Blanket Of Fresh Snow For The Highlands

The Alleghany Highlands this morning was greeted to about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch of snow which began falling just shortly after 4:30 a.m. VDOT crews were out most of the previous evening pre treating road surfaces and contractors were placed on standby on Interstate 64, as well as other major roads throughout the Commonwealth. All schools in the Alleghany Highlands were closed today, as local government offices and area businesses were delayed in opening. Forecasters say that the Highlands will see temperatures today in the low 20’s. A wind chill advisory is in affect for the area from 6 pm this evening until 11 am Thursday morning. Very cold wind chills are expected. Expect wind chills from 10 above zero to 10 below zero overnight. Winds could gust at times to over 35 miles per hour.

State Parks In Greenbrier County Could Be Opened To Logging

Could the state parks in Greenbrier County be opened up to logging? Gov. Jim Justice’s administration has proposed doing so. Legislation introduced by the Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders at Justice’s request would authorize the Division of Natural Resources to implement “a sound silvicultural management plan.”
It calls for limits not exceeding “the average of four trees per acre per tract” and not to exceed half the sellable timber on an acre. Trees would have to be at least 16 inches in diameter at chest height. Proceeds would help maintain state parks. Conservation groups said lifting the 80-year ban on commercial logging of parklands is the wrong way to help them.

Alleghany County School Board Agenda

The Alleghany County School Board meets next Wednesday, January 24. The panel will take public comments and review a number of items including approval of payment of bills, a cafeteria report and the JRTC monthly report. There will also be discussion on a 7th grade field trip to Washington, D.C., March 15-16. Members will also consider budget items based on the Governor’s budget and the information they have on state revenues and its impact on the district spending plan.

Small Improvements In Lewisburg Water Levels

They are seeing small improvements in water supplies within the Lewisburg Municipal Water System. City officials continue to tell customers to use water wisely and focus on only using it on essential items. A Facebook posting indicates -quote- We are not out of the woods yet. It goes on to say that water system customers will be notified when those levels return to normal.

Man Arrested After High Speed Chase, Armed Robbery

Two people under arrest following an early morning armed robbery and high speed chase that ended in Alleghany County. At about 3:30am, police say 42 year old Calvin Parsons allegedly robbed Lewee’s Bar and Casino in White Sulphur Springs at gunpoint. He left the casino in a vehicle and the Alleghany County Sherriff’s Office picked up the pursuit near the Dunlap Fire Department on Dunlaps Creek Road. The pursuit reached speeds over 100 miles per hour and officers were finally able to get the car pulled over along 64 West. Police say Parson and a female passenger were both questioned about the incident. Parsons has been charged with Felony eluding police, wreckless driving speed over 80 mph, assault against a police officer, hit and run,as well as abduction and kidnapping.

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Jan. 16, 2018 12:04 PM CST
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Armed Robbery, High Speed Chase Ends In Alleghany County

Two people under arrest following an early morning armed robbery and high speed chase that ended in Alleghany County. At about 3:30am, police say 42 year old Calvin Parsons allegedly robbed Lewee’s Bar and Casino in White Sulphur Springs at gunpoint. He lef the casino in a vehicle and the Alleghany County Sherriff’s Office picked up the pursuit near the Dunlap Fire Department on Dunlaps Creek Road. The pursuit reached speeds over 100 miles perhour and officers were finally able to get the car pulled over along 64 West. Police say Parson and a female passenger were both questioned about the incident. Parsons has been charged with Felony eluding police, wreckless driving speed over 80 mph, assault against a police officer, hit and run,as well as abduction and kidnapping.

School Board Meets Wednesday

The Covington School Board meets Wednesday. On the agenda, a Financial Statements Budget Analysis also
Projected Budget Changes such as Anticipated Revenue Changes, Anticipated Expenditure Changes, and Budget Transfers. Also, a resolution to support the creation of a Small and Rural Schools Coalition. Also, members will consider dates for Celebration of the Arts. Plus, plans with DSLCC and a career coach for students.

Senate Shoots Down Dominion, Appalachian Power Refunds To Customers

A Virginia Senate panel has rejected a bill that would allow state regulators to order refunds to customers of the state’s two largest electric utilities. The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted Monday to kill a bill by Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen that would essentially repeal a 2015 law that temporarily barred state regulators from adjusting certain rates of electric monopolies, even if they made excessive profits. The law has allowed both Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power to hold on to profits they otherwise would have had to return, including $130 million in refunds Dominion’s customers would be due on bills paid in 2015 and 2016.

VDOT Readying For Snow

VDOT crews are pretreating roads Monday as snow is forecasted for much of Virginia tomorrow. Motorists are reminded that these are slow moving vehicles and drivers should give plenty of room to the brine trucks. Travelers are asked to monitor local weather forecasts and to avoid driving if possible during the snow storm. VDOT crews will be out to plow and treat roads as the winter weather begins. Road conditions and traffic cameras can be found on the VDOT 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org, Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed. On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.

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Jan. 15, 2018 12:03 PM CST
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VDOT Preps For Snow

VDOT crews are pretreating roads Monday as snow is forecasted for much of Virginia tomorrow. Motorists are reminded that these are slow moving vehicles and drivers should give plenty of room to the brine trucks. ravelers are asked to monitor local weather forecasts and to avoid driving if possible during the snow storm. VDOT crews will be out to plow and treat roads as the winter weather begins. Road conditions and traffic cameras can be found on the VDOT 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org, Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed. On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.