Archives for January 2020

Website Ranks Covington Number Two In Affordability In VA

The website puts Covington at number two in Virginia in terms of affordability. The site uses a number of criteria to come to its conclusion including jobs, housing, safety, diversity and education to rank a number of areas and in terms of affordability, Covington finishes second in the commonwealth only to Pulaski.

Relay For Life Alleghany 2020 Kick-Off

The Relay For Life Alleghany 2020 Kick-off is happening Tuesday February 11 at Cucci’s Pizzeria at 562 E. Madison Street in Covington. Planning Committee members are meeting at 530pm. Team Captains at 615pm, to help start planning for the event later this year. Organizers encourge you to come and join in the fight against cancer.

Medical Cannabis Passage Could Mean Jobs For Greenbrier County

200 jobs could be coming to Greenbrier County after Commissioners approved medical cannabis at a meeting this week. Almost three years ago, Governor Jim Justice signed the medical cannabis act into law that requires counties to decide whether dispensaries and growers can operate within their jurisdictions. The commission vote was unanimous. No word on timelines for a forthcoming project.

Indian Implements Program At Clifton Forge Public Library

On Thursday, January 30, the Clifton Forge Public Library will host a public presentation entitled “Indian Implements.” It will be held in the Library’s Michael Armstrong Community Room and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The program will focus on the historic presence of Native American Indians in the greater Allegheny Highlands region and the stone tools they used in everyday life. This talk and demonstration will be presented by Michael Hayslett and Pete Davis.

Mr. Hayslett is a local lecturer, naturalist, and historian. Pete Davis is a Primitive Technologist and Stone Toolmaker from Rockbridge County

Botetourt County Unveils New Logo

A new marketing identity and brand were unveiled by Botetourt County at Tuesday’s Board of
Supervisors meeting. The new logo incorporates a nickname for the County that has organically emerged in recent years,
“BOCO”. It also features the five-leaved flower, a component of the original Baron. The flower is a time-
honored symbol of hope and joy. County officials and offices will begin using the new logo immediately for marketing and general communications purposes.

Overall reassessment Data Released For Botetourt County

Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group has released overall reassessment data for Botetourt County.
Real estate values in Botetourt County have increased an average of 9.32% since 2016 when the last
general property reassessment occurred. During this time, on average, residential real estate
increased 11%, commercial properties increased 10%, and agricultural properties increased 5%. This is
in comparison to an essentially flat average in 2016 and an 8.9% overall average increase in 2010, both
of which were reflections of the last economic downturn over a decade ago.

Bath County Public Schools Closed For Two Days Due To Illnesses

Bath County Public Schools are closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to a large number of student and staff illnesses. Crews will spend that time cleaning and disinfecting buildings and buses. Parents should watch for flu-like symptoms in their children including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, aches and fatigue. Also, if your child has a feverm they should not attend school until it’s been gone for at least 24 hours.

DSLCC Hosts Clifton Forge Travelers For Two Programs

DSLCC will host Clifton Forge residents Susan and Lon Rollinson for two events happenign at the Moomaw Center on campus. The first talk happens Tuesday from 11:30 am to 1230pm as they discuss their 19 day trip to China last year.
The second program will be about Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, February 11, also from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Rollinsons traveled there in 2016, visiting historic Buddhist sites, gardens, tea plantations, beaches and wildlife.

ACES Training In Clifton Forge

Alleghany Highlands Community Services will host the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
program on Wednesday February 26 th at Alleghany Highland Community Services Lifeskills
Building at 550 Pine Street Clifton Forge, VA.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term used to describe all types of abuse, neglect,
and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18. Adverse
Childhood Experiences have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions,
low life potential, and early death. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these
This is a 3 hour training that will go over how trauma affects the brain, what the ACE Study is,
and how to build resiliency.

Free Tree Seedlings For Students

Students in states served by Dominion Energy will receive free tree seedlings
through Project Plant It!, the environmental education program created by Dominion Energy to teach
students about the important role of trees in the ecosystem. Planting trees is a proven way to help
reduce carbon dioxide and help the environment. The seedlings will be shipped to participants in time for
Arbor Day plantings on April 24, 2020. For the first time, this year’s program includes a STEM Lesson Plan Contest, designed to showcase educators who are developing creative STEM learning tools to teach students about the science of trees