Covington is receiving more than $225,000 in federal money as part of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The money will be used to help out emergency food and shelter programs in the city of Covington. A local board will decied how the funds awarded to Covington are distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs. That panel is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.
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The City of Covington would like to make citizens and downtown business owners aware
that the 300 block of Main Street will be blocked off on Friday, May 7, 2021. The street will be
blocked off and impassible beginning at 12:00 p.m. on May 7th. This will be in preparation for
the Olde Town Covington Event – “Rock the Block” that will be taking place that evening. City officials
apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but please make arrangements, and have your cars removed by 12:00 p.m. noon Friday, May 7, 2021.
Covington Police Department reports Communications Officers April Dilley and Amber May have received basic dispatcher certification through Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy. The training consists of both classroom and practical testing. Practical testing is a variety of scenario based calls for service, designed to test the skills of these individuals during stressful situations. The trainees must successfully pass a variety of practical exercises regarding calls for service. The certification is confirmation that by the end of the training, they demonstrated controlled, calm and proper phone etiquette, exhibited active listening skills to decipher what information is important and factual and were able to relay clear and distinct radio traffic, while realizing their important role regarding citizen and officer safety.
The DSLCC Distinguished Alumnus Award goes to Ashby Clements. The 26 year old graduate has his own business, Fire Mountain Fabrication,and plans to purchase another business where he has been employed the last few years, Rails End Wood and Metal. The DSLCC Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a DSLCC alumnus or alumna who has realized exemplary distinction in their profession and honors all those at the College who have assisted them on the path to success, enabling them to enrich their communities.
A Community Summit will be held on Thursday April 29th from 4 to 8 p.m. at Covington High School. Attendees must arrive at 4 and stay for the duration of the Summit. If you can commit to attend, please register through the Covington Facebook page.
Scotsman Guide recently released its 2021 Top Originator rankings with over 11,000 originators being recognized for their 2020 performance in the mortgage industry. Included in this prestigious list is Branch Partner Jason Helmintoller NMLS ID# 262674 who manages the ALCOVA Mortgage branch in Covington, VA. Jason Helmintoller ranked on two major lists with Scotsman Guide, being recognized for Top Dollar Volume and Most Loans Closed. In addition to making the Scotsman’s list, Jason Helmintoller broke ALCOVA company records as well in 2020 with low interest rates dominating industry headlines. However, his proudest moment in 2020 came from supporting small businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virginia State Police Trooper L.R. Spencer is investigating a single
vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred Monday (Apr 26) at 3:42 p.m. on
Interstate 81 southbound, at the 159.5-mile marker in Botetourt County.
A 2021 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling south on Interstate 81 at the 159.5-mile marker,
when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck the ditch and several trees.
The tractor trailer overturned in the median.
The driver of the Freightliner was identified as Thomas Schmidt, 38, of Mansfield, LA. Mr.
Schmidt was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Virginia State Police is once again offering its “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses across the Commonwealth in the coming weeks. The free motorcycle self-assessment courses allow current riders the opportunity to learn and practice rider safety, how to handle hazards, special situations, interstate highways, curve negotiation and much more. The courses are conducted by Virginia State Police Motors Troopers in a safe environment. A comprehensive listing of Ride 2 Save Lives courses can be found by visiting virginiastatepolice.eventbrite.com. Space is limited and advanced registration for these free courses is required.
Total Action For Progress has been awarded a grant to help ex offenders and returning citizens in Covington and surrounding areas. The Second Chance grant will be used to serve 120 ex-offenders, or returning citizens, returning to the counties of Alleghany and Rockbridge, and the cities of Covington, Lexington, and Buena Vista with weekly pre-release classes in the two jails to prepare offenders for their release. Also, TAP will host weekly support groups and help those individuals with other arrangemetns following their release; help such as securing employment, housing and transportation.
Latest numbers indicate 32 percent of Covington residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Almost 19 percent have been fully vaccinated. Health officials say that’s low among most communities within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. By comparison, 48 percent of people in Roanoke County have received at least one dose of vaccine. Almost 34 percent are fully vaccinated. In Alleghany County, 39 percent of people have received as least one COVID-19 shot and 22.4 percent are fully vaccinated.