Local Benefits Potentially Of School Modernization Proposal

Covington High School may be one that benefits from a measure being introduced by U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. They’re introducing the School Infrastructure Modernization Act , an effort to spur public and private investment in renovating active historic school buildings. It would tweat the federal rehab tax credit to also include old school buildings, like Covington High School, that continue operating as schools.

Memorial Day Weekend Advisory To Boaters

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wants to advise recreational boaters to use extreme caution this upcoming holiday weekend. Over the past several days, many areas of Virginia have received a significant amount of rainfall. Not only is the ground saturated but the rivers are at treacherously high levels, particularly in southcentral Virginia. Navigating rivers in these conditions can be hazardous due to significantly higher than normal water levels, and trash and other debris that could be floating on the surface or just below the waterline. They are telling boaters to exercise extreme caution on the James River, Staunton River and Dan River.

VA’s Top Money Man Says Revenues Won’t Fall Short

Virginia’s finance secretary says state revenues will not fall short of its forecast when the fiscal year ends.
Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Secretary Richard D. Brown reassured lawmakers on Thursday that although the state “took a punch in April,” Virginia’s revenues ended the month about $130 million ahead of the forecast for the fiscal year ending June 30. However, revenues ended April about $185 million less than what was projected at the end of March. April’s biggest problem was a drop of more than 17 percent in income taxes not withheld from payroll but made in estimated payments. Virginia received about 40,000 fewer checks in April than the year before, and the checks were 9 percent smaller. Brown says Virginia narrowed the gap in May to about 10,000 fewer checks.

Excessive Rainfall & Boating

Over the past several days, many areas of Virginia have received a significant amount of rainfall. Not only is the ground saturated but the rivers are at treacherously high levels, particularly in southcentral Virginia. Navigating rivers in these conditions can be hazardous due to significantly higher than normal water levels, and trash and other debris that could be floating on the surface or just below the waterline. Memorial Day weekend kicks off boating season for many. Be sure to check boat ramps and water levels before you head out this weekend.

Liberty University Finalizes Purchase

Liberty University has finalized the purchase of a research complex it plans to use to increase its engineering program. The Lynchburg News & Advance reports the school announced its purchase Tuesday of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research after months of negotiating.

Bike Sharing Program

A new bike-sharing program is up and running in Roanoke. The Roanoke Times reports 10 bike stations are now scattered around the city, each with five bikes available for rent as part of the program that officially kicked off Wednesday.

James River District Relocating

The James River Ranger District is relocating to a new location next year in Covington. The Current lease will expire on April 30 of 2018. The Virginian Review is reporting that services to the community will not change, just the location. The Forest Service will continue to do all the great things they have been doing, like, provide info, issue recreation passes and fuelwood permits and provide all the services currently being delivered to the public. The offices will relocate to the Dolly Ann worksite on Smokey Bear lane early next year.

Clifton Forge Council & Budget

The Clifton Forge Council Unveiled its proposed budget earlier this week. LeeAnn Tyler, who is the finance director, did the honors. According to the Virginian Review, the budget totals almost 6 million dollars. Tyler said that the budget also is proposing that each newly hired town employee recieve a starting salary of 10 bucks an hour. Full Timers, will receive at least a 1 thousand dollar pay increase and each permanent part timer will receive a pay increase of at least 500 dollars. Teresa Hammond, also presented a new logo, “Virginia is for Mountain Lovers.” The council also had a moment of silence to honor and remember the late John Hillert.

Jenkins Says Support For His Run Against Manchin Is Building

West Virginia Congressman Evan Jenkins says eight of the state’s Republican state senators have announced support for his run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin next year. Jenkins, a Republican and Huntington lawyer, was a state delegate and a state senator before his election to Congress in 2014. He was re-elected last year.
The eight are Sens. Greg Boso, Charles Clements, Sue Cline, Ed Gaunch, Jeff Mullins, Mike Maroney, Tom Takubo and Ryan Weld. Jenkins says West Virginians are ready to bring “conservative leadership” to the U.S. Senate.

Memorial Day March Set In Covington

A special Memorial Day commemoration happening being organized by VFW Post 1033 in Covington. A parade will take place Monday at 11am, starting at the Covington City Playground and proceeding east on Main Street to the Alleghany County Courthouse. The march is a reminder of the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. At the parade’s conclusion, ther will be a service on the courthouse grounds. All veterans are urged to take part.