Business

‘Greater Good’ Award winners announced

Winchester's public defender Friday evening won the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber "Greater Good" Award for Citizen of the Year. Timothy Coyne's role in a grassroots effort to form the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition in helping combat the drug epidemic was cited by the ...

First Bank president shares tips for business success

NEW MARKET – After 25 years with the company, First Bank’s President and COO Dennis Dysart shared the three fundamental lessons he’s learned over his career on Wednesday evening. Dysart discussed what he’s learned at the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals ...

Shenandoah Spirits Trail celebrates first anniversary

MIDDLETOWN – Shenandoah Spirits Trail celebrated its first anniversary at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Backroom Brewery on Ridgemont Road. And yes, alcohol was served. Strictly speaking, the trail launched in September 2016, making Thursday the 1 1/3 anniversary. The holidays and a busy harvest ...

Public Meetings

The following public meetings are scheduled: Shenandoah County The Conservation Easement Authority meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the government center, 600 N. Main St., Woodstock. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the government center. The Board of Supervisors ...

Chick-fil-A to open in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL — Chick-fil-A plans to open a restaurant in Warren County. The restaurant recently submitted a site plan to open at 145 Riverton Commons Plaza, Planning Director Taryn Logan said Wednesday. The 1.5-acre site is at the corner of Winchester and Country Club roads, where  the ...

Community shocked as electric bills soar past $400

When Timothy Sluss, 24, of Strasburg, saw that his electric bill for the month of November had nearly doubled from the previous month, he wasn’t too surprised. It was getting colder, and his twin brother had recently moved into his basement. But when the next month’s bill rolled around and ...

Unique video simulator helps train heavy equipment operators

Zachary Bowen was sitting in front of three huge Vortex simulator screens excavating a narrow trench when he accidentally dislodged the bucket from the excavating machine's arm. As three fellow students taking Virginia’s first ever two-month-long heavy machinery college class watched, ...

Area business owner came to America with just $150 in his pocket

WINCHESTER – Even though starting a business is symbolic of the American Dream, it’s no less significant to Sumit Sanjel that a decade after he came to America with just $150 in his pocket, he’s now running and operating his own company. Sanjel, 28, owns My Vacuums, a vacuum retailer and ...

Edinburg Mill Restaurant celebrates grand opening

EDINBURG – With long hair, strong beards and an aversion to the traditional chef’s jacket, Jason Burns, 36, and Dennis Stickley, 28, don’t match the typical chef archetype. But, the two long-time friends are now co-owners of the Edinburg Mill Restaurant that celebrated its grand opening ...

Carmeuse clarifies confusion over expansion news

Confusion arose Friday when Carmeuse Lime & Stone officials stated the company no longer intended to carry out an $8.7 million expansion of the company’s operations in Strasburg. County officials blamed a misunderstanding between state officials and themselves for an erroneous ...

Citizen of Year named at Chamber awards party

WOODSTOCK – “Usually I’m not lost for words,” a Tuxedo-clad Mike Ashley said while clutching his golden award for Citizen of the Year at the Woodstock Community Theatre on Tuesday evening. Ashley, owner and director of Commonwealth Investigation Services, was awarded for his ongoing ...

Shenandoah County leads area in tourism revenue

In one of his final news releases, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism industry had grown by $2.2 billion since he took office in 2014. Shenandoah County, on its own, has reported growth. Jenna French, director of tourism and economic development, said the county ...

New Shentel trucks to cut fuel consumption by at least 25 percent

Shentel will soon be adding three hybrid bucket trucks to its fleet. The trucks still run on diesel engines, but the buckets' electric lift system could cut fuel costs anywhere from 25 to 33 percent, according to Shentel director of facilities management Bill Sibert. The new trucks are a ...

Carmeuse denies $8.7 million expansion in Shenandoah County

Carmeuse Lime & Stone denied Friday that it had plans to expand its operations in Shenandoah County. Basing its information on a news release from Shenandoah County Administrator Mary Beth Price issued Dec. 22, the Northern Virginia Daily reported Friday that Carmeuse was planning an ...

Public Meetings

The following public meetings are scheduled: Shenandoah County The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the government center, 600 N. Main St., Woodstock. Edinburg Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the town hall, 101 Town Hall Ave. New Market Town ...

County chamber set to announce annual awards

WOODSTOCK – And the award for the best business in Shenandoah County goes to… The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet Tuesday for its Oscar-themed annual awards party, announcing awards for the large and small businesses, nonprofit and citizen of the ...

Cold snap a boon for area propane dealer

After weathering a "bomb cyclone" and what appears to have been the coldest December in the area since 2010, demand for heating oil has soared. For Holtzman Propane, this has meant high sales and long hours. “We haven't had any winter to speak of in three years,” said Todd Holtzman, ...

Year in review: Prize money flowed to area businesses in 2017

Shenandoah Valley businesses had their fair share of victories and failures in 2017. Several shops won thousands of dollars in marketing grants, downtown revitalization was a common concern for small towns, and area business leaders even thrust their voices into local politics. Six Shenandoah ...

Spirits Trail hosts beer, wine and spirits garden in D.C.

STRASBURG – The Shenandoah Spirits Trail sponsored the DC MetroCooking Show’s beer, wine and spirits garden in early December, and the Shenandoah County Tourism Council said Tuesday it was a success. “There was a line to get into the pavilion to taste all of the beer, wine and spirits ...