Archives for July 2017

Alleghany County Board Meeting

The Alleghany County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held this evening. Lots to discuss tonight, including a public hearing to consider a Joint Economic Development & Growth sharing Agreement between Alleghany County and the city of Covington. Susan Hammond will update folks on what is going on with VDOT, and lots of unfinished business to cover this evening. The meeting will start at 7 pm.

Collision under Investigation

A head-on crash in Roanoke County is under investigation. The crash happened round 7 p.m. Sunday, in the 59-hundred block of Catawba Valley Drive. Four people were injured, one critically, and were taken to the hospital.

Rescue at James River

Six people are safe after being rescued from the James River Sunday Night. Emergency personnel found five people on tubes and one in a canoe on the river near Snowden around 7:45, about 30 minutes after the search began. Two people were injured and stranded and the other four stayed with them. Water rescue teams using flotation devices swam each person to shore where they were treated and released.

Thousands of Fish Dead in Tinker Creek

Thousands of fish are dead after 150 gallons of an herbicide spilled into Tinker Creek in Botetourt County Saturday. After running tests officials say drinking water in the area is not affected. The spill happened at Crop Production Services after a leaking container of Termix drained into the creek. The Virginia Department of Health is asking residents in the area to steer clear of the water until further notice.

Council Work Session Happening Tuesday

Minimum housing takes center stage at Tuesday’s Covington City Council work session. It happens at 7:30pm in Council Chambers at West Locust Street. Director of Developmental Services Eric Tyree will give the update. The regular monthly meeting happens a week from Tuesday where you’re expected to see movement on an economic development revenue sharing agreement between the city and Alleghany County.

Study: VA Public Schools Among Best

Virginia public schools are among the best in the nation, says a new study. The research, done by Wallethub, looks at quality and safety within 21 metrics including graduation rates, math and reading scores and also bullying incidents and discipline rates. Virginia came in sixth among all states. Massachusetts was number one.

Should More VA ‘Lifers’ Get Shot At Release?

Court fights are ongoing in Virginia about whether more inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles deserve a shot at release in light of Supreme Court rulings. The court in 2012 barred states from imposing mandatory life without parole on anyone under 18 convicted of murder. Later, the ruling became retroactive. Virginia’s juvenile capital murder inmates say their life sentences are now unconstitutional. But the state’s high court says the ruling doesn’t apply to them.

Jana Allen Local Actress

We have local gal who has gone big time! The Virginian Review is reporting that Alleghany Highlands actress Jana Allen has been cast to be in the Discovery Channel’s orginial series, “Manhunt: Unabomber”, premiering tomorrow night at 9 PM. Allen will be protraying Heidi Shumway in the series. She graduated from Alleghany High School in 1999, and then went on to Liberty University. This is her first recurring role. Jana’s pretty excited, and we are very proud and excited for her!

Iron Gate Mayor on Social Media

Thursday, at the town coucinl meeting, Iron Gate Mayor Chuck Unroe talked about social media. According to the Virginian Review, there was a post on Facebook recently, that drew “slanderous” comments and accusations against council for looking like they were targeting on indivdual’s property. The mayor tried to calm matters down by saying that there are 11 properties that they have to look at, and no one person was singled out. The Council also talked about what the public was saying about the post.

Human Remains in Roanoke

An investigation is underway along Tinker Creek near Radford Road in Roanoke. Police say they are looking at “the potential of human remains being concealed in an outdoor location.” They have been working in the area since late Wednesday afternoon. The investigation is in the same area where Edme Merle-Perez lived before she was reported missing in March.