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HARRISONBURG — Fried chicken, mac n’ cheese and iced tea made up only a small fraction of the different dishes Rockingham County 4-H and FFA members and families piled high on the tables at the annual county fair buyers appreciation dinner on the fairground Wednesday evening.

HARRISONBURG — In 2011, customers of Sheila Helmuth’s Harrisonburg business, Kitchen Kupboard, at the Shenandoah Heritage Market at 121 Carpenters Lane constantly spoke about the need for a toy shop.

HARRISONBURG — The local unemployment rate kept fairly stable at 3% in July, with 1,973 people jobless in the Harrisonburg metro area, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

HARRISONBURG — The two local locations of Binkley & Hurst, an agriculture equipment dealership chain, will be combined into a single location in the coming months, said Don Hoover, the owner of Binkley & Hurst.

HARRISONBURG — Over $231 million of Rockingham County revenue was generated by tourism in 2018, an increase of 6.1% from 2017 and the most money generated in a Shenandoah Valley locality, according to data from the United States Travel Association.

HARRISONBURG — For the second time in a row, Virginia was ranked the worst state to work in because of the Commonwealth’s low score on wage, worker protections and right-to-organize policies, according to a report by Oxfam America, a union of 20 charitable organizations focused on reducing poverty.

HARRISONBURG — The increase in wages and in consumer prices continued to be tit for tat in July, according to the most recent data of its kind from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ELKTON — In Rockingham County sits the largest producer of American light lagers in the world, where nearly 500 Valley residents work — MillerCoors’ Shenandoah Brewery.

HARRISONBURG — Farming has become increasingly intertwined with technology in the 21st century with producers deploying self-driving work vehicles, flying drones and planning seeding with computer programs.

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HARRISONBURG — Artisan Packaging purchased the Graham Packaging plastics plant on West Wolfe Street in Harrisonburg in an approximately $5.3 million deal completed on Aug. 29, said Jay Veenis, an owner of Artisan Packaging.

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HARRISONBURG — As low milk prices continue to batter U.S. dairy farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the number of American operations enrolled in the new Dairy Margin Coverage program.

HARRISONBURG — An iconic Harrisonburg business, the Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed and Breakfast, is in the process of reopening, and behind the helm stands a young married couple — Becca and Joel Graham.

WEYERS CAVE — Local business owners, regional elected officials, and Valley economic development professionals gathered for the seventh annual Valley Business Summit on Thursday at the Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave.

VERONA — The Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals voted to support the decision by zoning administrator Sandra Bunch to allow Flow Hydration to operate at Seawright Springs in Mount Sidney without a special-use permit on Thursday.

HARRISONBURG — After several years in the bail bond industry, Army veteran and retired police officer George Williams plans to teach the skills he’s learned over the last three decades to those looking to protect themselves.

HARRISONBURG — The unemployment rate in the Harrisonburg metro area rose back to 3% in May, rising slightly from April’s 2.4%, which was the lowest the area had seen in more than a decade.

HARRISONBURG — The Harrisonburg location of Golden Corral, a restaurant buffet chain, is closing its doors sometime after Labor Day, said Mat Lawhon, director of operations for the location.

HARRISONBURG — Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative will benefit from a new solar power agreement between its electricity provider and a renewable energy company.

HARRISONBURG — The number of truckers has hit a record high, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, but that doesn’t mean there’s enough drivers, according to some in the trucking industry.

HARRISONBURG — When Amberlee and Zach Carlson began making one-gallon batches of homemade alcoholic cider at their Harrisonburg home in 2015, they saw it only as a hobby.

HARRISONBURG — Halfway through 2019, the housing market in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County continues its supply drop and quick sale rate, according to data from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors and HarrisonburgHousingToday.com.

Lumber Liquidators, a hardwood flooring company, confirmed the company will be opening a location in Suite A 1866 East Market St. at the former location of Pier 1 Imports in Harrisonburg. The store is slated to have a soft opening Sept. 20. It will be Lumber Liquidators 17th store in Virginia.

HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Partnership, a regional economic development program sponsored by James Madison University, presented its annual report on Wednesday at Blue Ridge Community College’s Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center in Weyers Cave.

HARRISONBURG — To some, poultry processing is business. To Corwin Heatwole, CEO of Shenandoah Valley Organics and a sixth-generation farmer from Bath County, it’s personal.