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Community pitches in for family who lost their home

ELKTON – The community is stepping forward to help a single mother and her three children who lost their home in a fire last Tuesday. Amy Baugher and her children, ages 5, 13 and 20, were displaced from their home at 1083 Sandy Bottom Road when a fire burned through the second floor of their small home. April Layman, PTSA president at Elkton Middle School, started a GoFundMe account for the Baugher family.
The Valley Banner / 02-03-2016

Elkton looks to hire a new community center director

ELKTON – The town is looking for a new director of the Elkton Area Community Center and has created a new grant writer position. Councilman Harry Armbruster, who sits on the committee that oversees the community center, said that EACC Administrator Allison Morris was offered and accepted a new position as grant writer/town events coordinator. Morris’ new annual salary of $39,083 is the same as her old salary, according to information provided by town staff.
The Valley Banner / 02-03-2016

Grottoes one of the state’s safest towns

GROTTOES – Grottoes has been named the fifth-safest city or town in the state. The website used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Census Bureau to make the ranking. Grottoes has the fifth-lowest burglary odds out of 127 cities in the commonwealth, placing behind Williamsburg, Purcellville, Glade Spring and Chincoteague. Rounding out the top 10 were: Halifax, Vienna, West Point, Edinburg and Culpeper.
The Valley Banner / 01-29-2016

Sidewalk construction planned in Grottoes

GROTTOES – A new sidewalk is in the planning stages for Va. 256. The sidewalk would be built on the north side of Weyers Cave Road, Virginia Department of Transportation official Michael Fulcher said. It will run some 3,500 feet from Broad Alley, where the current sidewalk ends, to Holly Avenue near the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The sidewalk will come at a cost of around $500,000 and is scheduled for construction in the spring of 2017, Fulcher said. It will be paid for with federal urban construction funds.
The Valley Banner / 01-21-2016

Town nets health department grant to study water system

ELKTON – The town has been awarded a $30,000 grant to study its water system. Town Manager Kevin Whitfield made the announcement during Monday’s council meeting. The grant is from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water. An engineering firm, Whitman, Requardt and Associates of Blacksburg, will be conducting the study. The grant will determine the location of the town’s pipes and valves and will help as the town replaces its aging water system.
The Valley Banner / 01-21-2016

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