The Valley Banner
Green Mountain owners honored
ELKTON — Green Mountain Properties, located at 315 W. Spotswood Trail in Elkton and owned by Michele Lucci and Raul Castillo, received the February 2017 Community Enhancement Award and plaque. The Elkton Downtown Revitalization Corporation designed the award to recognize building owners who have made significant improvements to their property. A great debt of gratitude is due Casey Billhimer, of the Elkton Historical Society, for his September 1999 “Fading Images” column in The Valley Banner. His research and column provided historical information from before the building was constructed through the 1970s.
The Valley Banner / 03-15-2017
Elkton seeks bids for rental of 12 acres
ELKTON — Elkton is seeking to lease two parcels of town-owned land for agricultural use. The town is seeking bids for renting 12 acres on Mount Pleasant Road and four acres at the intersection of Bear Lithia Springs Road and North Eastside Highway. The land on Mount Pleasant Road is part of the several properties totaling around 300 acres the town purchased from the Kite family in 2001. Most of the land was sold to developer Pham Chopra in 2015. A public notice published last week indicated the land on Mount Pleasant Road is 44 acres. However, Zoning Administrator Charlotte Shifflett wrote in an email Friday that it is “12 acres only” and a corrected notice will be printed. The town requires the land be used for “making hay or planting crops,” according to a public notice, and it cannot be rented to a third party.
The Valley Banner / 03-09-2017
Elkton moves forward with search for its next town manager
ELKTON — Elkton’s search for its next town manager has narrowed down. Town Councilman Harry Armbruster announced at last Monday’s meeting that 25 applications have been received for the job. He said the applications have been narrowed to 11 candidates for “further review.” He didn’t know when a decision would be made. Elkton has been without a manager since February 2016. Council terminated Kevin Whitfield after he submitted a letter of resignation to open a business in McGaheysville. The town started seeking applicants in the winter.
The Valley Banner / 03-02-2017
Council adds support to Shenandoah Wellness Park proposal
ELKTON — Despite reservations, Elkton officials are throwing their support behind a proposed wellness facility. The proposed Shenandoah Wellness Park would be part of a massive undertaking with four facilities on hundreds of acres called the Blue Ridge Project led by developer Pham Chopra. While it was clear officials had many questions about the project at Monday’s Town Council meeting, the panel voted 4-1 to support the project. Council members Margaretta Isom, Jeff Jones, Harry Armbruster and Steve America voted to support the development, while Councilman Josh Gooden voted against it. Councilman Jay Dean was absent. Mayor Wayne Printz said the town’s support was needed so Chopra could seek funding for the project.
The Valley Banner / 02-22-2017
Elkton man shot by trooper charged
ELKTON — The Virginia State Police have filed charges against an Elkton man accused of attempting to wound a trooper Sunday evening. Shaun A. Riley, 34, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding of a police officer related to an encounter at the Mount Sidney rest stop on Interstate 81, according to a Friday news release. He was shot by a trooper and is still being treated for “serious injuries” at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. The name of the trooper involved in the shooting has not been released.
The Valley Banner / 02-16-2017