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2nd annual Car Giveaway event

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

PURPOSE:

We are seeking nominations for someone in need of a good, used vehicle to get back and forth to work, school or medical appointments, who can afford to own a vehicle, but can’t afford to buy one.

TO NOMINATE SOMEONE:

Mail (or drop off) your Letters of Nomination before March 31, 2019 to:

Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal, VA 22630

Winner to be announced Good Friday, April 19, 2019

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Please do not nominate yourself.
  2. Nominee must be at least 21 years of age and live within 20 miles of The Auto Care Clinic.
  3. Please include your contact information (name/address/phone) as well as the contact information (name/address/phone) for the person you are nominating.
  4. Please include why you feel the nominee is in need of a vehicle.
  5. Friends, family and employees of Bill Long’s Auto Care Clinic are not eligible.
  6. Vehicle must be insured, licensed and registered to the winner before receiving the vehicle.
  7. Vehicle is in good, used condition, as-is, without expressed or implied warranty. The Auto Care Clinic is not responsible for additional repairs, pre-existing or unforeseen, regarding the vehicle presented.

Good luck to all nominees!

Local Government

County Emergency Services and Sheriff talk equipment and personnel costs

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

Money, law enforcement, and emergency services were at the forefront of an eight-item work session agenda of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday night, August 11.

First up was good news from County Fire & Rescue. That news was the receipt of a federal FEMA grant in the amount of $725,454.55 to achieve a total of $854,427 for state-of-the-art breathing apparatuses for department personnel responding to fire and other emergency situations where not only smoke, but contaminated air may be an issue.

And while a local match of $128,972.47 will be required for the full purchase of 114 SCBA units and a total of what appeared to be 428 associated pieces of associated equipment, as noted in earlier discussion of the grant application process, the department was facing the necessity of acquiring the equipment in order to maintain certified safety standards to replace now obsolete and dysfunctional equipment with an approximate million-dollar price tag on it.

So Emergency Services Chief Richard Mabie and Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico, along with the supervisors, gave a BIG shout out to County Grant Facilitator Brandi Rosser for her work in acquiring the grant funding for the County.

Above, with the assistance of Fire Marshal Maiatico, Board Vice-Chair Cullers tries on one of the apparatus backpack assemblies prior to Tuesday’s meeting. Below, a sampling of the new equipment awaiting presentation to the board Tuesday night. Royal Examiner photos by Roger Bianchini, video by Mark Williams.

The variety of equipment, some of which was on display before and during the work session, and financial variables were dizzying as outlined in a power-point handout. However, the bottom line was simple as Board Vice-Chair and expenditure “conscience” Cheryl Cullers pointed out in citing the difference between $128,000 and a million dollars to become industry-standard compliant in equipping the County’s emergency service personnel adequately to perform their crucial function to this community.

“I just want to say thank you again to Ms. Rosser and you guys … for all the work. This is a big relief,” Cullers said.

To accommodate an August 30 deadline for official acceptance of the grant, the matter was placed on the August 18th meeting agenda for board approval.

Zoning Administrator Joe Petty explains the requested ordinance amendments.

Following two reports by Zoning Administrator Joe Petty on suggested adjustments to county codes on first, storage of inoperable recreational vehicles and other equipment and then on regulations of signage, including political, to accommodate a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning signage content, it was Sheriff Mark Butler’s turn to address operational costs, but this time without the assistance of federal money.

Sheriff Butler implored the supervisors to provide the necessary funding, cited at a total of $130,000, to allow his communications staff to be expanded by two positions and that his existing staff be given a two-step pay increase.

It would be an increase that would allow communications or dispatch, staff to be paid at least as well as Butler noted recent local classified ads indicated, a “Sheetz clerk with no experience” at clerking, much less at the crucial law enforcement job of fielding citizen calls in often stressful situations and directing field officers into potentially volatile or life-saving situations.

The sheriff also pointed to impacts on his communications department, which he noted handles all 911 calls for the county, from the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Sheriff Butler makes his case that communications/dispatch officers should be paid more than convenience store clerks.

“COVID has definitely changed the way we do things. The problem with communications is you have an area where so many people are sitting right on top of each other. So, if one person comes in ah, symptomatic, they’re gone for three days because we don’t do tests. So that really shook us so bad that we can’t man our staff, that we took deputies off the street to man communications,” the sheriff noted of a personnel juggling act that ensued.

As for existing communications staff salaries, Sheriff Butler said, “These individuals are trained to actually handle these calls. So, we want the best communications officers we can find. Well, if I go through the pay scale it would shock you to hear that someone with six years in our agency and considered one of our best communications officers, makes about $33,000 a year.”

The agenda summary accompanying Butler’s request stated that “the average dispatcher makes $15 an hour which is the same as minimum wage in most states”. Butler asked the board to raise the pay step for dispatch officers from 5 to 7 at a maximum annual budget hike of $30,000 per year. Butler said that increase would make his department competitive with surrounding jurisdictions, most prominently Front Royal and Fauquier County.

The two additional, full-time positions were requested at a maximum annual budget increase of $100,000.

“I’d love to have four, but I need two,” Butler told the supervisors of the request for additional staffing. “I’m not asking you to break the bank – I’m saying pay them more than the starting salary at Sheetz,” the sheriff reasoned.

With an already packed, 10-public hearing August 18 meeting agenda, the board agrees to forward the request to its September 1st agenda.

See these discussions, as well as Zoning Administrator Petty’s two ordinance amendment summaries and end of meeting board discussions of a list of 40 “goals” and creation of a committee to deal with countywide broadband communications issues in this Royal Examiner video:

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Redundant or not, council moves toward approval of new gun carrying resolution

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When:
February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

At Monday’s work session following its August 10th regular meeting, council, the mayor and staff went round and round, not over the advisability of approving a new 2nd Amendment Resolution that would essentially continue a generally unknown lack of any ordinance ban on the carrying of firearms in municipal buildings, offices or public spaces utilized for special events or festivals, but over its redundancy.

According to a summary by Town Attorney Doug Napier, that redundancy is two-fold: first, in that there is no current town code prohibiting such legal concealed or open carrying of firearms into Town public spaces; and second, that following County approval in December 2019, in February the Town passed a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolution” indicating the intent of not prohibiting a very broad interpretation of the 2nd Amendment right to not only own guns without a background check and red flag law prohibitions, but to bear firearms as a gun owner sees fit to.

Mayor Tewalt, foreground, and FRPD Chief Magalis listen as Town Attorney Doug Napier explains what currently exists and doesn’t exist concerning the carrying of firearms into local government facilities in Virginia. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini – Royal Examiner Video/Mark Williams

The impetus for the new resolution request submitted by Paul Aldrich last month was the enactment of new state legislation passed by the Democratic Virginia General Assembly majority, that went into effect July 1. As previously reported, that legislation for the most part bans the carrying of firearms into state government facilities, offices, meetings, and spaces and allows municipalities to follow suit if they see fit.

“Before then, they never really said what localities could do other than that localities can’t pass laws other than what the General Assembly told them they could do – they didn’t really tell localities what they could or couldn’t do,” Napier explained of the nuances of a Dillon Rule state where local governmental entities cannot enact laws not enabled by existing state law.

However, he continued to describe a previous “mish-mash of laws all around the state” further noting that he and Front Royal Police Chief Kahle Magalis, who was present as meeting security, recalled that some time ago both Warren County and Front Royal had posted “No Firearms Allowed” signs in their government buildings – “But that was quite a while ago,” Napier observed.

During previous council discussion Napier had observed that most people locally believed a firearms ban in local government facilities still existed, as they do at the Warren County Courthouse which has a heavy security-check presence of Sheriff’s Office bailiffs at a metal-detecting single building entrance with no weapons of any kind being allowed in.

No question was raised whether that ongoing courthouse ban could be considered a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, a seemingly logical conclusion of the stance there can be no legal state or municipal limiting of that federal Constitutional right to own and bear arms.

Firearms are not allowed in courthouses – is that a violation of our 2nd Amendment rights?

There was also no discussion of the potential such firearms reinforcing action might negatively impact community tourism if it becomes widely known among citizens with public safety concerns about random or directed mass shooting violence, that the Town of Front Royal has endorsed the carrying of firearms in public spaces and at events without any regulation. – But who wants those worrisome, liberal Northern Virginia tourists anyway, right?

Be that as it may, the issue was raised why pass a resolution of legislative intent, that Napier explained carries no legal weight, that essentially reinforces an existing situation?

Councilman Gary Gillespie asked if approved, would this council’s resolution limit the ability of future councils to take a different stance.

The answer was “no”.

Gillespie then observed that he believed the initially approved resolution from February was “stronger” than the one now on the table.

Queried on redundancy or the relative merits of the previously approved and newly submitted 2nd Amendment resolutions, Aldrich replied, “The resolution I put forward to you was brought forth by the lawyers at the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). It was brought forth to prevent, not only current, but future,” here Aldrich hesitated before observing his awareness of the changing face of elected bodies, before trying to draw a line between his previous, now approved resolution, and the one on the table about carrying in government spaces.

“The 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolution assures us that you will not enforce unconstitutional laws. This resolution puts forward that you will not enact any laws within the town that restricts.

It’s slightly different … enforcement versus enactment,” Aldrich assured the town’s elected officials.

Paul Aldrich, above, explains that Virginia Citizen Defense League (VCDL) attorneys wrote the resolution he presented to council ‘with the intent of challenging anything that goes through the state legislature’ on gun control while Democrats control the state legislature. Below, the council turns to listen to Aldrich’s explanation of why a non-legally binding resolution to change something that doesn’t currently exist is necessary.

While Aldrich admitted a future council as may be seated next year after the November election, could overturn this council’s action on the resolution, but still urged it be moved forward as suggested by VCDL attorneys.

“It was put forth with the intent of challenging anything that goes through the state legislature,” Aldrich explained of the adversarial relationship that has grown between the Democratic-controlled legislature and the VCDL and its membership.

“Our problem is we have an attorney and chief of police who say we really don’t need it,” Mayor Tewalt pointed out.

“I don’t think it would hurt to pass it anyway – why don’t we just go ahead and put it on the agenda and vote on it. It’s not going to hurt anything,” council’s man who would be mayor-elect as of the November election, Chris Holloway, offered.

Others agreed and the consensus was to move toward a vote at the upcoming council meeting.

Watch the Royal Examiner video of this discussion in its entirety, and other work session discussion, including agreeing to remove the electric car charger in the Village Commons/Town Gazebo area, which is experiencing software issues and appears to be down to one regular customer at taxpayer expense with other chargers now available in the community, Electric Department Director David Jenkins explained to council; Finance Director B. J. Wilson’s FY-21 Revenue report update; and the makeup of and a vacancy on the planning commission, prior to council’s adjournment to closed session to discuss its pending litigation with the EDA:

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State Police release details of high-speed chase, arrest of Herndon woman

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

On Wednesday, August 12, the Virginia State Police (VSP) issued a press release on the circumstance of the multi-jurisdiction pursuit and arrest of Herndon resident Jennifer L. Arnn. The release indicates the date of the incident as Thursday, August 6. Our initial report indicated the incident occurred on Friday, August 7, which is listed as her booking date on the RSW Jail website. VSP Public Information Officer Brent Coffey explained that Arnn spent Thursday night at the hospital for injuries incurred during the incident, which appear to be reflected in her jail booking mug shot.

Jennifer Arnn faces one animal cruelty charge resulting in the fatality of dog or cat; one reckless driving charge, one vandalism charge of intentional damaging of public property. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail.

That incident began with a reckless driving “Be on the Lookout” issued in Berkley County, West Virginia, after which VSP spotted the vehicle on I-81 in Frederick County, Virginia.
Below is the VSP release in its entirety:

WARREN CO., Va. – A Herndon, Va. woman is behind bars on multiple charges after she fled law enforcement Thursday (August 6, 2020). Virginia State Police have charged Jennifer L. Arnn, 39, in Warren County with three felony counts of assault on law enforcement, one felony count of intentional damage, one felony count of eluding law enforcement, one felony count of animal cruelty, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

On Thursday at approximately 11:17 a.m. the Berkley County Sheriff’s Office issued a “Be On the Lookout” for a reckless driver. A short time later state police observed the suspect vehicle, a 2016 Mazda CS-X on I-81 at the 307-mile marker in Frederick County. State police initiated a traffic stop on the Mazda which stopped but took off when approached by a trooper.

The Mazda continued on Rt. 277 in Frederick County. The Mazda was eventually contained and stopped on I-66 at the 4.6-mile marker in Warren County. The driver, Arnn, was taken into custody without further incident. Arnn was transported to RSW Regional Jail and held without bond.

During the course of the pursuit, Arnn pushed her dog out the window. State police were able to locate the dog, but it did not survive its injuries.

Arnn struck three state police cruisers during the pursuit. One of the state police troopers suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The pursuit reached speeds of up to 100 mph.

Woman held at RSW Jail after state police chase, animal abuse-fatality charge

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Town Notices

Town Notice: Sewer lateral repair/paving – 14th Street between N. Royal and N. Shenandoah

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

The Town of Front Royal Water & Sewer Department has scheduled sewer lateral repairs on W. 14th Street between N. Royal Avenue and N. Shenandoah Avenue. This will be NIGHTWORK from 10 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2020, through 6 am Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

The Northbound traffic will be DETOURED up N. Royal Avenue to W. 15th Street then back onto N. Shenandoah Avenue.

The Town of Front Royal will also have a  contractor performing asphalt repairs on W. 14th Street between Virginia Avenue and N. Shenandoah Avenue with one Northbound lane and a section of the turn lane closed.

These repairs will begin August 19, 2020-August 20, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

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

We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Works at 540-635-7819 Monday-Friday 7 am-3:30 pm.

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Lynchburg City Council appoints Doug Stanley as new City Manager

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

On Tuesday, August 11, Lynchburg City Council ended its search for a new City Manager with a vote to appoint Douglas P. Stanley to succeed the current City Manager, Bonnie Svrcek who will retire effective September 1, 2020. Stanley is the former County Administrator for Warren County, Virginia. He will assume his duties as City Manager on September 1, 2020.

Before taking a public vote during City Council’s work session, Mayor MaryJane Dolan stated that City Council had conducted a nationwide search for the City Manager’s position, and they were pleased with having had a number of very qualified candidates to consider. “Even with having to deal with a nationwide pandemic, we had a very competitive pool of talented candidates from across the country,” said Dolan. “Council has been very deliberate in making its choice, and we have complete confidence in Doug being the right person to lead the organization. Bonnie leaves behind a strong leadership team that will provide great support for him as he becomes acclimated in his new position.”

Stanley served as Warren County’s administrator for 20 years. He began his career in public service at the age of 25 when he was hired by Warren County as a Zoning Administrator. He became Planning Director at the age of 27 and then County Administrator in 2000, only the fourth person to hold the position of administrator in the county.

During his tenure with Warren County, he directed the construction of an over $200 million Capital Improvement Program including the construction of a new high school, renovation of a junior high school to a high school, the renovation of a former high school to a middle school and the construction of a new middle school, a library, a community center, and the renovation of a baseball stadium. He also spearheaded the concept and development of the creation of a three jurisdiction regional jail and served as its board chair.

Stanley is a graduate of Mary Washington College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. He received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Shenandoah Institute, Marsh Institute. Stanley is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute-Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia.

His wife Jenny is an English teacher, and they have two children, Jenna and Whill.

“I want to thank the Lynchburg City Council for selecting me to be the next City Manager. My family and I look forward to this fantastic opportunity the next chapter in life brings. For me, it is not simply the job; it is about getting involved and becoming part of the community. I look forward to meeting citizens and stakeholders and becoming an active participant in our community.

Lynchburg is known throughout the Commonwealth for its stable and visionary leadership both at the Council and staff levels. I am honored to be following in the footsteps of Bonnie Svrcek and Kim Payne, two people who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the City of Lynchburg in moving this community forward. I have a proven track record of 20+ years of local government management experience having been successful in Warren County, Virginia in helping the community rebuild its tax base, improve its infrastructure, and build strategic relationships with community partners and stakeholders. I am proud to have left Warren County a stronger, more vibrant, and resilient community, and I look forward to bringing that experience to the Hill City.”

(Press release from the City of Lynchburg)

Town Talk: A conversation with Doug Stanley

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Community Events

This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 14th

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 25% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Outdoor Main Street Movie is this Friday and Saturday at 8:50pm:

  • Friday, August 14: “Dolphin Tale”
  • Saturday, August 15: “Singin in the Rain”
  • Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors! (Weather permitting)

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, August 14:

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:40
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 42 min

• Daily: 3:30 & 6:30
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 53 min

• Daily: 3:40 & 6:20
Rated G  |  Run Time: 1 hour 43 min


COVID-19 Throwbacks Ticket Prices: All Seats $3.00


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Footloose”
  • “The Greatest Showman”
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