Tractor Trailer Accident Monday Night

A Monday evening tractor trailer accident shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 at the 47 mile marker for over 2 hours while crews cleared debris from the roadway. The accident happened at approximately 6:30pm. Traffic was backed up for over a mile and a half begin moving at around 8:30 am. No word as of yet about any one being injuried as the investigation continues by the Virginia State Police.

One Person Dies In House Fire

An early Saturday morning structure fire has claimed the life of an Alleghany County resident. The Falling Spring Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad were called out at approximately 3am Saturday, May 18 to an area off of Dunbrack Road in Northern Alleghany County for a structure fire. The fire, was in such a remote area, that five other county fire companies were called out to haul water and help battle the blaze. According to Assistant Chief, Mark Fridley, of the Fallings Springs Volunteer Fire Department, those departments called to help battle the blaze were Dunlap, Covington, Selma, Sharon and Iron Gate Volunteer Fire Departments. The Boiling Spring volunteer fire department was also called out to cover the Covington Fire Department’s service area while they were out battling the blaze. The name of the deceased has not been release and an investigation is still ongoing into the cause of the fire. A traumatic incedent debriefing was held Monday evening for those fire and ems personnel who were involved in battling the blaze.

Weekend Events Provide Enjoyment For Area Residents

Three events took place in the Highlands over the weekend. The first event – The 29th Annual Original Kids Fishing Day was held on Dunlap Creek near Boys Home. The event was attended by over 80 children and their parents. In Clifton Forge, The 4th Annual Fishing with Angels event was held for the areas physically and intellectually challenged residents. There were 95 adults and 52 children who attended the event. To round out the weekend, the 21st Annual Douthat Lake Run Car Show was held with over 137 entries at Douthat State Park on Sunday afternoon. The top 25 winners and specialty winners were recognized and everyone had a chance to win some really great door prizes. Next years 22nd Douthat Lake Run Car show is scheduled for Sunday, May 17th.

Alleghany County Businesses Bring Home Big Bucks From Gauntlet Awards

Businesses in Alleghany County brought home about $100,000 from The Gauntlet Awards ceremony late last week. This was the 5th Annual Gauntlet Business Program & Competition, which started with 122 entrepreneurs and 84 businesses that participated in the 10 weeks of training. After that, 50 of those businesses went on to participate in the business competition portion. Among the winners, Formable Grabber, IVO Limited, Easy Workings, Quest Knight Enterprises, Honeycomb Grove, Keely Massie Photography and Born Again Custom Woodworks.

Carilion Has Big Expansion Plans

Carilion announcing plans for a an expansion of Roanoke Memorial Hospital into one of the largest hospitals in Virginia. The $300 million plans will add 400,000 square feet to the facility and will expand both the hospital and the adjacent Behavioral Health Building in the Roanoke Innovation Corridor. This project is part of Carilion’s long-term capital plan to invest more than $1 billion in the region.

‘Spring Green’ At Library

Join Covington Parks & Recreation and Public Works Director Allen Dressler for a “Spring Green” on Saturday, May 18, at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Allen will discuss upcoming events and new offerings for the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as projects for highways, new sidewalks, and street lights in Covington. Then he will discuss lawn care and maintenance tips for the both novice and seasoned lawn cutters and manglers. **No registration is necessary. •

Douthat State Park Clean Up June 1

Plans are to clean up Douthat State Park on Saturday, June 1st and they’re looking for volunteers. It’s part of the 31st annual Clean the Bay Day. The event last year drew more than 6,000 volunteers for Clean the Bay Day. They were on foot and in boats and removed approximatley 130,000 pounds of litter and debris along well over 300 miles of waterways. Volunteers are especially needed to clean up litter at Douthat State Park starting at 9 a.m. on June 1.

Resurfacing Will Shut Down Area Roadway

Construction shutting down an area roadway. The West Virginia Division of Highways says Limestone Hill Road near Gap Mills will be shut down to traffic as of May 20. They’re doing resurfacing from the intersection of CR 29 and CR 15 between May 20th and June 1st. The daily work will run from 6:30am to 7 pm. Officials warn there will be lengthy delays as a result and if you can adjust your trips to get around that vicinity during the time of the work, that would be advised.

Credit Available For Caregivers

If you care for a family member suffering from disabilities or chronic conditions, you can apply for up to $400 in reimbursement for respite costs under a temporary voucher program. The program offered by the state Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services will distribute vouchers for reimbursement from a federal grant limited to about $119,000. Funding is limited to $400 per family through July 31, 2021, or until the funds are exhausted. Priority will be given to helping caregivers for people with dementia, children under 18 or people between the ages of 19 and 59 with a severe disability.

Strong 2018 For Covington-Based Bank

Record earnings again for Highlands Community Bank. The Covington-based operation says it reached new levels for a tenth year in a row. Shreholders are getting a dividend of 36 cents per share as a result. Last year stock in the bank crew by 12.5 percent. The bank also opened a branch in Bath County with the purchase of Carter Bank and Trust branch.