Archives for April 2017

Couple Honored

Bill and Lang Wilson of Covington received the 12th annual Chacellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. According to the Virginian Review, this years recepients combined over 10 million dollars to community colleges in Virginia. It is said by many, that the Wilsons are great leaders, help out tremendously and lead by example.

Allstate Building

There’s a new owner of the former Allstate Building on Electric Road in Roanoke County. Insurance provider Metis Holdings bought the building for four-million dollars and will move in next year. Metis’ clients include VACORP, the statewide, Roanoke-based mutual insurance entity for Virginia counties and schools.

Soldiers Return Home

The final group of Southwest Virginia soldiers is home from Qatar. The Virginia National Guard soldiers arrived Thursday at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport greeted by loved ones. The soldiers were deployed last May to conduct a security operation. About 450 soldiers from the region were involved with the mission.

Former Anchor Running for House Seat

A former anchorman whose girlfriend was fatally shot on live TV says he’s seeking a Virginia state House seat to give back to the community that helped him through his darkest days. Chris Hurst was living with Alison Parker when she and cameraman Adam Ward were fatally shot by a former co-worker while reporting for WDBJ-TV in August 2015. Now, the 29-year-old Hurst is challenging a National Rifle Association-backed candidate for a competitive House seat in a firearm friendly part of the state.

Cat Shavings Under Investigation In Waynesboro

Strange happenings in Waynesboro where police say they’re probing reports of cats being shaved without their owners’ consent. Police have gotten a number of complaints from people livving in the Tree Streets inn area. The cats in question have been shaved in their underbelly area. Some cats have been shaved multiple times, not by their owners. The cats, according to NBC 29, are well groomed, with collars, and are not wild cats.

Law Signed To Crack Down On Cigarette Trafficking

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a new state law that aims to crack down on cigarette trafficking. News outlets report the governor signed the bill along with the General Assembly, law enforcement, and public safety advocates Thursday in Richmond. The law will create a system where cigarette resellers will need to get a special certificate from the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Williamson Road

Seventy one year old Walter Kenneth Ashley, was hit and killed along Williamson Road early yesterday morning. Evan Sarver, 22, was arrested after a sobriety test, and charged with felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence, manslaughter. Along that stretch of Williamson Road, there have been several pedestrians struck. It’s dark, foggy no light or sidewalk and the speedlimit is 45.

Take Back Drug Day

The Alleghany County Sheriff’s office will be part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Saturday. Covington Walmart and Clifton Forge Kroger will host collection sites from 10 am to 2pm. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at an alarming rate, as well as the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many Americans do not know how to properly get rid of medications, and the take back program is the safest way to get rid of those prescriptions.

Be Safe Hiking

Mcafee Knob has been a popular place to hike for many years, but in the past few weeks, there have been a few too many rescues. Local rescue crews are encouraging those that will be venturing out to Mcafee Knob to be more careful. Take water and snacks. Make sure you know which trail you can handle. Most folks get hurt by twisting ankles and not being more careful. Plan ahead and take your time, and wear the right shoes and of course, bring the right gear.

DMV Urges Caution For Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

With warm weather in the forecast for the rest of the week, and summer months approaching, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges motorcyclists – and motorists – to travel with caution. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Statistically, April through August are the deadliest months of the year for motorcyclists in Virginia. More than half of last year’s motorcyclist fatalities (39 of 72) occurred in those months. Twenty-five motorcyclists have died so far this year on Virginia roadways, including one in Augusta County. Motorcyclists can take advantage of the Virginia Rider Training Program, which offers motorcycle classes for both beginning and experienced riders. Classes