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Driver pleads guilty in Remount Road death

FRONT ROYAL — The local man charged in relation to a 2016 car wreck that killed a Front Royal woman pleaded guilty this week to one felony count of reckless involuntary DUI manslaughter. Trevor Bryant Lee, 29, of Front Royal, pleaded Monday in Warren County Circuit Court, according to online court records. He is due in court Sept. 12 for a pre-sentence report hearing.

Former supervisor lauded for life’s work

FRONT ROYAL — Friends and family members shared anecdotes of a life devoted to family, faith and service Sunday as the Front Royal Women's Resource Center honored former Warren County Supervisor Cliffie "Scottie" Thomson at its third-annual Spotlight on Women presentation. Cliffie Adeline Scott, now known as "Scottie Thomson," was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Glen Alpine, N.C. Friend Vada Timbers described Thomson's upbringing as one of nine children while she sat in a comfy chair a few feet to Timbers' right. "She was immersed in an atmosphere that celebrated strong spiritual persuasions," she said. Thomson shared a few anecdotes of her own, highlighting how she picked up a love of music from her mother, who often played classical or ragtime piano. That upbringing stayed with her years later as she sang in the choir of a church she helped to establish, Rockland Community Church.

Funds denied for Route 55 widening

FRONT ROYAL — It may be a long time before Warren County is granted its wish of seeing John Marshall Highway — which carries Route 55 east of town — become a four-lane divided highway. The county's application for state Smart Scale funding to pay for the highway-upgrade project recently was denied. The county sought about $31.5 million to make the road a four-lane divided highway with a 16-inch raised median. Although no detailed design was made, the application sought to flatten hills and straighten curves, according to Staunton VDOT Coordinator Ed Carter. The highway was ranked 367th out of 404 statewide projects and 38th out of 42 VDOT Staunton District projects on the state's Smart Scale priority list. Had funding been approved, Carter said construction could have begun in 2023. The county and VDOT are still seeking solutions for the overcrowded and wreck-prone roadway.

Union, Confederate armies to clash Saturday on East Main Street

FRONT ROYAL — Townspeople are invited to line East Main Street Saturday afternoon to watch Union and Confederate soldiers square off. The second re-enactment of the May 23, 1863, Battle of Front Royal is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Warren County Courthouse. The soldiers will proceed down Main Street, turn up Chester Street and finish at the Warren Heritage Society. With buildings on each side of the road, Main Street will act as an echo chamber for the gun shots, Warren Heritage Society Director Patrick Farris said. The re-enactment will provide a taste of what it was like to be in Front Royal when the battle occurred.

Risen from the ashes: Randolph-Macon Academy celebrates 125th anniversary

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy will celebrate its 125th anniversary this weekend, but it could owe its continuing existence to a disaster that could have seen the local private school go up in smoke. At the beginning of the Great Depression, the Randolph-Macon System included secondary schools here and in Bedford to go with the all-male Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and Randolph-Macon Womenís College — now Randolph College — in Lynchburg. When the poor economy took its toll, the board of trustees opted to keep the secondary school in Front Royal and close its other one in Bedford.

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