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.

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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Furrever Friday – Meet Janet

Meet Janet! Janet is a 6 month Beagle mix who came to the Humane Society as a stray. This little girl is FULL of energy and is bursting at the seams with enthusiasm! She will need a lot of exercise and playtime each day to get out all of her energy (if that’s even possible.) Janet is dog-friendly. However, she will need a playmate that doesn’t mind her annoying ways. She thinks she is part cattle dog and likes to nip the ankles and legs of her four-legged friends. We are unsure of cats but we believe using a slow proper introduction she would learn to coexist with kitty cats. She is likely going to be great with kids but we’d love for them to come to the meet and greet just in case!

Furrever Friday is Sponsored by Shear Elegance Pet Boutique, where they show your pet the love, care, and respect they deserve. Located at 918 John Marshall Highway Front Royal, Va. 22630

Janet is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and 4DX tested. Apply on our website!

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News Maker Todd Jones provides Warren County updates

Scott Bradley was joined by regular News Maker Todd Jones, Director of Technology for Warren County, to provide some updates from around the county including a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.

To listen to Todd’s News Maker, click here. 

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

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News Maker Todd Jones provides Warren County updates

Scott Bradley was joined by regular News Maker Todd Jones, Director of Technology for Warren County, to provide some updates from around the county including a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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.

Shenandoah Farms construction update

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

Construction work is still ongoing for the Old Oaks IV project located in Shenandoah Farms.

Unfortunately, some of the box culverts produced did not meet the required specifications set by VDOT.

Therefore, Warren County, VDOT, and Racing Engineering are jointly working to address the issue promptly.

The county has been, also, informally informed that the manufacturing plant responsible for producing the box culverts has closed, which has posed a challenge to the project’s completion by the expected deadline of June 1st.

Despite this setback, Warren County is exploring various options to obtain the remaining box culverts to ensure that the project stays on track.

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