Justice Ordered State Of Emergency Across WV After Heavy Rains, Flooding

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued a state of emergency for West Virginia’s 55 counties due to flooding. Justice issued the state of emergency early Saturday after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations. Rain was expected to continue throughout the weekend. The State Emergency Operations Center is on enhanced watch status and will be fully activated if needed.

Greenbrier Valley Conservation District Photo Contest

The Greenbrier Valley Conservation District is holding its photo contest. It’s for amateur photographers in Greenbrier and surrounding counties. There are four categories including: conservation practices, close-up conservation, conservation in action and conservation or agriculture across America. Officials say the contest is intended to showcase great work but also to act as an educational tool for aspring picture takers. All entries have to be submitted by May 15th. Go to wvca.us/education to find out more.

Clifton Forge Public Library Meeting Upcoming

Libraries can be a centerpiece of especially smaller communities and The Friends of the Clifton Forge Public Library has a meeting upcoming to discuss the operation and what it does for the public. The meeting happens Monday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m., in the Library’s Michael Armstrong Community Room. As always, the public is invited and encouraged to attend. By joining the group and paying its dues, you can help support financially the activities that the library holds for community benefit. The library is located at 535 Church Street.

Will VA Expand Medicaid?

The chances of Virginia joining a majority of states that have expanded Medicaid have increased significantly after a key GOP lawmaker flipped positions on the issue. Republican Del. Terry Kilgore said Thursday that he’d changed his mind after years of opposition to Medicaid expansion and now supports it. Kilgore says his change of heart was due partly to President Donald Trump’s embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid

New System To Replace Social Security Cards Online

Virginians may now be able to order a replacement Social Security card online, thanks to a
partnership between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Social Security
Previously, citizens who needed to replace their Social Security card had to gather the required
documents and complete an application in person at a Social Security office or submit the application and
documents by mail. Now, Virginians who meet a few basic requirements, and have a state-issued driver’s
license or identification card, may simply visit ssa.gov to submit their application online. Social Security
compares the submitted information with DMV and other records and, upon verification, mails the
customer a new card.
More than 10,000 Virginians were served in the partnership’s first four months

Disposal Fees Rising In Bath County

Disposing of demolition waste in Bath County is costing more. Officials say the fee for disposing of that material is rising fromm $40 per ton to $88 per ton. During a Bath County Board of Supervisors meeting this week, The Recorder reports county administrator Ashton Harrison explained that in January of last year, the county began working with Covington officials on a long-term solution for the Peters Mountain landfill since the active cell there was becoming full.

National Future Farmers Of America Week In Alleghany County

National Future Farmers of America week is being celebrated in Alleghany County. The Alleghany High School Future Farmers of America club will mark the occasion Feb. 17-24. The mission is to recognize the importance FFA plays in the future of agriculture in this area and beyond. Recognition of the week began back in 1947. During those days, chapters hold a number of activities to help others in their schools and communities learn about FFA and agricultural education. To start the week, on Monday, and Tuesday, members will be at the Covington Tractor Supply styore participating in Tractor Supply Grants for Growing Emblem Sales between 4pm and 6pm.

DSLCC Looking For Distinguished Alumni

They’re looking for distinguished alumni at DSLCC. The 2nd annual Distinguished Alumni Award is currently open for nominations. They recognize those who’ve realized exemplary distinction in their professions and honors all those at the College who have assisted them on the path to success.
Nominations may be made by visiting www.dslcc.edu/alumni, completing the nomination form, and emailing to jburgess@dslcc.edu. Nominations may also be mailed to: DSLCC Educational Foundation, 1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, VA 24422. Nominations are due by Monday, March 5th.

Church Service For Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent and there will be a service at First Presbyterian Church in Covington. They’ll hold a a worship service starting at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a soup supper at 6:00 p.m.
The service will be held in the Chapel and will include the imposition of ashes, a sign of mortality and humility before God. The church is located at 185 N. Maple Ave. in Covington. Entrance to the Chapel is on Locust St., across from the Mid-City Mall parking lot.

Posted to wjvr.vncnews.com
Feb. 14, 2018 3:01 AM CST
by pkilleen

Measure To Give Tax Breaks To New Companies In Poor Areas

The Virginia General Assembly has advanced legislation that would give corporate and income tax breaks to new companies that locate in the state’s poorer areas.

Both chambers passed their version of the legislation this week with broad bipartisan support.

The legislation would offer new companies and their employees tax breaks for 10-years for locating in specific economically depressed counties and cities.

Supporters say such dramatic incentives are needed to help lure businesses that wouldn’t otherwise locate in such areas. The income tax break is capped at $250,000 a year.