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February RSW inmate death ruled natural

FRONT ROYAL — There was no foul play in the February death of a Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail inmate, according to a report from the Warren County Sheriffís Office. Brendan Garrett Sullins, 26, of Strasburg, died Feb. 13 of natural causes, according to the report released Friday. The Virginia Chief Medical Examinerís Office performed an autopsy on Sullins' body to determine the cause of death. In addition to the medical examinerís findings, sheriffís investigators said there was nothing found at the jail that would indicate any related criminal actions had occurred.

Five seek three seats on Front Royal Council

FRONT ROYAL — Five town residents have thrown their hats in the ring for three four-year terms on the town council that are up for grabs in the November general election. As the June 14 deadline to get on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election, no competition emerged for lone mayoral candidate Hollis Tharpe. Two sitting councilmen are running to keep their seats, according to information from the Warren County Voter Registrarís Office. Councilman Bret Hrbek announced in January that he is not seeking re-election.

New festival to benefit disabled veterans July 2-3 at Warren County Fairgrounds

FRONT ROYAL — Country music icons Larry Gatlin and Jimmy Fortune, gospel singer Lisa Meadows and local folk rockers Scythian will headline the first-ever Virginia Freedom Festival, coming up Independence Day weekend at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the two-day event on July 2 and 3 will go to four organizations dedicated to helping disabled veterans and VFW Post 1860, which lost its headquarters in a fire last year.

Forgotten founding father: Warren County namesake to be honored

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County's namesake will soon be honored in local schools and public buildings, as the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution at a recent meeting to honor his memory. Dr. Joseph Warren's contributions to America will be honored with commemorative plaques. As part of the resolution, flags will fly at half-mast every June 11 through June 17, which are Warrenís birth and death dates.

Police set up safe zone for internet transactions

FRONT ROYAL — Town residents now have a safe location, under surveillance by police cameras, to conduct transactions arranged over the internet. Town police have set up an internet purchase and exchange space in their parking lot at 23 E. Jackson St. A sign was erected last week which marks two parking spaces near the lotís entrance. The police are not aware of any local issues with online purchases, Front Royal Police Community Resource Officer Robbie Seal said, but the exchange zone is a preventative measure for the possible dangers of internet purchasing.

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