This is the last day to apply for the Bath County Christmas Mother program . Donations have been coming in but there are still families and individuals who need to be adopted. There is an Angel Tree at Lifeline Ministries Church foyer. The office hours for Lifeline Ministries are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who adopt the angels are asked to have the gifts returned on or before Monday, Dec. 7. You can also call the Christmas Mother at (540) 679-6442 to arrange pickup.
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Education First working groups and the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library are introducing the “Learn a Lot in a Little” video series. Students and parents now have access to a collection of three (3) minutes or shorter innovative videos on a variety of topics for pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and high school that each last three minutes or less. This new resource has been created in cooperation with area school systems and features local educators. “Learn a Lot in a Little” videos cover timeless required lessons in a quick, basic format. One parent who has used the videos said she was surprised how much information is available in three minutes or less to help her remember lessons she learned 20 years ago and needs now to help her child. The goal is for the videos to aid students and parents navigating virtual learning. The public is encouraged to visit www.ahrlib.org, the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library web page.
There are curerntly 235,942 cases of COVID 19 in Virginia with 14,572 hospitlaizations and 4,058 deaths.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blasted critics of his mask mandate saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors rejecting the advice of public health experts.
“I don’t want to be South Dakota,” Justice said at a news conference. He then played a news clip from the state, where Gov. Kristi Noem has refused to issue a mask mandate, reporting that South Dakota has the most deaths per capita linked to COVID-19 in the world.
There are 13 states currently without a statewide mask mandate in effect, all led by Republican governors.
“I know that we are a strong willed people in West Virginia and we have our rights and no one is trying to infringe on your rights in any way,” he added, a reference to some conservatives in the state who criticize his pandemic executive orders.
Education First working groups and the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library are excited to introduce the “Learn a Lot in a Little” video series. Students and parents now have access to a collection of three (3) minutes or shorter innovative videos on a variety of topics for pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and high school that each last three minutes or less. This new resource has been created in cooperation with area school systems and features local educators. “Learn a Lot in a Little” videos cover timeless required lessons in a quick, basic format. One parent who has used the videos said she was surprised how much information is available in three minutes or less to help her remember lessons she learned 20 years ago and needs now to help her child. The goal is for the videos to aid students and parents navigating virtual learning. The public is encouraged to visit www.ahrlib.org, the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library web page.
There are now 228,900 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia with 14,417 hospitalizations and 4,029 deaths.
West Virginia officials are asking hunters to consider donating their venison to charity this season.
The state natural resources division on Wednesday said they are encouraging hunters to give to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which provides meat to families in need and charitable organizations.
Officials said hunters who want to contribute can take their deer to one of 13 certified meat processing centers affiliated with the program. A full list of processing centers can be found on the Division of Natural Resources website.
“The average deer will yield about 40 pounds of meat or 100 meals,” said Scott Warner, the division’s assistant chief for wildlife diversity. “That amount of food goes a long way to helping those who are less fortunate and addressing food insecurity in our state.”
Hunters have donated more than 1 million pounds of meat since the program started in 1992, according to a news release.
Olde Town Covington officials have released a statement regarding the Christmas Parade. “At a meeting held on Monday, November 23, 2020, Olde Town Covington decided that the 2020
Covington Christmas Parade would be cancelled. The deadline for entries was November 23, 2020 and
Olde Town Covington only received five entries for this year’s parade. Olde Town Covington required
this deadline due to the new “reverse” parade format. We deeply regret this decision but due to the
low entry numbers and our concern for our residents’ health, we feel this decision is necessary. Olde
Town Covington also voted to donate the money we typically use for prizes to the 2020 Christmas
Mother program to help those in need in our community. We look forward to the possibility of having
celebrations in the future and until then, everyone have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!”
During the past few weeks, Covington City Public Schools has provided instructional learning virtually. A return to in-person learning was scheduled for Monday, November 30. Due to the current COVID health pandemic statistics, advice from health care professionals, and support from the Covington City School Board, Covington City Public Schools will not provide in person learning on November 30 but will continue our virtual learning platform. Winter break and holidays for December and January will be observed as noted on our 2020-2021 School Calendar which is available on the website.
Students will return to in person learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Virginia teens are being encouraged to jingle their way to a safe holiday by creating a safe driving song or tune for a statewide competition and a chance to win $300.
The Jingle Your Way to a Safe Holiday: Buckle Up and Celebrate Responsibly Campaign kicks off this week across the Commonwealth with a goal to keep teen drivers and passengers safe during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The campaign, sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), State Farm, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), is an effort to reduce teen fatalities during what has become a high-risk period for young drivers.
Over the past three years during the month of December, 14 teens aged 15 to 20 have died in motor vehicle crashes in the Commonwealth
As of Tuesday, 11/24/20 COVID-19 cases
Cumulative Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts: 8049
Alleghany Health District 4337/813 active cases
Roanoke City Health District 3,708/461 active cases
· Alleghany County 224/41 active cases
· Botetourt County 689/95 active cases
· Covington 74/14 active cases
· Craig County 84/10 active cases
· Roanoke County 2955/631 active cases
· Salem 311/22 active cases
· Unknown 4
*cases less than 10 – too small to report
New cases in the last 24 hours:
118 (Alleghany Health District: 61, Roanoke City Health District: 57)
People hospitalized with COVID-19, As of Monday 11/23/20:
· TOTAL: 74 (37 Alleghany Health District/ 37 Roanoke City Health District)
· NEW: 48 (21 Alleghany Health District/ 27 Roanoke City Health District)
COVID-19 related deaths, As of Tuesday, 11/24/20:
135 (59 Alleghany Health District /76 Roanoke City Health District)
Active Outbreaks of COVID-19 in RCAHD as of Tuesday 11/24/20: 27
Primarily long-term care and congregate living facilities
· 13 Long Term Care Facility (LTCF)
· 5 Congregate Living Facility (CLF)
· 2 Businesses
· 1 Daycare
· 2 Schools
· 3 Religious
· 1 Restaurant
There are now 221,038 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia with 14,096 hospitalizations and 3,942 total deaths.
West Virginia has again smashed a weekly record for confirmed cases of the coronavirus as Thanksgiving approaches. Health officials said there were 5,153 confirmed cases of the virus statewide last week, up 11.4% from the old record of 4,623 positive cases set the previous week. In the past month, the number of active cases has more than doubled to at least 13,678.
Infection rates in 19 counties have forced school systems to suspend in-person instruction.
Gov. Jim Justice and leaders remain reluctant to impose new restrictions on businesses and public life. The state has instead focused on mask wearing and increased testing.
“In some areas, COVID is spreading fast enough that perhaps some focused and precise strategies will need to be done,” said Clay Marsh, a West Virginia University official leading the state’s coronavirus response, speaking at a news conference with Justice. “This is certainly the governor’s and his leadership’s decision.”
Winter youth sports may be further delayed, Justice said, after he pushed their start to Jan. 11, which he said is “looking really tough” now.