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Shenandoah National Park visitors spend $76 million in 2012
LURAY — Visitors to the nation's parks in 2012 spent more than $14 billion in surrounding communities, according to a new National Park Service report. Communities surrounding Shenandoah National Park saw an economic spillover of $76 million — up from 73.9 million (or about 3 percent) from the previous year.
Wrongful death suit withdrawn against Town of Elkton and its former police chief
ELKTON — The $5 million wrongful death suit against the Town of Elkton and the town’s former chief of police, Richard Pullen, was withdrawn last Thursday during a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court. The suit followed the disappearance of Elkton resident Rachel Good, who was last seen alive on Dec. 18, 2003, and was declared legally dead in 2010.
The Valley Banner / 03-05-2014
Ag Census: Va. Farms Getting Bigger
HARRISONBURG — Jeff Slaven’s farm has been continuously growing in size since he started operating it in 1980. At that time, it was 250 acres; today, it’s more than 1,700. A large percentage of the growth has been from rented land. “It’s been a constant increase, even in the past few years,” he said. The farm is located near Burketown in northern Augusta County but a portion of one of its fields crosses into Rockingham County. The preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture released last week show that farms in Virginia are actually getting larger. The survey, conducted every five years, shows that from 2007 to 2012, the amount of farmland in Virginia increased by 3 percent, rising to 8.3 million acres. The number of farms in the state, however, decreased by 3 percent during that time to 46,036.
East Rock’s Hodgins wins at Blackfriars
STAUNTON — Tatiana Hodgins, a freshman at East Rockingham High School, carried off a major prize on Jan. 18, in Staunton. Competing against seven other Virginia high school students, each winners in their schools in the Lexington District of the English Speaking Union (ESU), Hodgins took first prize with her oratorical skills, reciting a portion of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and one of the playwright’s sonnets.
The Valley Banner / 02-24-2014
Elkton to apply for grant to help at old dump site
ELKTON — A dump site which hasn’t been used by the Town of Elkton for decades and has been leaching gently into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River for an unknown length of time, is at last getting some very serious attention.
The Valley Banner / 02-14-2014