Archives for September 2019

Planned Outage At WestRock

The Covington mill will begin a planned 22-day outage the morning of
September 30. This is a rolling, full-mill outage. The entire mill will be totally down from October 8 through October 10. Work will be done in the Woodyard from October 4-14; Bleach Room and Unbleached Pulp Mill from October 6-11; Power from September 30 – October 11; and Recovery from October 5 – 15. The paper machines will be down at various times throughout the outage. They’ll be working to minimize noise / odor to the community during this outage. While work is being performed, equipment will be shut down and brought back online at different intervals for maintenance. There is a possibility that steam pop-offs could occur as equipment is shut down and brought back online.

Candidate Forum Next Monday In Covington

September 30th, the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce is holding a Senate Candidates’ Forum at 6:00 p.m. in the Gleason Forum Hall at Clifton Middle School located at 1000 Riverview Farm Road in Covington. Citizens are encouraged to turn out and learn about the candidates and where they stand, and all candidates are welcome to take part as well. Candidates running unopposed will have an opportunity to present their three-minute platform.

Public Meeting Upcoming About Living In The Area

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism invites to you to learn about
Community Heart & Soul and its mission to find out what matters most to our residents and
community. On October 7 th at 6:00 pm in the Historic Masonic Theatre Underground, there will
be a “Community Introduction” and interactive program for area residents and members of the
Alleghany Highlands community.
Any resident is welcome to attend this program and is invited to share thoughts from your own
personal experiences of living in the Alleghany Highlands.

Rayon Bridge Closed For Inspection Thursday

The Rayon Bridge will be closed for inspection on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.

Lewisburg Officials Urge Water Conservation

In Lewisburg, the public is being asked to conserve water by not using it for non-essential uses such as car washes, watering lawns and gardens, pressure washing and swimming pools. The Greenbrier River is extremely low and very little if any rain is in the areas forecast for several days. Low water levels put stresses on the system which may lead to water leaks and pump failures. Currently, we are still pumping at normal levels and are near full capacity of storage in our tanks. However, it is possible that the situation could call for mandatory water conservation measures in the near future.

Johnny Appleseed Day At AHRL Thursday

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, September 26th, beginning at 10 a.m. Learn some facts about John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) and receive one of his “natural” treats. Find out more at

Applications For Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

During the month of October, the Salvation Army will be taking applications for its angel tree program. It happens each week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Children 12 and under are eligible for the program.
Parents or guardians need to provide proof of income and expenses. Birth certificates or any official document of birthday for each child are needed. Call 540-962-6206 for more information and to make an appointment.

Simple Steps To Beautify Clifton Forge

It’s a new, bright welcome to Clifton Forge on Main Street, a vintage bicycle with a basket of flowers attached that says Welcome to Clifton Forge. It’s the work of Corridor Curb Appeal, the Vision 2025 Committee and volunteers. The bike was donated and upcycled by artists Crystal Wiseman and others. This is the second project for the Corridor Curb Appeal Committee, the first being the painted steps in the rear of Jack Mason’s Tavern and at the Rose Street Parking lot, and a third is in the works.

State Secretary Of Education Coming To The Area

Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni, will visit the Alleghany Highlands on October 9th along with Delegate Terry Austin. The secretary will be here to gather information about the area and about school merger talks and will visit a number of schools as part of the trip, including, Jackson River Technical Center, Alleghany High School, New Tech Network Partnership, Clifton Middle School / Mountain View Elementary School and Covington High School.

Mental Health First Aid Class In Clifton Forge

Alleghany Highlands Community Service will be hosting a Mental Health First Aid class on 10/21 from 8:30 AM – 5PM at the Lifeskills Building, 550 Pine St. Clifton Forge, VA. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people
with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and
caring citizens.