Archives for July 2017

Upcoming Immunization Dates For Covington Students

If you have a student in Alleghany County Public Schools, don’t forget about back to school immunizations. For Covington, there’s one happening next Friday, July 28th, from 8:15a to 11a. Also, Friday, August 4th. More follow on Monday, August 8th and week later on the 14th, Wednesday, August 2nd and the 9th, and on August 11th and the 16th. Some are walk-in, others are by appointment. Call 540-962-2173 to find out more.

Are VA Resources At Risk With Natural Gas Pipeline?

An environmental assessment of the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline finds the three-state project would have some adverse effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, as well as endangered species. The assessment was published Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It says if developers use proper construction and mitigation techniques, most of those impacts could be reduced to “less-than-significant” levels.

Officer Facing Charges

A former Campbell County Adult Detention Center corrections officer is facing drug charges. Authorities say 25-year-old Benjamin Joel Rackley of Brookneal delivered prescription medications to inmates at the facility between last August and February of this year. The investigation is ongoing and others may be charged.

Thieves in Roanoke

One area of Roanoke County is a favorite for thieves. Police are seeing an increase in home burglaries in the Cave Spring area. Authorities say home video surveillance systems are very inexpensive and will send an alert to the homeowner’s phone when there’s break-in. Investigators say thieves will also troll the neighborhoods they’re targeting, so if a strange vehicle is seen, police should be notified.

Y trying to meet Goal in Botetourt

The YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge is zeroing in on a nine-million-dollar goal to fund a new facility in Botetourt County. If the Y gets to within 150-thousand dollars of its goal by August 1st a local donor has promised he’ll provide the difference. Right now 200-thousand dollars is needed in donations and pledges to meet the challenge. A groundbreaking is set for September in the Daleville Town Center.

The Alleghany Historical Meeting

This Sunday, The Alleghany Historical Society will hold a meeting at 3pm. It’s their annual meeting that will be hosted by Dr. Calvin McClinton and will start at the Golden Arrow Restaurant before heading over to the Wrightsville Heritage Musuem for a tour. The Virginian Review reports that there will be light refreshments, and dues may be paid at the meeting.

Elementary School To Hold Orientation

They’re thinking school already as Valley Elementary School announces a back to school orientation. It will happen on Monday, August 14th. Preschool students come at 10am, Kindergarten students at 5:30pm and grades 1 through 7 at 6pm that night.

Second Person Busted In Store Break In

There’s a second person in custody now connected to that break-in at the Hematite Grocery in Alleghany County. Police say 36 year old Heath Dowdy of White Sulphur Springs is their second suspect in the rip off. He’s charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and destruction of property. Investigators say he and Richard Bundy broke into the store some time over the weekend, likely when the store was closed on Saturday. The crime was reported on Monday morning. Police say a third arrest in the case is pending.

Gov Invites McConnell To See Face Of Health Care In VA

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is extending an invitation to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to visit a free health clinic for the state’s poor later this week.
McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the Republican majority leader could hear firsthand stories from people who struggle to obtain adequate health care. The governor has been critical of Republican efforts to repeal the “Obamacare” health law. McAuliffe’s invite is his latest effort to draw attention to the issue.
McConnell has said he expects the Senate to begin debate on repealing the health law next week.

Reddymart Shooting

Roanoke County Police are investigating a shooting that injured one person. The shooting happened around 12:30 Tuesday morning at the Reddymart in the eight-thousand block of Plantation Road. Authorities say that two men were shooting at each other and one of the men ran away. The condition of the wounded man has not been released.