Archives for March 2018

One Dead, One Critically Injured After Thursday Night Fire In Clifton Forge

– A late evening fire in Clifton Forge has left one person dead and one critically injured…

At approximately 10:30pm Thursday evening, a 911 call was placed to the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office. A report of a kitchen fire was made with two disabled folks unable to get out of their home to escape the fire. The fire was at a home on Falcon Ridge Road in Clifton Forge.
The home was owned by Barry and Joyce Rose.

Fire and Rescue, as well as law enforcement were called with units responding from Clifton Forge, Iron Gate. Sharon, and Selma. Covington Fire and Rescue were also called initially to set up a landing zone for Lifeguard. Later it was reported that Lifeguard couldn’t fly due to weather. A ground crew from Carillion Roanoke Memorial was sent to Lewisgale Hospital to transport. It was later determined that do to the patient being critically injured, he could not be transported. The second injured person, a female was transport to a Richmond area hospital for further treatment and is listed in critical condition.

At around 5:30 a.m. this morning our newsroom has learned of the death of one of the injured, Barry Rose, of Falcon Ridge Road, died of his injuries at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. Rose was a retired Alleghany County Deputy and Dare Officer. He was also one of the original organizers of the very successful Alleghany Highlands Bike Rodeo.

An earlier evening fire was reported to the Covington Fire Department and Rescue Squad in the Rosedale/Midland Trail area of Alleghany County. The fire was also reported to the Dunlap Fire Department and Rescue Squad. We have no further information on this fire. We have reached out to Covington Fire Chief Andrew Baker for that information. As we have more information we will pass it a long.

Route 220 Work Close To Starting

In just a few weeks, the state will begin work on US Route 220 between Iron Gate and Eagle Rock. It’s a $79 million project covering a nearly ten mile stretch of roadway and drivers traveling through the area can expect some delays on occasion. Also, lower speed limits will be posted. It’s long term, too, and they hope to have all the work done there, to be done in three phases, by 2021.

VDOT Lifting Most Work Zones For Easter Weekend

Are you planning to travel over the Easter holiday? The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reminding motorists to put safety first, during holiday trips and throughout the year.

VDOT is also working to make Easter travel easier; most highway work zones will be suspended and most lane closures will be lifted on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Friday, March 30 until noon Tuesday, April 3.

While the lane closure lift is in effect for most areas, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time. A full listing of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website.


When behind the wheel, remember that driver behavior can impact not only drivers and their passengers, but also others using the roadway. Do your part in making travel safer for all:

Always wear a seatbelt
Don’t text while driving
If you are drowsy, take a break
Avoid distractions

Police, Fire, Paving Considerations At Covington City Council Meeting

Grants for new police and firefighting equipment will be considered at a work session of Covington City Council. It’s happening Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall located at 333 W. Locust Street, Covington, Virginia Lawmakers will consider grants for Bullet Proof Vests for police officers in the amount of $1,485.47 and a Fire Dept. Grant for equipment in the amount of $14,543.06. Also to be discussed, spring and summer paving projects that have to be done now with winter in the rear view mirror.

Good Friday, Easter Services Set

A Good Friday service happens this evening at First Presbyterian Church in Covington. It’s scheduled for 7:30pm and includes scripture readings, hymns, anthems, candles, diminishing light and increasing darkness symbolic of the death of Jesus. Also, the Chancel choir and bell choir will take part. In addition, the Easter Sunday service happens at 11:00 a.m. on April 1 at the church at Maple and Locust in Covington.

Boys Home Easter Sunrise Service

On Sunday, Pastor Anne Grizzle will lead an Easter Sunrise Service at the lodge on the mountain at Boys Home of Virginia. Participants should meet outside the Administration building at 6:00 a.m at the top of the hill at Boys Home, to be transported up the mountain to the lodge. Also, for those who may want to hike to the lodge it’s roughly a one mile journey from the drop off point. The service will begin at 7:15 a.m. and breakfast and a bonfire will follow. The Boys Home Chapel will be used in the event of bad weather..

Trout Heritage Day In VA

On April 7, 2018, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
(DGIF) will host its annual Trout Heritage Day. The printed version of the 2018
Freshwater Fishing and Boating digest has incorrect information for the 2018 Trout
Heritage Waters.
A group of 20 waters will be freshly stocked with trout to allow trout anglers and communities to
plan activities around a known stocking date. The Department has worked with the U. S. Forest
Service, local communities and private landowners to provide this opportunity.

Candidates For US Senate Debate

Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia clashed during a debate over the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville last summer. Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Nick Frietas, a state delegate from Culpeper, and E.W. Jackson, a minister from Chesapeake, are seeking the chance to challenge Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. The primary is scheduled June 12.

Lewisburg Farmers’ Market Fundraiser

In Lewisburg, First Friday April 6, 2018 from 5-8pm the Lewisburg Farmers Market will hold its Annual Meet Your Farmer Fundraiser at the Visitor’s Center on the corner of Washington and Court Streets. Chef Chris Foley and his culinary students from Greenbrier West HS will be serving free tastings so visitors can sample the depth and variety of meat and produce sourced from LFM market vendors. Against the backdrop of live music performed by the local Strum Sum band; LFM farmers, restauranteurs, and agriculture professionals will mix and mingle, sharing their farming passion and stories with all comers. A silent auction will raise money that funds LFM programs. This year the LFM focus is on youth and tradition serving the whole Greenbrier County Community.

Book Sale At Clifton Forge Public Library

A semi-annual book sale is being held next Friday by the Friends of the Clifton Forge Public Library. THey’ll have books, audio books, CD’s and DVD’s for sale on Friday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Also for sale will be two collections of books donated which focus on military history and military medical history, each with an emphasis on the Civil War. Money generated from the book sales are used to purchase new library materials and to support library programs. It’s taking place in the Michael Armstrong Community Room of the Clifton Forge Public Library, located at 535 Church Street.