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Developers aiming for a strong return
ELKTON – It’s been nearly 10 years in the making, but progress is being seen at a combined commercial-residential development on the west side of town. Realtor Pete Bonavita and his partners purchased 55 acres from retired obstetrician Garner H. Downey in November 2005. The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors approved the mixed-use development in August 2007, and the property got its first commercial tenant, Ciro’s Italian Eatery, in 2012. The development was delayed by the Great Recession, Bonavita said. But now he’s in negotiations with a state agency and other businesses to relocate to the 9-acre, 18-lot commercial site, known as Elkton Plaza West. Bonavita said a “major retail communications company” is conducting a feasibility study and may decide to build on the property. Eventually, he hopes to attract a hotel to the site.
The Valley Banner / 06-25-2015
Elkton employees to see 3 percent pay raise under new budget
ELKTON – Town employees will soon be getting a 3 percent pay raise as part of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. After Monday’s Elkton Town Council meeting, Mayor Wayne Printz said the raises are “a little above the standard.” Motivating the town’s employees was the reason Printz gave for the pay raises.
The Valley Banner / 06-17-2015
Fundraising effort planned to benefit crash victims’ families
ELKTON — A local business is stepping forward to help following a recent tragedy that claimed the life of one teen and severely injured another. Domino’s Pizza is partnering with other Elkton-area businesses to give back to the Roach and Zander families. Ethan Zander, 16, died as a result of a crash on U.S. 33 East on Friday, May 22. Jeffrey “Trey” Roach, 17, was injured in the accident in which the young men were traveling from the BP station on Mount Hermon Road and U.S. 33.
The Valley Banner / 06-03-2015
Morris’ aim remains on target
ELKTON – Life is the pits for Joe Morris, but in a good way. Morris, a 53-year-old Elkton resident, won at the 50th annual Apple Capital, a horseshoe pitching competition held May 9 as part of the Winchester Apple Blossom Festival. Morris’ record at the competition, which included eight people in his class, was 5-2. He plans to compete in the world tournament at Topeka, Kan., from July 13-24.
The Valley Banner / 06-01-2015
New K-9 unit now on patrol in Elkton
ELKTON – There’s a new dog in town. Elkton Police recently acquired a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic which will be used in suspect apprehension and drug and article detection. Officer Trent Meadows, 26, is the dog’s handler. Meadows and the dog, Edy, recently completed five weeks of training at Bullocks K9 Kennels in Greenville, N.C. Meadows and Edy spent the first week bonding while Meadows learned 10 simple commands in the Czech language.
The Valley Banner / 05-28-2015