Mountain View Students To Get Free Food

Regardless of their family’s financial status, all kids in Mountain View Elementary School will receive free breakfast and lunch starting in the next school year. The school is participating in a program coming about from the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. Eligiblity is based on the number of students who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for food. The county school board voted unanimously this week for Mountain View to take part.

WV AG Looks To Crack Down On Human Trafficking

West Virginia’s attorney general has drafted best practices for police in the state to address human trafficking and its coercion into prostitution and forced labor.
The Legislature passed a new state law earlier this year that sets criminal punishments and provides immunity from prosecution for minors who are victims.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says men, women and children of all ages can be victims.
Recommended practices include free training courses for officers, field screening questionnaires for potential victims and keeping current data on confirmed cases to identify trends and responses.
Morrisey says the initiative has gotten support from police.

Report: Pipeline Could Have Major Impacts On VA Forests

An environmental assessment of the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline finds the project would have “significant” impacts on forests in Virginia and West Virginia but “limited” adverse effects otherwise. The analysis was published Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines. Its release marks a milestone in the approval process for the approximately 300-mile pipeline.

Millionaire in Roanoke

A Roanoke man is a millionaire. Jeffrey Mullen has won the one-million dollar top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Golden Spades scratcher game. Mullen says he plans to use his winnings to buy a new home and take care of family.

Teen Charged

A Roanoke teenager charged with killing her newborn child In January will remain in custody. The teen was in court Wednesday when prosecutors asked to have her bond revoked because she violated terms of her release. She was picked up earlier this month in Henrico County after she ran away from home.

Truett Appointed to Alleghany School

Ben Truett has been appointed to the Alleghany County School Division Post as supervisor of maintenahnce and transportation. According to the Virginian Review, Truett was appointed on Monday night. He resigned from a month ago from the Clifton Forge East District School Board as a representative. Currently, Truett is employed as site manager for Capstone Logistics in Salem. He has a degree in business from Roanoke College.

Meat Tips

July 4th is just around the corner, and of course, it is Barbecue season, do you know what how to cook all that meat? If not, or you just need a refresher, come out to the Mid City Mall stage tonight, from 6-7 pm. tonight. The Sixth annual Cork & Pork Festival in downtown Covington will have a bunch of new activities this year.
One includes a presentation from professionals on how to properly prepare the meat. The Kansas City Barbeque Society competition teams will be providing tips, according to the Virginian Review.

Virginians with Disabilities

A new state report says people with disabilities continue to struggle to find employment, particularly in rural areas. A report released recently by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities said the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved noticeably. The employment rates are lower than the Great Recession and only about a third of the state’s disabled population was employed in 2015.

Community Rallies Around Family Of Young Cancer Victim

A community in Wyoming County is rallying behind the family of a Raleigh County girl who lost her battle with cancer. 4 year old Ashlyn Belcher was battling Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor since February of 2016 and died Tuesday. Now, friends and family are planning a Pull for Hope drive to raise money for the toddler’s final expenses.  One happens Tursday at the
Baileysville intersection of Route 97 & 971 until 5 p.m. and another is in Oceana In front of Summit Bank Saturday Noon- 5 p.m. 

Blasting To Happen In Clifton Forge Friday

Somthing to know if you’re driving in Clifton Forge Friday. The company constructing the Hickory Avenue extension adjacent to the Kroger shopping center and Oak Hill Ave, will be conducting some blasting of rock. Individuals in the immediate area may experience some ground vibration and may hear some noise. Safety precautions are in place and the blasting will occur for only a short period.