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May 30, 2009

WINCHESTER -- A stack of pancakes at 2 a.m. is back on the menu.

Winchester-area unemployment fell six-tenths of a point to 8 percent in April. Most of the local job gains were in services, and losses in the goods-producing sector totaled only 100, according to Virginia Employment Commission data.

RICHMOND -- The State Corporation Commission on Friday directed Embarq to reduce gradually the charges it imposes on other telephone companies to connect to its local network.

May 27, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Coming this fall to Kernstown: dinner and a movie. But in the meantime, how about a home-cooked meal on the cheap?

STRASBURG -- As lawmakers continue to haggle over how to spend federal stimulus dollars, two local organizations have launched efforts to stimulate their towns' economies by bringing customers to restaurants and shops.

May 23, 2009

Last year, runaway gas prices and a crumbling economy kept many would-be travelers at home.

Allegheny Power customers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley will see their bills go up an average of 6 percent beginning this summer.

Openings The Wine Cellar is now open on the lower level of the Edinburg Village Shop at 201 S. Main St. The shop features wines from Virginia, California, Oregon and Washington as well as premier vintages from France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Argentina and South Africa....

May 20, 2009

EDINBURG -- Edinburg Motors may be losing the Jeep brand, but it's not about to close up shop.

WINCHESTER -- A new shopping center planned for the city nearly 10 years ago could finally move forward.

RICHMOND -- The State Corporation Commission has approved a merger plan involving Embarq, the parent company of two Virginia local telephone carriers.

MT. JACKSON -- The inaugural Shenandoah County Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament was held May 13 at Bryce Resort.

Small businesses suffering financial hardship as a result of the slow economy may be eligible to receive temporary relief through a new loan program administered by the Small Business Administration.

WINCHESTER -- The U.S. Postal Service will hold a Passport Fair on Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Schrock Travel at 220 Imboden Drive in Winchester.

May 19, 2009

STRASBURG -- International Automotive Components has furloughed 133 workers due to the shuttering of General Motors and Chrysler assembly plants, and unless IAC changes course on one of its GM contracts, 110 of them won't be coming back.

May 16, 2009

NEW YORK -- General Motors Corp. on Friday told about 1,100 dealers, or nearly 20 percent of its U.S. network, that they will be fired by the automaker late next year because their sales are weak.

WINCHESTER -- Winchester Medical Center's new diagnostic center is no doubt centered on high-tech.

May 15, 2009

Three local auto dealers stand to be affected by Chrysler LLC's announcement Thursday that nearly 800 dealerships are to close in less than a month.

May 13, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Despite an ailing economy, demand for health care in the Northern Shenandoah Valley remains strong.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative will pick up Page County, Winchester and portions of Warren, Frederick and Highland counties as a result of Allegheny Power's planned divestiture of its Virginia operations.

WINCHESTER -- The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber has released a statement expressing its concern about the U.S. Postal Service's plans to consolidate bulk mail processing from the Pleasant Valley Road post office to a regional mailing center near Washington Dulles International Airport.

MIDDLETOWN -- Lord Fairfax Community College searched the country for a dean of learning for humanities, mathematics and social sciences.

FRONT ROYAL -- Edward Jones financial adviser George Karnes II will host a seminar

Virginia's second Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will take place May 25-31.

May 12, 2009

BERRYVILLE -- Berryville Graphics will lay off 47 workers over the next three months in an effort to streamline operations and maintain its long-term viability, company officials said Monday.

May 9, 2009

STRASBURG -- There was a point during Thursday afternoon's ceremonial groundbreaking for Homewood at the Shenandoah Valley when the weather seemed to suggest it was time to begin collecting two of every animal.

WINCHESTER -- A local contracting firm is suing the George Washington Hotel to recover what it claims is an unpaid balance of more than $34,000 for renovation work.

BB&T announced Thursday that its capital levels are more than sufficient and exceed the government's minimum stress-test requirements, according to a report issued by federal regulatory agencies following a rigorous examination of the nation's 19 largest financial institutions.

LINDEN -- The Apple House has expanded its operations to include a frozen custard stand.

FRONT ROYAL -- The River 95.3 FM and WFTR-AM 1450 will air a new radio program, "Ritmo Latino," on Saturday and Sunday mornings, beginning today.

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2009 Women in Agriculture Conference on May 20 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Plecker Workforce Center at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave.

May 6, 2009

MT. JACKSON -- "Money is running through our fingers, Max," Ruby informs her little brother during a day of shopping for a birthday gift for their grandmother.

Just as local General Motors and Chrysler dealerships find themselves at the mercy of their struggling corporate parents, area parts suppliers are anxiously awaiting some good news out of Detroit.

EDINBURG -- Shentel swung to a loss in the first quarter after recording a $10.7 million write-off after taxes from its discontinued converged services unit.

FRONT ROYAL -- AT&T has activated four new cell sites in the area to expand and enhance customers' wireless network experience.

May 2, 2009

STRASBURG -- The view from Interstate 81 promises to be quite different this time next year. Site work has begun on a 36-acre mixed-use project off Va. 55 from Winchester developers Walter Aikens and Robert Claytor.

MIDDLETOWN -- Lord Fairfax Community College is offering people the chance to become a middle- or high school teacher through the Career Switchers Program.

More than 40 federal agencies and private-sector companies will participate in a job fair on May 7 in Loudoun County hosted by Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th.

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. -- Summit Financial Group saw a 52 percent drop in earnings in the first quarter, primarily due to a higher allowance for losses from construction and development loans.

WINCHESTER -- Composite decking, railing and fencing manufacturer Trex reported a loss of $3.1 million, or 21 cents a share, for the first quarter on a sharp drop-off in sales.

WINCHESTER -- After topping out at a revised 9.1 percent in February, the local jobless rate fell four-tenths of a point in March, according to a Virginia Employment Commission report.

WINCHESTER -- The Shockey Cos. CEO William F. Simmons III officially retired this week as one of the firm's longest-tenured leaders.

May 1, 2009

MIDDLETOWN -- A Northern Virginia couple purchased the historic Wayside Inn at auction Thursday for the bargain-basement price of $1 million.




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