Shenandoah National Park visitors spend $76 million in 2012
LURAY — Visitors to the nation's parks in 2012 spent more than $14 billion in surrounding communities, according to a new National Park Service report. Communities surrounding Shenandoah National Park saw an economic spillover of $76 million — up from 73.9 million (or about 3 percent) from the previous year.
Wrongful death suit withdrawn against Town of Elkton and its former police chief
ELKTON — The $5 million wrongful death suit against the Town of Elkton and the town’s former chief of police, Richard Pullen, was withdrawn last Thursday during a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court. The suit followed the disappearance of Elkton resident Rachel Good, who was last seen alive on Dec. 18, 2003, and was declared legally dead in 2010.
The Valley Banner / 03-05-2014
Ag Census: Va. Farms Getting Bigger
HARRISONBURG — Jeff Slaven’s farm has been continuously growing in size since he started operating it in 1980. At that time, it was 250 acres; today, it’s more than 1,700. A large percentage of the growth has been from rented land. “It’s been a constant increase, even in the past few years,” he said. The farm is located near Burketown in northern Augusta County but a portion of one of its fields crosses into Rockingham County. The preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture released last week show that farms in Virginia are actually getting larger. The survey, conducted every five years, shows that from 2007 to 2012, the amount of farmland in Virginia increased by 3 percent, rising to 8.3 million acres. The number of farms in the state, however, decreased by 3 percent during that time to 46,036.
Shenandoah County 4-H seeks judges for fair
WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County 4-H is looking for members of the public who want to learn how to judge everything from knitting to quilting and cookies to cakes at area fair events.
The Shenandoah Valley-Herald / 03-03-2014
Warren County may combine Rivermont and Fortsmouth fire departments
FRONT ROYAL – County officials are moving forward with a plan to combine two volunteer fire and rescue companies in one new building within the next several years. The move would address two issues – Rivermont Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company's outdated building and the Fortsmouth Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company's low number of active members.
The Warren Sentinel / 02-28-2014