Clifton Forge B&B Named As Charming Bed And Breakfast

Blog.virginia.org names Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast in Clifton Forge as one of seven charming bed and breakfasts in the Virginia mountains. The description reads:
High on the hill, the mansion is strikingly beautiful, with large columns, a stone staircase, and a vast wrap-around porch. Inside the 10,000 square foot home is all warmth and welcome. Each room bears a moniker that speaks to its history similar to each course (three to seven based on preference or time schedule) of breakfast, an homage to owner Martha Crawford’s past life as a private chef. The Crawfords have painstakingly renovated the seven room behemoth, leaving no detail overlooked. Expect sweet scones and savory herbed eggs for breakfast, home-baked goods upon check-in and a digestif coupled with a light sweet snack next to your pillow for bedtime.

Fundraiser Saturday For Mountain Regional Hospice

A fundraiser to benefit Mountain Regional Hospice. The Tri County Coon Hunters Association event includes a rabies clinic, bear treeing contest, bear bay and bear drag. It happens Saturday at 9am. Several UKC events are planned during the day as well. Last year, the fundraiser brought in $4,000 for Mountain Regional Hospice.

Cyber Security Workshops Being Held Statewide

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of the Regional Cyber Security Workshop Series focused on building partnerships with local governments on cyber security. Hosted by the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the workshop series commenced this month and will include seven meetings across the Commonwealth, concluding at the end of August. The purpose of the workshops is to spread awareness of Virginia’s cyber security programs, build relationships between state and local information technology (IT) officials to facilitate information sharing, and enhance collaboration on regional and statewide cyber initiatives.

Clifton Forge Volunteers Forging Ahead On Dog Park

Clifton Forge expressing interest in and has set aside land along the Smith Creek trail in the ‘Jungle’ for a new dog park. Grants have been filed from different organizations but the money needed to build the park would go beyond that financially. Organizers are raising money for the costs of the fence materials and installation of watering and waste cleanup stations. They’re also looking for private donations, and any of $100 or more will receive a customized plaque with your name and your dogs name on it that will be displayed after the dog park is finished.

Iron Gate Clean Up Saturday

Calling all volunteers in Iron Gate. Assistance with a clean-up project is needed at 300 7th Street in Iron Gate
Saturday, July 21st is the date, beginning at at 9am. Gloves and water will be provided. We ask anyone who is willing to help a neighbor to please call Iron Gate Town Hall at 862-0770 or stop by Town
Hall located at 401 Commerce Ave. and sign up. Any help is much appreciated!

No Environmental Hazards After Foam Issue At WestRock

State regulators say they have found no environmental hazards after a problem at a paper mill’s waste treatment plant caused discoloration in waterways outside of Roanoke.

The Roanoke Times reports an issue last week at the WestRock Co. mill in Covington required a larger-than-normal amount of defoamer to be added at the treatment plant. Residue from the defoamer had a white, filmy appearance on downstream water, and discoloration extended downstream into the upper James River in Botetourt County.

Sam Hale is a water compliance manager with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. He says tests done last week found that dissolved oxygen levels downstream were well above water quality standard.

Hale also said the plant is now operating at near-normal conditions and no limits have been exceeded since Wednesday’s incident.

Clock Ticks On Voting For Clifton Forge In ‘Small Town’ Contest

Time is winding down to vote for Clifton Forge, a 2018 nominee of the Blue Ridge Outdoors 8th Annual Top Adventure Towns Contest–in the small town category. The nominees are compiled based on criteria such as; an active outdoor recreation scene, access to trails, waterways, public lands, amenities, businesses catering to an outdoor lifestyle, as well as, growing efforts in fostering healthy and sustainable communities. Round 2 of the contest runs for one week and will end at 12 noon on Monday, July 23 . Round 3 will start by 5 pm on the same day and wrap up early next month.

WestRock Deals With Foamy Discharge At Covington Mill

A foaming issue at the WestRock facility in Covington translated to a white film on waterways downstream from the paper mill. The facility discharges liquid waste into the Jackson River. There were also incidents of river water turning darker as a result of the defoamer treatment method used last week at the mill. That defoamer is a water based, biodegradable product and poses no substantial risks to water quality.

Taxpayers Could Foot Redistricting Lawsuit Fees

Virginia taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in legal fees related to three redistricting lawsuits.

The state has already paid more than $6 million in legal fees related to the cases. Of that, the GOP-led House of Delegates has paid lawyers about $4.5 million defending the map lawmakers drew in 2011 for state legislative and congressional districts.

Perkins Coie, the law firm that’s represented Democrats in two federal lawsuits, is seeking about $4 million in legal fees from the state.

Electrical Issue Thought To Have Sparked Covington House Fire

Some time away from home for a family whose house burned on Sunday in Covington. It was reported at just after 1pm on the 100 block of East Prospect Street. It took crews just about 15 minutes to contain. The cause of the fire is thought to be electrical in nature. There were no injuries reported.