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Meet the Artist with The Zen Mama

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Selah Theatre Project
When:
February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-02-03T14:00:00-05:00
2019-02-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

Local artist Zen Mama Jessi Edwards is proud to announce that two of her ongoing art series, “Gray Girl” and “Legends on Music”, will be on display at Selah Theatre Project from January 19 – March 18th.

On February 3rd at 2pm, the public is invited to attend this Meet the Artist Reception where there will be light refreshments, you will be able meet Jessi and hear her speak about the personal meaning and intentions behind each of the pieces. All artwork will be available for sale during the two month exhibit and can be picked up once the exhibit ends. 15% of all sales will be donated to Selah Theatre Project.

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Humane Society of Warren County’s annual yard sale to be held July 10th & 11th

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February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-02-03T14:00:00-05:00
2019-02-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

It’s that time of year again! The Humane Society of Warren County’s annual yard sale is a wonderful way to find some awesome deals and support the shelter! Play the “Name your price” game and walk away with a bargain.

Donations for the yard sale will be collected at the shelter until July 9th. Donations will not be accepted during the yard sale itself. All donations are tax deductible.

The yard sale will be on Friday, July 10th, from 8am-2pm, and again on Saturday, July 11th, 8am-2pm. Click here to join the Facebook event and learn more!

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Congratulations to Warren County High School Seniors – Class of 2020

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When:
February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-02-03T14:00:00-05:00
2019-02-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

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 the Victor O’Neill 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

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

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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Another ‘Thank You’ to local law enforcement for its community policing

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When:
February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-02-03T14:00:00-05:00
2019-02-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

A couple of weeks ago, a friend told my wife this true story, based on self-experience.

“The lady had just brought her dog home after major surgery. The dog went downstairs and opened its stitches. She found the dog downstairs bleeding to death. It died in her arms. She did not want her daughter coming home to the scene, but also did not know how to move an 80-pound dog.

She called the Front Royal Police and soon admitted an officer. He was very happy to help and told her so. The officer gently placed the dog’s body in his car, asked her where she would prefer it be taken. With her following, he then took the dog’s body to where she asked. He was respectful, solicitous, and considerate the entire time. He told her that the entire force was there to serve the community.

After hearing this story from my wife, I had to ensure that the Front Royal Police Department be thanked. The Police get a lot of bad press, mostly because of a small number of bad apples. I wanted to make sure they were thanked for their service, and got some positive press, for a change.

Lalit Piplani
Front Royal, VA

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It’s burned up – forget it: Call dad and tell him his truck is toast in Front Royal

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When:
February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-02-03T14:00:00-05:00
2019-02-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

Mid-afternoon, Thursday, June 25, a vehicle fire was reported in the parking lot of the commercial strip anchored by Anthony’s Pizza on the 100 block of South Royal Avenue. First responders from Warren County Fire & Rescue and the Front Royal Police Department found a pickup truck with West Virginia tags parked on the street side of the lot with an engine fire engaged and no occupants apparent.

This reporter arrived after the fire had been extinguished and only one town police unit remained at the scene. That officer pointed out a thick fluid trail that appeared to run from the 1993 Ford Ranger pickup through a portion of the parking lot, perhaps indicating a fluid leak as a source or consequence of the engine fire.

The involved 1993 Ford Ranger pickup was abandoned at scene by occupants. Contacted, the Hampshire County, West Virginia owner said he had given his daughter permission to take the truck and had been alerted that it had been damaged in Front Royal. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini

Our inquiry to responding agencies led to information from the FRPD Public Information Department’s Jessica Racer, who told us, “The incident was a vehicle fire, not arson and not suspicious in nature. The owner’s name is Roger Haines in Hampshire County (West Virginia).”

FRPD Captain Crystal Cline later told Royal Examiner that the truck’s owner was contacted by running the tags and requesting Hampshire County authorities to contact him. That route was required because apparently the truck’s driver and a passenger left the scene without ever making contact with local authorities, first responders, or potentially impacted businesses in the commercial strip.

Captain Cline reported that Mr. Haines “advised that the vehicle was not stolen, and he had given his daughter permission to drive the vehicle” and that he was “aware that the vehicle was broken down” and “had already contacted a towing company” about recovering it.

Fire & Rescue responders broke the driver’s side window to access the cab where a witness believed a gas can had been left inside.

This scenario seems to confirm information from a witness to the vehicle fire who told a Royal Examiner source that the vehicle’s occupants, described as a man and woman, left the scene on foot without contacting responders about their connection to the vehicle. According to the witness, the pair left the truck cab locked as they exited it with the engine smoking before walking to the adjacent Jack Evans Chevrolet lot to watch at distance as responders arrived to extinguish the developing engine fire. Eventually, they left the scene on foot down South Royal Avenue without any apparent contact with authorities, the witness reported.

That’s a long hitchhike back to Hampshire County – no time to waste apparently.

The gas can’s location following the fire was near the driver’s side, rear tire, fortunately unsinged. No further information on the can’s contents or original location was available.

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A missing child search and a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to local law enforcement

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When:
February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-02-03T14:00:00-05:00
2019-02-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

Last night, July 2, around 11 p.m., on a very starry night, the sound of a chopper circling and circling over the High Knob Community broke the stillness.

A check of Facebook group pages revealed a 3-year-old child had gone missing. The mother informed us her baby had presumably followed the dad who had taken the family pup outside for a late evening relief. When the parents discovered the child was missing and couldn’t be found, they called for help and our local deputies responded in a hurry.

In addition to sweeping the area and calling in a search and rescue helicopter, nearby concerned neighbors turned on their yard lights and looked for the missing child. While the outside work was underway, a thorough search of the home was undertaken. And there that 3-year-old was, hidden under a pile of blankets playing hide-and-seek.

What a relief!

So we have a happy ending. The deputies were able to go home, neighbors headed back to bed, and we were all secure in the knowledge that a cherished child was safe.

A big thank you from a neighbor to all the deputies who jumped to help find a missing child, and to the officers who were flying the search and rescue helicopter. That’s a job with some big risks over mountainous terrain. I happen to know the local police department and sheriff’s department spend a lot of their resources in looking after our vulnerable children and teens. If we can get better mental health services throughout the Commonwealth, the schools to jails pipeline could be broken, and lives mended.

Please if you see a police officer or sheriff’s deputy, thank him or her for being ready to serve, protect, and rescue the most vulnerable in our community. Right now they need to know we appreciate their service very much. And yes, indeed, there are some things that need fixing. Nonetheless, if we all work together, every mother’s child will be safe.

Rea Howarth
High Knob, Warren County

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Music park at Burrell Brooks, Jr. Community Park ribbon cutting ceremony

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When:
February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-02-03T14:00:00-05:00
2019-02-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

On Friday, June 26, 2020, citizens, friends and family, Parks and Recreation Commission members, Warren County Board of Supervisors members, and County Administrator Doug Stanley gathered to welcome Dr. Lorraine LeHew Hultquist’s generous gift to Burrell Brooks, Jr. Community Park.

This is Dr. Hultquist’s third music park donation to the Warren County park system. In 2017, Ms. Hultquist suggested the idea of adding a music park to one of the County’s facilities after visiting similar parks in Utah and Oregon, and the County celebrated the first music park addition at Rockland Park in November 2017. The following year, a second music park addition was built in Lions Park.

In late 2019, Dr. Lorraine LeHew Hultquist donated the new Deluxe Collection music system to be installed at Burrell Brooks, Jr. Community Park. The mixed quartet offers a musical experience for all through a specially designed ensemble that delivers a variety of sound qualities and pitch ranges. The equipment is multi-generational, interactive, durable, and perfectly tuned. Everyone, regardless of age or ability, can play. Her generous support of the music parks will allow our community to enjoy the enrichment of music and will inspire future musicians.

At the ribbon cutting, long-time Warren County Parks and Recreation Commission member Ron Harvey provided a history of the Commission, recreation in the community, and how the generosity of the community has allowed the parks to flourish.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chair and South River District Supervisor Cheryl Cullers noted the importance of music in the development of children, who will now have the opportunity to enjoy this park and its new addition donated by Dr. Lorraine LeHew Hultquist. She added, “The addition of this music equipment to Burrell Brooks Park will, I believe, give the children of the community at an early age, access to music as an avenue to hopefully start a lifelong love of music, as well as to have the experience to exercise their own creative musical talents.”

The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department is very grateful for Dr. Hultquist’s generous gifts to our local parks for the benefit of all citizens. County Administrator Doug Stanley, noting her previous donations, stated, “I would like to personally thank Lorraine for her kind and generous monetary gift for this magnificent music park for all of Warren County patrons to enjoy and for her support of the entire Parks and Recreation system. It is truly fitting that she is honored today for her gracious and kind gift!”

Music Park at Burrell Brooks, Jr. Community Park

Dr. Lorraine LeHew Hultquist playing the new music park instruments

Warren County Administrator, Doug Stanley, welcoming attendees and expressing his gratitude to Dr. Hultquist

Cheryl Cullers, Board of Supervisors Vice Chair, speaking about the benefits of music for children

Ron Harvey providing historical context to the event on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Commission and focusing on the spirit of generosity in the citizens of Warren County

(L to R) Ron Harvey, Parks and Recreation Commission; Carolyn Kissinger, Parks and Recreation Commission; Cheryl Cullers, Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors; Dr. Lorraine LeHew Hultquist, benefactor; Walter Mabe, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors; Archie Fox, Board of Supervisors; and Douglas P. Stanley, County Administrator, cutting the ribbon

Friends and family of Dr. Hultquist celebrating the new music park

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