Archives for October 2020

Services Returning To Covington Church

As of Sunday, officials say services at First Presbyterian Church in Covington will return to the sanctuary for in-person worship. The 11am service will be led by The Rev. George C. Goodman and a called congregational meeting will follow. As per proper state health department and CDC protocol, wearing a mask is required, along with social distancing. You can still access the church service using the church’s You Tube channel, a link for which can be found at FirstPresCovingtonVa.org.

Tuesday Coronavirus Update

Virginia’s total number of covid cases now stands at 166,828 with 11,882 total hospitalizations and 3,457 deaths.

For the second straight week, West Virginia has set a record for the number of weekly statewide confirmed coronavirus cases as officials continue to urge widespread testing.

The 1,644 positive cases reported from Oct. 12 through Sunday shattered the mark of 1,350 cases set in the previous week, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources website.

The number of active cases statewide also hit a record Monday at about 5,100 — up 25%, or about 1,000 more cases, since the end of September.

“We should all realize that this dreaded killer is ramped up across the United States, and that includes across West Virginia,” Gov. Jim Justice said at a news conference. “So we want to stay on our toes. Please, please take care of yourself, because this thing will bite you and absolutely we will not be able to get it off of you.”

Justice has pushed for more aggressive testing statewide over the past several weeks to identify people who otherwise may not be showing symptoms before they spread the virus to others.

County Bills Are Headed To Residents

Real estate, personal property and refuse bills have been mailed in Alleghany County. The deadline for residents to pay without penalty is extended to Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Officials say people who live in Clifton Forge and Iron Gate will be receiving tax tickets from their respective towns. All vehicles owned on Jan. 1, 2020 will be taxed for the full year. The fee amount is listed on the personal property bill and added to the amount due. Back in June of 2018, Alleghany County Board of Supervisors adopted a new refuse fee of $60 which is billed annually.

Paving Project Begins Monday In Covington

Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020 S. Carpenter Drive and S. Ashland Avenue will be under construction for re-paving. This work will include milling and paving. NO ON STREET PARKING from 6:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. Delays should be expected between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm throughout the duration of the project. Alternative routes avoiding S. Carpenter Drive and S. Ashland Avenue should be utilized during these hours for non-commercial vehicles. The completion date for the project is projected to be October 22, 2020 weather permitting. Please direct any questions that you may have to the Public Works Office at 540-965-6321 or 540-965-6322

Monday COVID Update

Total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia now number 166,318 with 11,861 hospitalizations and 3,433 deaths.

Virginia lawmakers all but wrapped up a special legislative session Friday by approving a new state budget that gives bonuses to police, pays for a host of new criminal justice reforms, and extends moratoriums on evictions and utility shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The budget now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam, who can propose changes before it is finalized. Friday’s budget vote marked the unofficial end of a special legislative session unlike any the General Assembly has seen in its more than 400-year history. The virus upended the regular course of business. The House of Delegates met remotely, often with technical problems. The Senate abandoned the Capitol for a large conference room nearby.

What was initially to be a short session focused on the revenues and spending affected by the virus instead went on for two months and expanded to include police reform and other issues after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Major new criminal justice reform bills passed, including a ban on no-knock search warrants, legislation that enables localities to establish civilian review boards with subpoena power and disciplinary authority, and changes that make it easier to decertify officers who commit misconduct.

Covington, Clifton Forge Hosting Reverse Christmas Parades

Clifton Forge will host its Christmas parade on Friday, December 4 th at 6:00 pm and Covington will host
Its on Saturday, December 5th at 5:00 pm. Both will take the route of what is called a “Reverse
Parade”. This is where parade floats and participants will line both sides of the street along the parade
route. Spectators attending the parade will be able to drive the route, passing by all floats and
participants. Iron Gate will host their parade on Saturday, December 12 th at 1:00 pm and will take a
more traditional approach with their parade. All floats and participants will drive along the route as in
past years. However, different from other years, spectators are strongly encouraged to stay in their
vehicles as the parade passes by. Attendees will be able to park along the side of the street or if you live
along the route, can enjoy the parade from your residence.

Friday Coronavirus Update

The total number of coronavirus cases in Virginia now stands at 162,941 with 11,704 hospitalizations and 3,388 deaths.

West Virginia education officials will let college seniors who are studying to become educators apply for immediate substitute teaching jobs in public schools due to a critical shortage.

State Schools Superintendent Clayton Burch told the state Board of Education on Wednesday that seniors in their student teaching semester can apply as paid substitutes and forgo student teaching. The days spent as substitutes will apply toward their student teaching requirement.

Burch said he has been told by one county education official that even a small number of student teaching substitutes will make a big difference in filling in the gaps.

Repaving Work Starts Monday

Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020 S. Carpenter Drive and S. Ashland Avenue will be under construction for re-paving. This work will include milling and paving. NO ON STREET PARKING from 6:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. Delays should be expected between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm throughout the duration of the project. Alternative routes avoiding S. Carpenter Drive and S. Ashland Avenue should be utilized during these hours for non-commercial vehicles. The completion date for the project is projected to be October 22, 2020 weather permitting. Please direct any questions that you may have to the Public Works Office at 540-965-6321 or 540-965-6322

Thursday Coronavirus Update

Cumulative cases of coronavirus in Virginia now number 161,610 with 11,628 total hospitalizations and 3,381 deaths.

Administrators in a Virginia school district have told some teachers who chose to work from home during the first semester that they must return to their schools in November.

The order came from the Chesapeake school district, but some teachers are worried that the forced return in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic will put their health or the health of vulnerable family member at risk, The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday.

The decision comes as the district begins to bring back more students over the next two months. noting downward trends in coronavirus cases,

A division spokeswoman said she would check on how many teachers were impacted by the order. But an email obtained by the newspaper and interviews indicated that at least two high schools — Western Branch and Oscar Smith — received word over the past week.

The decision comes as the district, noting downward trends in coronavirus cases, begins to bring back more students over the next two months.

Other districts, including Hampton and Suffolk, have required teachers to come in at least part of the week while students learn from home. Chesapeake has said the reason was in part so they could prepare their classrooms’ for students’ eventual return.

Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation’s New Path Forward Using

The Board of Directors for the Alleghany Highlands
Economic Development Corporation (AHEDC) met and held its Kickoff Meeting with
Hunton Andrews Hurth, a division of Hunton Williams that focuses solely on economic
development strategy guidance for the public and private sectors. Through this
engagement, AHEDC will also be utilizing Timmons Group, to build on previous site
analyses to generate an overall business plan for pad-ready site development of a parcel
from the localities Joint Revenue Sharing Agreement adopted in January 2020.
The Board of Directors, in recent months has actively worked to guide AHEDC to the
position it is in now in conjunction with the localities and plans to continue to
aggressively pursue marketing/business development missions, direct company contact
meetings and site selector outreach initiatives into 2021.