Archives for March 2019

Human Trafficking Program At DSLCC

Would you know how to recognize signs of human trafficking? A program to help you recognize it when it might happen where you live is happenign at DSLCC on Wednesday, March 27, from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. It’s called,
“A New Look at Human Trafficking Through a Community Lens. ” Human trafficking takes place in a number of illegal activities including the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation.

Covington’s Perkins Releasing Album

Covington’s own, singer / songwriter Greg Perkins is set for his first song release on March 30, 2019. The
singer recently won a competition where he was awarded a Nashville recording session and a worldwide single release. Perkins and his wife, who are BMI songwriters, co wrote the song titled “This Life” and the download will be available via Apple I Tunes, Amazon Music, Google Music and others. “This Life” was recorded in Nashville.

May 23rd Last Day Of School

Parents with kids in Alleghany County Public Schools…their last day of school this semester will be Thursday, May 23rd. That’s due to missing one day beyond the bank days for the second semester. The staff workday will now be held on Friday, May 24. Mary Jane Mutispaugh, director of instruction for Alleghany County Public Schools, advises parents and other interested persons to stay alert for additional calendar updates in the event of future school closings.

Statewide Tornado Drill Tuesday

The annual Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 9:45 a.m. At that time, the National
Weather Service will send a test tornado warning to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) weather radios, which will sound a tone alert and show a test message
or flash to indicate a message simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado
warning. (NOTE: If widespread, severe weather threatens Virginia on March 19, the drill will be
rescheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at 9:45 a.m.)

County Treasurer Announces Plans To Retire

County Treasurer Wanda H. Simpson has announced her upcoming retirement as of June 30,
2019, the end of the County’s fiscal year. Simpson was elected in 2011 as the County Treasurer.
She was first elected to public office in 1988 as the Clifton Forge City Treasurer upon the
retirement of Robert B. Deaton and served in that capacity until the city reverted to a town in
July, 2001. During her 38 years of public service she had also worked for the Clifton Forge Commonwealth
Attorney, Virginia Community Development Block Grant Program and the Alleghany County
Commissioner of the Revenue.

Road Work May Be Done Friday

They’re hoping to have that work on a section of Route 220 (Hot Springs Road) in Alleghany County to be done Friday. In the meantime, it remains closed to through traffic due to damage from a slope failure. Emergency contractors for the Virginia Department of Transportation have completed slope repairs, but still need to rebuild a portion of the roadway, shoulders and guardrail. This work is expected to be complete by Friday, March 15, weather permitting. Until repairs are finished, a 16-mile stretch of Route 220 is closed to through traffic between Covington and Hot Springs in Bath County.

Update On Kroger Roof In Clifton Forge

An update for Clifton Forge lawmakers this week about repairs to the roof at Kroger that forced the store to temporarily close two weeks ago. Town Manager Darlene Burcham said the work to replace the roof should be done this week. Part of the roof collapsed on March 1st and the store had to close. It was re-opened hours later after everything was checked out. The collapse had happened as repairs were being made. As crews were taking off the roof and replacing it with a membrane, a section caved in.

Group Applauds Northam Signing Health Care Bill

Fair Health Care VA, a coalition of patient, provider, and health care advocacy groups committed to securing access to life-saving treatments for Virginians, today applauded Governor Ralph Northam for signing House Bill 2126, which improves an insurance requirement known as step therapy or “fail first” protocols. Step therapy protocols, implemented by insurance companies, require a patient to try and fail on one or more older, often less expensive medications before they can receive the treatment originally prescribed by their doctor.

Wide Ranging Government Meeting Thursday Night

If you have questions about government and other community operations, Thursday night offers you a chance to pose them. At 6 p.m, a Joint Meeting of City Council and the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors is happening at the Alleghany County Governmental Complex for presentation of budget requests and information. Among those speaking, reprentatives from the
Clerk of Circuit Court at 6pm, at 6:20 p.m. RADAR, 6:40 p.m. Alleghany Highlands Regional Library, 7:00 p.m. Alleghany Highlands Community Service Board, 7:20 p.m. Commonwealth’s Attorney, 7:40 p.m. Sheriff, and 8:00 p.m. Department of Social Services

Statewide Tornado Drill Next Week

State emergency management officials will conduct Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill next week. The drill will start at approximately 9:45 a.m. Tuesday with a test tornado warning sent by the National Weather Service to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System. Schools, businesses and other participants should register for the drill with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.