We hope you’ll consider joining us as we officially welcome artsii to Downtown Front Royal with a ribbon cutting and grand opening on September 27th, 2-5 p.m.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony starts promptly at 2pm, followed by an open house till 5pm. Lite bites, prizes, and other treats will be provided.
About artsii: artsii is passionate about the arts and strives to be a valuable resource to schools, non profits, and the community at large by providing access to educational workshops, fundraising solutions, and a one stop shop for arts and theatrical supplies and equipment.
Not an artist? That’s ok! artsii also provides solutions for clients in many different markets including; Live Entertainment, Film & Video, Special Event, Worship, and Retail Spaces. Chances are they sell or rent products that would be helpful to you! So, whether you need to buy batteries or are looking to overhaul the sound & lighting in your space its worth giving them a call to see what type of solutions they can provide!
Looking for more information about artsii? Contact Brad Minardi at 571.367.3095 or email@example.com.
Miriam Lizeth Strickland (1963 – 2021)
Miriam Lizeth Strickland, 58, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Warren Memorial Hospital.
A funeral service will be held for Miriam at 11 A.M. on Friday, November 5, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will follow the funeral Mass at Good Hope Cemetery. Guests are welcome to join the family at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St., Front Royal, Virginia between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. on November 5 before the funeral Mass.
Miriam was born on February 11, 1963, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras to Miguel Angel and Norma Iscoa.
Surviving Miriam is her loving husband of 33 years, Edward Strickland; her children, Michael Strickland (Emily), Joseph Strickland (Heather), and Mary Strickland, and her fiancée Timothy Castano; her siblings, José Miguel Iscoa, and Norma Yamileth Iscoa Martínez; her grandchildren, Camille, Gregory, and Dismas; and her aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Miriam was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She died fortified by the Sacraments of Holy Church and asks for Suffrages of Masses, alms, and prayers.
Pallbearers will be Edward Strickland, Michael Strickland, Joseph Strickland, José Miguel Iscoa, Timothy Castano, and David D’Andrea.
Town Talk: A conversation with Fern Vazquez and Christy Goodwin, CHEO Garden; food programs
In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Fern Vazquez and Christy Goodwin about the CHEO Community garden and food programs in Warren County. Fern gives us an update on the two gardens that CHEO planted this season and the amount of food that was distributed.
Christy Goodwin who is also the President of the Ministerial Association in Warren County discusses the meal programs and food support in our community.
Special thanks to The Wednesday Group for donating a freezer to help in these food support programs.
Donations to the CHEO garden can be made through C-CAP. Checks should be made payable to C-CAP with a notion on the check that the money is earmarked for the CHEO garden. Their address is C-CAP, 316 N Royal Ave # L1, Front Royal VA 22630.
The First Baptist Church Dinner Program provides free hot to-go meals in their parking lot Monday-Thursday, 5:00-6:00. Volunteers are needed, please contact Christy McMillin-Goodwin, First Baptist Church, 540-635-2122.
Front Royal/Warren County Ministerial Association meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 9:00-10:00 am, in First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. More information – please contact Christy McMillin-Goodwin, First Baptist Church, 540-635-2122
Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders, and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. If you have an idea, topic, or want to hear from someone in our community, let us know. Send your request to news@RoyalExaminer.com
Roger Evans LaCross (1941 – 2021)
Roger Evans LaCross, 80, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on October 25, 2021, at Winchester Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M on November 1, 2021, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St., Front Royal, Virginia with Bryan Keyser officiating. Following the service, the interment will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Guests are welcome to visit one hour prior to the service.
Roger was born on October 7, 1941, in Ohio to the late Raymond and Catherine LaCross. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Carl LaCross; and his sister, Karen Stupak.
Surviving Roger is his loving wife of 28 years, Nancy LaCross; his children, Tina Mamula (Mark), Christopher LaCross (Kimmee) and Bobbi Lee Halmo (Stephen); his step-daughter, Sandra Fox (Steven); his siblings, George LaCross (Debbie), Sharon Manbeck, Darla Brewer, and Debbie Grable; his six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Roger served 30 years in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and the Beirut Conflict. He was a member of the Masonic Temple and was a Civil War enthusiast. He absolutely loved Elvis and sang 130 of Elvis’ songs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Maddox Funeral Home. Due to health conditions, the family has requested that no flowers be delivered for the service.
Betty Lou McDaniel (1942 -2021)
Betty Lou McDaniel, 78, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Warren Memorial Hospital.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 11 am at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating.
Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. McDaniel was born on October 28, 1942, in Washington, DC to the late William and Katherine Wiley Spencer. She was also preceded in death by her brother, James Michael Spencer.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas E. McDaniel; daughter, Terri Kreitzer (Chester); two grandchildren, Chad Kreitzer (Stephanie) and Cory Kreitzer (Lori) and six great grandchildren, Tucker Kreitzer, Amanda Kreitzer, Annabelle Kreitzer, Logan Jones, Lorayle Kreitzer and Madelyn Kreitzer.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
IRS faces huge backlog of business returns
The Internal Revenue Service is facing a massive backlog of 8 million paper business tax returns. That’s an increase of more than 3,000 percent compared to the same period in 2019 before the pandemic threw the world into disarray. Some cash-strapped companies rely on tax refunds to stay afloat. Given the IRS backlog, such companies may not get the needed funds in time.
Like many other organizations, the IRS took steps to protect employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. This slowed down tax return processing, especially for paper returns. While the IRS has tried to add staff, a tight labor market has impeded efforts.
Have problems? Need to talk with the IRS? In years past, contacting the IRS was relatively straightforward. The IRS provides help for people struggling to fill out their returns, and also contact points to settle issues. You could typically call and talk with a live representative.
Right now, however, the phones are ringing but are seldom answered. Compared to 2019, the IRS received four times as many calls from taxpayers looking for assistance in 2021. At one point, the IRS was receiving 1,500 calls per second. While statistics for business taxpayers aren’t readily available, just 3 percent of calls to the IRS’s 1040 line were answered.
Businesses and individuals that need to resolve issues with past tax returns are also struggling to contact the IRS. While they wait, interest may continue to accrue on past-due balances.
Besides processing taxes, the IRS has to remain on top of tax law changes, stimulus programs, and other measures. The government agency processed roughly 475 million Economic Impact Payments worth about $800 million during the pandemic. These stimulus payments likely propped up consumer spending. However, if consumers can’t get stimulus payments and refunds quickly, it may put a crimp on consumer spending, some observers say.
County Supervisors change November meeting date – stay mum on Closed Session EDA litigation discussion
The only open session action taking by the Warren County Board of Supervisors at a Special Meeting of Tuesday, October 26, was authorization to change the date of a November Supervisors meeting from the 16th to the 18th. That item was a late addition to the agenda made and acted on prior to a scheduled closed session.
The bulk of the 5 p.m. meeting, about an hour-and-a-quarter, was taken up by a Closed/Executive Session to discuss Economic Development Authority litigation. As Royal Examiner readers know, that is an oft-behind closed doors topic over the last two-plus years in the wake of the $26-million to $62 million FR-WC EDA financial scandal that began unravelling in mid-2018. No announcement or action regarding that litigation was offered during the brief open session to adjournment shortly after 6:20 p.m.
As has been previously reported, the EDA financial scandal involves civil and criminal cases, the latter now handled at the federal level by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Virginia headquartered in Harrisonburg. Before criminal indictments were dropped by the Special Prosecutor at the state level due to speedy trial concerns surrounding the mountain of documented evidence, estimated at over a million pages, there were as many as 23 co-defendants alleged as co-conspirators of former EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald. The federal prosecutor launched action on August 31, filing a 34-count indictment against McDonald, including 16 counts of money laundering, 10 for bank fraud, 7 for wire fraud, and 1 count of aggravated identity theft regarding someone identified as “T.T.” (ITFederal principal Truc Tran perhaps?)
In related civil litigation, McDonald and the EDA reached an agreement in which $9-million-dollars of assets were ruled out of McDonald’s bankruptcy court filing as owed to the EDA, though without any admission of fault by McDonald. As part of that agreement the EDA recently announced assumption of ownership of McDonald Real Estate LLC MoveOn8’s undeveloped 41-acre Happy Creek parcel valued at over a million dollars.
The EDA and Town of Front Royal are also engaged in dueling civil countersuits initiated by the Town, claiming disputed lost assets related to the financial scandal. During the tenure of Interim Town Manager Matt Tederick, other than then-Mayor Eugene Tewalt, the town council chose to ignore EDA offers to sit down in a non-litigious, good faith effort to determine exactly what was owed to the Town related to the alleged misdirected EDA assets involved in Town and County capital improvement and economic development projects financed through the EDA. The Town has since initiated an effort to create its own unilateral Front Royal EDA (FREDA) operating independently of the over half-century-old Town-County EDA, which technically the Town is still a legal, if now silent, partner in.
That independent EDA effort has become a political hot potato in the coming Town Special Election to fill resigned member Jacob Meza’s seat. In recent years the County had fully funded EDA operational costs, with each municipality covering its own debt service related to EDA financing of projects. Independent conservative council candidate Bruce Rappaport has made the unilateral Front Royal EDA a major target of his campaign, citing it as a waste of town taxpayer money and destructive wrench in the cog of Town-County relations.