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Valley milk slapped with injunction for tainted milk powder

STRASBURG — The Food and Drug Administration has filed a court order against Valley Milk Products in Strasburg, banning the production of all powdered milk as a result of salmonella being found during inspections last summer. A consent decree of condemnation and permanent injunction was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg on March 14. The U.S. Department of Justice represented the FDA in court. The decree means the company agreed to cooperate with the FDA without confirming or denying its allegations. The plant at 412 E. King St. has not produced milk powder since July, and cannot resume until 10 “appropriate corrective actions” are taken to sanitize the facility and ensure that salmonella bacteria don’t reappear in the products or the plant, according to the decree. Those actions include cleaning and repairing all equipment and areas that powdered products touch, establishing a sanitation control program and submitting a set of salmonella monitoring guidelines to the FDA, the decree said.

Dennison named events coordinator in New Market

NEW MARKET — A lifelong Shenandoah County resident has jumped from the golden arches to grant-writing and event planning for the Town of New Market. Amber Dennison, 34, started as the town’s new events and marketing coordinator on March 13. She had been a store manager at the McDonald’s restaurant at 2387 South Main St. in Harrisonburg for 13 years. Former director Brittany Clem left her position in January to join the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department as a program specialist.

Styx pulls out of county fair

WOODSTOCK — Styx will no longer perform at the Shenandoah County Fair in August. The fair association announced the rock band’s cancellation “due to unforeseen circumstances” in a press release last week. General Manager Tom Eshelman declined to say why the near-sellout show will not go on.

‘General Industry’ a go in Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON — Town Council unanimously approved putting a new zoning district on the town’s books on Tuesday. An amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance creating a general industrial, or I-2, district will go into effect immediately, Town Manager Kevin Fauber said Wednesday. The district will allow 17 kinds of medium industrial and commercial businesses, including manufacturing and distribution centers, to operate by right and three kinds with a special-use permit. The amendment also adjusts the town’s limited industiral, or I-1, district to allow five kinds of ventures by permit and 18 kinds by right. Car dealerships, breweries and wineries and veterinary offices will now be able to operate without a special-use permit. Finally, the amendment adjusts the town’s agriculture district to allow solar farms that are two acres or smaller by right. The amendment’s approval comes ahead of a presentation by Virginia Solar, which hopes to build a solar farm in town. Representatives from the Richmond-based company will appear before the Planning Commission during its next meeting on April 3. Fauber said the amendment “opens up the avenue for consideration” of the proposal.

Woodstock’s new strategic plan to be ready July 1

WOODSTOCK — Woodstock’s leaders are re-envisioning the town’s purpose and priorities via updates to its strategic plan. Town Council and members of the town’s Management Team met for a work session on March 8, during which they exchanged ideas for what they want the plan’s mission statements and values to be. “We gave everyone stickers for them to put on their most important values,” she said. “Fiscal responsibility received a lot of stickers.” Other highlighted values included water quality, green spaces and government transparency, Belyea said. The Management Team includes about a dozen administrators and staff members, including Police Chief E.L. Reiley, Finance Director John O’Neill and Urban Designer and Neighborhood Planner Lemuel Hancock.

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