Archives for May 2017

Share Coffee, Doughnuts And Conversation With Law Enforcement

You can share some views and a cup of coffee with law enforcement this upcoming weekend. The officer opportunity happens at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 10am til noon. There will also be doughnuts on hand.

More Than A Million Virginians Expected To Travel For Memorial Day

Officials expect more than one million Virginians to get away over Memorial Day weekend. AAA estimates that 2.6 percent more Virginians will travel this year over the holiday weekend compared to last year. The group says nearly 90 percent of Virginians traveling are expected to drive. Virginia State Police is urging drivers to buckle up and move over when they see lights flashing on the side of the road.

Office closed Monday

Keep in mind on Monday, the Alleghany County School board Office will be closed for Memorial Day. The office will re open on Tuesday, May 30th for their regular schedule. If you need any information, you can call the Alleghany School Board office at 540-863-1800 or go to their website at wlleghany dot k twelve dot va dot us.

Truett Steps Down

Ben Truett is resigning his Clifton Forge East District Seat on the Alleghany county School Board. Monday he informed the board, he wished to step down. The Virginian Review reports his resignation took effect immediately. He term was not to expire until June 30th 2020. The supervisors will appoint a successor to fill the remainder of his term. It may be a wait. Superintendent Gene Kotulka said it could be until mid July.

Pipeline Project

A new poll shows most voters in three states are in support of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. The poll conducted by Hickman Analytics was commissioned by the nonprofit Consumer Energy Alliance. In Virginia, 54-percent of registered voters support the pipeline while those in West Virginia and North Carolina also show strong support. The pipeline would run from West Virginia through Virginia and end in North Carolina.

Va School Buses Lacking Feature

Four-thousand school buses across the commonwealth are lacking a safety feature required by law and southwest Virginia is no exception. Virginia law requires that all buses manufactured after 2011 have interlock brakes installed. The device forces the driver to push the brake pedal before the parking brake can be released. School buses can’t shift into park, so the parking brake holds the bus in place when it’s in neutral. Plans call for installing the devices during the summer.

Clifton Forge Town Council Meeting Tuesday

Clifton Forge Town Council will talk about the proposed operating and capital spending plans for the next fiscal year when it meets Tuesday night. Also on the agenda, water service charges and fees, plus an update on tourism from the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce. In addition, lawmakers will consider a request to shut down Commerical Avenue between Ridgeway and Main Streets on Fridays for a downtown market.

Firefighter Dies Of Injuries Sustained At Crash Site

A Botetourt County firefighter died of injuries he sustained as he worked a crash site on U.S Route 220. 63 year old Roger Johns was hit by a fire department vehicle as he was on the scene of an accident. The driver of that fire department vehicle was backing up to block the roadway when he ran over Johns. That driver has not been identified.

Truett Resigns From Alleghany County School Board

The Alleghany County School Board is one member shy after Ben Truett resigned from his Clifton Forge East District seat. He informed the board of his decision on Monday. He was appointed to the board last year and his term was due to expire in June of 2020. Supervisors will appoint a successor.

Mourning the loss of John E Hillert

Clifton Forge is mourning the loss of John E Hillert, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, on Friday. Hillert, 66, was a community leader in Clifton Forge. He contributed so much to the community. One of his many contributions was his involvement in the grand reopening of the beautifully renovated Histoic Masonic Theatre after six years of trying get the project done. The Virginian Review reports that he also was an active member of the Covington Bath County Rotary Club, receiving the highest honor of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He will be greatly missed.