Connect with us

Town Notices

Front Royal Tightens Tap: Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Enacted



Shrinking Flow of Shenandoah River Prompts Swift Action by Officials.

The Town of Front Royal has sounded the alarm. The daily stream flow rate of the river has plummeted below 340 cfs, translating to roughly 220 million gallons per day. Residents and businesses, take heed: it’s time to turn off those sprinklers, hold off on that car wash, and rethink our daily water habits.

Owing to regulations set by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Town’s current water extraction permit requires it to adhere to specified conservation protocols once certain river flow rates are breached. Given the present scenario, it’s not just an advisory but a mandate for every user of Front Royal’s municipal water system to align with the conservation efforts.

What does this imply for the townsfolk? For starters, if you are drawing from the Town’s water supplies:

  • Between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., keep those garden hoses off. This means no watering your lawns, shrubs, or any outdoor plants (with exceptions for indoor plants, greenhouse and commercial nursery stocks, and freshly planted greens less than a year old).
  • If your vehicle is due for a wash, hold that thought unless you’re heading to a commercial vehicle wash facility.
  • Those paved surfaces? They’re staying dirty for now. No washing of driveways, streets, parking lots, or similar surfaces.
  • Ornamental fountains, unless they recycle water, need to be switched off. The Town’s decorative fountains will be out of service within two days of this directive.
  • Reconsider that pool party. You can top off existing pools, but no new filling is allowed.

Failure to adhere? That’s a hefty fine of up to $1,000 for each violation. Moreover, each day you breach these rules counts as a distinct offense.

But it’s not all about rules. The town’s administration suggests ways to curtail water usage willingly:

  • At eateries, only serve water if a patron asks for it.
  • Operate dishwashers and washing machines only when full.
  • Opt for showers over baths.
  • Turn off taps when you aren’t directly using them, like during brushing or shaving.
  • Adopt a two-basin method for dishwashing, one for soaping and one for rinsing.
  • Retrofit or upgrade to water fixtures that are designed to conserve water.

Conservation isn’t just about compliance; it’s an investment in the future and a way to cut down on utility expenses. By acting judiciously now, we can help our town navigate through this rough patch and ensure a reliable water supply for days to come.

In the words of Town Manager Joseph Waltz, “Thank you for your assistance in conserving our water resources during this low river flow period.” Stay updated with local news outlets for the latest on water conservation in Front Royal. For queries regarding the water restrictions, reach out to the Town’s Water Treatment Plant at (540) 636-7474.

Share the News:

Town Notices

Front Royal Seeks Civic-Minded Citizen for Building Code Appeals Board



Town Council Calls for Applicants to Fill Vital Role in Local Governance.

The Town Council of Front Royal is actively seeking a community member to join the Local Board of Building Code Appeals (LBBCA). This call for applications represents a unique opportunity for residents with expertise in construction, real estate, law, architecture, or engineering to actively participate in shaping the town’s future. The vacancy, for a term beginning on November 13, 2023, and concluding on November 13, 2027, opens doors for civic engagement and contribution to local governance.

The LBBCA, a five-member board appointed by the Town Council, plays a crucial role in interpreting and enforcing the town’s building codes and regulations. The board’s decisions directly impact Front Royal’s structural safety standards, influencing residential and commercial development.

Applicants must reside within the Front Royal Corporate Limits and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience relevant to the construction industry. This expertise can stem from various professional backgrounds, including real estate, law, architecture, or engineering. The diverse skill set required underscores the board’s comprehensive approach to addressing building code appeals.

The selection of a new board member is pivotal for Front Royal as the town continues to evolve and grow. The appointed individual will have the chance to influence key decisions that shape the town’s infrastructure and development trajectory.

Mayor & Town Council and Tina L. Presley, Clerk of Council, oversee the application process. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their resumes via email or traditional mail to the provided contact details. The position will remain open until filled, emphasizing the council’s commitment to finding the right candidate for this critical role.

Please send via email or mail a resume to:

Mayor & Town Council
Attn: Tina L Presley, Clerk of Council
102 E. Main Street
P. O. Box 1560
Front Royal, Virginia 22630

The LBBCA’s impact on Front Royal’s development cannot be overstated. The board’s work ensures that buildings within the town meet the highest standards of safety and functionality. As the town evolves, the need for informed and dedicated board members grows ever more essential. This vacancy presents a meaningful way for citizens to engage with and contribute to their community, marking an exciting opportunity for civic-minded individuals to shape Front Royal’s future.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Town Notices

Front Royal Town Council on the Hunt for New LBBCA Member



Opportunity Opens for Passionate Front Royal Citizen to Join Prestigious Building Board.

Residents of the Town of Front Royal, Virginia, here’s your golden ticket! The Town Council has officially announced its search for an enthusiastic citizen who’s ready and willing to join the Local Board of Building Code Appeals (LBBCA). This appointment isn’t just a nod to the town’s call to civic duty but also a significant opportunity to play a role in shaping the architectural and construction future of Front Royal.

The council’s call comes in the wake of an unexpired term, set to begin on November 13, 2023, and conclude four years later on the same date in 2027. Given the weight and importance of the role, the council isn’t looking for just anyone. The LBBCA is a five-strong board, and each of its members holds crucial responsibilities. As a result, the chosen candidate needs to possess a sincere interest in Front Royal’s architectural developments and concrete experience within relevant fields.

Now, you might be asking what it truly takes to be considered. Potential candidates should ideally reside within the boundaries of the Front Royal Corporate Limits. Moreover, they should come armed with either an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry or possess equivalent experience in associated fields. The council welcomes experts from the worlds of real estate, law, architecture, and engineering to toss their hat in the ring. The spectrum is broad, encompassing a variety of professionals, but the common thread is the expertise and passion to serve Front Royal’s best interests.

Mayor and the Town Council have appointed Ms. Tina L. Presley, the Clerk of Council, as this initiative’s primary point of contact. Interested parties are advised to shoot an email or even the traditional post, armed with their resume, expressing their desire to serve. Address your envelope or direct your email to the town:

Ms. Tina L. Presley
Clerk of Council
102 E. Main Street
P. O. Box 1560
Front Royal, Virginia 22630

or at

This opening stands as a beacon, signaling an employment opportunity and a chance to contribute meaningfully to Front Royal’s growth and development. By joining LBBCA, one individual will find themselves at the forefront of impactful decisions, guiding Front Royal towards a future where construction and community meld seamlessly.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Town Notices

Town Notice: Mandatory Water Conservation



The Town of Front Royal has observed that as of September 15, 2023, the daily stream flow rate of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is above 240 cubic feet per second (cfs), but below 340 cubic feet per second (cfs). Emergency Water conservation lifted, and mandatory water conservation is effective September 15, 2023.

The Town’s permit for water withdrawal from the river issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality stipulates certain river flow rates require various conservation measures.

As a result of the river flow and to be in compliance with the issued withdrawal permit, all users of the Town of Front Royal’s municipal water system are advised to continue to observe mandatory water conservation efforts.

During periods of mandatory water conservation, all users of the Front Royal municipal water system shall be prohibited from the following:

1. The watering of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants, or any other vegetation from Town water supplies (except indoor plantings, greenhouse and commercial nursery stocks, and new plantings less than one-year-old) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
2. The outdoor washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, or other types of mobile equipment, except in a commercial vehicle wash facility.
3. The washing of private streets, driveways, parking lots, service station grounds, or other paved outdoor surfaces.
4. The operation of any ornamental fountains unless the water is recycled. Municipal ornamental fountains shall be cleaned and closed within two (2) days of the mandatory water conservation restriction declaration.
5. The filling of swimming and/or wading pools, except that filled pools may be topped off to maintain the appropriate levels for use.

Violation of any of these mandatory water conservation activities can be punished by a fine of up to $1000 per offense committed. In addition, each day that a violation occurs can be punished as a separate offense. Water users are urged to comply with these efforts.

Water users are requested to continue to reduce water usage through various other water conservation measures, including the following:

1. Serving drinking water in restaurants only upon patron request.
2. Operating only fully loaded dishwashers and clothes washing machines.
3. Take short showers instead of baths.
4. Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
5. Use two basins when washing dishes by hand, one for washing and one for rinsing, rather than letting the tap run.
6. Reduce all non-essential water usage.
7. Repair or replace all water fixtures with reduced flow fixtures.

Conserving water will not only assist during this drought period but will also save consumers money on their utility bills.

Thank you for your assistance in conserving our water resources during this low river flow period. Please monitor your local media sources for future reports of water conservation efforts in the Town of Front Royal.

Town Manager
Joseph Waltz

If you have any questions about this mandatory water restriction, please contact the Town’s Water Treatment Plant at (540) 636-7474.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Town Notices

Bowman Park Closures Announced Amid Essential Tree Mitigation Efforts



September 12-13 Set for Maintenance by Timber Works Tree Care.

The idyllic Bowman Park, located on Luray Avenue, next to St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, a favorite among Front Royal locals and tourists, will see its gates closed on September 12 and 13, 2023. The closure is a necessary move following Town Arborist Jim Osborn’s findings, revealing that several trees within the park precincts were posing significant hazards to public safety.

The inspection, initiated by a complaint, led Osborn to identify various trees in critical conditions, jeopardizing the well-being of park-goers. Grasping the gravity of the issue, the Town of Front Royal swiftly roped in Timber Works Tree Care. As experts in tree care and maintenance, Timber Works will lead the mitigation operations. Both Osborn and another ISA Certified Arborist from Timber Works will be meticulously monitoring the project to ensure optimum outcomes.

Multiple trees are slated for removal. A prominent White Oak, with a diameter of 55″ at breast height (dbh), carries the scars of a lightning strike from a decade ago. This injury led to interior decay and brown rot, thereby weakening its structure. Another White Oak, standing at 44″ dbh, displays over 25% crown decline, a phenomenon known as “Oak Decline.” This condition, documented since 2019 by the University of Maryland, stems from multiple factors, including soil compaction, water runoff, and diminished organic matter. A Burr Oak, measuring 38″ dbh, showing the toll of multiple lead damages over time, will also be removed due to its deteriorating state.

In addition to the removals, the park will witness hazard reduction procedures on two White Oaks, sized 53″ dbh and 47″ dbh. This involves the pruning of branches larger than 2″ in diameter to enhance tree health and minimize risks.

Bowman Park’s brief closure ensures that these vital measures are executed without hindrance, maximizing safety for its patrons. For inquiries or concerns about the procedures, Jim Osborn remains accessible to the public. His commitment lies in safeguarding everyone while maintaining the park’s natural allure.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Town Notices

Town Notice: Upcoming Asphalt Repairs Promise Improved Roadways Amid Nighttime Operations



As night blankets the streets of Front Royal, significant improvements are on the horizon. Kickin’ Asphalt, the contractor of the town, gears up to enhance John Marshall Highway’s current condition.

Starting from September 10th to 15th, Front Royal will witness essential asphalt patch repairs on a prime segment of John Marshall Highway. This stretch extends from Biggs Drive to the Town Limits. The nocturnal activities, set to commence each night from 8:00 p.m. and conclude by 6:00 a.m., are deliberately orchestrated to minimize disruption during peak hours.

With safety and smooth traffic flow as key priorities, motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Lane closures are anticipated, and flagger operations will be actively managing the transitions. Signage will guide motorists through the affected areas. As the thrum of machinery fills the nighttime air, the town’s officials urge the community to exercise caution, especially with on-site crew members working diligently through the wee hours.

The impetus behind the repair operations is clear: to offer residents and visitors an enhanced driving experience. A smoother, safer, and more efficient road network is invaluable for any town, reinforcing its commitment to infrastructure, safety, and quality of life.

While the pros of the operation far outweigh the short-term inconvenience, the Town of Front Royal and Kickin’ Asphalt express their sincere apologies to the public. For those with queries or concerns, the Public Works department remains accessible from Monday to Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After regular hours, the Non-Emergency Police Department stands ready to assist at 540-635-2111.

In a world where rapid urbanization often compromises the quality of our roads, Front Royal’s proactive measures underscore its dedication to its residents. As the hum of the night signals progress, one can’t help but appreciate the town’s vision for a smoother tomorrow.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Top Stories

Front Royal Faces Severe Water Shortages: Emergency Conservation Measures Enacted



Town Mandates Strict Water Use Limitations as Shenandoah River Flow Declines Sharply.

Front Royal is facing a serious water issue. As of September 6, 2023, the daily flow rate of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River has plummeted to below 240 cubic feet per second (cfs). This crucial water source for the community has triggered immediate emergency water conservation measures, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The situation’s gravity lies in its suddenness and the immediate potential impact on Front Royal’s municipal water system. The DEQ-issued permit for water withdrawal stipulates that different flow rates necessitate different conservation measures. The alarming drop below 240 cfs means that Front Royal must now enact emergency water conservation rules.

The new rules prohibit various activities, including the use of hoses or sprinklers for watering outdoor vegetation, except for certain exemptions like indoor plantings and commercial nurseries. Also banned is the outdoor washing of vehicles, unless it’s at a commercial wash facility, as well as cleaning of outdoor surfaces and operating ornamental fountains. Filling swimming or wading pools and any residential and recreational outdoor water use is strictly forbidden.

“Non-compliance with these urgent measures could result in a fine of up to $1,000 per offense. Each day a violation continues is treated as a separate offense,” Town Manager Joseph Waltz sternly advises.

Apart from the immediate restrictions, the community is urged to adopt consistent water-saving habits. These include only providing water in restaurants upon customer request, operating dishwashers, and washing machines when fully loaded, favoring short showers over baths, and adopting more efficient dishwashing techniques. Such consistent practices could have a lasting positive impact on the town’s water management system.

The low flow rate of the Shenandoah River serves as an urgent reminder that water, though abundant, is not unlimited. Front Royal’s current predicament is a cautionary tale that calls for both immediate action and long-term sustainable practices. The current situation should encourage other communities to reevaluate their water management strategies to prevent facing similar crises.

For any questions regarding the water conservation measures, residents are advised to contact Front Royal’s Water Treatment Plant at (540) 636-7474.

Share the News:
Continue Reading


Thank You to our Local Business Participants:


Aders Insurance Agency, Inc (State Farm)

Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning

Apple Dumpling Learning Center

Apple House

Auto Care Clinic

Avery-Hess Realty, Marilyn King

Beaver Tree Services

Blake and Co. Hair Spa

Blue Mountain Creative Consulting

Blue Ridge Arts Council

Blue Ridge Education

BNI Shenandoah Valley

C&C's Ice Cream Shop

Card My Yard

CBM Mortgage, Michelle Napier

Christine Binnix - McEnearney Associates

Code Jamboree LLC

Code Ninjas Front Royal

Cool Techs Heating and Air

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Downtown Market

Dusty's Country Store

Edward Jones-Bret Hrbek

Explore Art & Clay

Family Preservation Services

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Independent Business Alliance

Front Royal/Warren County C-CAP

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Treatment Center

Front Royal Women's Resource Center

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

Fussell Florist

G&M Auto Sales Inc

Garcia & Gavino Family Bakery

Gourmet Delights Gifts & Framing

Green to Ground Electrical

Groups Recover Together

Habitat for Humanity

Groups Recover Together

House of Hope

I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

Jean’s Jewelers

Jen Avery, REALTOR & Jenspiration, LLC

Key Move Properties, LLC

KW Solutions

Legal Services Plans of Northern Shenendoah

Main Street Travel

Makeover Marketing Systems

Marlow Automotive Group

Mary Carnahan Graphic Design

Merchants on Main Street

Mountain Trails

Mountain View Music

National Media Services

Natural Results Chiropractic Clinic

No Doubt Accounting

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

Penny Lane Hair Co.

Philip Vaught Real Estate Management

Phoenix Project

Reaching Out Now

Rotary Club of Warren County

Royal Blends Nutrition

Royal Cinemas

Royal Examiner

Royal Family Bowling Center

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Oak Computers

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Spice

Ruby Yoga

Salvation Army

Samuels Public Library

SaVida Health

Skyline Insurance

Shenandoah Shores Management Group

St. Luke Community Clinic

Strites Doughnuts

Studio Verde

The Arc of Warren County

The Institute for Association & Nonprofit Research

The Studio-A Place for Learning

The Valley Today - The River 95.3

The Vine and Leaf

Valley Chorale

Warren Charge (Bennett's Chapel, Limeton, Asbury)

Warren Coalition

Warren County Democratic Committee

Warren County Department of Social Services

Warren County DSS Job Development

Warrior Psychotherapy Services, PLLC

WCPS Work-Based Learning

What Matters & Beth Medved Waller, Inc Real Estate

White Picket Fence

Woodward House on Manor Grade

King Cartoons

Front Royal, VA
7:18 am4:50 pm EST
Feels like: 45°F
Wind: 0mph NNE
Humidity: 63%
Pressure: 30.16"Hg
UV index: 1
59°F / 46°F
61°F / 34°F
41°F / 25°F

Upcoming Events

8:00 am Breakfast with Santa @ Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department
Breakfast with Santa @ Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department
Dec 9 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast with Santa @ Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department
Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department is having a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9th, from 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Adults are $10.00 Kids are $5.00 Children 5 and under are free!
12:00 pm Christmas Lunch for Kids, Vets a... @ Front Royal Elks Lodge
Christmas Lunch for Kids, Vets a... @ Front Royal Elks Lodge
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Christmas Lunch for Kids, Vets and Seniors @ Front Royal Elks Lodge
The Front Royal Elks Lodge will hold it’s annual Holiday Lunch for Kids, Veterans and Seniors on Saturday, December 9. Festivities will begin at 12 noon. Mr. and Mrs. Clause are said to be coming!
4:30 pm Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA’s Jet Propulsion[...]
7:30 pm American Legion Community Band C... @ Boggs Chapel at R-MA
American Legion Community Band C... @ Boggs Chapel at R-MA
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
American Legion Community Band Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel at R-MA
The American Legion Community Band, located in Front Royal, Virginia, was formed in 1986 and has been playing concerts in the area ever since. The conductors and band members are all volunteer musicians from the local[...]
6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Bingo to support the American Cancer Society mission, organized by Relay For Life of Front Royal. Every Wednesday evening Early Bird Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Regular Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments available More[...]
7:00 am Pancake Breakfast @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Pancake Breakfast @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Dec 16 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Pancake Breakfast @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Join us for pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy, and juice/coffee! All are invited for this FREE event. Offering will be accepted.
10:00 am 10th Virginia Infantry Encampment @ Sky Meadows State Park
10th Virginia Infantry Encampment @ Sky Meadows State Park
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10th Virginia Infantry Encampment @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. Journey back in time and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of a Civil War Encampment during the holidays. Interact with the 10th VA Infantry, also known as the Valley Guards,[...]
1:00 pm The Nutcracker @ Skyline High School
The Nutcracker @ Skyline High School
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Nutcracker @ Skyline High School
Italia Performing Arts is pleased to announce its own student production of The Nutcracker, a Christmas classic to be enjoyed by the whole family! When: Saturday, December 16th at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM Where:[...]