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Congratulations to Warren County High School Seniors – Class of 2020



Royal Examiner presents the Warren County High School Class of 2020. Congratulations to these wonderful seniors on their hard work and deserved accomplishments! We wish you the best in your next big endeavors. Photos courtesy of Victor O’Neill Studios and Tolliver Studios.

Tiffany Abbott

Matthew Adams

Alivia Agostini

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
—Benjamin Franklin

Jackson Arnold

Kara Athey

Caden Bain

Nathaniel Baker

Ethan Baldwin

Lara Ball

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
—B.B. King

Alegend Baltimore-Lane

Seth Barbee

Mariah Barber

Jeffrey Barek

Brooke Bargeron

Hannah Bates

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.

Austin Baugher

Dylan Becker

Brent Bermanski

Gabrielle Bessette

Jessica Blankenship

Madison Booth

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
—Helen Keller

Aston Bowman

Shawnee Boyd

David Boyles

Ryan Bradley

Lacie-Anna Bragg

Haley Brown

“The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.”
—Ellen DeGeneres

Carlee Brownwell

Zamari Buchanan

Logan Burner

Kylie Burnworth

Ilanny Campa

Courtney Capozio

Yaritza Chevez-Hernandez

“Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”
—Senator Orrin Hatch

Alex Cockrell

Patrick Coffron

Abby Cook

Taylor Corothers

Grace Critzer

Chelsey Cross

Syndi Davidsen

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
—Arthur Ashe

Katelynn Doyle

Jarod Ebersold

Tearyonna Flanagan

Isaiah Frame

Hannah Frost

Maria Fusto

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
—C.S. Lewis

Sean Gable

Shai Geiger

Emma Gershon

Kaila Gleason

Isaiah Glick

Isabelle Grupac

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alejandro Guerrero

Jaydon Halter

Nikolas Hanscome

Dylan Hardin

Ethan Hardin

Katelyn Harold

“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.”
—Edward Koch

Jesse Harvey

Haruki Heath

Caleb Heflin

Brittany Heishman

Gregory Heishman

“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”
—Jennifer Aniston

Kali Henry

Sage Henry

Brianna Hogan

Jeremiah Hogan

Karenzo Hogue

Trinity Holben

“Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
—Dr. Seuss

Halea Hose

William Huerto

Ian Hurdle

Bailey Hutson

Tenaisha Jackson

Kelly Jacobs

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
—Albert Einstein

Matthew James

Rylee Jenkins

Nolan Johnson

Deandre Joseph

Joseph Joyce

Hannah Kekel

“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”
—H Jackson Brown Jr.

Osman Khan

Autumn Kibler

Joseph Kilgallen

Conner Knerler

Alexander Kubela

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
—Mark Twain

Ethan Kuhstoss

Rachel Larkins

Cameron Larson

Jaden Longmire

Nicholas Lowery

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
—Winston Churchill

Morgan Lynch

Emma Lynn

Nicholas Manfredi

Dylan Martin

Cameron Martucci

Brandon Mason

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
—Steve Jobs

Callista Mayberry

Alexis McCollum

Joshua McDonald

Maxwell McInturff

Nicholas Meidt

Alexandra Menacho

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
—J.K. Rowling

Madison Mosser

Lance Nalls

Ethan Neely

Jacob Norris

Donovan O’Reilly

Bailey Ontiveros

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
—Henry David Thoreau

Ethen Patton

Sabrina Perea

Jakob Perry

Olivia Phelan

Taylor Poletis

Molly Presley

“The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”
—Arnold Palmer

Austin Ramey

Abby Reed

Hannah Ren

Aimee Rich

Cassandra Riley

Dustin Robey

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
—Vincent Van Gogh

Rae Robey

Kyra Robinson

Elizabeth Roland

Chase Roltsch

Breelyn Romer-Wines

Russell Rowe

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
—Thomas Jefferson

Madison Salmons

Zairajael Sandoval-Sanchez

Dustin Settle

Sierra Sharp

Christopher Sherwood II

“You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk.”
—Sandra Bullock

Cody Simmons

Noah Skube

Robert Sloat

Kristen Smallwood

Hailey Smith

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
—Dr. Seuss

Hanna Smith

Zackary Smith

Heavenly Sowers

Derek Staton

Kaleb Steele

Tyler Suflita

“I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.”
—Maya Angelou

Sierra Summers

Hannah Sutphin

Rachel Sutphin

Brigid Tamas

Kiersten Tanner

Colton Taylor

Get busy living or get busy dying.”
—Stephen King

Andrew Thompson

Ashley Thompson

Dynell Thompson

Matthew Tieche

Morgan Tilley

Nikoandre Tolentino

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
—Charles Swindoll

Robin Kier Tolentino

Kyra Treutlein

Madison Trump

Ariana Turner-Schaefer

Isabella Unrath

Clara Vassallo

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
—Art Linkletter

Shannon Vernick

Nathaniel W. Smith

Aidan Ward

Holly Watkins

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”
—William Arthur Ward

Lily Wayland

Ewan Welch

Timothy Wheeler

Jazmine White

Nathan White

Brelyn Williams

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
—Bob Marley

Brooklyn Williams

Isaiah Wilt

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
—Dr. Seuss

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Rotary Club of Front Royal announces registration for Doc Smith food baskets



The Rotary Club of Front Royal in a partnership with the Department of Social Services is excited to announce the registration for Doc Smith food baskets and coats for kids for those in our community in need.

The Doc Smith program has been a long-standing program in Front Royal. It was originated by Edgar C. Smith, Chief of Police in 1916, who was most commonly referred to as Doc Smith. The program was named after him based on his continued service to the needy.

Requests for baskets can be found at Department of Social Services, First Baptist Church, online at and various locations around town.

The baskets are free of charge and contain food for the holidays. Deadline for requests is November 12, 2021.

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Valley Health welcomes its first system-wide Chief Nursing Executive



Theresa L. Trivette, DNP, RN, CENP, joined Valley Health last week as its first Chief Nursing Executive (CNE), assuming responsibility for leadership of all nursing functions across the organization, advancing patient experience efforts, and collaborating in quality and patient safety initiatives.

“We are excited to welcome Theresa to the Valley Health Executive Leadership Team,” said Mark Nantz, Valley Health President and CEO. “Her engagement on our system leadership team will be valuable as we make decisions that impact our staff, patients and the community we serve. Theresa has an encouraging, data-driven leadership style, proven ability to communicate and collaborate across interdisciplinary teams, and a genuine passion for ensuring safe, high-quality patient care that will be an asset as we focus on providing best-in-class patient experience in all of our inpatient and outpatient settings.”

Most recently, Trivette served as chief nursing officer for Ballad Health in the Kingsport, TN, market. She has more than 20 years of experience in nursing leadership, and has a proven record of improving quality of care and patient experience for both large and small health care organizations, including Advent Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health. She has extensive experience in quality improvement, and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSSBB), the highest level of proficiency for this collaborative method of process improvement and organizational change.

“I am honored to serve Valley Health in this new role as the chief nurse executive,” said Trivette. “I will work to assure consistent patient care practices and standards, and educate and mentor nursing staff and nursing leadership across our system. We will establish a vision and strategy together with our clinical and support colleagues to deliver exceptional patient experiences and outcomes. My immediate goal is to do everything possible to support the tireless efforts of the Valley Health care teams during this pandemic while creating a vision for the future as we continue to focus on clinical excellence.”

Valley Health Chief Nursing Executive Theresa L. Trivette – Courtesy Photo/Valley Health

Trivette earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in nursing administration from Gardner-Webb University, a bachelor’s degree in health care management and project management from the University of Maryland, and an associate’s degree in nursing from the College of Southern Maryland. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) credential from the American Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Trivette serves as senior examiner on the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition awarded to organizations for performance excellence. She holds collaborative faculty and advisory positions on several university and college of nursing program councils in Florida and Tennessee.

Trivette and her husband, Scott, look forward to making their new home in the region and discovering all the area has to offer.

Valley Health is a nonprofit health system serving a population of more than 500,000 in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, and western Maryland. As a healthcare provider, employer, and community partner, Valley Health is committed to improving the health of the region. The system includes six hospitals, more than 60 medical practices and Urgent Care centers, outpatient rehabilitation and fitness, medical transport, long-term care, and home health.

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VDOT: Warren County Traffic alert for October 18 – 22, 2021



The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in Warren County during the coming weeks. Scheduled work is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

*NEW* or *UPDATE* indicates a new or revised entry since last week’s report.

*NEW* Mile marker 0 to 8, eastbound and westbound – Shoulder closures at various locations for litter pickup, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
*NEW* Mile marker 7 to 11, eastbound – Overnight mobile lane closures for pavement marking, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. through October 18.
*NEW* Mile marker 15 to 12, westbound – Overnight mobile lane closures for pavement marking, 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. through October 18.
No lane closures were reported.
No lane closures were reported.
Route 624 (Happy Creek Road) – Flagger traffic control between Front Royal eastern town limits and Route 647 (Dismal Hollow Road) for the safety improvement project, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Estimated project completion December 10.

Vegetation management may take place district-wide on various routes. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile-friendly website at Agents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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Front Royal Main Street eatery changes ‘Yappy Hour’ day from Friday to Monday, updates menu



One of Main Street’s popular restaurants recently underwent a name and menu change and also switched the day it devotes to “Yappy Hour.”

During the past couple of years, ViNoVa owner Rachel Failmezger and executive chef Chris Kenworthy featured a tapas menu similar to a Spanish favorite, now moving along to an Italian-Mediterranean style of cooking and changing its long-running “Yappy Hour” from Friday evenings to Mondays (4-6 p.m.). Restaurant hours of operation also have been amended, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (closed Tuesday) and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant’s new name retains its original “ViNoVa” with the added words “Mediterranean Bistro.” The property seats about 50 and each Friday, off and on for the past decade, has helped donate thousands of dollars to the Humane Society of Warren County’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter.

ViNoVa Mediterranean Bistro is now center stage for Monday ‘Yappy Hour’ (4-6 p.m.), a new menu, and new hours based on pandemic-driven lifestyle changes. Below, ‘Yappy Hour’ regulars Rico and Pablo show support for the Humane Society/Wagner Animal Shelter fundraiser, whatever day of the week it is held. Royal Examiner Photos by Roger Bianchini

Rachel, noting differing (earlier) eating habits since the pandemic struck, suggests closing earlier than 2 a.m. better meets the needs of an expanded staff and earlier diners, as would the changed menu.

“Overall, we will be more flexible, more accommodating,” Rachel opined in a recent interview as nearby regular customers appeared to be in agreement with the menu changes. “Whatever restaurants did two years ago, they cannot do today. It’s a new age for us,” she said, mentioning that the entrees will be larger, and there will be an emphasis on lunches, particularly the quick “take out” type featuring the “Viva Bowl” in which you choose your own ingredients for an affordable $9 “to go!”

Something to remember by early birds at the Bistro: beer and wine prices are staggered starting at $3 per glass for a beer at 3 p.m., rising to $4 at 4 p.m. and then on to $5 at 5 p.m. for the rest of the evening.


Portion of recent ‘Yappy Hour’ in transition crowd, from left, Skip and Cathy Rogers, Scott Shutt, Internationally known Chihuahua Rico, Pablo Guitterez, and our intrepid reporter Malcolm Barr Sr.

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Linden man arrested, charged for child abuse



On October 12, 2021, at approximately 8:20pm, Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an 8-year-old juvenile walking on Freezeland Road, Linden, Virginia. The caller stated the juvenile advised them they were running away from home due to being abused by their father. Deputies responded to 78 Lookout Point Way, Linden, Virginia, where the juvenile resides to perform a welfare check. Upon arrival deputies spoke with Matthew Steven Lewis, the juvenile’s father, and made contact with the juvenile. During the welfare check, deputies observed that the juvenile had sustained multiple injuries. Deputies had Warren County Fire & Rescue respond to the residence, and the juvenile was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

After the initial investigation Matthew Steven Lewis was placed under arrest for Domestic Assault (M), Child Endangerment (F), and Strangulation (F). Matthew Steven Lewis was held without bond at RSW Regional Jail, preliminary hearing is set for November 4, 2021.

Matthew Steven Lewis. Photo / RSW Regional Jail

Warren County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Front Royal Police Department, Virginia State Police, and Warren County Department of Social Services for their assistance.

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Social Security announces 5.9 percent benefit increase for 2022



Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9 percent in 2022, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2022.  Increased payments to approximately 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2021.  (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits).  The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $147,000 from $142,800.

Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount.  Most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their personal my Social Security account.  People may create or access their my Social Security account online at

Information about Medicare changes for 2022, when announced, will be available at  For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2022 are announced.  Final 2022 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit

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