For the Record - Shenandoah Valley, January 2013

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Black Swan Books, a prominent Richmond rare books business, will open an operation in Staunton in the former Bookstack building, says Chip Clarke, the building’s owner. Black Swan Books is taking over the ground-floor space in the historic building at the corner of Augusta and Beverley streets. Meanwhile, Clarke says he is accelerating his timeline to restore and lease the upper stories of the building. He hopes to finish that work in the spring. (News Leader)

Delphine Enterprise Center has opened in Waynesboro. The center, owned by West Virginia-based Allied Logistics, hopes to rent space to businesses looking to begin operations or relocate. The 464,000-square-foot building once housed Mohawk Industries’ carpet backing manufacturing plant. Mohawk opened the plant in 1961 and at one point employed hundreds of people before closing in 2010. Mathers Construction will oversee rehabilitation and be one of the center’s first renters. (News Leader)

Downtown Staunton has made a cameo in the December issue of Southern Living magazine’s “Small towns we love” feature. The article spotlights Staunton’s charm factor. Boasting must-try delicacies at Zynadoa and hometown rivalries between The Split Banana Co. and Kline’s Dairy Bar, Southern Living took note of Staunton’s cuisine and culture. (News Leader)

The League of American Bicyclists has added Eastern Mennonite in Harrisonburg to its list of “Bicycle Friendly Universities.” The Daily News-Record reports that Eastern Mennonite received the league’s bronze award, the third-highest designation. Eastern Mennonite is among nine schools added to the league’s list. Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason University were named to the list previously. (News Leader)

Middle River Regional Jail in Staunton kept its place as one of the least-expensive jails in the state, according to the latest annual review of jails’ finances by the state Compensation Board. The board, which funds a portion of jails’ operations, said Middle River’s operating cost was $47.07 per inmate per day, well below the state average of $72.48 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, the latest for which the board has compiled data. (News Leader)

Federal agriculture officials have charged Staunton Fruit & Produce Co. with not making full payments to 32 suppliers, in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accusing the company of failing to make full payment promptly to 32 sellers. The total involved is more than $1.1 million and involves purchases of produce the company made between May 2011 and June 2012, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service said. (News Leader)


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