Archives for October 2019

Trick Or Treating In Clifton Forge

Visit Downtown Clifton Forge from 1 PM to 5 PM Thursday. Trick or Treat with downtown merchants while also enjoying murals hand painted by Clifton Middle School artists, storefront decorations, fun costumes, CANDY and more. Visit for more information.

Heating Help Application Period

With the heating season approaching, Columbia Gas encourages residents needing financial assistance with utility bills to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The application period is open now and continues through Friday, November 8th. The Virginia Department of Social Services administers the federally-funded LIHEAP program through the Virginia Energy Assistance program. During this four week period, eligible consumers can make applications at their local Department of Social Services office. Income levels determine eligibility.

Ex- Jail Nurse Behind Bars For Falsifying Documents

The former head nurse at Rockbridge Regional Jail has been handed a year and a day behind bars for falsifying documents in order to impede a federal investigation into civil rights abuses at the facility. 59 year old Gary Hassler was accused of falsifying a document to claim an inmate at the jail refused medical care.

AMBER Alert Canceled

The Virginia AMBER Alert for Isabel Hicks and Bruce Lynch has been canceled as both have been located in Virginia. Miss Hicks has been safely located and Lynch taken into custody. The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse had issued an AMBER Alert concerning the abduction of 14 year old Shae Hicks. She was believed to have been abducted by the 33 year old Lynch.

Hot Springs A Finalist In Competition

So many users of the Bath County Facebook page voted for Hot Springs in the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Top Adventure Town competition that the town made it into the final three. This weekend they’ll find out who the winners are in each category. If you’re in Bath County, you can go to Bacova Beer in Hot Springs on Saturday, November 2, at 1:00 for a local announcement as to who the top winners are.

Tax Bills Due Friday In Botetourt County

Tax bills are due Friday in Botetourt County. vPayment for these taxes must be postmarked or received by the Treasurer’s Office on or before November 1, 2019, to avoid penalty. For your convenience, payments can also be made at Botetourt County branches of Bank of Botetourt, Bank of Fincastle, or First Citizens Bank. Additional information and payment options can be found on our website at:

Covington City Public Schools Releasing Early Friday

Covington City Public Schools will be releasing early on Friday, November 1, 2019. All schools will release at 12 noon. Schools will reopen on schedule on Monday, November 4, 2019.

Highland County Respite Care’s Third Annual Seminar

You are invited to attend Highland County Respite Care’s Third Annual Seminar to be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 AM – 3 PM, at The Highland Center, Monterey VA.

The 2019 theme is:

Even if you or your loved one have made all the arrangements for what you want when
you pass away, you still need to know what you want to plan for the time between now and the final “D”. And so begins the awkward bumpy journey of talking about life left to live before the final “D” with your parent, spouse, sibling(s) and yourself.

John Hillert Soup-er Sunday Upcoming

Local chefs will be creating amazing soups for the fifth annual John Hillert Soup-er Sunday at The Historic Masonic Theatre Underground Lounge and Cafe Sunday, November 10 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Chefs are donating their time and talent to the event, the proceeds of which will go to the Clifton Forge Area Food Pantry. Chefs will begin serving soup at 12:30 PM and the event will end at 2:30 PM. There will be twenty two different varieties of soups, stews and chilis to sample.

ACES Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES) today offered the following Halloween safety tips for trick or treaters of all ages: Walk Safely: Cross the street at lit corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when possible. Be Safe in Your Costume: Use reflective tape or stickers on your costumes and bags. Choose light colors. Carry a glow stick or flashlight. Drive Safely: Slow down, especially in residential neighborhoods. Children will be everywhere and, if the weather is rainy, it will be more difficult to see them crossing the street.