click here.

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News Maker Jen Avery on the Empty Bowl Supper

House of Hope’s annual Empty Bowl Supper is this Sat. Apr. 30 in downtown Front Royal.

House of Hope is a home for men who need a place to stay will attempting to improve their lives.

We spoke to Jen Avery about the house and the Empty Bowl Supper in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jen tells us about how to support the Empty Bowl Supper by either buying a bowl or by sponsorship of the event.

Jen also tells about last year’s Empty Bowl Supper and how successful it was thanks to your support.

She also tells us how the House of Hope has progressed with your support.

Click here for Jen’s interview.

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