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Warren County tourism spending increased in 2016

FRONT ROYAL — Visitors to Warren County spent nearly $140 million here in 2016, according to a report released last week by the Virginia Tourism Corp. That figure is up about 3 percent from 2015, when tourists spent about $135.9 million in Warren County. It includes revenue taken from hotel occupancy rates and receipts from restaurants and tourist attractions. That spending netted about $2.8 million in local taxes, $6.5 million in state taxes and supported 1,670 jobs, according to the report. Total payroll from those jobs was about $31.8 million.

Brews and Blues festival to feature dozens of breweries

FRONT ROYAL — Local and regional brewers and musicians will be featured Saturday at the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce's eighth-annual Brew and Blues Festival. About 55 beers will be featured, including selections from Virginia breweries and more well-known national brands, according to Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster. The beer samplings will be accompanied by performances from Hypnotic Willie and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils. Drinking is not necessary to enjoy the day, Foster said. There will also be yard games such as corn hole, myriad of food selections and 40 vendors. The festival is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. in the Village Commons and on Chester Street. While a portion of Chester Street will be closed to traffic, Main Street will remain open.

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.

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