Archives for May 2016

Roanoke public pools

Roanoke’s public pools are almost ready for the summer season and the thousands of visitors who will take the plunge there this year. The Fallon Park Pool will have a soft opening this weekend. The Washington Park Pool will kick off the season on June 6th. More than 16,000 people visited the two pools last summer, and Community Recreation Coordinator Cindy McFall would like to see that number rise. This is the third year that the city has partnered with the YMCA on the operation of the Washington Park Pool. Both pools are closed on Wednesdays, but at least one is open every other day of the week.

Tax Deadline in Roanoke

A tax deadline delivered long lines at Roanoke City Hall. Yesterday was the deadline for paying personal property taxes in Roanoke, and several hundred people visited the municipal building to make their payments in person. The city treasurer’s office closed at 5 o’clock, but city residents had until midnight to make a payment and avoid a late They had the option of paying online, or bringing their payment to the dropbox outside the municipal building.

Alleghany School Board Meeting

Don’t forget, the Alleghany County Public School Board meeting will take place tonight at 6pm.
All kinds of things to discuss. Personnel actions, assignments and looking to talk about a resolution to appoint a superintendent. The meeting will be at the School Baord Office Complex on 100 Central Circle.

Covington Fire Dept has a new John Deer

This is pretty cool! The Covington fire Department has placed a 2016 John Deer 825i gator into service. This unit is equipped with a 75 gallon water tank, a pump along with 200 feete of 1 inch forestry hose, 200 feet of 3/4 inch forestry hose along with basic first aid kit, winch and stokes basket carrier. This versatile unit will be used for brush fires, off road serarch and resuce calls and for special events to help fire and rescue access areas quicker. It was all funded from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.

Summer Safety

Millions of people are looking forward to having fun and traveling this summer and the American Red Cross wants everyone to stay safe. When traveling, it’s important to know the level of ability of the people in your group and the environment around you. Sprains and falls are some of the most common misfortunes travelers may face. Sprains are the most common injury for someone on a cruise, along with contusions and other superficial wounds. Going to the mountains? Falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared. Dehydration is also a danger. People planning a camping trip face the same dangers.

Wear your seatbelt

During this month’s Click It or Ticket campaign, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV) challenges motorists to set a good example by always buckling up. “Wearing a seat belt is simple and studies show it may very well be the difference between life and death
in a crash,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety
Representative. The annual national Click It or Ticket campaign combines high visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt users are 45 percent
less likely to be fatally injured in a crash.

Hurricane insurance

You know, last week was Virginia Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year. Plan now by reviewing the details of your insurance policy to ensure you have the coverage you need in the event disaster strikes. Once a hurricane develops in the Atlantic, it will be difficult to find an insurance company willing to write related coverage until the storm threat passes. Keep your insurance policies and home inventory in a safe place. The policies will contain your policy numbers and the phone numbers of your insurance companies in case you have questions or need to file a claim.

New Forest supervisor

Regional Forester for the southern Region, U.S. Forest Service, Tony Tooke announced that Joby P. Timm will be the new forest supervisor for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Timm holds a bachlor of science in landscape architecture and environmental design from North Dakota State University. As could be expected, he enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking, fishing and hunting. Timm will report to the forest supervisor’s office in Roanoke on June 27th.

Dominion Virginia Power

Dominion Virginia Power is assessing options for its proposed offshore wind demonstration project in light of their announcement last week, that the U.S. Department of Energy is withdrawing $40 million in funding. Mary C. Doswell, senior vice president of Dominion Energy Solutions said Dominion plans to consult with other members of the project team, known as the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP), as well as participants in a stakeholder group of government, research and community representatives, before deciding on next steps.

Officers not facing any charges

During a news conference yesterday, police announced that the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kionte Spencer will not face any charges. “The police were justified,” said Roanoke County Commonwealth Attorney Randy Leach. “It’s a tragedy, but it’s a tragedy [Kionte] brought on himself,” sad Leach later on in the news conference. None of the officers involved in the February 26 shooting had prior interaction with Spencer. The police department will not release the names of the officers involved in the incident to the public. All the officers involved in the incident are back to work.