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Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico checks for fire under the porch roof of this home at 215 South Church St. in Front Royal on Monday afternoon. Firefighters contained the fire to the porch roof. Fire Chief Richard Mabie said the fire was started by trash on the back porch. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL -- Martha Craig, 86, and Audrey Dorr, 87, were Avtex Fibers employees in 1989 when the plant shut down. And both returned Saturday to celebrate the 440-acre site's return to the community.



Sep. 21, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- If the long lines stretching across Main Street were any indication Friday night, Downtown Front Royal's Taste of the Town was a resounding success.

Sep. 19, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- In Justin Birckbichler's fourth grade class at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School, the fun of learning has taken on another meaning.

Sep. 18, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- The 440-acre Avtex Fibers Superfund site is visible from one of the first overlooks on Skyline Drive. Once, a visitor could see smoke billowing from the facility.

Sep. 18, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- At its peak, Avtex Fibers employed 3,000 people.

Sep. 18, 2014
FRONT ROYAL - Cleanup of the Avtex Fibers Superfund Site couldn't happen without government oversight.

Sep. 17, 2014
Lori Ritchie and her daughter Hannah, 6, walk their yellow labrador retrievers Gunny, left, and Hondo along the Happy Creek Trail in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

Sep. 12, 2014
Landon Rutherford has a history with racing. Recently placing among the top 18 drivers in the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, the 13-year-old Skyline High School student said his interest in building and driving soap box cars came from a family tradition.

Sep. 12, 2014
Catherine Funk, of Front Royal, sits under the gazebo along East Main Street in Front Royal on an overcast afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Sep. 11, 2014
Randolph-Macon Academy' students, faculty and staff and members of the community gathered early Thursday morning for a Patriot Day remembrance ceremony at the school in Front Royal. The event included a flag-raising ceremony and a 21-gun salute in front of Sonner-Payne Hall. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily

Sep. 11, 2014
The Warren County Sheriff's Office is searching for three suspects who took $356 and a cell phone from a man who reported they beat and robbed him at knifepoint Sunday.

Sep. 10, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- Tiana Ramos, 17, said she opened Naughty Girls Donut Shop to give all outsiders a place to go. But not everyone is happy with her message.

Sep. 10, 2014
Front Royal leaders cleared another hurdle this week to let the town move forward on plans for a new police headquarters.

Sep. 9, 2014
A recent donation to E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School will fund fitness and fun for Warren County children. The $9,000 donation that George Karnes, president of the Rotary Club of Linden, presented to Principal Lori Layman at a Tuesday morning presentation will go to new playground equipment at the school.

Sep. 5, 2014
Cadence Noel, 10, left, and her sister Charli, 8, right, walk their dogs Leo and Copper down Washington Avenue near their home in Front Royal on a recent summer afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Sep. 5, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- Understanding addiction and mental illness is not as easy as knowing risk factors or researching a patient's past. The diseases aren't exclusive to nature or nurture, explained Dr. Kevin McCauley -- they come from both.

Sep. 5, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- A town on a hill cannot be hidden -- neither should the potential for doing good deeds be hidden. A lesson from the Bible, it's also an idea that Rev. Josh Orndorff plans to promote as chaplain at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal.

Sep. 4, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- Fire and rescue crews responded to a fire Thursday that damaged the attic of a two-story home.

Sep. 3, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- The town could start collecting more money from some businesses in the U.S. 340-522 corridor next year.

Sep. 1, 2014
The recent death of a female panda named Shama at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has left three panda cubs to be raised by their handlers.

Sep. 1, 2014
Carly Ford of San Antonio, Texas, lets her daughter Makenna, 18 months, take a sniff from this basket of petunias along Main Street in Front Royal recently. Ford, who is from Front Royal, is visiting family. Rich Cooley/Daily

Aug. 28, 2014
The Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail Authority Thursday approved a fix for an unlikely problem: rainwater collected on the roof of the building is too pure.

Aug. 27, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- An apartment fire caused by a lit cigarette in Front Royal forced a resident from her home Wednesday afternoon.

Aug. 27, 2014
A fire in a Front Royal home Wednesday morning sent a firefighter to the hospital and forced out the residents.

Aug. 26, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- With no fanfare Monday night, Town Council took action to fix a problem that has plagued a homeowner for years.

Aug. 25, 2014
FRONT ROYAL - Town Council ended a ban on "gypsies" and fortunetellers Monday after hearing from foes and supporters of the action.

Aug. 25, 2014
Flames seriously damaged a Front Royal home Saturday afternoon.

Aug. 25, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- Monday's first day of school might have started with fog and uncertainty, but moods quickly brightened for Warren County children, parents and teachers.

Aug. 24, 2014
Fortunetellers wanting to practice in the valley can expect to pay different fees depending on where they go.

Aug. 24, 2014
FRONT ROYAL -- Jen Davis has been positively impacted by two local organizations, and now she is working to give back to both.








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