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Grottoes lawn party ready to get underway

GROTTOES — The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party gets underway this week and is held from Wednesday through Saturday, July 19-22, at Mountain View Park. Wednesday is Veterans Night, with veterans offered a free meal with valid identification. A kids’ pedal pull competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Southern Grace. Rides begin Thursday, with a $15 armband offering unlimited turns from 5 to 10 p.m. Music guests will be The Hackens Boys. On Friday, an $18 armband allows unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m. with bluegrass music offered by Totally Unrelated. Also Friday, the annual Fireman’s Parade begins at 7 p.m. Lineup starts at 6 p.m. and no registration is necessary. On Saturday, rides will again be available for $18 armband from 5 to 11 p.m., with country and southern rock music from Sean Elliott Jr. and 460 South. Fireworks are planned at 10 p.m.
The Valley Banner / 07-19-2017

Town seeks to enhance its street improvement efforts

ELKTON — Town improvement efforts soon will be hitting the streets. Troy Shifflett, Elkton’s public works director, told members of Town Council at their meeting Monday night that he’ll put out notices soon seeking bids for Elkton’s fall paving work. The town’s recently approved budget includes $412,000 in state funds earmarked for street work. The plan includes repaving parts of B, C and F streets and East Spotswood Avenue and extending Park Avenue to connect with the turnaround at the end of Roland Avenue. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and interim town manager, said Tuesday that the town had fallen behind on street-paving work until last year. That’s when it spent about $462,000 into sprucing up the streets.
The Valley Banner / 07-19-2017

‘Festival of Freedom’ set for Sunday in Elkton

ELKTON — The “Festival of Freedom” will begin at 4 p.m. and last throughout the evening on Sunday, July 16, at Blue Ridge Park in Elkton. The event, which is being held to honor veterans and members of the military, is being hosted by Evangelical United Methodist Church of Elkton. The fest will feature live music all evening, with performers including Tommy Wood with Pony Express and Little Walter and the Convictions.
The Valley Banner / 07-14-2017

Top-notch teacher: EMS’ Roadcap wins state award

ELKTON — In a regular school day, Luke Roadcap is a bit of a celebrity at Elkton Middle School. He’s recognizable to every student, mainly because each comes through his sixth-grade history class. Now, he’s getting recognized throughout the state. Roadcap was selected last week as the 2017 Virginia History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award comes with a $1,000 prize and an archive of classroom resources and documents. He’s also one of 53 finalists for the national history teacher of the year award, which will be announced in the fall.
The Valley Banner / 07-10-2017

Meals tax, water rates rise; cigarette tax hike nixed

ELKTON — Town Council voted last Monday to raise Elkton’s meals tax and its water and sewer rates in support of the $5.66 million budget it unanimously passed for fiscal year 2018 but held off on plans to raise its tariff on cigarettes. And within hours — after most people had headed home as the panel entered executive session — council members emerged from a closed meeting and set the town employee pay raise at 2.5 percent, half the amount originally budgeted in the budget for raises. Wayne Printz, Elkton’s mayor and acting town manager, had proposed for an average 5 percent raise. Printz said last Tuesday morning that the pay hike was sliced in a vote following the closed session.
The Valley Banner / 06-28-2017

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