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Afton Inn demo vote set for Tuesday

FRONT ROYAL — The town Board of Architectural Review will vote at its Tuesday meeting whether it thinks the Afton Inn should be demolished. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority announced in August a $2.1 million plan to demolish and rebuild the dilapidated Afton Inn. If the plan moves forward, the new building would include apartments on the top two floors and a ground-floor restaurant, according to an EDA news release. MODE Partnership LLC has been enlisted to oversee the redevelopment. MODE would fund it and receive ownership of the property once it is complete, EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald previously said.

Town completes sale of former police station

FRONT ROYAL — A partnership of five local businesspeople can now move forward with planned renovations and start looking for tenants for the former town police station at 24 W. Main St.. Partners John and Brittany Duvall, Justin and Jennifer Bond and Nick Heflin closed on the 4,032-square-foot building Aug. 31. They paid $275,000. The partners have expressed interest in running the building as a business incubator, providing a low-rent location for upstart businesses. Six local firms have shown interest, including a hydroponics business, a beautician, a brewer and a caterer, John Duvall said.

Appaloosa Festival features 20 bands this weekend

FRONT ROYAL — Music will be in the air this holiday weekend as 20 bands are set to take Skyline Ranch Resort by storm for the third annual Appaloosa Music Festival. Local band Scythian founded the event after befriending many musicians and observing how good music festivals operate while nationally touring for 15 years, Appaloosa Media Manager Brian Lohmann said. They combined their connections with other bands and took the best aspects of their favorite festivals to create Appaloosa. The music offerings will be ìeclecticî and include bluegrass, folk, Celtic, klezmer, and country tunes. Headliners will be Scythian, Eddie from Ohio, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Humming House and the Six-String Soldiers. The festival has grown every year, with about 3,000 attending the inaugural event, about 5,550 last year, and the expectation of about 7,000 this year, Lohmann said. Most attendees come from the Virginia, with large numbers from Warren County and surrounding areas, he said. Past festivals have also attracted many people from North Carolina and New York.

35th Camp Fantastic underway at 4-H Center

FRONT ROYAL — Camp Fantastic is just like any other camp, with several kids standing along the bank of a lake at the Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center Tuesday casting their lines in the fishing derby. The one difference between this camp and the usual summer getaway is that every attendee is a cancer patient. Even though five-year Camp Fantastic veteran Tara has not yet had any bites, she was "still having fun" and fishing remained her favorite activity of the week. Although Tara said some of her camp pals have died, she loves coming back to see old friends and make new ones because everyone is "fun and generous."

Singer Lauren Alaina performs Friday night

FRONT ROYAL — Rising country music star Lauren Alaina is set to take the stage at the Warren County Fair tonight. Front Royal native Ryan Jewel will warm up the stage at 7:30 p.m. for the award-winning Alaina. A Rossville, Ga., native, Alaina ascended to fame in 2011 during American Idol's 10th season. She was the runner-up to winner Scotty McCreery.

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