School speed cameras go live February 12 in Front Royal

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Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) reports that speed enforcement cameras will go live Monday February 12 around local schools.

After a 2023 study showed an alarming 15,383 citations were issued for speeding in school zones in a four-day period the action was taken.

As we reported earlier in the year Front Royal have placed cameras at A.S. Rhodes and Ressie Jeffries Elementary Schools as well as Skyline and Warren County Middle Schools.

After they go live a 30-day warning period will go into effect.

Cameras are going to photograph any vehicle going 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

The registered owner of that vehicle will receive a warning in the mail until March 18.

After March 18 citations and fines will be issued for violating the speed limit in a school zone.

This warning or grace period is an attempt to get drivers to change their habits around schools.

There will be signs with the posted speed limit and feedback signs will be in place if not already that show your current speed.

It is not the intension of the Front Royal Police Department to issue citations.

The grace period is an attempt to get drivers to be more aware of their speed in school zones.

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WCPS addresses vape found on a school bus issue

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On September 22 Warren County Middle School (WCMS) was notified by the Warren County Public Transportation Department that a vape was found on a school bus.

Through analysis by a School Resource Officer, it was determined that the vape was suspected to contain THC/Marijuana ingredients.

Further investigation determined the identity of the student that brought the vape onto the bus.

WCMS administration will take appropriate action as that investigation continues.

In a letter to parents of students in WCMS Principal Chris Johnston addressed the situation.

In the letter, Johnston asked parents and guardians to have a talk with their student about vaping and its impact.

The principle went on to remind parents to remind their students that if they see something say something.

Johnston also referenced a free webinar available about Adolescent Drug Use and trends.

Johnston went on to say that this type of activity would not be tolerated at WCMS.

Any questions on the subject should be directed to Warren County Middle School Principal Dr. Chris Johnston at 540-635-2194.

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Warren Coalition selects Health Video Contest winners

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The Warren Coalition announced the winners of their annual Health Video Contest.

This year’s first place prizes went to Gerald Buhl, of Warren County Middle School, and Abigail Rodman, a local homeschool student.

This was Gerald’s second time winning the contest which was open to all middle school students, ages 11-14, in Warren County during the spring semester.

Students could chose to submit a video on a variety of topics including getting enough sleep, regular exercise, drinking water, or maintaining healthy eating habits.

Both Gerald and Abigail focused on the importance of exercise in their videos with some help from their younger siblings.

Gerald discussed weightlifting in his video and Abigail provided tips on exercising without equipment.

Both winners took home a $125.00 Amazon gift card which they plan to share with their siblings.

The contest was part of the Warren Coalition’s WAHOO, Working to Achieve Healthy Outcomes and Opportunities, program which is funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

Their videos will be used throughout Warren County later this year as healthy living ads.

For Abigail’s video, click here, and for Gerald’s video, click here.

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FRWRC hosts unique yard sale

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The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center is hosting a Yard Sale fundraiser today from 8 am to 2 pm at Weichert Realtors on John Marshall Highway.

All proceeds will benefit operations and programs to support women and middle school aged girls in Warren County.

This is a little different than some other yard sales as the Women’s Resource Center does not set the prices, the buyers will.

So you get to decide what to pay which will then be donated.

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New teachers welcomed to Warren County

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The Front Royal Warren Chamber of Commerce will host a reception for new teachers on Tuesday.

The reception will welcome almost 100 new teachers for the 2022-23 school year at Warren County Middle School starting at 11:30 am.

If you would like your organization to be represented at the event contact the Chamber at 201 East Main Street Front Royal no later than Monday.

Items for the teacher welcome bags must be dropped off at the Chamber Office by noon Monday.

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WCSO investigate a middle school threat

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Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) received information of threats against Warren County Middle School by a virtual student.

After investigating it was determined the threats were not creditable.

At no time was the safety of staff or students compromised.

WCSO thanks Warren County School Administration and Middle School for assistance in the investigation.

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