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stories by Max Thornberry

Flash flooding still possible in area

While Shenandoah County and the rest of the valley skirted the catastrophic wind and rain projected early last week from Hurricane Florence, a clear skies  won't be seen for a while. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Shenandoah County at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The watch ...

Racing returns to Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK – Saturday was opening day for harness racing at Shenandoah Downs. Storms and rumors of wind and rain slowed turnout but didn’t seem to dampen any spirits. The weather outlook was questionable all week as the valley expected torrential wind and rains from Hurricane Florence. ...

Millions of dollars in aid for Virginia farmers is expected

Trade wars and bad weather have crushed farmers this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates project a 12-year low in net farm income in 2018. The USDA releases projections for a range of farm data every February. Data is updated twice a year, once at the end of August and again at ...

Virginia Inland Port won’t suffer setbacks from Florence

The Virginia Inland Port was ready for the worst and is ready to withstand whatever effects may be felt by the remnants of Hurricane Florence in the coming days. Thanks to a plan of action in the face of what has been billed as the worst storm the Mid-Atlantic has seen in decades, VIP remains ...

Holtzman wants to turn cafeteria into apartments

The Mount Jackson Planning Commission held a joint public hearing Monday evening to discuss the conversion of the old Triplett High School cafeteria into apartment units. Todd Holtzman said he has permits to begin building a brewpub in the old Triplett High School building but is requesting a ...

Mount Jackson solar farm project expands

MOUNT JACKSON – A major solar farm project is under new management and looking to expand. Matthew Gilliland, a project developer with Cypress Creek Renewables, is handling the 220-acre expansion project for Robert and Eleanor Whitehurst. Last year, both the Mount Jackson Town Council and ...

Economic Development Council announces its second annual breakfast

The Shenandoah County Chamber’s Economic Development Council will host its second annual breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.   Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, are co-hosting the breakfast. Last year’s breakfast wasn’t announced to the public. ...

Farmers and businesses hurt and harmed by record rainfall

Record-breaking rainfall is making waves in the agriculture community of Shenandoah County. Data collected from Luray in Page County — the closest available to Shenandoah County — shows the region is ready to shatter rainfall records for the last five years. Through eight months and early ...

Economic Development Authority elects new chairman

FRONT ROYAL —The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority elected Gray Blantion as its new chairman at a special meeting Friday morning. The board unanimously elected Blanton before going into a closed session. Greg Drescher stepped down as chairman of the EDA last month. He ...

New Market Planning Commission OKs two conditional use permits

NEW MARKET — The New Market Planning Commission opened the way Tuesday evening for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to convert a parsonage into a museum/archive center with a gift shop attached. The commission's approval of two conditional use permits, with a single dissenting ...

Tourism brings billions of dollars to Virginia, millions to Shenandoah County

Tourism dollars flooded into Virginia last year to the tune of $25 billion, according to data released by the United States Travel Association. Every region in the state thrived, posting increases in tourism revenues across the board. Shenandoah County enjoyed a 5 percent increase from 2016, ...

Shenandoah County job board goes live online

Shenandoah County job-seekers have a new resource at their fingertips – an online job board sponsored by the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce. The board, located at www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/Jobs, has been available for Chamber of Commerce members to post to for a couple of weeks ...

Sugar Creek scoops up sweets: Fair favorite to open store in Strasburg

Fairgoers have dozens of foods to choose from – every delicacy imaginable, from chili-cheese dogs to deep-fried Oreos. This week, as the sun blazes down, Melissa Hooser stands alone as a Strasburg business owner offering sweet relief from the heat. Hooser's Sugar Creek Snowy and Sweet Co. is ...

Strasburg is primed for Primo Gaming

Strasburg Chamber of Commerce celebrated its newest member with a unique grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony recently in the BB&T parking lot. Primo Gaming — the brainchild of Dusty Hillyard — is his second trailer business. “This all started [when] my 5-year-old drew a ...

Spaghetti eating champion defends his title

Wind and rain whipped through the fairgrounds Tuesday evening, hampering the mood, but not holding off the second annual spaghetti eating contest sponsored by Italian Touch. The weather drove everyone to cover, but as the skies cleared spirits rallied. As the clouds rolled away and ...

RevUp ShenCo kickoff draws county-wide interest

WOODSTOCK – About 25 men and women who own or manage businesses in Shenandoah County came to hear Dr. Vincent Magnini, a professor at Virginia Tech and veteran of the hospitality business, deliver tips and tricks for interacting with customers. “We were very pleased with how the event went ...

Pet of the Week: Excitable Arai looking for a home where she can play

Arai, a 1- to 2-year-old pitbull mix, wants a family who will give her lots of attention. “She just loves attention,” said Anthony Rozanski, a kennel attendant at the Warren County Humane Society. “She just wants someone to give her all their focus.” Arai came to the shelter as a ...

Businesses set to kick off RevUp ShenCo competition

Business owners of the present and future will come together Wednesday evening for a night of interactive training, kicking off this year’s RevUp ShenCo competition. In 2016, the Town of Strasburg partnered with the Department of Housing and Community Development and People Inc. to apply for ...