The Warren Sentinel

Relish the moment: 90th Firemen’s Carnival runs through July 22

FRONT ROYAL — About 1,500 pounds of cabbage and onions went into this year's batch of famous relish for the 90th Front Royal Fireman's Carnival. The result: over 500 gallons of mustard-based relish, which has a "little tang" and "bite" to it, lifetime member of the Front Royal Fire Department Hoss Feldhauser said. It has been settling in 30 refrigerated barrels since June, and will be good as ever, he said. The department has churned out the relish since the 50s when firefighters Hugh Williams, Skillet Henry and former Sheriff Gary Keyser discovered the recipe at a baseball game. "We've used the same recipe all these years," Feldhauser said. "It's not a deeply guarded secret, what's in it. We start with 1,500 pounds of cabbage and 1,500 pounds of onions, and go from there."

No summer vacation for school contractors

FRONT ROYAL — Students are out of school for summer, but construction workers are not. The new middle school is near complete, and a variety of improvements are underway at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School. New middle school construction is about 96 percent finished, according to Assistant Superintendent for Administration Melody Sheppard. The building, located off the newly opened Leach Run Parkway, will be finished in a matter of days, Sheppard said. Administrative staff should move in July 5, and furniture arrived this week.

4-H presents free fireworks Saturday

FRONT ROYAL — Fireworks will light up the night sky for the 32nd year at the Northern Virginia 4-H Club's annual Independence Day celebration. The free firework show begins 9 p.m. Saturday at the 4-H Club's location off Harmony Hollow Road. The show will be put on by one of the country's largest pyrotechnic firms, according to 4-H Development Director Tom Benjamin. The fireworks will be launched atop a nearby mountain and travel about 800 feet skyward, Benjamin said. About 600 fireworks will be used, and the finale will include a barrage of more than 200.

Destination: Main Street - Building owners aim to revitalize downtown

FRONT ROYAL — When the Lucky Star Lounge closed nearly 11 months ago, it left more than a vacant storefront on East Main Street. "This was the hangout," East Main Street resident Rhianon MacDonald said. "We met there at least once a month." Likewise, Tim and Kerry Barnhart noticed a dearth of evening activity once the movies let out on their date nights. "We've often thought to ourselves, maybe after we had dinner, weíd walk around and shop," she said. "There's nothing open."

Teen avoids more jail in bomb-hoax case

FRONT ROYAL — The teen accused of placing a hoax bomb at Warren County High School pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court. Caleb Daniel Sutphin, 18, of the 200 block of Deerhaven Road, admitted to placing a hoax bomb in one of the schoolís bathrooms. Per a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Clifford Athey Jr. gave Sutphin a one-year suspended sentence, with credit for 18 days spent in jail, and a year of probation.

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