Push To Toughen Distracted Driving Laws

Delegate Chris Collins and Senator Richard Stuart are leading a growing effort to
save lives by toughening Virginia’s distracted driving law. Collins and Stuart have partnered with
the DRIVE SMART Virginia Coalition for Safe Driving to craft a bill that prohibits drivers from
using a wireless device while driving, unless that device is operated in a hands-free manner.
Originally passed in 2009, the existing law is antiquated and addresses only texting and emailing
while driving. Traffic fatalities in Virginia have increased every year since 2013, and last year 25% of those
fatalities were caused by distracted driving

Social Services Office Closed Thursday For Training

The Alleghany/Covington Department off Social Services office at 110 Rosedale Ave, Suite B in Covington will be closed on Thursday. Officials there say staff is taking part in out-of-the-office training for the day.

Long Time Educator, Librarian, Community Activist, Dies

A long-time educator, librarian and volunteer from the area has died. 75 year old Patricia Ann Pleasant of Covington passed away January 9th. She was a Covington native and a 1960 graduate of Watson High School in Covington. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church, and Pleasant’s family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Arritt Funeral Home in Covington.

Performer Alexa Rose Returning To Her Roots

Her roots are here in the Alleghany Highlands and performer Alexa Rose and the Alexa Rose Trio are performing at the John E. Hillert Auditorium on Saturday, January 26th, the first time they’ve performed at the venue in close to six years. Tickets range in price fromm $15 to $30. Tickets are available online at www.historicmasonictheatre.com, by calling the Theatre Box Office at 540 862 5655.

Business Strategy Workshop

If you’re looking to take your business to the next level, learn more about Virginia’s Largest Business Competition and stay for a workshop on Proof of Concept Strategies for your business! Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at DSLCC, McCarthy Hall, Room 502. Anyone is invited. Please RSVP to daniel@ahedc.comwww.advancementfoundation.org

Grief Support Session In Covington Tuesday

Tuesday in Covington, a grief support session will be held at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Family Life Center of First Christian Church, 231 E. Fudge Street, Covington. It’s being organized by Mountain Regional Hospice and chaplain and grief counselor Bill Gilliland will facilitate. The main topic revolves around tending to one’s self during times of bereavement. Questions on the program can be directed to 540-862-8820.

December Numbers For Clifton Forge FD

December was an active month for the Clifton Forge Fire Department. Personnel there were called out to something on average, more than once a day. Department records show they responded to 42 calls in December — 25 EMScalls and 17 fire calls. They say three dozen of those calls were from within town limits. Six came from Alleghany County. The department averaged 9.1 firefighters on each fire call. The department logged 186.8 miles on its equipment, which includes all service vehicles.

C & O Railway Heritage Center Receives Caboose

There’s now a caboose at the C & O Railway Heritage Center. The non-profit Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society took delivery of it, a donation from the CSX Corporation. The steel caboose was built in 1941 and was in service for decades. It’s not quite ready for public display yet, work will begin to restore the caboose in the spring at which time it will get some new paint and other rehab work done.

County School Board Meets Monday

A number of items on the agenda as the Alleghany County School Board meets Monday at 6 p.m. at the Central Office Complex in Low Moor. The budget and finance will include an update on the 2019-2020 budget, based on Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget proposal to the General Assembly. There will be a hearing to receive public input on the 2019-2020 budget. Also, approval of the 2019-2020 academic calendar, a report on pupil-teacher ratios and curriculum revisions at Alleghany High School.

MLK Jr. Day Festivities In Lewisburg

January 21st at 11am, it’s the March for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day hosted by the Lewisburg Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Committee. March from the Greenbrier County Court house on Court Street to the Post Office parking lot on Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg, WV.
At the end of the march, there will be a community lunch at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church followed by a program in the sanctuary. The program will include plenty of music, children’s reading of their essays, and a speech by Jeff Woods.