State Launching Entrepreneur Program

Virginia is launching a new network designed to help pair the state’s investors with its entrepreneurs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Mark Warner announced the new initiative, called VA4, or Virginia is for entrepreneurs, on Monday.

Entrepreneurs can fill out an online application to find potential funding from more than 50 equity firms and other potential funders.

State officials say an early area of focus will be on unmanned aerial systems companies.

United Express Service From Greenbrier Valley Airport To Chicago, D.C.

Daily United Express jet service from Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) begins April 3, 2018! Operated by SkyWest Airlines, the daily flights will provide Greenbrier Valley travelers access to United’s global network via the airline’s Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles hubs. Tickets are available for purchase today at united.com.

Covington H.S. Incident Comes Up At Board Meeting

Officials answered questions Monday about last Friday’s incident that closed Covington High School early. The superintendent said he believes proper protocol was followed. A question was asked about word that the administration knew aboout the threat in that incident on Thursday, to which Melinda Snead-Johnson said she felt that view wasn’t 100% accurate. School board members pointed out that safety is tantamount and they were confident enough about safety to have kids come to school Friday and again Monday after the incident.

Alleghany Highlands EDC Seeks Entrepreneurs

The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation in partnership with The Advancement Foundation are seeking entrepreneurs of all ages and experience who want to start or expand a business. They are particularly interested in businesses that will become part of our efforts to create a critical mass of interconnected businesses in order to maximize tourism within the Alleghany Highlands. Over $250,000 will be awarded in the State’s Largest Business Competition across the Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt and Roanoke Counties. Participants have access to mentors, expertise, 0% interest loan funds, incubation programs and so much more.

Coving City Council Holds Monthly Meeting

Tuesday night, Covington City Council convenes for its monthly meeting. On the agenda, considering a public hearing revolving around issuing bonds from sewer revenue to pay for wastewater life station improvements…teh amount not to exceed $298,000. Also, considering an appointment to fill the city council seat for District 1. The meeting happens at 6:30pm in Council Chambers.

Threat Leads To Early Closure For Covington High School

Covington High School closed at 11 a.m. this morning, after an incident at the high school prompted a release of faculty and students. A Facebook post from the Alleghany County Public Schools alerted their staff, students and parents that they received a call from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office about a threat to students at the high school. Police say a person is in custody. Covington City Schools alerted parents of the incident by text message saying that Covington High School would be closing early for student safety. All faculty was also released. A call to the principal has not been returned as yet.

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Threat Leads To Early Closing At Covington High School

Covington High School closed at 11 a.m. this morning, after an incident at the high school prompted a release of faculty and students. A Facebook post from the Alleghany County Public Schools alerted their staff, students and parents that the received a call from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office about a threat to sudents at the high school. Police say a person is in custody. Covington City Schools alerted parents of the incident by text message saying that Covington High School would be closing at 11 a.m. for student safety. All faculty was also released. A call to the principal has not been returned as yet.

Highland Community Bank Eyes New Acquisition

Highlands Community Bank is planning to purchase deposits and certain assets of the Hot Springs,
Virginia office of Carter Bank and Trust. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory
approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed during
the second quarter of 2018. Highlands Community Bank, the only bank headquartered in the Highlands, opened
in 2002 and currently has branches in Covington, Virginia and Clifton Forge, Virginia, with approximately $142 million in assets.

Your Vehicle Inspection Sticker Now Goes In A Different Place

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Virginia state inspection stickers will no longer be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle’s windshield. Due to new innovations in the automotive industry, the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle.
The relocation stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles. In such vehicles, the new technology utilizes the center of the windshield. Therefore the placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating properly.

No Skimmers Found On Local Gas Pumps

They looked for them and couldn’t find any. Covington Police detectives have been checking out local retail outlets to see if anyone has planted skimmers on gas pumps. The chief of police says no evidence has been found to indicate that any devices have been implanted locally. Still, if you suspect or spot one at place where you’re filling up, don’t hesitate to contact authorities.