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New EACC director hired; police chief search continues

ELKTON — Elkton’s search for a police chief is expected to continue into next month, at least, but a new director for the Elkton Area Community Center is in place. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and acting town manager, said Tuesday that 17 people have applied to lead the Elkton Police Department. Elkton’s Personnel Committee has called a meeting for Nov. 21 to narrow the list of candidates to be interviewed by members of Town Council. Aaron Hammer resigned as the town’s police chief in early October to accept a deputy’s position with the Page County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Junior Kite was appointed interim chief by Town Council in accordance with the Town Charter.
The Valley Banner / 11-10-2017

Supervisors ask staff to create noise ordinance

HARRISONBURG — It may be difficult, but Rockingham County officials will take a swing at noise regulations. The Board of Supervisors directed staff to craft a noise ordinance at its meeting last Wednesday. The county has no ordinance regulating noise, leaving deputies with no choice but to try to mediate disputes when complaints are made. Janet Brady, who requested the ordinance, told the board about issues she’s faced at her McGaheysville property. Brady said one neighbor played music and karaoke on “stadium speakers” and another is target shooting on weekends.
The Valley Banner / 11-03-2017

SVBF aims to protect local battlefields

HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is working to protect nearly 1,600 acres on land bordering the Cross Keys and Port Republic battlefields in Rockingham County. Last week, the foundation applied for about $12 million in funding through the Du-Pont-Waynesboro Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement. The money would pay landowners for conservation easements to protect the historic land. DuPont, a company that once operated a textile manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, is required to pay about $42 million for restoration projects after the facility poured mercury into the South River. Conservation easements restrict what can be done on properties, said John Hutchinson, director of conservation for the battlefields foundation.
The Valley Banner / 10-26-2017

Revamped Autumn Days on the schedule this weekend

ELKTON — After nearly disappearing as its host organization dismantled, the revived fall arts and crafts festival is back in Elkton this weekend for the 31st consecutive year. The new organizers have made major changes, including moving Autumn Days into the main shopping area and asking businesses for more help to promote Elkton as a year-round destination. The free arts and crafts festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. While arts and crafts sales won’t begin until Saturday, the festival really is kicking off Friday night. Three bands will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. as the vendors set up, providing music in front of Town Hall at 173 W. Spotswood Ave.
The Valley Banner / 10-19-2017

Autumn Days returns bigger than ever

ELKTON — It appeared as though Elkton’s annual Autumn Days Festival might die after a 30-year run when the original Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee disbanded late last year. EPIC, after all, founded and organized the event. But nine months later, one of the members of the new EPIC thinks this year’s Autumn Days will be the biggest ever.
The Valley Banner / 09-28-2017

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