Cultural Tasting Experience Saturday

This Saturday, November 16 th the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and
the Historic Masonic Theatre will host a Cultural Tasting Experience led by Chef Liz Jordan in the
theatre’s WestRock Room at 2:00 pm. This event is in conjuction with the 2019 Commemoration,
American Evolution that is being promoted at the state level and through grant opportunities for
destination marketing organizations such as the chamber throughout the month of November. The
event will feature tastings of local African-American cuisine and a reading by Dr. Calvin McClinton.
The cost of the event is $20.00 per person but if you bring any amount of canned/boxed foods,
your admission is free.

Alleghany County School Board Meeting

The Alleghany County School Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 18, in the Gleason Forum Hall at Mountain View Elementary School. A number of informational and budgetary items will be discussed. If you have questions regarding this meeting, please call the School Board Clerk at

Clifton Forge Holiday Plans

Clifton Forge is preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Clifton Forge Main Street is planning to hold the annual tree lighting at 6pm on November 23rd at the steps of town hall and will feature live performers and refreshments. It’s expected to last about half an hour. The group is also prepping for the annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6th. The march starts at 6pm from the 400 block of E. Ridgeway Street and proceeds to the fire department on D Street. The theme this year is Winter Wonderland.

Committee On Joint School Services Meeting This Week

There will be another meeting of the Committee on Joint School Services this week. The next meeting will be this Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alleghany Regional Library. No agenda is available presently.

Mental Health First Aid Program

Alleghany Highlands Community Services Board will host the Mental Health First Aid – Adult
program on December 12 th at Alleghany Highlands Community Services LifeSkills Building on
550 Pine Street Clifton Forge, VA. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a
mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

ACPS Hall Of Fame Nominations Sought

Do you know someone working in the Alleghany County Public Schools who deserves special recognition. The distrixt is looking for staff members who’ve been major influencers on students. They’re looking to establish a Hall of Fame, the inaugural class to be inducted in March of next year. Nominees must have been an employee of Alleghany County (Highlands) Public Schools for a minimum of ten years between 1983 and 2014 demonstrating outstanding contributions during their employment with the division.

Bath County Students Lag In On-Time Graduation Rates

The number of students in Bath County graduating on time is below the state average this year. The state rate is 91.5 percent. Bath County’s is 87.5 percent. Part of the issue invovles the small size of the Bath County sampling where the numbers were based on 48 students who entered their freshman year in 2015. County school officials say taking that into consideration, one student’s progress, or lack thereof, can skew the numbers. They say six BCHS students were lost over the course of those four years — three male students and three females.

Arts Council Welcomes Richmond Symphony

The Alleghany Highlands Arts Council begins its 2019-20 Performing Arts Series on Saturday, They’re holding a classical performance with the Richmond Symphony. The matinee performance begins at 3:00 PM at The Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge. The Richmond Symphony will present works by Mozart, Schumann, Elgar and Beethoven. Funding has been provided, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alleghany County and the City of Covington.

Veteran’s Day Closures

The following offices and businesses will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday: The Alleghany/Covington Deparment of Social Services. The Alleghany County Governmental Complex in Low Moor. The Island Ford Transfer Station will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, but will be closed on Saturday, November 9. The Clifton Forge Public Library, located at 535 Church Street.
These offices will re-open for business on Tuesday, November 12 at their regular time.

Area Toy Drive November 9th

Walmart and The Salvation Army are joining forces to provide toys to local children in Covington City and Alleghany county in need during the holidays. Volunteers will be collecting toys at the Covington Walmart located at 313 Thacker Ave. on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 AM – 6 PM. Shoppers will receive a list of suggested toy items. To participate, simply stop by and drop off new toys to The Salvation Army at the front of each Walmart store. For those unable to participate in-store on November 9, The Salvation Army has provided a searchable online registry comprising all the items needed through