Archives for March 2019

Exploring The Possibilities Of Airbnb

As we delve into spring and edge closer to summer, do you have a house, apartment, cabin or property sitting empty? Would you like to generate income from it? Airbnb could be the right fit for you. If you’ve heard about Airbnb and have been thinking about it but have no idea HOW to start, there’s a workshop upcoming. It will look at Airbnb and how it works, how to set up an account and property, operate, regulations and taxes, marketing & more! It’s on April 15th at either 12:00 pm or 5:30 pm at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College McCarthy Hall, Room 502 The event is FREE but advanced registration is required at: events.vastartup.orgevents.vastartup.org

Clifton Forge Advises Of New Prices For Water Sold To Alleghany County

Clifton Forge will now sell water to Alleghany County at a cost of $3.77 per thousand gallons. That new rate is three cents higher within that formula and will take effect July 1st. Also, the current peak rate of $4.82 per thousand gallons will jump to %5.07. Clifton Forge provides water to areas of eastern Alleghany County. On the other hand, the county provides wastewater treatment for Clifton Forge and has notified Clifton Forge of the rate it will be charged for wastewater treatment July 1. That amount is being reduced reduced from $4.75 per 1,000 gallons to $4.39.

Forest Service Looking For A Few Good Men And Women

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill seven positions on the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to serve national forests across the Southeast. The committee is tasked with reviewing fee proposals for the forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico and recommending fee changes.

Potential nominees must represent the following forest-related interests:

§ Category One: Five people who represent recreation users, one in each position: camping, summer motorized, summer non-motorized, wildlife and nature viewing/viewing of interpretive sites and hunting and fishing. The target for recruitment for 2019 is for one committee member to represent hunting and fishing, summer motorized, and/or summer non-motorized recreation.

§ Category Two: Three people who represent interest groups that include: outfitter and guides (two positions), and local environmental groups (one position). The target for recruitment for 2019 is for one committee member to represent outfitter and guides and/or local environmental groups.

§ Category Three: Three people, one in each position: State tourism official, a person who represents affected local government interests, and a person who represents affected Indian tribes’ issues. The target for recruitment for 2019 is for one committee member to represent state tourism and/or affected Indian Tribes.

Completed nomination forms are due by Friday May 31, 2019.

Local Teacher To Speak At Tech Conference

A science teacher at Alleghany High School will present two sessions at the 2019 New Tech Annual Conference.
Lucas Conner will take part in the conference July 15-19, in Orlando, Fla. The subjects of Conner’s sessions will be flipped learning and classroom gamification. The New Tech Network, as it’s called, consists of more than 207 K-12 schools in 104 school districts, here in the US and in Australia. The conference showcases programs and recognizes excellence within them.

Alleghany County On Board With Drug Makers Lawsuit

Alleghany County is among several cities and counties in southwest Virginia filing lawsuits against drugmakers seeking compensation for the public-health fallout from the opioid-addiction crisis. Nearly 2,000 local governments across the country have filed similar lawsuits. The lawsuits filed Wednesday come a day after OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and the company’s controlling family agreed to pay $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the drug.

Botetourt County Moving Some Offices

Botetourt County has announced plans to move many
of its administrative offices to the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville.
Currently, most administrative offices are located throughout numerous buildings in the Town
of Fincastle.
Many of the County’s current office buildings in Fincastle have reached their functional lifespan,
requiring extensive remodeling and reconstruction. They are not well suited for modern
operations. Many are only partially handicapped accessible. The Circuit Courthouse building, in
particular, is in need of renovations to address a variety of structural, environmental,
accessibility, and security concerns.
A 2018 professional engineering assessment of the Courthouse found that the building has
reached the end of its useful life.

Posted to wjvr.vncnews.com
Mar. 27, 2019 9:59 AM CST
by pkilleen

Botetourt County Moving Many Administrative Offices

Botetourt County today announced plans to move many
of its administrative offices to the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville.
Currently, most administrative offices are located throughout numerous buildings in the Town
of Fincastle.
Many of the County’s current office buildings in Fincastle have reached their functional lifespan,
requiring extensive remodeling and reconstruction. They are not well suited for modern
operations. Many are only partially handicapped accessible. The Circuit Courthouse building, in
particular, is in need of renovations to address a variety of structural, environmental,
accessibility, and security concerns.
A 2018 professional engineering assessment of the Courthouse found that the building has
reached the end of its useful life.

Chamber Celebrating 40th Anniversary

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year at the 2019 Annual Dinner Meeting on March 30th. This year the event will be held on March 30th at the Greenbrier Resort with cocktail hour starting at 5:30pm and dinner and awards to follow at 6:30 pm in Colonial Hall. Find out more by calling the Chamber at 540-962-2178.

Botetourt County Road Detour For Work

As of April 1, southbound traffic on Route in Botetourt County north of Fincastle will be detoured for an estimated 10 to 14 days. Crews will be doing work to replace a damaged section of pipe near Route 220’s intersection with Route 679. Vehicles heading southbound will be detoured onto Mary Alice Road to West Wind Road to Old Fincastle Road to return to Route 220. Residents along the detour route will be able to access their homes. Drivers should expect delays and heavier traffic on secondary roads in the vicinity of the closure. Tractor-trailers and large industrial vehicles should avoid southbound Route 220 and seek alternate routes such as Interstate 64 and Interstate 81.

‘Taste Of Olde Town’ Coming To Covington

Covington is getting closer to its Taste of Olde Town event. It’s happening on Saturday, May 18th from 11am to 3pm on Main Street in Covington. The event is being put on by Olde Town Covington and features bites of food prepared by different groups in the community, sold for a dollar apiece. There will also be a map published to let you know what foods are where. A portion of the sales goes to benefit Olde Town Covington, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings events to downtown Covington to promote downtown businesses and the city of Covington.