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First Bank to purchase six new branches

First Bank Corporation of Strasburg has announced plans to purchase six branches of Bank of America, including this one at Court and Main streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily
First Bank Corporation of Strasburg has announced plans to purchase six branches of Bank of America, including this one at Court and Main streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 19th, 2014

The First National Corporation, the holding company of First Bank, announced Wednesday that it is buying six Bank of America branches in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia for $377.3 million, making it the largest bank headquartered in the valley north of Roanoke.

Goodlatte among chief foes to reform

November 19th, 2014

Fierce resistance by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte to immigration reform, at least as it is conceived by President Obama, is a leading reason why the president is preparing an executive order to overcome his congressional opponents.

Police warm up to new coats

Woodstock police officer Stuart Leake models the department's new winter coats.  Rich Cooley/Daily
Woodstock police officer Stuart Leake models the department's new winter coats.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 19th, 2014

The new winter coats issued to Woodstock police at the end of last week came just in time to help officers fend off the arrival of wintry temperatures.

Local conservationist expresses concerns over fracking

November 19th, 2014

Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in small portion of the George Washington National Forest drew praise from environmentalists and energy advocates alike.

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First Bank to purchase six new branches

First Bank Corporation of Strasburg has announced plans to purchase six branches of Bank of America, including this one at Court and Main streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily
First Bank Corporation of Strasburg has announced plans to purchase six branches of Bank of America, including this one at Court and Main streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 19th, 2014

The First National Corporation, the holding company of First Bank, announced Wednesday that it is buying six Bank of America branches in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia for $377.3 million, making it the largest bank headquartered in the valley north of Roanoke.

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Shenandoah women hold on to beat Blazers

November 19th, 2014

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University’s first-year women’s basketball coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft will likely have the Hornets shoot a few extra free throws in practice after Wednesday’s home opener against Hood College.

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