First Bank releases earnings report

October 27, 2016

Parent company of First Bank, First National Corporation, showed positive growth over the prior quarter and the third quarter from 2015 according to its third quarter earnings report published Wednesday. The quarter ended Sept. 30.

Students learn about jobs at Virginia’s ports

Gary Hahn, distribution operations manager for Newell Brands, speaks to  area high school students during a career seminar hosted by the Port of Virginia at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 19, 2016

MIDDLETOWN – Students from Winchester and Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, Clarke and Page counties gathered Wednesday at Lord Fairfax Community College for a career seminar to learn about opportunities offered at and created by Virginia’s ports.

Co-op manager to participate in DOE program

Jason Burch

October 15, 2016

Jason Burch, manager of system engineering for the Shenandoah Electric Cooperative, will serve as one of two co-op industry representatives in a “major Department of Energy research project” over the next three years, the co-op has announced.

Tourism departments blaze new trail

October 14, 2016

Shenandoah County Tourism recently rolled out its new “Shenandoah Spirits Trail.” The trail, designed to focus on regional breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, features 27 stops from Winchester to just south of Harrisonburg.

Construction company opens Front Royal headquarters

October 14, 2016

Terra Site Constructors, LLC, which specializes in retaining walls and “highway, commercial, government and industrial construction projects”, held a ribbon cutting marking the opening of its new building in Front Royal.

Conveyor belt company celebrates 70th anniversary

October 7, 2016

WINCHESTER — Ashworth Bros. Inc., a company specializing in conveyor belt production, will mark 70 years in business Sunday, with a celebration scheduled for later in the month.

Business Ledger

October 6, 2016

Overtime rules workshop
The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce and Yount, Hyde & Barbour will offer a workshop on new

Century-old drug store to close doors

Michelle Rimel, owner of Peoples Drugstore in Strasburg, pulls a drug bottle off the shelf of her store Thursday. Rimel, the store's pharmacist, is selling the century old business to Rite-Aid, and the building’s owner has put the King Street store up for sale.  Rich Cooley/Daily

October 1, 2016

STRASBURG – Peoples Drug Store, a Strasburg institution located at 145 E. King St., will be closing its doors at the end of the business day Oct. 4 after selling the business to pharmacy giant Rite-Aid for an undisclosed amount.

Business Ledger

September 30, 2016

Ribbon cuttings
Two Rev Up Strasburg grant recipients will hold ribbon cutting ceremonies today.
• Debbie Ritenour will hold a

Speaker addresses economic growth at museum business luncheon

Edwin T. Burton

September 28, 2016

WINCHESTER — The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley held its eighth annual Business Forum Luncheon Wednesday. The event featured a presentation from distinguished economic and finance professor Edwin “Ed” T. Burton entitled “Economic Prospects for the US and the Global Economy.”

Candle shop opens at new location

Debbie Ritenour, owner of Simply Divine Candles and Decor, stands in front of some handmade candles and a homemade wreath in her store. She is holding a  grand re-opening event Saturday at the store's new location at 150 E. King St., Strasburg. Nathan Budryk/Daily

September 27, 2016

STRASBURG — Debbie Ritenour’s Simply Divine Candles and Decor will hold a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening at its new location at 150 E. King St. downtown on Saturday, Oct. 1. Ritenour said there are some giveaways and other promotions planned.

Front Royal video store to close its doors

September 23, 2016

The Shenandoah Video and Tan store at 445 South St. in the Royal Plaza shopping center in Front Royal will be closing its doors sometime in October, said owner Joe Gochenour.

Business Ledger

September 23, 2016

Claire Wightman has been named director of business development for Porchlight Hospitality, a niche property management firm in Woodstock that specializes in managing people’s second homes through the “sharing economy,” Airbnb and VRBO.

Tourism grant to help with marketing

Jenna French

September 21, 2016

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a marketing leverage grant that will bring more than $900,000 in funding to 43 state tourism programs. Of that $927,000, Shenandoah County received $50,000, tied for the highest amount received by any municipality. The funds will be bestowed on a matching basis.

Area gas prices rise alongside state average

September 21, 2016

Drivers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley may still see gas prices inch higher even as the Colonial Pipeline starts using a bypass around an Alabama gas leak.

Livestock Report

September 16, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Sept. 10
Bulls L&M 1,100-199 lbs., $185.00-215.00; 200-299 lbs., $140.00-155.00; 300-399 lbs., $137.50-147.00; 400-499 lbs., $108.00-137.50; 500-599