Warren County recognized as StormReady

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Warren County has been recognized as a StormReady County by the National Weather Service.

The agency’s Warning coordination Meteorologist Christopher Strong made the recognition at the May 7 Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The National Weather Service program empowers communities to take a proactive approach to hazardous weather.

To be recognized, a community must:

– Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
– Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public.
– Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
– Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
– Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

 

Cops and Bobbers Trout Derby under way

The Cops and Bobbers Trout Derby got under way this morning along Happy Creek near Bing Crosby Stadium in Front Royal.

The program enables children 15 and younger to cast lines with law-enforcement officers. Fishing started at 7:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, The National Wild Turkey Foundation and Lakeside Bait and Tackle.

Governor appoints Winchester woman to state committee

Governor Glenn Youngkin has appointed the executive director of the Laurel Center to a state committee.

Faith Power has been tapped to serve on the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Professional Standards Committee, the governor announced Friday. She was one of more than 20 appointments announced.

Also appointed was Stephanie Cornell of Nokesville, managing member of the Kettle Wind Farm LLC. She will serve on the Soil and Water Conservation Board.

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Front Royal police warn of phone scam

Front Royal Police Department seal used by permission

The Front Royal Police Department is warning of a phone scam in which the caller uses Capt. Brian Whited’s credentials and claims to be the Front Royal police.

The caller demands money and threatens arrest if the person does not comply. Caller ID may show the name and phone number of a legitimate law-enforcement agency.

The Front Royal police will never call someone demanding money, police said, adding that these scams are designed to get people to panic. Police remind residents never to provide or confirm personal information to the scammers.

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Star Party Saturday

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park are hosting a Star Party on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 7:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening gazing at the stars with the National Park Service and Shenandoah Astronomical Society. Telescopes will be available for use, or you are welcome to bring your own. Astronomical Society members on hand will assist with using their telescopes. To begin the viewing session, a park ranger will present a short interpretive talk about the significance of preserving the night sky. To join the star party, attendees will meet at Thoburn’s Redoubt on Bowman’s Mill Road. The location is in a remote area and there are no bathroom facilities on site. The property does not have a street address. To access the location from Route 11, turn onto Water Plant Road, then right onto Long Meadow Road and another right onto Bowman’s Mill Road before making the final right turn on to the property. The event is weather permitting so it is advised to confirm the program’s start time with the visitor’s center before arrival at 540-869-3051.

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Road Closure in Front Royal

The Town of Front Royal would like residents to be aware that Pine Knoll Construction will have a lane closure in place on N. Royal Avenue between Commerce Avenue and W. 14th Street to remove/replace curb and sidewalk.

Northbound traffic will have to merge left on Royal Avenue on April 22-26 from 9am to 3pm, weather permitting.

Signs and arrow boards will be in place to direct traffic.

Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area and be aware of crews working.

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WCSO makes arrest in Romney, WV

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, the investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office launched an undercover online chat regarding the solicitation of minors within the Warren County/Front Royal area.

During the operation, an adult male contacted one of the investigators
acting as a juvenile under the age of 15-years-old.

Throughout the chat exchange the suspect asked for photos and lewd content from whom he believed was a young female.

The suspect also transmitted obscene materials to the investigator.

The investigative team positively identified the perpetrator as Samuel Funkhouser, a 33- year-old male from Romney, West Virginia.

On April 10, 2024, investigators travelled to Romney, WV and, with the assistance of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, successfully
arrested.

Mr. Funkhouser was transported to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail without incident.

Following his arrest, Mr. Funkhouser appeared before a magistrate and was ordered to be held in custody without bond.

The court date for the offenses is set for May 15, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

If you have any information on this case or any others, please contact Sergeant M.R. Ramey.

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Warren County supervisors call special meeting

Warren County Virginia new logo used by permission by Warren County Director of Technology Todd Jones

The Chairperson of the Warren County Board of Supervisors has officially called for a special meeting.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 9 at the Warren County Government Center at 220 North Commerce Avenue Front Royal.

The meeting is called to include a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2024-25 tax rate and adoption of Resolution to Set Percentage of tax relief for personal property or motor vehicles for the 2024 tax year.

Warren Heritage Society seeking executive director

Warren County Virginia new logo used by permission by Warren County Director of Technology Todd Jones

The Warren Heritage Society is searching for a new executive director.

The agency is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to play a pivotal role in driving the Society’s mission forward and fostering partnerships to further its impact. The ideal candidate has a strong background in history, business, nonprofit management, or a related field, along with leadership capabilities and a passion for community engagement.

The Executive Director search is being conducted by the Executive Committee of the Society’s Board of Directors. The full job description can be found on the Warren Heritage Society website at warrenheritagesociety.org. Resumes for the position will be accepted through March 15, 2024.

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