The Warren Sentinel

Front Royal selects Magalis as its next police chief

FRONT ROYAL — The town police department has a new leader, as Warren County Sheriffís Maj. Kerry L. "Kahle" Magalis II was introduced last week as Front Royal's next chief of police. He is taking the reins from Bruce Hite, who served as interim chief since May. Hite assumed he interim role when Norman Shiflett retired after holding the position since September 2012.

Apple Butter Celebration this weekend at Skyland

SKYLAND — There’s one thing on the menu during Shenandoah National Park’s annual September festival — apples. Creamy apple butter, apple crafts and a special apple menu help celebrate the the park’s history and the culture of the surrounding areas during the Apple Butter Festival at Skyland Resort. This year’s installment of the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature BBQ pork sandwiches with apple cider BBQ sauce; grilled chicken sandwiches with bacon apple BBQ sauce; granny apple cole slaw; scalloped apples; apple cobbler; apple strudel; gala apple wedges with caramel; and hot and cold spiced apple cider.

Former local doughnut shop retools, plans to go national

FRONT ROYAL — Naughty Girls Donut Shop, which began in Front Royal as the realization of a 16-year-old girl's dream, will soon become a national chain. The doughnut shop opened in 2014 in the Riverton Commons and operated there for about two years, co-owner Natalie Ramos said. The owners have since rethought the brand and gained an investment from SNM Global Holdings to aid expansion. A Sterling shop is set to open Oct. 1, with future locations planned for Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Las Vegas, she said. Natalie Ramos described the Front Royal location as a "mom-and-pop shop," but it was really a mother-daughter venture. It began when her daughter Tiana Ramos, then 16, worked as a baker at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. A doctor nicknamed Tiana "little naughty girl" because of her tattoos, Natalie Ramos said.

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.

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