Archives for May 2019

Clifton Forge Town Council Approves Budget

A $6.3 million budget has been approved by Clifton Forge Town Council. The spending plan does not boost taxes and takes effect July 1st. What will be higher are water rates. The monthly rate will go from $109 to $110. The rate increase was approved 3-2 Tuesday with Mayor Jeff Irvine and Vice Mayor Pam Marshall voting in opposition. Town officials had worked with council to shave $62,000 from their bottom lines prior to the budget being presented to the public.

Robbery, Chase Lead To Arrest, Charges

A Tuesday afternoon robbery and chase leads to charges. Today at 3:45 p.m. two individuals were stopped off exit 180 in Rockbridge County, when a second individual pulled up wearing a mask and presented a handgun. The suspect took the individual’s wallet and two cell phones and fled the scene in a white Jeep Cherokee. The victim followed the suspect north on Interstate 81 to Route 60; where the suspect exited the Interstate traveling east on Route 60. Virginia State Police units located the suspect vehicle on Route 60 where the units attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle fled from the State Police units and turned west on Route 60. The suspect fired his weapon multiple times at the pursuing troopers. The suspect vehicle was disabled by spike strips on Nelson Street at Estill Street in the town of Lexington. After a short stand-off with officers, the suspect was taken into custody at 4:14 p.m. without incident. Dustin Wayne Caudill, 32, of Statesville, NC has been charged with Attempted Capital Murder and Robbery, more charges are pending.

County Board Of Supervisors Meeting Next Tuesday

When the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors meets next Tuesday they have a couple substantial items on the agenda. One will involve a public hearing to discuss the possible adoption of sewer rates for the Town of Clifton Forge and the Town of Iron Gate, and another to look at raising water and sewer rates a dollar each starting July 1st. Also, they’ll talk about a public hearing to consider increasing the existing tax rate two cents from 71 cents per $100 of assessed value to 73 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and mobile

Vacation Bible School In Clifton Forge

The 2019 Vacation Bible School this year at Central United Methodist Church is being finalized. Evening Bible School starts July 8th and runs through July 12th, 6 to 8p nightly. That includes story time, recreation, a missiong project, music and an evening meal. Classes run for children as young as pre-K and up. There will be a parents’ night on July 12th and Bible School week will culminate with a lock-in Saturday, July 13, starting at 6 p.m. at the church. Advance registration will be available in late June.

Extended Closure For Durant Road In Covington

Durant Road in Covington will remain closed between Willis Avenue and Thacker Avenue through Friday, June 28. For driver safety, this closure has been in place since early March as contractors cut back a steep rock slope along the roadway. Durant Road had been scheduled to reopen in early June, but will remain closed an additional three weeks as crews finish slope work, pave the road and construct a new sidewalk. The work is part of a $2 million roadway and public-utility improvement project. The detours for northbound and southbound drivers are about 5 to 6 miles in length, and include a portion of Interstate 64. Both routes accommodate passenger vehicles and commercial trucks. The Durant Road project includes a new sidewalk with safety fence to improve pedestrian access between the Rayon Terrace neighborhood and shopping areas on Thacker Avenue. Other improvements include a new storm-water drainage system and new water and sanitary-sewer lines. The project is scheduled for completion in late summer 2019. All work is weather permitting.

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Carnegie Hall Gets New AC System

Every production at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg may be just a little cooler than it has in the past, after the facilities got a new air conditioning system. A number of private donations helped pay for the upgrade. The unit the new one is replacing is 20 years old and not nearly as efficient as the new system will be. Whether it’s concerts or classes, patrons should notice the difference during the warm summer months.

Early Voting In Lewisburg

Early Voting will be conducted in the Council Chambers of Lewisburg City Hall from Wednesday, May 29 through Friday June 7, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.Special Early Voting will also be conducted from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and Saturday, June 8, 2019 in the Council Chambers at Lewisburg City Hall.Applications for absentee ballots for the June 11, 2019 Lewisburg Municipal Election are available in the office of the City Recorder. Any person who is going to be absent from this city, or who is confined to a health care facility on election day, June 11, 2019 and who is duly registered to vote in this city, can now apply by mail or telephone to the office of the Recorder, and receive an application for absentee ballot. Mail requests will be accepted through Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Greenbrier Hosting Champions Tennis Classic

The Greenbrier will once again play host to a number of big names in tennis this fall as The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic returns for the eighth year to Center Court at Creekside Stadium on September 13 and 14.

Women’s tennis legend Serena Williams will return for the second straight year, and she will be joined by another superstar in women’s tennis, Caroline Wozniacki. Jack Sock and Taylor Fritz will be the men’s singles players, and the Bryan Brothers, Bob and Mike, will participate in both of the doubles events.

A women’s singles match, men’s singles match, a mixed doubles match and a men’s doubles match make up the action at this unique, intimate event.

Poll Puts Covington As One Of Cheapest Places To Live In VA

Covington sits at number 6 on a poll of the ten cheapest places to live in Virginia. It was put together by Home Snacks and takes a look at cost of living for people who live or move here. The poll gives Covington these scores,. based out of ten: For jobs, a 6. For housing, a 4. Diversity gets an 8. Amenties get an 8. Commute gets a 9 and affordability gets an 8.

Covington Memorial Day Closures

All City of Covington offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. Refuse collection for Monday will be collected on Tuesday with Tuesday’s run. The Peter’s Mountain Landfill and State Offices (Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer and Registrar) will also be closed. All offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.