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It’s yard sale time - Route 340 event set this weekend

ELKTON — On Saturday, Sept. 9, U.S. 340 will become the destination for yard sale fiends when antique collectors and thrifty shoppers alike look for bargains at the seventh annual Route 340 Yard Sale. The yard sale is hosted by the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee, known as EPIC, a nonprofit that seeks to beautify and improve the quality of life in Elkton. EPIC was established in 1987 and hosts three other annual events: The Elkton Greater Open Golf Tournament, Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival and Holiday Home Tour. Sellers will have their belongings out for sale from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, starting on U.S. 340 in Grottoes and ending in Luray for more than 40 miles.
The Valley Banner / 09-08-2017

Elkton plans to wait for a new manager

ELKTON — Elkton’s mayor is likely to remain its acting town manager well into next year. Mayor Wayne Printz, who’s been filling the town manager’s post on a temporary basis since February 2016, said Monday that Town Council has suspended its search for a new town manager. The plan is to readvertise the position early next year, with hiring a manager perhaps pushed off until the next budget year begins July 1. “We’re not planning to do anything right at the moment,” Printz said of the search. “We think there’s too many accomplishments we’ve had. The majority of the council said they’re pleased with the direction we’re heading and hold off till next year.” The post opened when Kevin Whitfield, the former town police chief who’d been chosen as Elkton’s manager, was terminated after less than 14 months on the job. He’d turned in a letter of resignation, with plans to grow a business he started in 2014, but council fired him before he reached the departure date he set. Printz was appointed by council to act as town manager until a replacement is found. He receives no salary for serving in the position temporarily.
The Valley Banner / 08-31-2017

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

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