Business

First National announces 43 percent dividend spike

First National Corporation, the parent company of the Strasburg-based First Bank, announced a 43 percent increase in monthly cash dividends per share Tuesday. Shareholders will receive a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share starting March 16. First National Corporation President and CEO ...

Strasburg leads Shenandoah County’s 2018 tourism efforts

NEW MARKET – As the Shenandoah County Tourism Council starts revving its engine for the summer season, Strasburg has emerged as the early frontrunner of 2018. “Things are bumping in Strasburg,” said Michelle Bixler, Strasburg economic development and marketing manager. “The Marriott ...

Historic Woodstock building purchased

The historic former First Bank property in Woodstock at Main and Court streets has been sold. Karl Roulston, Regulus Group partner and co-founder who is also a Shenandoah County supervisor, finalized the purchase of the building at 100 N. Main St. on Jan. 30. “I bought the building really ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 BMW 530e highlights tech improvements

BMW has always enjoyed respect with its emphasis on technology and driving dynamics. With the 2018 seventh generation 5 series, progress continues with new technology advances and environmental emphasis to reduce carbon pollution. Our test drive was the BMW 530e (for electric) xDrive (for four ...

Penny by penny, Shenandoah Valley Electric seeks to fund local causes

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative is asking its members for their spare pennies at the end of each month. “Operation Roundup,” as the company calls the program, allows customers to voluntarily round up their bill to the nearest dollar. For instance, a bill of $152.49 would become ...

Federal tax loophole to benefit large-scale farms

When it became clear that the new federal tax law would eliminate the domestic production deduction for farmers, lawmakers scrambled to protect farming interests. They settled on a massive deduction for farmers who sell their produce to cooperatives. One month later, farming organizations ...

Shentel reports strong 2017 financials and new TiVo products

Shentel had a rosy end-of-year report for 2017. The company acquired a million new customers through its expanded relationship with Sprint, the stock price grew by more than a quarter, and the company reported continued development in the old nTelos service area. Chief operating officer ...

SATURDAY BIZ Business Ledger

Recognition Financial services firm Edward Jones has been named to FORTUNE magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. The most admired ranking is the latest in a series of honors for Edward Jones by FORTUNE magazine. In its 18th appearance on the list, the firm ranked No. 5 on ...

Front Royal EDA has two businesses lined up for purchased property

Four days after the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority announced it would purchase two properties for $8.3 million in the interest of economic development, it confirmed Tuesday that it is in talks with two companies to become tenants. “These are the things the state ...

Warren County EDA to purchase two sites for over $8 million

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority  approved the purchase of two parcels of land for $8.3 million Friday. After nearly an hour in closed session during its regular monthly meeting, the EDA voted to purchase 14 acres at 426 Baugh Drive for $5.3 million ...

‘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 ...