Sheriff’s Office Issues Another Scam Alert

Another scam alert from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office. Officials there say they are not soliciting donations for our DARE program. A local business received a call from someone claiming to work for the Sheriff’s Office from 530-839-2332 asking for a donation to our DARE program. This is a scam. As always, never give any personal, confidential, or financial information to anyone over the telephone unless you know they are reputable.

WestRock Trying To Get Back On Track After Florence

WestRock is trying to get back to normal business at its facilities in the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The company ideled one mill in Florence, South Carolina in advance of the storm. Monday, two of the three paper machines at that mill resumed operations and they expected to be back to normal there once the transportation network is, itself, on a normal schedule again. WestRock says it did incur costs prepping for the storm including moving some inventory and other critical supplies in advance of the storm.

Gathright Dam Pulse Release Postponed

Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have canceled a pulse release scheduled for Sept. 26 at Gathright Dam, near Covington, Va.

After evaluating the high water flows experienced on the Jackson River during Tropical Storm Florence earlier this week, District water managers here made the decision to cancel the pulse release.

Pulse releases are designed to remove algae and improve the overall water quality and ecological resources in the lower Jackson River.

During a pulse release, dam operators gradually increase water flow from the dam to a rate of 3,500 cubic feet per second, a surge that’s generally maintained for two hours. In some areas, the rate of the river rise can exceed two feet per hour.

The final pulse release of 2018 is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Governor May Attend AEA Meeting

Has an effort by teachers in Alleghany County to nail down higher pay, gotten the interest of the Governor? The head of the Alleghany Education Association says the Governor may attend one of their meetings in January and February. Bob Umstead says it appears the Governor is making the committment because he likes what he sees in terms of trying to attract and retain teachers. Umstead says the the union is gunning for raises of 10 percent each year for the next three years.

Details On Covington City Fall Clean Up

Covington City residents will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items through the City’s Fall Clean up to be held the weeks of September 24, 2018 through Oct 5, 2018. Your fall clean up items will be picked up on your regular refuse collection day. The City will only pick up articles placed at the resident’s property line (either at the front roadway or at the alleyway). The Clean Up does not include commercial or contractors who have debris. Residents are advised to keep white goods (stoves, refrigerators, etc.) & tires separated from other disposed of articles. Tires on rims will not be accepted. There will be a limit of 6 tires per resident. Tires will be picked up separately. “WHOLE TREES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.” One (1) truck load per household will be strictly enforced. The City will be divided into East and West sections using the CSX Railroad Tracks as the dividing line during the two (2) weeks clean up.

Florence Doesn’t Force Gas Prices Higher

While Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas over the weekend with life-threating storm-surge, rain and flooding, it has had little to no impact on gas prices, with the national average, holding steady at $2.85 on the week. Gas prices have not seen much movement because unlike the Gulf Coast, which is home to dozens of refineries, the Carolinas house only pipelines and terminals. This means U.S. crude processing is not impacted and therefore neither are gas prices nationally.

Pink Ribbon Bazaar Saturday

The second year of the Pink Ribbon Bazaar is upcoming Saturday. The event raises money for Charity Tyree Hale’s upcoming walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. The bazaar is happening Saturday from 10am to 2pm in the Covington High School cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the 60 mile walk and Charity Tyree Hale willbe walking in her fourth 60 mile marathon for breast cancer awareness.

Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Scam

The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office says they’re receiving multiple calls daily from people who are receiving telephone calls from scammers claiming to be the IRS. The IRS never calls you by telephone claiming to have a warrant.
They also say scams involving a family member who has been arrested, jailed, and now needs someone to send money for bail.
Scammers now even have the capability of making the phone calls appear to come from a local phone number.
Any reputable business or organization will never ask for personal information over the phone.
Never give out any sensitive or confidential information to anyone over the telephone.
Hang up, block the number, and notify law enforcement.”

DMV Urges Virginians To Deal With Airbag Recall

More than 20,000 Virginians have not yet taken action on a critical airbag recall on certain models of
Nissan and INFINITI vehicles. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Nissan/INFINITI urge owners of these vehicles to schedule a free repair immediately. If the airbags deploy, they could explode and spray sharp metal fragments, or shrapnel, toward you and your passengers. The repair is free, and parts are available now at your local dealership. Additionally, free alternate transportation may be available to help minimize wait time and
inconvenience

Bath County Fair Rescheduled

The Bath County Fair, which had to be canceled due to weather concerns, will now happen September 29th, 10 am to 4pmVirginia Cooperative Extension-Bath County, Bath Animal Welfare Foundation, Millboro Ruritan Club and County of Bath Tourism have some fun and exciting news to share with you. They have all partnered together to bring you a Bath County Fair! There will be contests and events similar to those of other county fairs to enter – baked & canned goods, arts & crafts, photo, vegetable and floral contests, as well as afternoon entertainment, a dog show, touch a truck, inflatables and carnival games. A fun family day can be planned for all!