For the Record - Shenandoah Valley, March 2012

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Carizo Oil and Gas , a Houston-based energy company, has shelved an application for a special land-use permit to drill for Marcellus Shale natural gas in the Bergton area of Rockbridge County. The five-member Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors did not vote on the permit after public hearings raised concerns about possible water contamination from hydraulic fracturing, the process used to extract natural gas from shale. (The Washington Post) 

Frederick County was cleared to sell a 150-acre site southeast of Winchester on which it was owed more than $5 million in assessments and back taxes. The site was earmarked for development as a mixed-use site by developer Denver Quinnelly, but those plans did not succeed. A subsequent bankruptcy filing blocked the sale by the county until it received court approval for a settlement in the matter. (Winchester Star)

James Madison University received a renewal of accreditation of its College and Business and School of Accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than 5 percent of the schools of business worldwide have received accreditation by the AACSB, which requires review every five years. (News release)

Bill Neff Sr., a Harrisonburg developer, withdrew a rezoning request for farmland east of the city after it appeared support from the county was lacking. Neff sought to have 20 acres of the 75-acre site rezoned. He had a potential tenant for an office building but no firm development plans. (Daily News Record)

Waynesboro Family YMCA plans to install one of the largest thermal solar installations in the state. Forty solar panels — more than 6,000 pounds and covering 1,600 square feet — will be installed by Waynesboro-based Sigora Solar, a project expected to be up and running by April and save the YMCA up to $400,000 over the 30-year life expectancy of the panels. The $103,000 project was paid for with a no interest loan from Waynesboro residents Bob and Patty Rouse. (News Leader)

Winchester terminated the contract it had with The Mercer Group Inc. to recruit a new city manager.  Dissatisfaction with the candidates provided led the city and Mercer to part ways. Springsted Inc., which led the search for Winchester’s last city manager, was hired to take Mercer’s place. (Winchester Star)

Winchester Medical Center opened a larger labor and delivery unit and an all-private room neonatal ICU in late January. The new facilities are part of a $161 million construction project that increased licensed beds from 411 to 445. (News release)


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