Archives for February 2020

Coach Billy Hicks Coming To Covington

The YMCA is welcoming Coach Billy Hicks back to work with kids in our area! Coach
Hicks has more than 30 years as a high school and AAU coach and skills trainer experience. He
has 3 Virginia High School league State Championships (2002,2009,2010) with Cave Spring.
During his tenure, Coach Hicks was named District Coach of the year 7x, Regional Coach of the
year 5x and State Coach of the year 3x. He has also worked with several players that went on
to play at the collegiate and professional levels including: JJ Redick, Josh Henderson, Tyler
Lumsden, and Danny Aiken.
We are excited to bring him to the area and give this amazing opportunity to the kids in this
area. There will be a session for 8th-12th grade boys on March 28th from 9am-12pm, with a
session for 8th-12th grade girls on April 17th.

Jefferson Pools Reno Plans

The Jefferson Pools, dating back to the mid 1700’s, would be renovated under plans announced this week. a devleoper along with resort officials and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources outlined plans The plans include a design with practicality in mind, maintaining the character of the pools, making the experience safer and accessible and planning for future restoration projects. Structural engineering will be handled by 1200 Architectural Engineers, PLLC, from Alexandria, while the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering will be the responsibility of Dunlap and Partners Engineers of Richmond. Balzer and Associates of Verona are the civil engineers for the project.

56th Annual Maple Queen Contest In Highland County

Who will represent Highland County with the prestigious title in 2020? Find out at the 56th Annual Maple Queen Contest, held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in the Highland High School gymnasium at 7 pm. Adults: $4 • Children (6-12): $2 • Children under 6: Free. Following the crowning of the Maple Queen & Court, the Maple Queen Ball will be held at the Blue Grass Ruritan Building from 9 pm – 1 am, featuring the band, “Your Best Shot”. Adults: $10.00 • 12 and under: $5.00 • Refreshments available

County Board Of Supervisors Meeting March 3rd

The Alleghany County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday night, March 3rd at 7pm. Among the orders of businesss will be a public hearing to consider amendments to Chapter 10-Animals and Fowl in relation to nuisance companion animals straying or trespassing. Also, an appointment needs to be made to the Board of Building Code Appeals for a term to begin immediately and end January 20, 2025. And discuss and consider supplemental appropriations in FY20 for the Sheriff’s Office
(insurance proceeds), Economic Development (Opportunity Zone grant award), and Asset
Forfeiture (fund balance).

Worship Friday Night At Old Fashioned Church

Friday at 6:00 pm it’s a night of worship at Old Fashioned Church. Redemption Church Worship team will be leading worship. Pastor Gary Howard invites the community to attend. Philip Burnett and Family will be leading worship Sunday Morning, March 8, 2020 at 11:00 am.

Foreign Film Fans Meet Wednesday

The Foreign Film Fans group will meet on Wednesday, February 26, to view the riveting WWII
submarine drama, “Das Boot – The Director’s Cut.”
Released in 1997, the movie is in German with subtitles included.
“Das Boot – The Director’s Cut” will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be shown in the Michael Armstrong
Community Room of the Clifton Forge Public Library.
Admission is free.
For more information about Foreign Film Fans, phone Steve Sivonda at 968-3828, or visit the group’s
Facebook page.

Thinking Summer At Alleghany Highlands Chamber

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is excited to announce its outdoor event
series for the upcoming Spring & Summer! Kicking off the events this year will be the Gran Fondo
Alleghany: Agony in the Alleghanies on Saturday, May 9 th from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm beginning in
Covington and finishing in Clifton Forge. This cycling event has been moved up to May to beat the
intense heat usually experienced in the peak summer months.

Fundraiser Underway For Covington Man

A benefit fundraiser is now underway for Evan Groves of Covington who suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa “EB”. The contributions collected will help with construction of a new addition and bathroom to his current residence, that will help to enhance the care Evan receives on a daily basis. According to Christina McLaughlin, Evan’s mother, Evan has a very hard time getting in and out of his current bathtub due to the condition of his feet, nor can he sit. With everyone’s help, a 12’ x 16’ addition will be built and a new bathroom will be added to include the new walk-in shower, toilet, sink, table, supply cabinet and a mini split heat pump. Donations of money to help with construction and the needed equipment are now being accepted at Highlands Community Bank, P.O. Box 1059, Covington, VA. On your check, please note “Evan Groves Benefit Fund”. For more information about Evan Groves, please visit Evan’s Journey on Facebook!

Christmas Mother Releases Final Tally

The 2019 Christmas Mother Program did some big numbers in 2019, receiving 438 applications and serving 1,352 individuals: 655 adults, 571 children, and 126 teens. The Christmas Mother Shop was located in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Locust Street. Food, household products and teen bags were distributed from First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Locust and Maple streets. The program serves Covington, Clifton Forge, Iron Gate, Low Moor and Alleghany County residents. The operation received more than $51,000 in donations.

Covington Rolls Past Parry McCluer, Meets Eastern Montgomery For District Finals

The Covington Lady Cougars managed to hold off Parry McCluer High School Wednesday night in 45-37 in the Pioneer District semifinals. The game was close at the half, with a 15 to 13 Cougars lead, but Covington outscored PM 14-8 in the third quarter and stayed ahead for the rest of the game. PM cut the deficit to six points on a 3-pointer by Grayce Henson with 30 seconds, but Covington put the game away at the free throw line which they dominated over their opponent. Covington will travel to top-seeded Eastern Montgomery for the district finals Thursday,