Public Gets A Look At Clifton Forge Budget

No tax increases proposed in the spending plan unveiled this week in Clifton Forge. Town Council held a public hearing on the budget that totals just under six million dollars. Real estate taxes remain the same; 21 cents per $100 assessed value. The only increase in fees is a $2 in base-rate monthly water fees. Also under the plan, each full time employee would receive at least a $1,000 pay increase, while a part-time employee would receive at least $500.

DMV Challenge To Motorists Ahead Of Memorial Day Driving

With the Click It or Ticket campaign underway and Virginia drivers prepping for one of the busiest travel times of the year, the Department of Motor Vehicles is challenging motorists to set a good example by always buckling up.
The annual national Click It or Ticket campaign combines high visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education. To save lives, law enforcement officers across Virginia ramp up seat belt enforcement during the month of May. In recent years, more than half of the people who died in Virginia crashes in vehicles equipped with safety restraints weren’t using them. In 2016, 304 unrestrained drivers or passengers were killed in Virginia crashes. There were 310 unrestrained fatalities in 2015; in 2014, there were 256.

McAuliffe pardons Mother

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pardoned a years-old minor driving offense committed by an immigrant mother of two, saying he hopes the move will help prevent her being deported by President Donald Trump’s administration. McAuliffe said Wednesday he’d pardoned 30-year-old Liliana Cruz Mendez of Falls Church, whose case immigration advocates say is emblematic of the harsh stance immigration authorities are taking under Trump.

Inmate found Hanging in Cell

An investigation is underway after a Roanoke City sheriff’s deputy found an inmate hanging in his cell. Authorities say Roy Wayne Foley was found unresponsive round 6:30 Tuesdday evening hanging from a bed sheet and deputies began CPR as medical staff was called. Foley was pronounced dead a short time later.

Covington Pool Opens Friday

It’s just about time to pull out those swimsuits and buy some suntan lotion. The Covington City Pool will open for the 2017 season tomorrow at noon. The first 150 students (18 and under) will get in free, courtesy of Good News Christian Fellowship. The Covington Review reports the pools regular hours will be Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm and Sundays, they will be open 1 pm to 6 pm. It’s 3 dollars admission for adults, and 2 dollars for Students.

Free Bowling Tonight

Don’t forget free bowling tonight from 5 to 9 pm for all local students at Thunder Alley. The Virginian Review reports that elementary, high school and college students can take advantage of free shoe rentals and free bowling. Adults will need to pay 2 bucks a game and 2 bucks to rent shoes. For more information call Thunder Alley at 962-5500.

Share Coffee, Doughnuts And Conversation With Law Enforcement

You can share some views and a cup of coffee with law enforcement this upcoming weekend. The officer opportunity happens at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 10am til noon. There will also be doughnuts on hand.

More Than A Million Virginians Expected To Travel For Memorial Day

Officials expect more than one million Virginians to get away over Memorial Day weekend. AAA estimates that 2.6 percent more Virginians will travel this year over the holiday weekend compared to last year. The group says nearly 90 percent of Virginians traveling are expected to drive. Virginia State Police is urging drivers to buckle up and move over when they see lights flashing on the side of the road.

Office closed Monday

Keep in mind on Monday, the Alleghany County School board Office will be closed for Memorial Day. The office will re open on Tuesday, May 30th for their regular schedule. If you need any information, you can call the Alleghany School Board office at 540-863-1800 or go to their website at wlleghany dot k twelve dot va dot us.

Truett Steps Down

Ben Truett is resigning his Clifton Forge East District Seat on the Alleghany county School Board. Monday he informed the board, he wished to step down. The Virginian Review reports his resignation took effect immediately. He term was not to expire until June 30th 2020. The supervisors will appoint a successor to fill the remainder of his term. It may be a wait. Superintendent Gene Kotulka said it could be until mid July.