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Timberville council OKs new Walmart

On Thursday, town leaders in Timberville approved the construction of a new Wal-Mart after several months of discussion and planning.
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Old method, new way

STRASBURG -- Doran Richards started her business because she wanted to give Christian women a refuge.
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Home occupations encourage variety of businesses

STRASBURG -- Some in Shenandoah County are taking advantage of their ability to operate businesses out of their homes, an option that cuts down on costs and increases convenience.
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A clean slate

FRONT ROYAL -- The 440-acre Avtex Fibers Superfund site is visible from one of the first overlooks on Skyline Drive. Once, a visitor could see smoke billowing from the facility.
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Town plans new uses for restored site

FRONT ROYAL -- At its peak, Avtex Fibers employed 3,000 people.
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County receives grant for tourism marketing initiative

Shenandoah County received a $4,760 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program to put toward a new marketing initiative.
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Main Street Agriculture Day set for Saturday

Frederick County residents will have the opportunity to learn about Virginia's number one industry Saturday.
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Ag program encourages best management practices

A new Virginia program will encourage farmers to implement best management practices in order to document ways in which water quality is improving throughout the state.
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Visitors see state park from treetops

BENTONVILLE -- Visitors to Shenandoah River State Park have always had the option to drive or hike the scenic area, but now they can see the park from the treetops.
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Virginia expecting very good apple crop

STEPHENS CITY -- The apple season has officially arrived, and Virginia farmers are expecting a very good crop.
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Area growers diversify to survive

STEPHENS CITY -- Dudley Rinker has always been all about apples -- but now, he is, specifically, all about cider.
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Annual event raises funds for local charity

The Quota Club's 14th annual Kitchen Kapers event will allow participants to admire five local homes while giving to a local charity.
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Crane rental company opens new branch

A Virginia company celebrating its 52nd anniversary this year is expanding by opening a new branch in Winchester.
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New grant aims to make businesses visually appealing

Woodstock businesses are being given the opportunity to put their best front forward.
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Event highlights sustainable farm practices

Shenandoah County's Virginia Cooperative Extension will soon allow the public to see a project staff has been working on for over four years that is designed to benefit both farmers and landowners: the Shenandoah County Sustainable Farm Demonstration.
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Local doughnut shop facing criticism

FRONT ROYAL -- Tiana Ramos, 17, said she opened Naughty Girls Donut Shop to give all outsiders a place to go. But not everyone is happy with her message.
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Board denies request for new waste permit

WOODSTOCK -- A recent request made by Mountain View Rendering LLC, located in Edinburg, was denied by a torn Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
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Tourists boost local economy

WOODSTOCK -- Travelers are continuing to visit the Northern Shenandoah Valley, providing a great deal of revenue to Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties, according to a recent report.
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Northern Shenandoah real estate market sees some positive trends

The Northern Shenandoah Valley saw generally positive trends in the real estate market throughout July, according to a recent report.
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Cycling elements: Bike shop's new owner has big plans

WINCHESTER -- Josh Lewis has spent more than four years working with Element Sports full time, and even longer as a part-time employee. Now he has purchased the business and has big plans in mind.
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Hangouts Grill to open soon in Strasburg

STRASBURG -- Randall Hamman of Strasburg has worked with local eateries for 20 years. At age 16 he got his first job with Fox's Pizza, and has now decided to start his own restaurant.
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Park celebrates wilderness act with week of programs

This week, Shenandoah National Park is celebrating its first wilderness week -- but park officials are hoping the message will reverberate all year long.
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Front Royal home damaged by flames

FRONT ROYAL -- Fire and rescue crews responded to a fire Thursday that damaged the attic of a two-story home.
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Fair sees increase in attendance over 2013

Attendance at the Shenandoah County Fair increased by 8 percent this year, despite wet weather during the first weekend.
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Panda mother's death leaves more cubs to be hand-raised

The recent death of a female panda named Shama at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has left three panda cubs to be raised by their handlers.
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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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