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Mount Jackson Town Council OKs solar farm

MOUNT JACKSON — The Mount Jackson Town Council voted Tuesday to issue a permit that clears the way for construction of a solar farm at 3100 Turkey Knob Road. The project, which will see Solar I LLC build a 15.65 megawatt solar electricity generating facility, went before the Mount Jackson ...

Ortts Electric celebrates 50 Years

Bill Ortts started his company as a part-time job. During the day, he installed telephones for Shentel; then, he’d do electrical work until the middle of the night. Now, that company, Ortts Electric, is 50 years old and last Saturday a party was held at the  Shenandoah County Fairgrounds ...

Middletown’s Nana’s is the embodiment of an Irish pub

It’s 3,321 miles from Clare County, Ireland, to Middletown, Virginia. Tara Coughlan, who spent her childhood years growing up in Ireland, has brought her childhood memories to Middletown, creating with her mother a classic Irish pub dedicated to her beloved grandmother, Bridget. Called ...

A big kid is in charge of The Thinker Toys Store

Aaron Bowman proudly confesses at 34 he is just a big kid who loves his job. The lanky and affable Bowman is owner and sole full-time employee of Thinker Toys on the corner of Winchester’s Braddock and Cork Streets, where he admits he has played with every game offered for sale in the ...

G&M Music has sound of success

Like a classic symphony maintaining its appeal, the G & M Music store in Winchester is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, with the third generation of the family humming a song of success. Robert "Bob" Gaines Jr., 74, took over from his father 37 years ago and has ...

Appleland Sports Center embraces spring

To some, spring announces itself with warmer weather and flowers. At Appleland Sports Center, spring spawns the sounds of golf balls being smacked, baseballs being pounded and go-carts chugging. Located at 4990 Valley Pike just north of Stephens City, the 45-acre center has a 12-hole ...

Chamber of Commerce announces new scholarships

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors announced the creation of two scholarships during its annual awards dinner this week. The awards will be named in honor of two members of the Chamber of Commerce, Roy K. Boyles and James M. Eastham. Boyles ...

Virginia farmers to plant more soybeans, fewer corn crops

Farmers in Virginia will be planting more soybean crops this year, but fewer acres of corn, according to a news release from the USDA Virginia Field Office in Richmond. “The March 1, Intentions Survey showed soybean farmers intend to plant 10,000 more acres than in 2016,” said ...

Business Ledger

Calico Emporium The Calico Emporium, located in the Lee Jackson Building also known as the Strayer House, will hold an open house and ribbon cutting beginning at 11 a.m. April 28 at 9386 S. Congress St., New Market.

Chamber to host job fair Thursday

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will host its first regional job fair Thursday, with over 26 businesses in attendance. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Woodstock and is open to the public, including high school and college students. Job seekers ...

Organic farm wins at RISE event

MIDDLETOWN – Ali Haney, of Shenandoah Seasonal, won both the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards along with over $5,000 in prize money in a "Shark Tank" TV show-like competition held this week at Lord Fairfax Community College. The Lord Fairfax Small Business Development ...

Livestock Report

Farmers Livestock April 18 FEEDER: Cattle (735 head) Steers (141 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $151.00-165.00; 400-500 lbs., $141.00-169.00; 500-600 lbs., $142.00-161.00; 600-700 lbs., $129.00-141.00; 700-800 lbs., $117.00-125.50; 800-900 lbs., $110.00-123.00. M&L ...

Winchester plant state of the art for Mopar

WINCHESTER – With an official dedication Tuesday, the 400,000-square-foot Mopar Parts Distribution Center on Tysons Drive becomes a model facility for Mopar’s 50 other centers worldwide. “The building, the processes and the people that we have here are truly top notch,” gushed ...

Business Ledger

Competition The final Regional Initiative Supporting Entrepreneurship competition will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Corron Center at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. The event includes exhibits and pitches by regional entrepreneurs competing for a grand prize of ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock April 8 FEEDER: Steers L&M 1, 100-199 lbs., $180.00; 200-299 lbs., $155.00-161.00; 300-399 lbs., $154.00-169.50; 400-499 lbs., $137.00-155.00; 500-599 lbs., $135.00-156.00; 600-699 lbs., $131.00-145.00; 700-799 lbs., $113.00-127.00; 800-899 lbs., $116.00; ...

Business Ledger

Shenvalee Resort The Shenvalee Resort was named Business of the Year at the recent New Market Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. Cave Ridge Vineyard Cave Ridge Vineyard of Mount Jackson will present a check for $3,200 to the Shenandoah Forum today at its Red Silk Wine Club release ...

Business Ledger

Dr. Zunka Dr. Craig Zunka attended the 40th annual symposium of the Holistic Dental Association on March 30-April 1 in Chicago. This year’s topic was “Improving Overall Health Through Dentistry.” F&M Bank F&M Bank, the parent company of Farmers & Merchants ...

Livestock Report

Farmers Livestock April 4 FEEDER: Cattle (914 head) Steers (288 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $135.00-151.00; 400-500 lbs., $137.00-167.00; 500-600 lbs., $135.00-164.00; 600-700 lbs., $130.00-144.00; 700-800 lbs., $125.00-129.00; 800-900 lbs., $109.00-123.00. M&L ...

Steinway & Sons CEO speaks at business symposium

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University’s ninth annual Business Symposium Friday included a presentation from Ron Losby, President and CEO of Steinway & Sons. Dean of the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business Miles Davis spoke briefly about the event, which was being streamed ...

Amazon to bring 1,000-plus jobs to Frederick County

More than 1,000 jobs are expected to be created in Frederick County as a result of plans by Amazon to open an e-commerce warehouse and distribution operation in the White Hall Commerce Center. Gov. Terry McAuliffe broke the news Tuesday about the new, one-million-square foot facility. He ...