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Meet local author Bryon Johnson: From Dope Fiend 2 Son of a King

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Local author Bryon Johnson dropped by our studios to talk to publisher Mike McCool about his book From Dope Fiend 2 Son of a King. He will be at the Royal Oak Bookshop located at 207 S Royal Ave in Front Royal on July 6th from 1 – pm.

About the book:
In this book, you will travel the road to redemption in the experience of a young male who was destined to fail from birth. You will witness trauma that turns into triumph in the face adversity when God decides to introduce himself to a person struggling in addiction with limited education, resources and hope. This book will inspire all who dare to read it to know that all things are possible to them that believe. Upon completion of this book, every soul will find their inner giant, strength and courage to do the impossible by the power of the Holy Spirit who resides in every believer.

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Civil War author Jeff Hunt touring Virginia with new book – Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station

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Author Jeff Hunt will be presenting and signing copies of his new book, Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Problems of Command and Strategy After Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863.

The first event is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 27th at the Fredericksburg National Military Park (1011 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA). For more information visit: www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm

The second event will be from 3:00 to 7:00 pm that same day at the Royal Oak Bookshop (207 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA). For more information visit: http://royaloakbookshop.com

Jeff’s final event in the area will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, July 28th at the Manassas Museum (9101 Prince William Street, Manassas, VA). Information for that event can be found at: www.manassasmuseum.org

The Civil War in the Eastern Theater during the late summer and fall of 1863 was anything but inconsequential. Generals Meade and Lee continued where they had left off, executing daring marches while boldly maneuvering the chess pieces of war in an effort to gain decisive strategic and tactical advantage. Cavalry actions crisscrossed the rolling landscape; bloody battle revealed to both sides the command deficiencies left in the wake of Gettysburg. It was the first and only time in the war Meade exercised control of the Army of the Potomac on his own terms. Jeffrey Wm Hunt brilliant dissects these and others issues in Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy After Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863.

The carnage of Gettysburg left both armies in varying states of command chaos as the focus of the war shifted west. Lee further depleted his ranks by dispatching James Longstreet (his best corps commander) and most of his First Corps via rail to reinforce Bragg’s Army of Tennessee. The Union defeat that followed at Chickamauga, in turn, forced Meade to follow suit with the XI and XII Corps. Despite these reductions, the aggressive Lee assumed the strategic offensive against his more careful Northern opponent, who was also busy waging a rearguard action against the politicians in Washington.

Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station is a fast-paced, dynamic account of how the Army of Northern Virginia carried the war above the Rappahannock once more in an effort to retrieve the laurels lost in Pennsylvania. When the opportunity beckoned Lee took it, knocking Meade back on his heels with a threat to his army as serious as the one Pope had endured a year earlier. As Lee quickly learned again, A. P. Hill was no Stonewall Jackson, and with Longstreet away Lee’s cudgel was no longer as mighty as he wished. The high tide of the campaign ebbed at Bristoe Station with a signal Confederate defeat. The next move was now up to Meade.

Hunt’s follow-up volume to his well-received Meade and Lee After Gettysburg is grounded upon official reports, regimental histories, letters, newspapers, and other archival sources. Together, they provide a day-by-day account of the fascinating high-stakes affair during this three-month period. Coupled with original maps and outstanding photographs, this new study offers a significant contribution to Civil War literature.

About the Author: Jeffrey William Hunt is Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum, the official museum of the Texas National Guard, located at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, and an Adjunct Professor of History at Austin Community College, where he has taught since 1988. Prior to taking the post at the Texas Military Forces Museum, he was the Curator of Collections and Director of the Living History Program at the Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas for 11 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Government and a Masters Degree in History, both from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, Mr. Hunt was appointed an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry, in recognition of his efforts to tell the story of the Texas naval forces at the Texas Military Forces Museum.

At both the Texas Military Forces Museum and the Admiral Nimitz Museum he has organized and conducted hundreds of living history programs for the general public. He is a veteran reenactor of the War Between the States as well as the War of 1812, the Texas Revolution, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. He is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of organizations as well as documentaries and news programs.

Mr. Hunt’s writing credits include his book, The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch, and contributions to Essential Civil War Curriculum, the Revised Handbook of Texas and the Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station.

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2019 Front Royal Fireman’s Parade

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Royal Examiner’s cameras were there… if you missed it or want to see it again, watch it here. RoyalExaminer.com – your source for LOCAL news and events!

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Author Ronald Kirkwood to sign copies of his new book

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Author Ronald Kirkwood will be signing copies of his new book, Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospital and the Battle of Gettysburg

The event will take place at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 21st at Royal Oak Book Shop (207 South Royal Avenue Front Royal, VA 22630) For more information visit: http://royaloakbookshop.com/

The bloodstains are gone, but the worn floorboards remain. The doctors, nurses, and patients who toiled and suffered and ached for home at the Army of the Potomac’s XI Corps hospital at the George Spangler farm in Gettysburg have long since departed. Fortunately, what they experienced there, and the critical importance of the property to the battle, has not been lost to history. Noted journalist and George Spangler farm expert Ronald D. Kirkwood brings these people and their experiences to life in “Too Much for Human Endurance”: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.

Using a large array of firsthand accounts, Kirkwood re-creates the sprawling XI Corps hospital complex and the people who labored and suffered there— especially George and Elizabeth Spangler and their four children, who built a thriving 166-acre farm only to witness it nearly destroyed when war paid a bloody visit in the summer of 1863. Stories rarely if ever told about the wounded, dying, nurses, surgeons, ambulance workers, musicians, and others are weaved seamlessly through gripping and smooth-flowing prose.

A host of notables spent time at the Spangler farm, including Union officers George G. Meade, Henry J. Hunt, Edward E. Cross, Francis Barlow, Francis Mahler, Freeman McGilvery, and Samuel K. Zook. Pvt. George Nixon III, great-grandfather of President Richard M. Nixon, would die there, as would Confederate Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, who fell mortally wounded at the height of Pickett’s Charge. In addition to including the most complete lists ever published of the dead, wounded, and surgeons at the Spanglers’ XI Corps hospital, this study breaks new ground with stories of the First Division, II Corps hospital at the Spanglers’ Granite Schoolhouse.

Kirkwood also establishes the often-overlooked strategic importance of the property and its key role in the Union victory. Army of the Potomac generals took advantage of the farm’s size, access to roads, and central location to use it as a staging area to get artillery and infantry to the embattled front line from Little Round to Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill, often just in time to prevent a collapse and Confederate breakthrough.

“Too Much for Human Endurance” introduces readers to heretofore untold stories of the Spanglers, their farm, those who labored to save lives, and those who suffered and died there. They have finally received the recognition that their place in history deserves.

About the Author: Ronald D. Kirkwood is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA TODAY, the Baltimore Sun, the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, and the York (PA) Daily Record. Ron edited national magazines for USA TODAY Sports and was NFL editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He won numerous state, regional, and national awards during his career and managed the copy desk in Harrisburg when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Ron has been a Gettysburg Foundation docent at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site since it opened in 2013. He is a native of Dowagiac/Sister Lakes, MI, and a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he has returned as guest speaker to journalism classes as part of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals series. Ron and his wife, Barbara, live in York. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about Too Much for Human Endurance

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Eight boats, 160 paddlers to compete in dragon boat races on August 3rd

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Those are some fast dragons on the race – eight boats, each powered by 20 rowers will return three Saturdays from now, on Aug. 3. Courtesy Photos HSWC

Dragon boat races return to the Shenandoah River on Saturday, August 3, and are expected to raise at least $16,000 in entry fees for Front Royal’s animal shelter.

The event is one of the Humane Society of Warren County’s (HSWC) most popular. Crowds of several hundred are expected at the Front Royal Golf Club boat landing site starting at 9:30 a.m. Trolley transportation is provided from Crooked Run Plaza.

While the event was missing from last year’s calendar, eight boats with 20 paddlers sponsored by community and corporate organizations will compete in this year’s contest over the 200-meter course. One of the boats is skippered by Ellen Aders a former winner. Aders is the HSWC president. Newcomers to the contest this year are the Rotary River Dogs, Captain Julie Covert, Aders’ vice president.

“We are all looking forward to an amazing day, full of spirited fun, all in the name of helping the animals in our community,” said Meghan Bowers, in her first year as executive director of the Humane Society’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter.

And it’s for a GREAT cause – like housing Otto. Otto has lived his entire life in a kennel. Since taking her position in the last year, Shelter Director Bowers has taken Otto, who is fearful of people, into her office where he has a comfortable bed and the things he likes best to eat: cheeseburgers!

Bowers said of her first six months that one of her most difficult things to deal with has been the sad condition of many of the animals that arrive at the shelter.

“It is a regular occurrence,” she wrote in the shelter’s summer newsletter advertising the Waggin’ for Dragon event, “to have a dog or cat arrive who has suffered years of neglect, abuse and lack of proper medical care. It is our mission (funded by the likes of Waggin’ for Dragons and other events such as Barks & Bags) to provide these animals a new beginning, starting with compassionate care.”

She announced that a recent yard sale at the shelter site had raised a record $3,400 for the animals. She also announced a fee increase for adoptions – in future, cat adoptions with be $30 and dog adoptions $60. “Even at the new rates,” Bowers said, “it may surprise some that adoption fees do not cover the total costs of caring for the animals until they are adopted.”

Among the shelter’s greatest needs at the moment is an industrial washing machine. Is there anyone out there with one lying around their basement? – Just asking…

The last winners – the State Farm Dragons

And the races get exciting as they bear down on the finish line – don’t miss this year’s Waggin’ for Dragons Humane Society of Warren County fundraising event, it’s a great day on the river and a great day for the county’s abandoned animals.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of July 18th

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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! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, July 18:

•  Thurs – 12:20, 3:10, 6:05, 8:30
•  Daily – 12:45, 3:10, 6:05 & 8:30

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours 10 min

•  Thurs – 6:00, 8:45
•  Daily – 12:40, 3:20, 6:00 & 8:40

Rated PG |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Thurs – 12:40, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50
•  Daily – 12:50, 3:40, 6:10 & 8:55 

Rated G |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Hobbs and Shaw”
  • “Dora and The Lost City of Gold”
  • “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
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Front Royal Midget Football League offers free conditioning camp for youth

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The 2018 Strength and Conditioning Camp with FASST

The Front Royal Midget Football League (FRMFL) is offering a FREE 2 day conditioning camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 years old. Camp will be held Thursday July 18th and Friday July 19th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at Skyline High School.

A special thank you to FASST Sports Performance Training for their support in making the camp possible.

The first 50 players registered will get drawstring goodie bags when they attend (must register and attend to get bag)

Pizza party for all registered attendees on Friday following the conclusion of camp.

Onsite registration will be available for Front Royal Midget Football League’s 2019 fall season.

REGISTER at www.frmfl.com

Any issues registering, contact Shannon Cressel at: shannoncressel@gmail.com

The Front Midget Football League is a local youth football program looking to teach community children the fundamentals of football.

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