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Lawn party starts Thursday
McGAHEYSVILLE — The McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company hosts its 51st annual lawn party from Thursday to Saturday, July 21-23. A Miss and Master Beauty Pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, which is arm band night when kids can ride unlimited for $20. A Firefighters Parade is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday on McGaheysville Road and will travel from McGaheysville Elementary School to Village Market.
The Valley Banner / 07-20-2016
Council discusses paving, grant to help at old town dump
ELKTON — Town council members heard about paving plans and a grant to remedy the old town dump at Monday’s council work session. Public Works Director Troy Shifflett said the town plans to pave five streets this year, including all of Lee Avenue and portions of Terrace and Clark avenues and West Washington and North streets. The town received three bids for the project, with the low bid of $100,532 coming from Smith Paving, Shifflett said. The town will be able to use Virginia Department of Transportation funds for the project, but may also use some $50,000 from town funds to pave a parking area on Terrace Avenue.
The Valley Banner / 07-13-2016
Town caboose gets upgraded
ELKTON — It has been 27 years since the town got a caboose, so it was time for an upgrade. Public Works Director Troy Shifflett said the town recently spent $1,000 on a new wood deck for the Norfolk & Western caboose, which is located across Rockingham Street from town hall. The new deck is larger than the old one. Shifflett said he plans to have town staff steam clean and paint it this summer. Eventually, he would like to fix up the inside of the caboose and open it to the public.
The Valley Banner / 07-06-2016
The end of an era at The Valley Banner
ELKTON – For nearly three decades, the greeting to anyone entering The Valley Banner’s office in Elkton has remained the same. A familiar “hey” and accompanying smile were flashed almost before the jingling bells attached to the door could announce a customer or, just as likely, a friend’s entrance to the office at 157 West Spotswood Ave. Because, to Carol Campbell Helmintoller, all her customers, whether she knew them personally (and she probably did) or was just talking to them for the first time, quickly became more than someone placing a classified ad or advertising a Vacation Bible School or auction. The sociable voice behind the behemoth desk just inside the door is set to change this week, when Carol enters her retirement.
The Valley Banner / 06-22-2016
Church of the Lamb on the move
ELKTON — The Anglican Church of the Lamb is on the move, literally. The church that opened a year and a half ago in a yellow building at 315 W. Spotswood Trail plans to move into the downstairs of the old Elkton Mill Co. building by late June. Steve and Leah Napotnik purchased the circa-1890 building last year and remodeled the upstairs for use by their business, Union Paper Corp., and others, including Cobalt Communications, Travis Dorman and as a church office.
The Valley Banner / 06-20-2016