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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.

April 30, 2009

General Motors may be racing ahead with its restructuring plans, but local GM dealers are stuck in neutral.

April 29, 2009

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Coldwell Banker Premier Homes of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., has acquired Berkeley Realty Group.

WINCHESTER -- Frederick Block, Brick & Stone is featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV's "Curb Appeal."

Companies Food Lion shoppers can sign up to support the Wayside Foundation for the Arts through the grocer's MVP Shop & Share Program. Every time registered customers make a purchase with their MVP cards, Food Lion will donate a portion of their total grocery bill...

April 25, 2009

Northern Virginia and parts of the upper Shenandoah Valley appear to be setting the stage for a recovery in the state's housing market.

WINCHESTER -- The Rev. Webster Gibson, of Christ Episcopal Church, knows God sometimes works in mysterious ways.

FRONT ROYAL -- Virginia's Main Street program has been a driving factor behind the revitalization of downtown commercial districts statewide, and officials are hopeful that Front Royal will soon join the club.

WINCHESTER -- Composite decking, railing and fencing manufacturer Trex will roll into Winchester on Sunday with an interactive and educational mobile unit.

MT. JACKSON -- Curves has moved and will be celebrating its new location next week.

The deadline for filing your Virginia income tax return is Friday.

WASHINGTON -- All or part of unemployment benefits received this year will be considered tax-free for many workers, the IRS has announced.

April 23, 2009

Two local community banks expanded their allowance for loan losses during the first quarter, lowering their respective earnings.

In celebration of Earth Day, Food Lion is featuring in-store displays with eco-friendly products.

April 22, 2009

NEW MARKET -- With the bad reputation attached to the banking industry of late, BB&T must be doing something right to remain a pillar of the community.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf has once again joined the fight to keep local mail-sorting operations from being moved to Dulles.

WINCHESTER -- Five new stores are set to open at Rutherford Crossing in the spring and summer, developer NV Retail announced this week.

NEW MARKET -- The Shenandoah Valley Travel Association has released a statement on the dismissal of former public relations director L. Meriwether German.

WOODSTOCK -- Playground equipment at W.O. Riley Park will be getting gussied up next month by employees of a new paint store in town

April 18, 2009

A bank foreclosed Thursday on seven of developer Denver E. Quinnelly's unfinished subdivisions in the area.

WINCHESTER -- The fate of a building project slated to connect one of the city's retail corridors with Frederick County remains muddled as a local engineering firm has filed suit against its developer.

April 15, 2009

HARRISONBURG -- A Clarke County developer has filed Chapter 7 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bob Goodlatte has once again introduced legislation to scrap the federal tax code.

Beginning this summer, the tax man in Richmond will no longer get a cut of butchers' profits when their customers bring in an animal for processing.











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