Archives for September 2020

MADD Holding Law Enforcement Recognition Program

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Virginia will host its annual Law Enforcement Recognition event virtually this year with a video premiere on September 30 at 9 a.m. on the @MADDVirginia Facebook page.

The video celebration will feature a message from the MADD National President, Helen Witty, and the Statewide Event Sponsor, State Farm®.

Each year, MADD recognizes the brave men and women of Virginia for their commitment to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. Law enforcement plays a critical role in the fight to eliminate this 100 percent preventable crime.

Kids Free Fishing Day October 17th

Alleghany County Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Forest Service along with Boys’ Home are holding the 30th annual free Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, October 17 on Dunlap Creek at Boys’ Home. The event is open to kids ages 4 to 15. Each child has to be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license required but state fishing laws do appy. Dunlap Creek is being stocked with rainbow trout so all the kids will have the opportunity to catch something. Registration will begin at 8:30 AM with fishing running from 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.

Wedensday Coronavirus Update

There are now 147,516 cumulative cases of coronavirus in Virginia with 10,978 hospitalizations and 3,187 deaths.

Figures from the Virginia Department of Corrections show that 31 prison inmates with COVID-19 have died since the start of the pandemic.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the highest toll has been at the Deerfield Correctional Center. It’s home to many geriatric prisoners and prisoners with chronic health problems. The state has reported that 17 of its inmates have died.

The facility has 265 active cases. They account for more than half the 474 known active cases in all the state prisons. The 925-inmate prison is located east of Emporia in Southampton County.

Another outbreak is at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. It has 115 cases.

The Virginia Department of Corrections said it is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.

Covington Fall Clean Up Details

Covington City residents will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items through the City’s Fall Cleanup to be held the weeks of October 19, 2020 through Oct 30, 2020.

Your fall clean up items will be picked up on your regular refuse collection day. PLEASE NOTE: If your items are not out on your designated clean-up day we will not be able to return due to time restrictions. The City will only pick up articles placed at the resident’s property line (either at the front roadway or at the alleyway). The Clean Up does not include commercial or contractors who have debris. Residents are advised to keep white goods (stoves, refrigerators, etc.) & tires separated from other disposed of articles. Tires on rims will not be accepted. There will be a limit of 6 tires per resident.

Tuesday Coronavirus Update

Virginia now has 147 thousand cumulative cases of COVID-19 with 3,172 deaths.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made an impassioned plea Monday for as many people as possible — healthy or otherwise — in the state’s most populous county to get tested for the coronavirus in an attempt to slow its spread.

In announcing plans for “massively, aggressively” testing people in Kanawha County, Justice said at a news conference that multiple testing sites will be available this week.

The county, whose seat includes the capital of Charleston, leads the state by far in active virus cases with at least 980 in a state with nearly 4,000 active cases. The county has at least 77, or 23%, of the state’s 337 virus-related deaths.

“If we don’t test more people, we’re not going to beat this disease,” Justice said. “I feel in my gut that we have an opportunity here and to be able to put a stranglehold on this terrible killer. I want to stomp it out.”

Four weeks into the public school year, classrooms have yet to open to students in Kanawha County because the rate of virus cases exceeds the state-mandated threshold for in-person classes.

ACE Hardware In White Sulphur Springs Holds Soft Opening

ACE Hardware in White Sulphur Springs held a soft opening recently. It’s on Main Street and becomes part of an overhaul of a whole block of stores there including the new site of GreenRiver Academy and an upcoming dry foods market, as well as a renovation of the old White Sulphur Springs High School building. The grand opening for the store is happening October 15th.

Monday Coronavirus Update

There have been 146 thousand cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Virginia with 3,159 deaths.

Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities.

The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced their own spending plans out of committees that also included new funding for criminal justice proposals being considered in an ongoing special special legislative session that started last month.

“The pandemic has hit our most vulnerable citizens the hardest, exacerbating the divide between the haves and the have nots,” said Del. Luke Torian, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “It is our responsibility to help this population.”

The House and Senate budget drafts contain numerous differences that will have to be ironed out after each chambers passes their own version of the budget. For instance, the House is far more prescriptive than the Senate in how the state should spend $1.3 billion remaining in federal coronavirus relief funding.

Mapping Out Water Quality Plans For Covington

Over the last year, the City of Covington has actively worked with the
Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), to address environmental
compliance efforts with regards to various operational enhancement needs at our waste water plant as
well as those of our storm water and sanitary sewer systems. A plan has now been finalized with DEQ
outlining a clear path forward for the future.
As part of our ongoing and renewed commitment to sustainability measures in all we do here in
Covington, we are working on a streambank restoration project, focusing on addressing soil erosion,
litter, debris and lack of sustainable plantings in a portion of the Dry Run Creek. Part of this project will
actually use recycled rocks from a rock wall and grassy area recently repaired by City crews.
As part of our enhanced compliance efforts the City will also begin work with consultants to develop a
Capacity Management Operation and Maintenance plan for infrastructure related to waste water
operations and the sewer system. City crews will continue their diligent efforts of camera work of sewer
lines and working to identify problem lines in need of replacement as well as working on methods to
prioritize this work to reduce inflow and infiltration caused by aging infrastructure and address new
standards for storm water.

Tourism Translates To Big Dollars For The Area

Tourism revenue for the Alleghany Highlands and Bath County combined reached
$343,091,492 in 2019. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 2186 while state and local tourism-
related taxes were $15,460,482.
In Alleghany County and the City of Covington, visitor spending for 2019 totaled $45,446,539,
compared to $45,072,006 in 2018. Visitor spending in Bath County reached $297,644,953 in
2019, up from $289,579,485 the year before.
According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), tourism in Virginia generated $27 billion in
visitor spending in 2019. The tourism industry also supported 237,000 jobs for Virginia
communities and provided $1.8 billion in state and local revenue. Virginia ranks 8th in the nation
for domestic travel spending. All data is from the U.S. Travel Association and is based on
domestic visitor spending from trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.

More Art Work Up In Clifton Forge

A fourth piece of public art has gone up in Clifton Forge. The Public Art Subcommittee of the Vision 2025 Corridor Curb Appeal group did the installment on the on the fence of Booker T. Washington Park. It’s a school of fish designed and cut from boards by Troy Cottrell and Mac Beard at Clifton Forge School of the Arts at the request of the subcommittee.