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Virginia aims for diversity with new economic plan

December 19th, 2014

According to a recently released report, the Virginia economy will have to diversify and be less reliant on public sector jobs on the federal, state and local levels to maintain a steady economy for years to come.

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Coming full circle

Tara Coughlan, left, and her mother Philomena O'Brien, right, stand inside Nanas Irish Pub in Middletown. O'Brien is the new restaurant owner of the former Irish Isle Restaurant. Rich Cooley/Daily
Tara Coughlan, left, and her mother Philomena O'Brien, right, stand inside Nanas Irish Pub in Middletown. O'Brien is the new restaurant owner of the former Irish Isle Restaurant. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 19th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN — When Philomena O’Brien was a little girl, she moved with her family from Limerick, Ireland, to Rochester, New York. After spending the 1980s raising her children in Ireland, O’Brien came back to the states, where she eventually opened an Irish Pub with her then-husband Brian Coughlan.

Virginia organization named one of nation’s best

December 19th, 2014

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was ranked second in the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations for 2014.

Roanoke company to rebrand

December 19th, 2014

Roanoke-based Lawrence Companies, a freight company, is undergoing a re-branding effort.

Strasburg chase defendant led police to dealer

December 18th, 2014

A fleeing suspect who led police on a chase that resulted in an officer crashing his squad car in Strasburg later provided crucial information that pointed authorities toward a man considered to be the largest heroin dealer in Northern Virginia at the time.

Front Royal girl upbeat despite genetic disorder

Christine Jenkins of Front Royal holds her 10-year-old daughter, Carlie, who has Rett syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder that affects mostly females. Rich Cooley/Daily
Christine Jenkins of Front Royal holds her 10-year-old daughter, Carlie, who has Rett syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder that affects mostly females. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 18th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Fifth grader Carlie Jenkins can’t walk or talk, but according to her mother Christine “Chrissy” Jenkins, the 10-year-old expresses herself through her eyes.

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Virginia aims for diversity with new economic plan

Maurice Jones.
Maurice Jones.

December 19th, 2014

According to a recently released report, the Virginia economy will have to diversify and be less reliant on public sector jobs on the federal, state and local levels to maintain a steady economy for years to come.

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VHSL Group 2A All-state football

December 19th, 2014

VHSL Group 2A All-state football team
Player of the Year: Caleb Herron, Gate City
Coach of the Year: Kevin Clifford,

Making up for lost time

Sherando senior Brogan McPartland led the Warriors to the playoffs, and had an impressive 19.5 sacks and 40 tackles for loss this season. Rich Cooley/Daily
Sherando senior Brogan McPartland led the Warriors to the playoffs, and had an impressive 19.5 sacks and 40 tackles for loss this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 18th, 2014

STEPHENS CITY — Last year Brogan McPartland had to sit back and watch most of the season from the sidelines due to a broken leg. This year, the Sherando senior did his best to make up for lost time.

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George Bowers Sr.: Hiding from Christmas

George Bowers Sr.
George Bowers Sr.

December 19th, 2014

Next Thursday is the day that many children live for all year. Christmas day has become a highlight for most American youngsters because of the gifts they receive on this special occasion. I remember as a boy the excitement and anticipation of not knowing what surprises awaited me under the tree on Christmas morning and attempting to sleuth out clues beforehand.

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