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Business

Shentel reaches deal to acquire nTelos

Shenandoah Telecommunications Inc. has reached a deal to purchase Waynesboro-based nTelos Inc. at $9.25 per share, the company has announced. Willy Pirtle, vice president of wireless of Edinburg-based Shentel, said the deal will largely affect customers of nTelos and Shentel's Sprint ...

Route 11 Chips expansion underway

Route 11 Chips has begun work on a $1.1 million project to upgrade its Mount Jackson facility with a second production line and an expanded warehouse. Sarah Cohen, founder and co-owner of the company, said the project officially got underway last month with construction of the warehouse ...

Strasburg Chamber plans Mayfest 2016

One way or another, the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce is looking to host Mayfest 2016. Recently, the chamber started a capital campaign to raise $8,000 and has trademarked the event under its name. The chamber announced a new capital campaign in a letter addressed to town businesses and ...

Mount Jackson approves mega site annexation

MOUNT JACKSON --  Town officials voted unanimously to annex 576-acres of land owned by town resident Robert Whitehurst on Tuesday night. Whitehurst proposed the annexation in February to be a part of a possible 712-acre industrial “mega site” that could be a business boon for the town ...

New winery opens today

The growing list of wineries in the Northern Shenandoah Valley will have a new addition today with the opening of James Charles Winery and Vineyard in Winchester. James Charles is the latest venture from James “Jim” Bogaty and the Bogaty Family Wine Group, which owns Veramar Vineyard in ...

LFCC names vice president

Kimberly P. Blosser has been named vice president of academic and student affairs at Lord Fairfax Community College. For the past three years, Blosser served as LFCC’s associate vice president of instruction at the Middletown campus, was responsible for the instructional program and ...

College financial aid to help area workforce

MIDDLETOWN -- Workforce Solutions at Lord Fairfax Community College aims to provide a boost for residents in need of full-time work in the form of new financial aid that will be available this fall. The college is part of a pilot program through the Virginia General Assembly called ...

First National announces second quarter earnings

First National Corporation, the parent company to Strasburg-based First Market Bank, announced second-quarter earnings of $444,000 on July 31. The figure of $444,000 is lower than the $1.5 million in earnings First National saw in the second quarter of last year. The company also expanded ...

Edinburg vegetable growers take a turn at farmers markets

In less than a year, Edinburg residents Jaz and Lee Draper, of Purple Rooster Organics, have gone from self-sustaining vegetable farmers to vendors at area farmers’ markets. “We’re in two markets right now – Strasburg and (South Street Barn Market) in Woodstock,” Lee Draper said. ...

Combined tax holiday affects big, small businesses

All Virginia residents will have the opportunity to go forth and stimulate the economy free of certain sales taxes during a combined tax holiday weekend that will last from 12:01 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Until this year, there was only a one-day tax holiday in August for school ...

Region expects 5K for 11th Yard Crawl

Shoppers coming from hundreds of miles around will be wheeling and dealing down the 46-mile stretch of the Route 11 Yard Crawl starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce executive director Cheri Wright said she’s expecting as many as 5,000 people for the 11th annual ...

New shops open in Front Royal

Over the last several months, new and established businesses have been cropping up along Main Street in Front Royal's historic downtown area. Jennifer McDonald, executive director of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority, said the diversity of shops opening is a good ...

Town considering business development program

Strasburg town officials are considering possibly participating in a business development program through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Through the community development organization People Inc., Strasburg applied for the department’s Virginia Community ...

A-Way 2 Play property sold

After being closed for close to six years, the 59-acres A-Way 2 Play Family Sports Center near Woodstock has been sold by Chris and Pamela Wells. The Wells, who also own and operate Wells Roofing in Woodstock, sold the property to Harry and Margaret Cooper for $350,000. In a phone ...

County, EDA looking into workforce answers

FRONT ROYAL -- The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce are starting a project focused on enhancing the area’s workforce opportunities. EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald noted Friday that numerous businesses as well as county and ...

Building energy

LINDEN — German engineering in home energy efficiency is coming to the U.S. in the form of a house off of John Marshall Highway near Linden. Front Royal-based ALP Development partnered with German construction company Kaufmann to bring the K-Plus construction model to America. Father ...

Business Ledger

Bank of Clarke County Kristina Reed has joined the investment/financial consultant team of Eagle Investment Group at the Bank of Clarke County. Reed, formerly a financial consultant with Middleburg Investment in Leesburg, has 20-plus years experience in banking and investment ...

Tractor Supply in talks for store

The Tractor Supply Company is in talks with Richmond-based real estate firm Thalhimer to lease building space in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center of Front Royal. Allyson Petty, senior associate at Thalhimer, said they are in discussion with the company to lease out one-third of an ...

Chefs see food sources up close

WOODSTOCK — Chefs and restaurant owners from the D.C. area had a close-up view of where the steaks they prepare and serve come from during a tour of Shenandoah Valley cattle farms and facilities this week. Shenandoah Valley Beef Cooperative made an agreement with Capital Meat Company ...

Town looking into second veterans’ monument

The town of New Market could be getting a second veterans’ monument, courtesy of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of American Legion Post 166. At Monday’s town council meeting, Councilman Tim Palmer noted that the Ladies’ Auxiliary came to the tourism and economic development committee meeting ...