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Meet Leslie Mathews: Candidate for South River Supervisor

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Leslie Mathews announces her run to fill the South River Supervisor seat in the November election. Photo and video by Mark Williams.

Leslie Mathews has joined the race for the Warren County Board of Supervisors South River District seat. This now makes three candidates for the seat in South River. Along with Robert Hupman, Cheryl Cullers and now Leslie Mathews, each having deep roots in this part of Warren County.

Leslie’s slogan is “Together We Can Get Warren County Back on Track ” – find out more about Leslie Mathews in this interview with Royal Examiner publisher Mike McCool:

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In Design Stage: VDOT projects in Warren County

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I-81 Exit 300 Southbound acceleration ramp extension and bridge widening over Route 840 (Water Plant Road)

This project extends the Interstate 81 southbound exit 300 acceleration lane from the Interstate 66 westbound ramp. The purpose of this project is to to safely accommodate merging traffic and growing truck volumes on Interstate 81 at the south end of the exit 300 interchange.

The project extends the existing southbound 1,400-foot acceleration lane and 250-foot taper to a 2,030-foot acceleration lane with a 300-foot taper. The 128-foot long southbound bridge over Route 840 (Water Plant Road) will be widened from 42 feet to 54 feet to accommodate the extended lane. A small drainage structures may need to be extended.

During construction temporary closures will occur on Route 840 to place beams for the I-81 bridge over Route 840. In 2014 Route 840 had an average daily traffic count of 525 vehicles per day. In 2020 when the project is scheduled for construction advertisement the daily average traffic count is estimated to be 557 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2042 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 672 vehicles per day.

All interstate work will be performed in the median and the project will not have any right-of-way impacts.

Benefits
The purpose of this project is to improve mainline operations and improve safety at the high-speed merge of traffic onto southbound I-81 from I-66 westbound.

Major Milestones
Project plan approval Fall 2020

Construction advertisement Fall 2020

Route 624 (Happy Creek Road)

The Route 624 (Happy Creek Road) project provides safety improvements from the Town of Front Royal Eastern Corporate limits to Route 645 (Manassas Run Road). Route 624 is a two-lane road with 10-foot wide travel lanes. Work includes widening the lanes to 11 feet, reducing fixed object hazards, increasing intersection capacity and improving drainage.

On a portion of Route 624 is a wooded area with a curve, which currently limits drivers’ sight views. This area will be cleared and the curve reduced to improve visibility.

In the middle of the project is an at-grade crossing for the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Trains at this crossing serve the Virginia Inland port which is located north of Front Royal. Route 624 has a curve at the crossing, which will be reduced with a slight roadway realignment. Reflective signs and chevrons will be posted to help drivers see the road particularly during night and low light conditions.

Turn lanes will be constructed on Route 624 at Route 647 (Dismal Hollow Road) and Route 645 (Manassas Run Road).

In 2016 Route 624 had an average daily traffic count of 4100 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2043 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 5800 vehicles per day. The total estimated cost for this project is $10.5 million, including $1.3 million for preliminary engineering, $569,234 for right of way and $8.6 million for construction.

Benefits
This project will improve safety on Route 624 by reducing fixed object hazards, increasing intersection capacity and improving drainage.

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I-66 Outside the Beltway Project: Lane closures and traffic changes Week of June 16, 2019

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As weather conditions allow, crews will continue corridor-wide roadway maintenance and address issues as needed, with daily single- and multi-lane closures during daytime and overnight hours on I-66 East and West. Additional activities to include:

• Constructing bridge foundations at I-495, Route 28, and Route 234 Business interchanges, and the Bull Run Drive overpass
• Constructing retaining walls along I-66 and Route 28
• Demolishing of structures

• Small charge dynamite blasting operations at the Route 28 interchange
• Clearing trees and brush, grading, and installing drainage throughout the corridor
• Demolishing closed ramps at Route 123 interchange
• Grading and installing drainage at the future park and ride lots at University Boulevard (Gainesville) and Balls Ford Road (Manassas)
• Grading and excavating for the new E.C. Lawrence Park Access Road and temporary realignment of Braddock Road
• Relocating underground and overhead utilities along I-66 and Route 28

The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project will add express lanes stretching 22.5 miles from the Capital Beltway to Route 29 in Gainesville, rebuild major interchanges along the I-66 corridor, create thousands of new park and ride spaces, and expand trail options for cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more at Transform66.org.

Upcoming Lane Closures and Traffic Changes
The following planned lane closures are expected to have significant traffic impacts. All work is subject to change based on weather and schedule. Find the latest information on travel conditions and work zones by visiting 511virginia.org or downloading the Virginia511 app.

ROUTE 29 / GAINESVILLE
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 234 BUSINESS (SUDLEY ROAD) / MANASSAS
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 28 (SULLY ROAD) / CENTREVILLE
Route 28 North at ramp to I-66 East
Route 28 South at Braddock Road
Ramps from I-66 East and West to Route 28 North
Ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 South
Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21: 11 a.m. to noon
Temporary stoppages of up to 15 minutes on Route 28 North and South at I-66 for small charge blasting. Additionally, the ramps from I-66 East and West to northbound Route 28, and from I-66 West to southbound Route 28 will be temporarily closed for up to 15 minutes during the same time period.

ROUTE 286 (FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKWAY)
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 50 / FAIRFAX
Ramp from Route 50 West to I-66 West
Tuesday, June 18: Midnight to 4 a.m.
The ramp will be closed Tuesday night between midnight and 4 a.m. Traffic will be detoured farther west to Route 608 (West Ox Road) South, stay to the right for Route 50 East, then follow signs to I-66 West.

Ramp from I-66 West to Route 50 East
Tuesday, June 18: Midnight to 4 a.m.
The ramp will be closed Tuesday night between midnight and 4 a.m. Traffic will be detoured farther west to Route 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) South, stay to the right for I-66 East, then follow signs to Route 50 East.

ROUTE 123 (CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD) / OAKTON – CITY OF FAIRFAX
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 243 (NUTLEY STREET) / VIENNA
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

I-495 (CAPITAL BELTWAY)
I-495 North between Route 50 and I-66
Wednesday, June 19: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Two left lanes will be closed so that a crane can be relocated. Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages and slowdowns on northbound I-495.

Commuter Alternatives
VDOT and the project team have invested in a broad range of programs to help commuters and others stay mobile and safe during construction. Learn more about carpool, vanpool, telework, and commuter bus alternatives.

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Tough loss for the Cardinals

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In a game that was a battle to the very last pitch, the Cardinals fell short and lost to the Purcellville Cannons 7-8. Both pitchers started strong, and the first inning flew by with no score. Cardinal’s second baseman, Carson Bell, started the next inning with a bang, mashing a homerun to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard. The Cannons answered with two runs of their own in the home half of the inning, and the battle ensued.

The next action came in the fourth inning, when the Cardinals took advantage of a hit by first baseman, Levi Leisenring, and a couple of Cannons’ errors, to score Bell for the second time, and tie the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Cannons’ Jose Aquino’s three run home run put the Cannons back in the lead. The Cardinals didn’t give up, and their next opportunity to score came in the eighth inning. Facing fresh pitchers on both teams, left fielder Jose Hernandez’s single scored Bell for the third time in this game. Not to be outdone, the Cannons also scored one in the inning, maintaining their three-run lead.

In one final push during the top of the ninth inning, the Cardinals made a steady advance, scoring four runs on four hits, finally taking a one run lead into the last three outs of the game. In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded for the Cannons, Clayton Baine stroked a double to center field, winning the battle for the Cannons.

Three Cardinals batters had multiple hits on the night: Amir Wright, Trey Fields, and Levi Leisenring each had two hits. Carson Bell scored four runs during the game. Starting pitcher Kyle Choate gave the Cardinals 4.1 strong innings, striking out five batters and giving up five runs. Pitcher Peter Schuldt took the loss for the Cardinals.

Coach Hurla commented on the loss, “The guys battled back tonight and really showed some heart. It stings to not be able to pull off this comeback. A couple of injuries to the pitching staff has thinned us out, but we will keep working through it.”

The Cardinals’ next game is at home, Saturday June 15th at 7:00 pm, against the Woodstock River Bandits. Stoneburner Carter Insurance sponsors the game, and free tickets are available at their office or the Front Royal Visitor Center.

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Democrats fielding Amselle for Warren County sheriff run

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Jorge Amselle

Front Royal, VA — Front Royal resident Jorge Amselle announced this week that he is running for Sheriff of Warren County on the Democratic ticket, after the Warren County Democratic Committee named him as their nominee for Warren County Sheriff at their May 31 caucus.

Amselle has over 25 years’ experience in economics, law, public policy, and communications, as well as a decade of working with law enforcement as a security professional and a journalist.

Amselle has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as a Juris Master’s in law and public policy from the George Mason School of Law. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard as an infantryman, though he stated in an October 24, 2018, letter to Royal Examiner supporting Sixth District candidate Jennifer Lewis that he had “never experienced combat” but was familiar with the sacrifices that veteran make for our country.

While Amselle has no experience in law enforcement, he said he sees the job of the top cop of Warren County as an administrative function, stating, “I will bring the perspective of the citizen to this job to ensure accountability and oversight.”

“If elected I will work to promote real criminal justice reform that improves public safety and protects the taxpayer. I will work to bring drug court for first time offenders to Warren County; to decriminalize marijuana; to address the problem of pre-trial detention for misdemeanors; to eliminate cash bail; to oppose mandatory minimum sentences; to restore voting rights for returning citizens; to use diversion instead of incarceration for individuals with mental illness; to support expungement of minor infractions; to reform civil asset forfeiture; and to work with schools and community groups to promote early intervention programs to keep young people out of trouble.”

“We need to stop treating drug addiction as a criminal justice issue and start treating it as a public health issue. Our community needs more taxpayers not more inmates,” he added.

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Front Royal Cardinals bid for three in a row falls short

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In last night’s game against the Strasburg Express, the Cardinals offense looked like they wanted to start this game just where they left off last night. Leadoff batter Patrick Baggett scorched a triple in the bottom of the first inning, which set him up to score when Carson Bell singled just three batters later. The Cardinals seemed fired up and looking to win three games in a row.

Photo by Ken Pullen.

The Express pushed one run across in the top of the second inning, tying the game, but the Cardinals answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning, maintaining their one run lead.

The Cardinals plated another runner in the third inning, widening their lead to 3-1. The Express fought back and took a momentary 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth.

The bottom of the fifth proved to be a turning point for the Cardinals. With two outs, Carson Bell singled, then stole second base. The hit ignited Cardinals offense, and the next six batters reached base. When the inning was over, the Cardinals had scored five runs, and took a decisive 8-4 lead. One more Cardinals’ run in the sixth inning made the score 9-4.

The Express offense came alive in the seventh inning against Cardinals’ reliver, Henri Pratt. After starting the inning with two quick outs, Pratt gave up three hits and issued two walks, which allowed the Express to score. Despite a pitching change to Sean Miller, the Express were on a roll that would give them a huge inning of their own. In the top of the eighth inning, Express first baseman, Sonny Dicharia, found the bases loaded as he stepped up to bat. On a 1-1 count, Dicharia launched a ball that eventually hit the scoreboard in left center field – a grand slam home run.

The impressive feat gave the Express a 11-9 lead.

The Cardinals just couldn’t get things going for the remainder of the game, and the Express took the win 11-9. Despite the loss, the Cardinals managed 14 hits on the night, and eight of their nine players hit at least once in the game. Batters were led by second baseman Patrick Baggett, who went 3-5 with 2 RBIs and right fielder Carson Bell, 3-5 with 1 RBI. Following closely behind them were Easton Waterman, 2-5 with 2 RBIs and Joel Alvarez, who went 2-4. Cardinals pitching staff combined to surrender 13 hits, while striking out eight, and walking seven batters. Sean Miller took the loss for the Cardinals

Coach Hurla described the game as a tough loss but remains positive about the team’s potential. “It’s a tough one to swallow, getting beat after having the lead late, but at the plate we really had some good at bats, especially with two outs tonight. Tomorrow is another big game and we will be ready to go.”

The Cardinals face the Purcellville Cannons at 7:00 pm tonight at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville. Their next home game will be Saturday, when they host the Woodstock River Bandits. Game time is 7:00 pm. Stoneburner Carter insurance is sponsoring Saturday’s game.

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WCFR Ground Breaking Ceremony on the Rivermont Fire Station

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On Thursday, June 13th, the County of Warren, VA, Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the Rivermont Volunteer Fire and Rescue held the Ground Breaking Ceremony on the new Rivermont Community Replacement Fire and Rescue Station.

Photo courtesy of WCFR.

Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie was joined by County Adminstrator Douglas Stanley, Supervisor Daniel Murry, Supervisor Archie Fox and Rivermont Volunteer President Ashley Woodall in providing remarks to members of the community, current and former volunteer members of our Fire and Rescue System, County staff and Town of Front Royal, Virginia leadership.

Fire Chief Richard Mabie and Fire Marshal Gerry R. Maiatico. Photo courtesy of WCFR.

Fire Chief Mabie stated “today is an exciting day for our Fire and Rescue Family. This has been a long 10 year project for many of us here today and it is great to see dirt finally moving to make way for this new station.” Fire and Rescue Administration was then joined by members of the Rivermont Station, County Leadership and members of the Board of Supervisors for the ground breaking event.

This 15,250 square foot facility will offer 3 drive through bays, overnight accommodations and additional support space to support the countywide fire and EMS response system and volunteer station needs for a projected 50 year life span. This facility will also offer a community meeting space which will also serve as the Fork District polling/voting location and fundraising space for the volunteer organization.

This joint capital improvement project has been developed to meet the critical needs of the Rivermont Community and to address the safety concerns of the deteriorating conditions of the existing station. The needs of the Fire and Rescue operations have vastly outgrown the existing station which is not adequate to support career staffing or overnight volunteer staffing activities.

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