Archive for: January 29th, 2018

Local News
Morgan’s Ford Bridge: wider, higher and not falling apart piece-by-piece
January 29, 2018

Traversing the new Morgan’s Ford Bridge for the first time – Photos/Roger

FRONT ROYAL – During his Report to the EDA on Friday, January 26, County Administrator Doug Stanley noted it had been a busy first week of traffic on the newly-opened, two-lane Morgan’s Ford Bridge. While some touch-up work remains, the bridge opened to traffic on Monday, January 22.

Following a Wednesday, January 24 visit to colleague Malcolm Barr Sr. in Rockland this reporter decided to see for himself. These are photographs taken of that first trip across the new and improved Morgan’s Ford Bridge over the Shenandoah River. As Barr reported on January 19, the old, single lane low-water bridge closed shortly after a $4.8 million contract on the new bridge was awarded by VDOT to Orders Construction Company Inc. of Saint Albans, West Virginia. The project had a fixed completion date of June 1, 2018.  New bridge at Morgan’s Ford opens Monday, Jan. 22

As the county administrator noted during his report to the EDA, a pedestrian walkway and bike lanes had to be sacrificed due to width and right-of-way issues on at least one side of the bridge’s landfall.

The new bridge and Route 624 to the north have a restriction on trucks exceeding 30 feet in total length, other than emergency service vehicles. This restriction will remain in place even after the construction project is complete. Upon the opening, VDOT posted that “Truck drivers should continue to use alternate routes.”

Some delays may be encountered in coming weeks as final touches are put on the bridge. Additional information about the Route 624 bridge replacement project can be found at
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

Local News
Warren County company offers array of training to law enforcement, communities and individuals
January 29, 2018

FRONT ROYAL  – Warren County is a place Northern Virginia police officer Mark Butler has called home for about two decades.  It’s where he and his wife raised his now-grown sons ( both of whom are active-duty U.S. military) and put down roots.  It is also where Butler decided to base his company, 3 D Professional Training & Consulting.

Butler is likely a familiar face, as he served as a youth soccer and football coach in the community in years past,  and also as an assistant coach at Warren County High School.  Though his coaching days are behind him now, he talked with Royal Examiner about how he’s keeping busy these days, training law enforcement and consulting with companies regarding such topics as telephone fraud, fraudulent documents and human trafficking.

Legislative Update
Goodlatte staff to hold open door meetings
January 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold open door community office hours the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Front Royal. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to assist with problems they might have with a federal agency and hear their views on current issues before Congress.



Warren County Open Door Meeting          

10:00am – 12:00pm

Samuels Public Library
330 E. Criser Road
Front Royal, Virginia

Upcoming Dates:

February 7, 2018
February 21, 2018

Town Notices
Town Council searching to fill vacancies
January 29, 2018

The Town Council is accepting resumes from citizens interested in assisting the community by serving on the Urban Forestry Advisory Commission (UFAC) or the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to fill unexpired terms:

Urban Forestry Advisory Commission (UFAC) is a 6-member panel appointed by Council. They are responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of an Urban Forestry Management Program, for the education of the general public about proper tree care practices, and to support the efforts of other groups interested in urban forestry in the Town. UFAC meets once a month. Those interested must be citizens living within Front Royal or Warren County. The vacancy is to fill an unexpired term ending December 20, 2021.

Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a 5-member Board appointed by the Judge of the Warren County Circuit Court to hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision and determination made by an administrative officer. Council approves a recommendation of appointment to the Judge. The BZA meets once a month as needed. Those interested must be a citizen within the Town Limits of Front Royal. There are two vacancies to fill unexpired terms ending May 1, 2022.

If you are interested in serving on the UFAC or BZA please complete an application and/or resume with a cover letter and send to:
Jennifer Berry Clerk of Council
P.O. Box 1560
102 E. Main Street
Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Investing experts often fail to beat the market
January 29, 2018

For individuals, investing in the stock market can be a daunting task. Although many of these people trust expert fund managers to boost their returns, USA reports that the majority of firms paid to generate better-than-average returns often fail to beat the market. To be considered successful, a fund must show that it can provide better performance than benchmark indices like the S&P 500 on a consistent basis. If it can’t beat them, then using the service just isn’t worth the money.

According to data provided by the 2015 SPIVA Scorecard, large-cap fund managers, those trading some of the largest companies in the market, failed to beat the benchmark 66 percent of the time during that year, 84 percent of the time over five years, and 82 percent of the time over the last ten years. Small-cap and mid-cap managers had similarly disappointing performance in their areas. They point out that some managers have a proven track record of results, but even those firms that beat the market for a year or two tend to lose ground over time. Adding in the fund’s management fees can also turn a winning portfolio into a loser, and nobody wants to see their gains go from their retirement account to the manager.

The reasons for this lack of performance are hard to uncover, but Forbes magazine reminds readers that there are only a couple of ways to beat the market: access to information other people don’t have or being lucky. For most investors, luck is not something they would likely want to trust their money to, and even the experts don’t have infinite knowledge about every company and market trend. As for those with the best information, average investors won’t be able to discover which firms have it until long after the returns have already been generated.