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Hardware store restocks hunting, fishing supplies

WINCHESTER -- Jno. S. Solenberger, a True Value hardware store, is 126 years old, and going back to its roots.
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Shenandoah County Fair: Watch the pigs race, get educated at same time

WOODSTOCK -- The first racers in the Old McNally's Pig Derby are named after famous horses: Hambiscuit, rather than Seabiscuit, and California "Porkchop" instead of "Chrome" finished first in the race Tuesday.
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Local farmers aim to cut cost of hops

Two Shenandoah County residents are taking advantage of the growing hop industry in Virginia and have plans to make it easier for other farmers to get involved, as well.
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Supervisors mull rendering plant's request

Shenandoah County leaders are torn over a recent request made by Mountain View Rendering LLC to make an amendment to its special use permit.
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Shenandoah County Fair's harness racing draws crowds

WOODSTOCK -- According to Alvin Lineweaver, several years ago very few people made a point of watching the harness racing at the Shenandoah County Fair. But over the last 10 years, he said, the grandstands have become full.
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Fire damages Front Royal home, destroys contents

Flames seriously damaged a Front Royal home Saturday afternoon.
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Ecologist plans fund-raising trek

FRONT ROYAL -- Jen Davis has been positively impacted by two local organizations, and now she is working to give back to both.
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Yard Crawl drew visitors from across nation

WOODSTOCK -- The 10th anniversary of the Route 11 Yard Crawl exhibited how the event is changing -- and growing -- with each consecutive year.
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Business puts local wood to good use

LINDEN -- Stephen Sloane and his wife Miranda Kettlewell said they opened Black Snake Wood because they saw beautiful, local trees becoming firewood.
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Bank adds two to board of directors

First National Corporation, the bank holding company of First Bank, which began in Strasburg in 1907, recently announced the appointment of two local individuals to its board of directors.
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Craft brewing offers growing market to Virginia farmers

MIDDLETOWN -- Farmers in the Shenandoah Valley are trying to tap into a growing industry -- and they are finding success.
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Increased bear population hurting farmers' crops

An increasing bear population could hurt local farmers' crops as autumn settles in and bears look harder for food before winter, even after a relatively quiet summer.
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County fair pageant continues tradition

The Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant is reaching back to its roots.
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Energetic Babette seeks person of her own

EDINBURG -- Babette, a 10-month-old female puppy, is short, and probably will not grow much larger than her current 30 pounds. But what she lacks in size she makes up for in energy.
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Chamber names new executive director

After searching for almost two months, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce announced its selection of a new executive director Tuesday.
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Park creates first artist-in-residence program

Shenandoah National Park will follow the lead of many other national parks throughout the country and implement an artist-in-residence program this year.
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Volunteer Farm in need of help over next two weeks

The Volunteer Farm in Woodstock is asking local residents and organizations to help harvest what they call a "bountiful crop" over the next few weeks.
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Area company joins exporting program

O'Sullivan Films, a Winchester company, has been included in a Virginia program designed to substantially increase their international exporting, allowing for expansion at home, as well.
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International wine business opens retail shop

MIDDLETOWN -- Every wine Timeless Wines sells has a stamp of approval from Mike Good. He has visited each vineyard himself, traveling to 13 countries since starting his business in 2006.
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Success found in green cleaning

FRONT ROYAL -- It started with Tammy Carlyle's desire to help her children with their allergies, and it has grown into a successful business.
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Natural gas station proposed for Warren County

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County may be one of the first areas along the Interstate 81 corridor to support a natural gas station.
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Unpleasant odor caused by facility's malfunctioning pump

Strasburg residents complaining of a foul odor coming from Valley Milk Products are likely to have a reprieve within the next few days.
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Local farm seeks creative avenues to reach customers

NEW MARKET -- Charles and Anna Long, of Long Roots Farm, understand the true cost of food. They are trying to educate the public about it as well.
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Foundation plans for 150th anniversary celebrations

WINCHESTER -- For the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and CEO Kevin Walker, the 150th anniversary of the Third Battle of Winchester is more about the future than it is the past.
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Company's permit amendment request sees some objections

WOODSTOCK -- Mountain View Rendering LLC recently requested an amendment to its special use permit to accept emergency diversions from other facilities, but the request has drawn some protests.
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Discharge into Happy Creek kills over 2,000 fish

Discharge into Happy Creek from a Front Royal car wash Friday resulted in the death of more than 2,000 fish.
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The Route 11 Yard Crawl begins

NEW MARKET -- Those involved with the Route 11 Yard Crawl are reporting that this year, the 10th anniversary could mark the largest event ever.
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Hotel to unveil new look this fall

A hotel in Middletown will have a whole new look and new name this fall.
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Theater aims to engage community

FRONT ROYAL -- La Tasha Do'zia-Earley is the sole owner of the Selah Theatre Project. But she said, really, the community owns it together.
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Riverkeeper files intent to sue EPA over algae in river

Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble has been fighting this fight for the better part of four years. Now he is taking the next step.
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Participants shine in county fair's 4-H show

FRONT ROYAL -- Kara Plavchan, 11, of Front Royal, said she was nervous about showing her goat, Dancer.
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Research, extension center aids state farmers

WINCHESTER -- Professors Greg Peck and Keith Yoder are seeking solutions.
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Local food becoming more widely available

Agencies throughout Virginia are working to allow individuals of all income levels access to local, healthier food.
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Farmers markets encourage communty engagement, healthy lifestyle

WINCHESTER -- Quail eggs are slightly more expensive than chicken eggs, at $5.50 a dozen. But Matt Hardin said they are tastier and far more nutritious.
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Woodstock native returns to collect ticks

WOODSTOCK -- U.S. Army Capt. Tony John always inspects his tick flag very carefully. He looks over each speck of dirt, then suddenly stops on one dot.
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Business offers unique opportunities for artists

FRONT ROYAL -- Joy Podmore of Front Royal said she could not paint when she was younger -- not in high school or college.
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Salon plans to expand, start spa in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL -- Blake Pierpoint is used to hectic.
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Border collies focus on geese problem

WINCHESTER -- Maya was just a head, bobbing up and down in the water, eyes locked on the geese.
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Animals draw kids to the fair

CLEAR BROOK -- Valerie Miller, 12, of Winchester, said she likes working with rabbits "because they don't moo at you."
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Stats reveal steady corn, soybean acres planted over recent years

According to a recent survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, corn acreage decreased by around 10,000 acres between 2013 and 2014.

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