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Marketing college Jenna French, director of tourism and marketing for Shenandoah County, joined more than 300 tourism industry professionals from across the United States for the Southeast Tourism Society’s 26th annual Marketing College on May 14-19. STS Marketing College is a ...

McAuliffe announces Winchester Metals expansion

Winchester Metals will expand its manufacturing operations in Frederick County with an $870,000 investment, creating 17 new jobs in the process, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release Thursday. The expansion calls for the addition of laser/punch combination equipment, which will ...

Top Shentel exec plans retirement

EDINBURG - When telecommunications entrepreneur Earle A. MacKenzie was hired by Shentel 14 years ago, the Shenandoah County telecommunications company was a small player in a rapidly changing industry. MacKenzie, executive vice president and chief operating officer, has announced his ...

Half of Shentel’s stock owners live in Shenandoah County

Shentel is one of Shenandoah County’s oldest and most successful businesses, beginning in 1902 as the Farmer’s Mutual Telephone System of Shenandoah County with one share of stock costing $10. The owner then had to string his own copper wire from his home to the switchboard office. That ...

EDA, Chamber award small businesses

FRONT ROYAL –  In the past, the Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast or lunch to celebrate the small business owners in town. They would have it at a local country club and cater the meal, but there was just one problem: the majority of business ...

Great Meadow shortlisted for international competition

THE PLAINS -- Great Meadow has been home to some of the most illustrious equestrian competitions in the world. Now, sometime this summer, it may get to add to its resume – the  course was chosen as just one of two U.S. finalists to play host to the Concours Complet International four-star ...

Business Ledger

Modern Woodmen Gaylin A. Sommers, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, is one of a small percentage of life insurance agents worldwide to achieve membership in the Million Dollar Round Table this year. Founded in 1927, Million Dollar Round Table is recognized internationally as ...

Local craft breweries enjoy increasing numbers

The craft beer industry in Winchester/Frederick County is blooming. In three short years, the number of microbreweries has flourished from zero to four and four more are in planning stages for the area. Oddly, local craft beer brewery owners yearn for more competition. “The more the ...

Shenandoah chamber launches leadership program

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is looking for 20 people who want to develop skills they can use to help address community needs. Sharon Baroncelli, chamber executive director, said the chamber is launching a nine-month community leadership program called Leadership ...

A wish come true: Fisherman opens shop at Lake Frederick

LAKE FREDERICK – Fifteen years ago, Gregory Sanner thought he’d own the bait and tackle shop at Lake Frederick. Now, he’s gotten his wish. Last June, Sanner, 56, said he acquired the shop after the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries refused to extend the previous owner’s ...

Business Ledger

Breakfast The Top of Virginia Building Association is hosting a legislative breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. Featured will be state Sen. Jill Vogel and state Delegates Chris Collins, Randy Minchew and Dave Larock. The agenda will focus on tax, ...

In an absence of Apple stores, Experimac seeks to fill a need

WINCHESTER - The closest Apple store to Winchester is in Reston or Fairfax, but a new store at 86 Featherbed Lane is (sort of) changing that. On Dec. 5, Shane Cannon, an engineer and first-time business owner, opened a branch of Experimac, a franchise that sells and repairs used Apple ...

Mount Jackson Town Council OKs solar farm

MOUNT JACKSON — The Mount Jackson Town Council voted Tuesday to issue a permit that clears the way for construction of a solar farm at 3100 Turkey Knob Road. The project, which will see Solar I LLC build a 15.65 megawatt solar electricity generating facility, went before the Mount Jackson ...

Ortts Electric celebrates 50 Years

Bill Ortts started his company as a part-time job. During the day, he installed telephones for Shentel; then, he’d do electrical work until the middle of the night. Now, that company, Ortts Electric, is 50 years old and last Saturday a party was held at the  Shenandoah County Fairgrounds ...

Middletown’s Nana’s is the embodiment of an Irish pub

It’s 3,321 miles from Clare County, Ireland, to Middletown, Virginia. Tara Coughlan, who spent her childhood years growing up in Ireland, has brought her childhood memories to Middletown, creating with her mother a classic Irish pub dedicated to her beloved grandmother, Bridget. Called ...

A big kid is in charge of The Thinker Toys Store

Aaron Bowman proudly confesses at 34 he is just a big kid who loves his job. The lanky and affable Bowman is owner and sole full-time employee of Thinker Toys on the corner of Winchester’s Braddock and Cork Streets, where he admits he has played with every game offered for sale in the ...

G&M Music has sound of success

Like a classic symphony maintaining its appeal, the G & M Music store in Winchester is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, with the third generation of the family humming a song of success. Robert "Bob" Gaines Jr., 74, took over from his father 37 years ago and has ...

Appleland Sports Center embraces spring

To some, spring announces itself with warmer weather and flowers. At Appleland Sports Center, spring spawns the sounds of golf balls being smacked, baseballs being pounded and go-carts chugging. Located at 4990 Valley Pike just north of Stephens City, the 45-acre center has a 12-hole ...

Chamber of Commerce announces new scholarships

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors announced the creation of two scholarships during its annual awards dinner this week. The awards will be named in honor of two members of the Chamber of Commerce, Roy K. Boyles and James M. Eastham. Boyles ...

Virginia farmers to plant more soybeans, fewer corn crops

Farmers in Virginia will be planting more soybean crops this year, but fewer acres of corn, according to a news release from the USDA Virginia Field Office in Richmond. “The March 1, Intentions Survey showed soybean farmers intend to plant 10,000 more acres than in 2016,” said ...