The Warren Sentinel

THIS WEEKEND: Redbud Festival

BROWNTOWN — When it started out back in 2002, the Browntown Redbud Festival was a small craft show and plant sale, that drew about 500 people. Now in its 13th year, the festival continues to grow and is expected to attract a crowd three times that size. The festival boasts live entertainment, a car show, petting zoo and Grace – a mule famous for her appearance on the Today Show and a role alongside Robert Duvall in “Get Low.”

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber celebrates 75th anniversary

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce named former Warren County School Board chairman Roy Boyles as the winner of its “Community Impact Award” at its 75th annual awards dinner Friday night at the Holiday Inn and Suites at Blue Ridge Shadows. Boyles was also twice named the Chamber's “Citizen of the Year.” Chamber President Nicole Foster, who has been with the organization 18 years, six as its leader, said the diamond anniversary celebration was “a very good night” attended by some 200 people.

McAuliffe looks to ‘build a new economy’

WINCHESTER — With possible additional sequestration cuts looming, it’s vital for Virginia to build “a new economy,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe told the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber on Tuesday as part of a stop on his “Cabinet on the Road” tour. “We’re here to listen, to get suggestions, anything you think we need to know,” McAuliffe told business leaders at a breakfast gathering in Shenandoah University’s Health and Life Sciences Building. He and members of his Cabinet made numerous stops in Winchester, Middletown and Berryville on Tuesday.

Warren County begins impounding vehicles with unpaid taxes

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Treasurer’s office has started seizing cars due to unpaid personal property taxes. “We have been talking about starting the seizer of cars when people do not pay and this year I decided to go for it,” Treasurer Wanda Bryant said. Last Thursday the sheriff’s office seized one car, another one yesterday and are currently looking for one, Bryant said.

Valley Health may team with localities on drug court

WINCHESTER — Three years into a severe problem with heroin and prescription drug abuse, the area is closer than ever to having a special court to deal with the problem. There were 33 fatal heroin overdoses in the region in 2014 — up from 21 in 2013 and one in 2012. So far this year there have been eight in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

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