Christmas Mother Program Getting Underway

Applications getting underway Monday for the 2017 Christmas Mother program. It’s operating out of the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on West Locust Street in Covington. The application dates are Monday, 11am to 6pm at Clifton Forge Baptist Church on McCormick Boulevard. Also, on November 14th, 15th and 16th, 9am to 6pm at Sacred Heart. To apply you need a picture ID, Social Security cards for all in the household, any SNAP or Medicaid or SSI cards and proof of income for all in the household. Also, donations will be accepted at the Christmas Mother shop at Sacred Heart on November 21st and 22nd, November 27th through December 1st, and December 4th through the 8th.

Election Results Improve Changes Of VA Medicaid Expansion

This week’s groundswell of political change in Virginia has improved the odds of Medicaid expansion becoming law there. The long-stalled liberal priority gained new life after Democrats nearly wiped out Republicans’ overwhelming majority in the House of Delegates. For years Medicaid expansion, a key part of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, has been a non-starter in the Old Dominion. Republicans, who controlled two-thirds of Virginia’s House seats, have fiercely rejected expansion. Democrats have only made perfunctory pushes on the issue since 2014, when they lost a months-long showdown with the GOP.

Services Set For Bill Zimmerman

Funeral Services for Covington City Councilman Bill Zimmerman will happen Saturday, November 12th at 2pm. They will take place at Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church in Covington. Friends will be received by his family one hour prior to that. If you’d like to make a donation, in lieu of flowers, they can be made to Olde Town Covington. Zimmerman died recently at the age of 74.

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Goodlatte Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election

Congressman Bob Goodlatte has apparently seen enough of the Washington political scene. The head of the House judiciary committee is announcing he will not run for re-election. He says it’s been an honor to serve the Sixth District but has decided to not run again. Goodlatte’s not alone; more than two dozen other members of Congress say they are either resigning, retiring or seeking another office.

Services Set For Bill Zimmerman

Funeral services for Funeral Services for Covington City Councilman Bill Zimmerman will happen Saturday, November 12th at 2pm. They will take place Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church in Covington. Friends will be received by his family one hour prior to that. If you’d like to make a donation, in lieu of flowers, they can be made to Olde Town Covington. Zimmerman died recently at the age of 74.

Church Marks 30th Anniversary In Iron Gate

Iron Gate Community Church members will mark the 30th anniversary of the church this weekend. Leaders are holding a homecoming weekend complete with special guests Friday night at 7pm, music from the Kings Messengers Saturday at 2pm, then Bishop Fred Fisher will deliver a message during Sunday services at 11am. The church is located at 12th and Spring Streets in Iron Gate.

30th Anniversary Marked At Iron Gate Church

A 30th anniversary celebration for Iron Gate Community Church. Leaders there are having a homecoming weekend Friday through Sunday. There are special guests set for Friday night, then Saturday at 2pm, the Kings Messengers will perform, and Bishop Fred Fisher will deliver a message during church services at 11am Sunday morning. The church is at 12th and Spring Streets in Iron Gate.

Billy Z…Councilman Bill Zimmerman Passes At 74

Covington City Councilman, William B. “Bill” Zimmerman, Jr. has died. Officials say he died Monday night at age 74, just a month shy of his 75th birthday. He’s being remembered for having a servant’s heart and for pushing Covington to be the best it could be. Zimmerman also worked in radio and was known on air as Billy Z, having worked in news and sports in Covington. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

Election Day In Virginia

Polls have opened in Virginia as the state’s voters choose the next governor and seek to fill other state positions and all 100 House seats. The governor’s election Tuesday is being nationally watched: Republican Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam have been locked in a competitive race to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term. Voters are also picking a state attorney general and a lieutenant governor, in addition to filling the House seats. President Donald Trump took to Twitter once again to back Republican Virginia gubernatorial Ed Gillespie minutes before the polls opened across the state. In a series of early morning tweets Tuesday, Trump said Gillespie will crack down on crime and improve the state’s economy.

Grant Money Can Help Kids Learn How To Swim

A $6,000 grant for the Alleghany Highlands YMCA to help teach kids how to swim. The money will help the agency give swimming instructions to about 100 children using the Safety Around Water” (SAW) curriculum. Eight Y staff went through training in order to conduct the program. Alleghany County Public Schools were able to take advantage of the program this fall for approximately 120 2nd grade students and Covington City Schools may be able to pick up the program next spring.