Shenandoah Valley—For the Record

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Clarke County entered negotiations with an economic development consultant on ways to expand the county’s tax base. Among the items the consultant will

address are criteria for selecting an economic development director and development of strategies for expanding the tax base. (The Winchester Star)

Nielsen Builders, a Harrisonburg construction company, received the APEX 2008 Award of Excellence for Magazine and Journal Writing for work on its biennial

publication Inside Nielsen. The magazine is published twice a year for customers, subcontractors and local business leaders. APEX 2008 is an international

competition to recognize excellence in publishing efforts. (Daily News Record)

Valley Health, a health services provider headquartered in Winchester, is evaluating a possible merger with Page Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical-access

facility in Luray. The merger, if approved by both boards, would occur in January. Valley Health would submit a Certificate of Need to state officials for

construction of a new hospital if the merger takes place. Valley Health institutions include Winchester Medical Center and operations in Front Royal and

Woodstock. It most recently incorporated Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney, W.Va. (The Winchester Star)

The Washington and Lee University Law School donated 30,000 pounds of law books to the legal system of Liberia. Including shipping costs, the gift is worth

$75,000. Liberia was settled by freed American slaves during the early 19th century and established as a country in 1847. The country’s legal system is based

on Anglo-American common law. Most of the books will go to the National Law Library and the rest to the Liberian Law School Library. (Richmond


Winchester Evening Star Inc., a newspaper company owned by the Byrd family of Winchester, bought the Clarke Times-Courier, a weekly paper based in Berryville

owned by the Arundel family. The Times-Courier was established in 1856 and was bought by the Arundels in 1981. The desire to sell the paper to a locally

owned family operation led to the deal with the Byrds, who own several newspapers in the Shenandoah Valley region, including dailies in Winchester and

Harrisonburg. (The Winchester Star)

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