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Elkton Area United Services seeks community support
ELKTON — Elkton Area United Services has announced there is an immediate need for help for 490 households in the Elkton area after emergency assistance funding was cut by 48 percent. With winter setting in and cold weather spreading across the area, there is a huge impact being felt by the households in need of assistance to cover their expenses. The victims of the downtown Elkton Christmas Eve fire are sheltered in permanent housing or temporary housing with family and friends or in a local motel. They have been supplied with clothing and food as well as other needed supplies and funds are available for them to move into permanent housing to provide shelter and for other basic needs. The food pantry in Elkton gives out food to senior citizens, some of whom are struggling to make ends meet on $600 a month. Currently, 103 seniors are in need of those boxes.
The Valley Banner / 01-13-2017
Help continues to pour in for Elkton fire victims
ELKTON — An appliance in the kitchen of a restaurant in a multi-purpose building started the fire that left 18 people homeless on Christmas Eve, investigators say. Rockingham County Fire and Rescue officials determined the blaze that tore through the two-story apartment-retail building at 303-307 W. Spotswood Trail around 7 a.m. Saturday in downtown Elkton was accidental, according to a Thursday press release. It was caused by “appliance failure” in The Alley restaurant, which was on the first floor and near the rear of the building, the release says. It took 75 firefighters nearly two hours to contain the blaze, which displaced 18 people in 10 households and closed three businesses. Three people were treated for minor injuries. The structure, which dates to 1942 and is owned by Great Potential LLC, according to online real estate records, is valued at $125,500. Six apartments were on the second floor of the original building, according to tax records. Two businesses, Twins Barber Shop and Vapin in the Valley, occupied the two storefronts designated as 303 and 307 W. Spotswood Trail, respectively. Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway estimated the building as a total loss.
The Valley Banner / 01-06-2017
Elkton continues search for a new town manager
ELKTON — The search for Elkton’s next town manager continues, and it looks like the position has a few takers. Vice Mayor Jay Dean said Friday that 14 people have expressed interest in the job, which oversees Elkton’s operation and assists with its budget. “We got more than we thought we would,” Dean said. Town Council will review the applications and interview candidates after the new year. The successful candidate will replace Kevin Whitfield, whom council terminated after he submitted a letter of resignation in February. Whitfield left to run a business in McGaheysville. Mayor Wayne Printz has been acting without pay as town manager since then.
The Valley Banner / 12-28-2016
Elkton explores ice skating idea
ELKTON — Looking for some ideas for winter sports equipment as a gift for Christmas? How about ice skates? A new idea for fun family entertainment is being proposed by Elkton Mayor Wayne Printz. “I am considering putting an ice skating rink behind the Elkton Area Community Center and with the approval of town council would like to see it in by either the end of the year or the first part of next year,” Printz said last week. Printz offered a variety of photos from an website, Ice N’ Go (www.icengo.com) where rinks can be ordered by size and then placed on the ground similar to a backyard pool. Printz said the portable that rink could be placed on-site almost immediately upon receipt.
The Valley Banner / 12-12-2016
Council OKS surveillance cameras in Stonewall Park
ELKTON — Town council has approved placing surveillance cameras in Stonewall Memorial Park after restrooms there were found, On Nov. 13 by Elkton Police, to have been extensively damaged. At its meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, council approved $3,200 to repair the restrooms. An assessment needs to be made as to how much individual cameras will cost before they are placed within the park. Elkton Police Chief Aaron Hammer said he “would like cameras to be placed at many areas throughout the park, but I have to wait for the town’s ability to pay for them.”
The Valley Banner / 12-05-2016