The Warren Sentinel
Former residents of Front Royal women’s shelter question board decision to close, search for homes
Amanda Russell's 6-year-old son Gavin has endured more transition and turmoil in his short life than many adults will ever experience. He survived a battle with leukemia, living in a shelter for women and children, being separated from his two younger siblings, and, most recently, living in a local motel. Russell and Gavin moved into the motel when the Harmony Place shelter for women closed on Friday, Oct. 11. Russell was one of 15 women and children displaced when the shelter, located at 317 E. Main St. in Front Royal, abruptly closed. The women were told Thursday night that they needed to find somewhere else to go on Friday. Amanda and Gavin found a motel. Her other two children, Jayden, 3, and Liam, 2, are currently staying with members of her family.
The Warren Sentinel / 10-24-2013
Harmony Place shelter closes in Front Royal
The 15 women and children displaced by the sudden closing of the Harmony Place shelter on Main Street on Oct. 11 are in safe places, the president of the organization's board said last Tuesday. The shelter's occupants were informed Thursday night that they would need to find alternative housing on Friday, Harmony Place Board of Directors President Heidi Lesinski said.
The Warren Sentinel / 10-21-2013
Front Royal fugitive arrested in Texas
A fugitive from Front Royal was arrested in Rockwall, Texas, on Sept. 27 after a four-hour standoff with police.
The Warren Sentinel / 10-16-2013
Federal Government shutdown continues to hurt local economy
The day after Dan Herney discovered he needn't bother showing up for work, the Shenandoah National Park employee showed up anyway. It's a little after 1 p.m. last Wednesday. Herney stands on the front lawn of the national park's headquarters on Route 211, just east of Luray, an abandoned camp chair behind him and a sign in each hand. “Open our parks,” reads one sign. “We want to work,” reads the other.
Reassessment process begins in Warren County
The Roanoke firm Wingate & Associates has started work to reassess property values in Warren County, a process that began in August and will take about a year-and-a-half to complete. Wingate & Associates President Harold Wingate said there's no way to tell yet whether most county properties will go up or down in value. Reassessments are based on market value and square footage.
The Warren Sentinel / 10-14-2013