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Speakers protest community center director’s dismissal

ELKTON — The recent firing of the director of the Elkton Area Community Center has riled some of the people that frequented the facility. Nine people rose during the public comment period at Monday night’s Elkton Town Council meeting and spoke for about 15 minutes to protest the termination of Mark Pedersen. He was dismissed on July 18 after 15 months in the post. Wayne Printz, Elkton’s mayor and interim town manager, has declined to say why Pedersen was let go, citing it as a personnel decision. He made the same pronouncement Monday night when asked directly about the firing. Printz also maintained that the action was taken following discussions with fellow council members, not by him alone as some accused. The panel held multiple closed sessions to discuss personnel matters in the weeks leading up to the decision.
The Valley Banner / 08-24-2017

East Rock, Spotswood named among state’s top schools

HARRISONBURG — Three Valley schools have been named among the state’s best alongside almost 390 of their peers. East Rockingham, Spotswood and Central high schools received the 2017 Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the award’s 246 winning schools and school divisions on Aug. 8. The distinction is one of three honors that are part of the Virginia Index of Performance program. The Virginia Department of Education chose the winners according to their Standards of Learning exam pass rates during the 201516 school year. The VDOE also considered graduation rates for that year.
The Valley Banner / 08-16-2017

Rockingham County Fair kicks off next week

HARRISONBURG — Folks who have been to the Rockingham County Fair before will recognize the event that begins Monday. But Pam Edwards said this year’s iteration of the agricultural fair will feature new events for people of all ages. “There’s just a lot going on in a very fast-paced week, and I’m excited to see it,” Edwards, the new general manager of the Rockingham County Fair Association, said in an interview July 25. “I’ll be out all over the grounds watching to see how things are working and how it all comes together.” The week-long fair kicks off Monday and runs through Aug. 19 featuring live music, carnival rides, food, livestock showing and more at the fairgrounds south of Harrisonburg off U.S. 11.
The Valley Banner / 08-10-2017

Elkton fires EACC director

ELKTON — Elkton is seeking a new director for its community center following the dismissal of the man who led the facility’s operations for 15 months. Wayne Printz, Elkton’s mayor and interim town manager, said Mark Pedersen was terminated as the Elkton Area Community Center’s director on July 18. He’d been on the job since April 18, 2016, when he was hired at a starting salary of $42,000 annually.
The Valley Banner / 08-02-2017

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

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