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Gas prices on rise and expected to climb

WINCHESTER — So long, cheap gas prices. The average price of regular- grade gasoline has surged 12 cents nationally over the past three weeks, to $2.38 a gallon, according to The Associated Press. In Virginia, the current average is $2.24 per gallon, up from $1.79 a year ago, AAA reports. Locally, the price at the pump for a gallon of regular fuel ranges from $2.13 to $2.25. The average price Wednesday morning in Front Royal was about $2.18, according to GasBuddy.com.

Longtime community leader Boyles dies of cancer

FRONT ROYAL — The longtime community volunteer who helped spearhead a relief effort for victims of the West Virginia floods last year died Friday at his home in Front Royal. Roy Kearns Boyles was 58. Boyles, a former Warren County School Board chairman and Warren Memorial Hospital trustee, had battled cancer since 2013, when both he and his wife Sharon were diagnosed. Sharonís cancer is in remission, according to a Facebook page set up in 2015 for a fundraising dinner to help pay their medical bills.

Settlement: DuPont pays for hatchery renovations

FRONT ROYAL — The state fish hatchery on Mountain Road could get some major renovations, thanks to the largest natural-resource damage settlement in Virginia history. DuPont will fund the design and implementation of the renovations as part of a proposed settlement valued at more than $50 million to resolve claims related to long-term releases of mercury into the South River from the former E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. plant in Waynesboro. The releases in the 1930s and 1940s affected the river and floodplain downstream for 100 miles, including Warren County, according to a news release from the Governorís Office announcing the settlement. The Governorís Office collaborated DuPont and the U.S. departments of Justice and the Interior to reach the deal. The contamination still persists in the environment, showing no decrease in 20 years of monitoring, according to the release.

Agricultural education makes comeback in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL — After a 44-year absence, Future Farmers of America (FFA) has returned to Warren County High School and will soon be at Skyline High School. The FFA is a youth leadership organization that prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. The club’s absence could perhaps be due to a lack of student interest and that people did not think there was a need for it, club sponsor Grace Huddleston said. That has changed, and there are now about 25 active members. Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher put out a community survey last year, and several questions asked what citizens would like to see happen with career and technical education. One of the largest requests was to offer agriculture classes and bring back the FFA. Applied Agriculture Sciences was offered this semester at Warren County High School with Huddleston as the teacher, and the FFA’s formation followed. The course will be offered at Skyline High School next semester, along with the FFA.

Front Royal tagline revealed: ‘Settle in. Venture out.’

FRONT ROYAL — An expert working on Front Royal's branding initiative revealed a new tagline to be used as part of the process of creating a new brand for the town. The tagline is "Settle in. Venture Out." It is meant to encapsulate all aspects of a brand brief, which branding company Darwin founder Laura Kisailus presented Tuesday at the Warren County Community Center. "It works for the short and long-term livability, it appeals equally to the tourists and the residents. It has a dynamic definition," Kisailus said of the tagline. The brand brief is a north star of the process, Kisailus said. In addition to the tagline, it includes a big idea, positioning and core purpose. The brand brief could be used in other future contexts besides marketing.

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