Archives for May 2018

CHS Students Receive Scholarships

Eight students from Covington High School received DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarships totalling about $13,000. The receipients are Austin Akers, Allison Bush, Katie Dameron and Aliyah Hairston. Also, Austin Looney, Emily Phillips, Allyana Pollard, and Ashley White. They received their scholarships during the recent CHS awards night.

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May. 31, 2018 2:42 AM CST
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Seventh Annual Covington Cork And Pork

Covington is making preparations for the Covington Cork and Pork Festival, happening on June 22nd and 23rd. Patrons can turn out for the the seventh annual competition, which is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. While the barbeque will stand front and center as the centerpiece of this festival, there will be entertainment, a wine tasting event, and children activities. Also, if you want to be a sponsor, a competitor or a vendor, or even a judge, go to covingtoncorkandpork.com for more information.

General Assembly Backs Budget Expanding Medicaid

The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday evening to a state budget expanding Medicaid coverage to the state’s poor, ending years of partisan gridlock on the issue.

The state Senate voted in favor of expansion after a full day of debate. The House, which had previously endorsed expansion, gave its final approval shortly afterward. Several Republicans in both chambers joined with Democrats to approve the measure.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to sign the budget in coming days, and the roughly 400,000 newly eligible low-income Virginias will begin enrolling in Medicaid at the start of next year.

CHS Students Receive Scholarships

Eight students from Covington High School received DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarships totalling about $13,000. The receipients are Austin Akers, Allison Bush, Katie Dameron and Aliyah Hairston. Also, Austin Looney, Emily Phillips, Allyana Pollard, Ashley White and Ovella Worhsam. They received their scholarships during the recent CHS awards night.

Prepping For Heavy Rains And Flooding As Hurricane Season Starts

Recent heavy rains and flooding in many areas of Virginia are good reminders that it’s never too early to plan for disasters. With the Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner, the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) Bureau of Insurance (Bureau) encourages Virginians to review your insurance policies now to make sure you have the coverage you need in the event of a hurricane or other disaster.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year. Once a hurricane develops in the Atlantic, it will be difficult to find an insurance company willing to write related coverage until the storm threat passes.

WV Gov’s Car Rear Ended By Vehicle

Police say a vehicle carrying West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice was struck from behind at an intersection by a man suspected of being under the influence of marijuana.

The governor’s office says in a statement that the governor and first lady are being monitored for injuries but were not taken for medical treatment after Saturday’s crash in Beckley.

The statement says the Justices were stopped at a red light near a cemetery where they had just placed flowers on their parents’ graves when the crash occurred. The governor’s State Police security was alongside him and reacted to stabilize the situation until Beckley police could arrive to investigate.

Beckley police said in a statement that 20-year-old Joshua Lucas was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and failure to maintain control.

OSHA Training At DSLCC

DSLCC’s Workforce Solutions and Community Education Division has an OSHA course coming up next month on the Clifton Forge campus. Mike Bryant, who heads up the DSLCC Welding program will serve as the instructor. It’s a ten hour training program for industry that teaches workers and employers about recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. Class happen on two Saturdays, June 2 and 9, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, in Room 375, Scott Hall.

Orientation For Substitute Teachers In Alleghany County

The Alleghany County School Division is laying the groundwork to make sure it has the substitute teachers it needs in the upcoming school year. Orientation dates are as posted details on the requirement to work as a substitute. Orietnation dates are today, June 7, June 21, July 10, July 24, August 2, August 16, September 6, October 3, November 21, and December 19. Also on January 28th next year. Orientation meetings will be held at the School Board Office Conference Room in Low Moor.
All meetings begin at 8:30 AM (Subject to change) Go to www.alleghany.k12.va.us to find out more.

Movement On Budget Stalemate?

Virginia lawmakers are set to end a budget stalemate and pass Medicaid expansion.

Both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly are scheduled to meet Wednesday to take up a state budget plan that expands the publicly funded health care program for the poor. About 400,000 low-income adults would be newly eligible.

Democrats have pushed unsuccessfully for years to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Several state Republicans dropped their opposition this year, saying the state would be better off with increased federal funding for the program.

Alleghany Highlands Railway History

Come celebrate the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands, Railway History, and this year veterans are being honored. There is continuous entertainment in story and song, food from around the globe and our own region, a quilt bed-turning, demonstrations, vendors and displays that entertain, educate and enchant.

The Festival takes place in downtown Clifton Forge, at the beautifully restored Historic Masonic Theatre, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, the Masonic Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge Public Library, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, and don’t miss our quilt pew display at Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church. Travel down the road a block and find more music, food, demonstrations, vendors and displays at the C&O Railway Heritage Center.

A day full of fun, food, and history–Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & Railway Festival Day.