Archives for October 2018

VA Advice On Short Term Health Insurance Plans

Many Virginians will soon shop for coverage during the open the enrollment period for the 2019 health insurance marketplace under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The open enrollment period runs from November 1 – December 15, 2018. The Bureau reminds consumers that Short Term Limited Duration health insurance plans are not subject to ACA rules, such as the requirement to provide certain benefits including maternity care, mental health and substance use disorder services and coverage for prescription drugs. In addition, STLD health insurance plans may deny eligibility for coverage or exclude services because of pre-existing conditions and may apply daily, annual and lifetime dollar limits on the amount they will pay.

Two People Killed In Monday Crash Identified

Virginia State Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Alleghany County. The crash occurred at 12:52 p.m. Monday (Oct. 29).

A 2014 Ford Escape was traveling west on Interstate 64 when it ran off the left side of the interstate near the 29 mile marker. The vehicle continued into and along the median. It then crested the embankment, went airborne and landed below I-64 on Route 639.

The driver, Thomas E. Payne, 72, of Pence Springs, W.Va., and passenger, Sandra K. Payne, 71, of Pence Springs, W.Va., died at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

WestRock Announces Quarterly Dividend

WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) is reporting that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.455 per share on its common stock, an increase of $0.025 per share from its previous dividend rate and representing an annualized increase of $0.10 per share, or 5.8%. The quarterly dividend of $0.455 per share will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 9, 2018 and will be paid on November 19, 2018.

Best Of Bath VA Restaurant Week Upcoming

Best of Bath VA Restaurant Week is BACK this fall to celebrate some of the BEST dining the County of Bath has to offer. Join the Waterwheel, Les Cochons d’Or and Snead’s 1912 Steak November 24-December 1. Three courses for only $30! Also, the The Inn at Gristmill Square is running a sweet room special for any out-of-towners who want to come and enjoy these great dining specials! Reservations recommended. You can access all three restaurants from one website: www.bestofbathva.com.

Voter Deadlines This Week

Two deadlines are coming up this week for Virginia voters who want to cast an absentee ballot for the November election. The Department of Elections says voters have until Saturday to cast an absentee ballot in person at their local voter registration office. Voters who want to mail in an absentee ballot have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to request one at their local voter registration office or online.

Fatal Crash In Alleghany County

Virginia State Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Alleghany County. The crash occurred at 12:52 p.m. Monday (Oct. 29).

A 2014 Ford Escape was traveling west on Interstate 64 when it ran off the left side of the interstate near the 29 mile marker. The vehicle continued into and along the median. It then crested the embankment, went airborne and landed below I-64 on Route 639.

Neither the adult male driver nor adult female passenger survived the crash. The Virginia State Police are still in the process of notifying next of kin.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Covington Wins, Mountaineers Fall In Rescheduled HS Football Action

In high school football action last night, the Alleghany Mountaineers hosted Giles County at home. While the Covington Cougars were on the road taking on Craig County. Both games were rescheduled due to rain last Friday night.

Through four quarters, the Covington Cougars went on to beat the Craig County Rockets 49 to 6. The win puts Covington into second in the Pioneer District, with just one game remaining against the Bath County Chargers this Friday night, at Carl F. Williams Field in Hot Springs.

The Mountaineers fell to the Giles County Spartans after four, 42 to 20.
Alleghany finishes up their season on the road at Floyd County this Friday night for their final game of the season.

Early Dismissal For Covington City Schools Friday

This City of Covington School Division announced today an early release of all Covington City Schools will take place this Friday, November 2, 2018 beginning at Noon. November 2nd is the end of the 2nd Report Period which has prompted this early release. Also announced, all Covington City Schools will observe the Thanksgiving Holiday from November 21 – 23, 2018. All Schools will be closed.

Covington Celebrates Halloween

The annual “Hometown Halloween” event took place this past Saturday in downtown Covington, presented by Olde Town Covington. 40 plus businesses and organizations gathered on the 200 and 300 blocks of Main Street to treat kids with candy and other items. Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 parents and kids gathered for trick or treating, music and entertainment. This was a FREE event again presented by Olde Town Covington.

The Annual “Pumpkins In The Park” also took place Saturday afternoon at the Jackson River Sports Complex with well over 500 kids and parents attending. Kids were able to select a pumpkin and decorate it, play games, listen to stories and eat Smores. The movie Hocus Pocus was shown after the event for everyone to enjoy. “Pumpkins In The Park” was presented by the City of Covington and Covington Parks and Recreation.

Chamber Hosting Candidates Monday And Tuesday

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a local candidates’ forum
on Monday, October 29 th beginning at 6pm at Clifton Forge Fire Department and
Tuesday October 30 th at 6pm at Covington City Council Chambers. The public is
encouraged to attend. Monday October 29 th 6pm, Clifton Forge Town Council. Tuesday, October 30 th 6pm:
Covington City Council District 1 and District 2. The public will be allowed to submit written questions at the forum; a panel will review the questions before they are posed to the candidates.