The Valley Banner
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
Contract signed to install new treatment plant clarifiers; town budget approved
ELKTON — The town has inked a $3 million contract with MEB Contracting Inc. of Chesapeake to install two clarifiers at the town’s wastewater treatment plant. The clarifiers, or sediment ponds, will be installed to remove sediment and other debris from wastewater before it is released into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The town closed on the issuance of $3.56 million in bonds on June 2. The additional $500,000 or so will go toward engineering, capitalized interest and legal fees.
The Valley Banner / 06-17-2016
Council race takes shape for November’s election
ELKTON — Town council will likely see a new face come January as only two of three incumbents are running again. Last week, Councilman Joshua Gooden announced his intention to run again, while Gerry “Bootie” Comer said he won’t. Comer said he’s too busy with his business to give the necessary amount of time to the position. Councilwoman Margaretta Isom previously said she intends to run again, as does Mayor Wayne Printz. Steve America has said he intends to run for council, while Gooden said that former Elkton Little League President John Hindle is gathering signatures to get on the Nov. 8 ballot. The deadline to submit the required number of signatures of town voters is June 14.
The Valley Banner / 06-09-2016
Spring’s beauty on display at garden tour
ELKTON — It’s an epic garden tour. The Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee is hosting a garden tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5. The tour, which features gardens at four area homes, is the nonprofit’s second garden tour. The first was in 2011. The four locations include: 131 Bear Mountain Lane, 4116 Brown Mountain Lane, 204 Kensington Drive and 115 Lewis Ave.
The Valley Banner / 06-03-2016