Archives for February 2019

Smith Appointed To Be Covington Interim Police Chief

Major Chris Smith has been appointed to the position of Covington Interim Police Chief effective immediately.
Major Smith has been employed as a City Police Officer for the past 15 years and has served in numerous capacities. As Major, he served as Acting Chief in the Chief’s absence and assisted with budgeting and personnel matters and wrote and administered Police Grant Programs.
Chief Smith will serve as Interim Police Chief until a permanent replacement can be found.
Chief Smith said, “I look forward to having an opportunity to continue on the path that the former Chief Morgan has initiated and hope to help the officers continue to make a positive impact in our community.”
Chief Smith has been a resident of Covington for 15 years and resides in the City with his wife Emily and three daughters. He served as military police in the USAF for four years.

Opening Event For Covington Medication Drop Boxes

The Alleghany Highlands Community Services, Alleghany Highlands Healthy Youth Coalition,
and Covington City Police Department are partnering to install a permanent medication drop
box. An opening day event will be held Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the
Covington City Police Department. Medication drop boxes are a safe way for individuals to dispose of expired, unused, or unwanted medication such as antibiotics, contraceptives, prescription pain killers, and over the counter medicines. These drop boxes help keep the community and environment safe.

Covington Farm And Fuel Wants To Expand

Covington Farm and Fuel is asking for more space. The company is requesting that Covington City Council to rezone property at 135 N. Alleghany Avenue and an adjacent lot from residential to commercial. The company says doing so would allow the business to expand and use as administrative office space. A public hearing on the matter is happening Tuesday, February 19th at 4:30pm. The hearing happens in the Council Chambers of City Hall located at 333 W. Locust Street, Covington.

President’s Day Closings Locally

President’s Day is coming up on Monday, February 18th and the following businesses/offices have altered their schedule for that day:

The Alleghany County Governmental Offices, located at 9212 Winterberry Avenue in Low Moor, will be closed on Monday, February 18th. They will reopen for business on Tuesday, February 19th. The Island Ford Transfer Station will be open on Monday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Alleghany/Covington Department of Social Services Office, located in Rosedale in Covington, will be closed on Monday, February 18th, and reopen under normal business hours on Tuesday, February 19th.

The Virginia Employment Commission will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance on President’s Day, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Train Show Fundraiser In Clifton Forge

The George Washington Train Show will be held in Clifton Forge Saturday and Sunday. It’s part of the C&O Historical Society’s annual fundraising event: It takes place at the Clifton Forge Armory at 724 Commercial Ave. and the C&O Railway Heritage Center at 705 E Main St. in Clifton Forge, VA. The dates are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Train show admission is $5.00 and includes entrance to the C&O Railway Heritage Center/Museum. Find out more at

CEA President Requests Teachers’ Raises

The president of the Covington Education Assocation went before the school board this week and asked that members seek funding locally and statewide in order to give five percent raises to teacehrs. Hanna also asked for an increase in personal days to give a a faculty/ staff member five personal days and three carryover days. Board members responded that their hands are somewhat tied when you’re talking about scenarios that involve state funding and matched funding initiatives.

Story Of Three NASA Mathemeticians Comes To DSLCC

It’s a story about three gifted African American femal NASA mathemeticians; a true story based at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia – one of NASA’s oldest field base facilities. And what they were able to accomplish helped shape history. That story is coming to the big screen at DSLCC. Hidden Figures will be shown on February 26th in Moomaw Center in observance of Black History Month. The movie is free and open to the public.

Durant Road Traffic Adivsory

Effective March 4, 2019 Durant Road below Walmart going around to Jackson Street will be closed to all traffic for an indefinite period of time

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Feb. 13, 2019 2:23 AM CST
by pkilleen

Dominion Looks To Lessen Environmental Footprint

Dominion Energy say it’s taking steps to reduce methane emissions from its natural gas infrastructure by 50 percent over the next decade, based on 2010 levels. The initiative will prevent more than 430,000 metric tons of
methane from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road for
a year or planting nearly 180 million new trees.
This voluntary initiative builds on the significant progress Dominion Energy has made in
reducing methane emissions over the last decade, which prevented more than 180,000 metric
tons of methane from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to taking almost 1 million cars off the
road for a year or planting 75 million new trees.

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Feb. 12, 2019 10:29 AM CST
by pkilleen

Arrest In Assault And Vandalism

Update on a story we told you about Tuesday. Late Monday night, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1400 block of Reasor Road in McKinleyvile for the report of a possible gunshot victim. When deputies arrived on scene, they located a 29-year-old man with injuries to his head. They learned he had witnessed another man break the window of his neighbor’s vehicle and gave chase. That suspect, 20-year-old Dylan James Roberts of McKinleyville, and two other men with firearms confronted the man. He was struck on the head with either a gun or blunt object. He ran back to his home to call for help.

While deputies were on scene investigating, another deputy began to patrol the Reasor Road / Larissa Court area. The deputy observed a man matching the description of Roberts running southbound from Larissa Circle and into a residence’s garage on the 2600 block of Wanda Lane. The deputy contacted the occupant of the residence and confirmed that Roberts was inside of the garage. Roberts complied with the deputy’s requests to exit the garage and was taken into custody without further incident.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Roberts was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of felony vandalism, assault and battery.

The two unknown male subjects associated with Roberts are still outstanding