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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
McGaheysville residents strongly oppose proposed cell tower
McGAHEYSVILLE — A few Verizon Wireless representatives were thrown to the wolves in McGaheysville last Wednesday. Company representatives closed up shop more than an hour early on a community meeting at McGaheysville Elementary School about a proposed cell tower. The meeting, which was organized by Verizon, was called after residents fiercely opposed the company’s request for a special-use permit to build a 199-foot tower in August. The permit would have allowed the company to build an access road through property owned by Gary and Linda Burner at the end of a cul-de-sac on Three Leagues Road. The road would lead to property the Burners own on Hodge Lane, where the tower would be built. Verizon plans to lease the property. The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors tabled the request so Verizon could address concerns of several residents who vehemently opposed it during a public hearing.
The Valley Banner / 02-08-2017
Want a ride? VPAS offering van trips to Harrisonburg and back
ELKTON – For Elkton-area seniors ages 60 and older who may have a hard time making the trip from the town to Harrisonburg, the Valley Program for Aging Services is hoping to offer a solution. The regional organization, which provides numerous services for seniors, including the East Rockingham Senior Center, wants to offer twice-monthly van rides from Elkton to the Harrisonburg Crossing shopping center, which includes WalMart, Best Buy, Home Depot and several restaurants, among other options. The rides would be offered the first Tuesday of each month (with pickup at 12:30 p.m. and return at 3 p.m.) and the third Wednesday of each month (with pickup at 9 a.m. and return at 11:30 a.m.).
The Valley Banner / 02-01-2017
Donations have poured in to help Elkton’s fire victims
ELKTON — It has been a month since a downtown Elkton fire severely damaged a combination retail and apartment building and left its residents without a home and many of their possessions. Elkton Area United Services immediately stepped up to help those who had been displaced by the blaze. “The Elkton area and surrounding communities were very generous to the 11 Christmas Eve fire families,” noted EAUS Executive Director Marsha Keck Deavers. “An abundance of clothing, household goods and furniture were given for their use,” she continued.
The Valley Banner / 01-26-2017