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Elkton Council tables decision on water, sewer hookup fees

ELKTON — Council last Monday unanimously tabled a decision in regard to what hookup fees to charge residents of Mount Pleasant and Newtown roads. The residents, who were annexed into town years ago, were promised that they could hookup to the town’s water and sewer within five years at then-existing rates. Councilman Jay “Tony” Dean previously said it would cost the town around $1.5 million to extend the lines to facilitate the hookups.
The Valley Banner / 05-23-2016

Monday morning fire damages Shenandoah Moose Lodge

SHENANDOAH — Crystal McAlister woke up at 1:30 a.m. Monday to what smelled like burning rubber. What she was smelling turned out to be from a fire at Shenandoah Moose Lodge 2176 that caused at least $500,000 damage, according to a fire official. McAlister, who lives in an apartment above the lodge on U.S. 340 just north of Naked Creek, began coughing and saw that her apartment was filled with smoke.

Grottoes approves UTV use

GROTTOES — Council last week unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that will allow Utility Terrain Vehicles to be driven on town streets. A UTV is a 2- to 6-person vehicle such as a John Deere Gator. One will have to pay a $10 registration fee, pass an inspection, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance in order to legally drive a UTV on town streets, Town Manager Jeff Nicely said. The council’s action follows a citizen’s request to include UTVs in the town’s golf cart ordinance. The town has allowed golf carts on its streets since Dec. 11, 2013.
The Valley Banner / 05-19-2016

One the job at the EACC - Pedersen takes over as facility’s director

ELKTON – Healthy living is a way of life for Mark Pedersen. Pedersen, 31, was recently hired as the director of the Elkton Area Community Center. The Bridgewater College graduate grew up in northern New Jersey and moved back to Virginia late last year.
The Valley Banner / 05-12-2016

ERBC to host roundtable with Chopra

ELKTON — The East Rockingham Business Council is hosting a roundtable discussion with Pham Chopra about his plans for the area at noon on Tuesday, May 17, at Elkton Area Community Center, 20593 Blue and Gold Drive. Chopra, who moved back to Elkton last year from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., after having lived here some years ago, purchased some 16 area properties over the past year for a total of $4,749,750, including the Kite Mansion, historic Conrad’s Store and the Elkton Theatre, among others. Former Town Manager Kevin Whitfield said Chopra purchased 51 to 52 percent of the commercial property in town, according to the April/May issue of Shenandoah Living magazine.
The Valley Banner / 05-04-2016

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