Archives for April 2020

Meeting Of Committee Of Joint School Services

The Committee of Joint School Services will be holding a meeting at 1pm Thursday to discuss school mergers.
You will be required to utilize the Zoom app to join the webinar. If you prefer, you may call in to listen to the meeting: When prompted, enter the webinar ID provided below. 312-626-6799 or 301-715-8592. Webinar ID: 868 7112 7671.
Due to the limitations on public assembly, some Committee members will be in attendance and others will be joining the meeting by Zoom. Total attendance will be limited to 10 in the room.

Alleghany Highlands To Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week

Despite the current pandemic, the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism still
intends to celebrate National Travel & Tourism week, held May 3-9. Since the nationwide stay at home
orders have been put in place, there has been a near total stoppage of travel & tourism in America,
including to the Alleghany Highlands. That isn’t stopping efforts to honor the wonderful businesses in
our community that continually prove that the Alleghany Highlands is a wonderful place to live, work &
In partnership with Virginia Tourism, the chamber plans to highlight a different focus area of
tourism each day throughout the week supported by local businesses, attractions & localities in the
Alleghany Highlands. On Sunday, May 3 rd the Chamber will kick-off the week by asking people to share a
positive social media post about a tourism related business.

Thursday Coronavirus Update

Virginians will soon be able to have elective surgeries and dental checkups again, as Gov. Ralph Northam announced that nonessential medical procedures could resume Friday. The governor said pet owners could also resume taking their animals to the vet for nonemergencies. The governor imposed a ban on nonemergency procedures last month in an effort to reserve capacity in the state’s health care system for coronavirus patients and personal protective equipment such as face masks for providers treating those patients.

Latest numbers, 85,307 people tested, 14,961 positive cases, 2.259 hospitalizations and 522 deaths. There are now 28 cases and 3 deaths in Botetourt County, six cases and no deaths in Alleghany County.

The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 web page has added a new consumer education and information topics toolbar that offers website visitors a more interactive and personalized experience. Officials say the COVID-19 & You tool serves to answer questions for the public regarding health concerns and issues by providing interactive experiences. The intent is to make the user experience better and more targeted for people looking for information regarding COVID-19.

Police Name Victim In Clifton Forge Suspicious Death

Officials have identified William Brandon Wright 41-year-old Clifton Forge resident as the victim in the Jefferson Avenue suspicious death investigation. His body was found Monday on the floor at 907 Jefferson Avenue. The suspect in the case, 41 year old Kenneth Staples was captured in Tennesee and is awaiting extradition.

DSLCC Taking Award Nominations

DSLCC is once again taking nominations for the annual Medallion of Merit Award. It was brought back last year after a six year absence and given to Eddie Graham of Clifton Forge. The award recognizes people and groups that have made major contributions to better the world, nation, Commonwealth, region, or DSLCC’s service area. WIth the college closed, nomination forms are available on the College’s website at The deadline for all nominations is Tuesday May 26, by 5:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Update For Wednesday

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order on Tuesday which his office says reinforces some existing liability protections for the state’s health care workers and first responders as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Virginia’s healthcare workers are heroes,” Northam said in a news release. ”We must ensure that they can continue to provide high-quality and compassionate care during this tremendously challenging time. Due to the measures that citizens and businesses continue to follow, the case count in the Highlands remains relatively low compared to surrounding areas and other regions within the state. The Highlands COVID-19 Task Force is stressting to every one of all ages, that per CDC and VDH guidance, all should do their part to stay home as much as possible. It is equally important to follow good personal and communal space hygiene, practice social distancing and wear cloth masks when out in public spaces where social distancing cannot be consistently followed.

Microloans Available For Struggling Businesses

The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation is offering microloans up to $1,500, for eligible small businesses to help address needs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. The funds were made available through the USDA in an earlier award and will be used to benefit as many small businesses as possible. A limited amount of funds is available so businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Community partners are assisting with marketing this opportunity to small businesses that may wish to get further information about the microloans. The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Olde Town Covington, Clifton Forge Main Street, Alleghany County, City of Covington, and the Town of Clifton Forge and Iron Gate are assisting with publicity so that local businesses are aware of the assistance that local organizations are stepping up to provide.

County Board Of Supervisors Meeting May 5th

The Board of Supervisors will be holding its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda can be found at this link: Due to the limitations on public assembly, some Board members will be in attendance and others will be joining the meeting by Zoom. Total attendance will be limited to 10 in the room. Rather than attending the meeting in person, citizens are encouraged to submit comments for public comment or the public hearing in writing by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday,

High School Graduation Plans Still In The Works

What it will look like remians to be been but Alleghany County school leaders are still planning to hold a high school graduation and it may possibly be held the first week of July. If restrictions on public gatherings are still in place then, the superintendent has said the high school may hold a drive-through graduation in Clifton Forge. In that case, students and their families would drive through in their vehicles. The graduating senior would be handed a diploma by school officials.

Coronavirus Update For Tuesday

Governor Northam says he is open to the idea of opening businesses in southwest Virginia before the rest of the state as he weighs when coronavirus restrictions can be lifted. Last week, Northam had downplayed the idea of opening businesses on a regional basis. On Monday, he said wanted to discuss the idea further with the business community. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the 37th death in the state. There are 14 new positives cases of the illness, bringing the total to 1,077. The total tested is 43,227 which makes the infection rate the Governor wants to focus on to 2.49%. There are three cases in Greenbrier County.