Section Of Rich Patch Road Under Construction

Starting Tuesday, part of Route 616 (Rich Patch Road) in Alleghany County is scheduled to close for up to three days for sinkhole repairs. The work starts at 8am nd should be complete by 5 p.m. Thursday. During this time Route 616 will be closed to through traffic between Route 620 and Route 621. Property owners will be able access homes and businesses along Route 616 on either side of the work zone. All work is weather permitting. Find out more about the project by dialing 511.

Alleghany County Biz Accepted In Export Program

Alleghany County-based Balchem Corporation has been accepted into the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. That program helps companies looking to export internationally as part of growin its business. Balchem officials say the company provides state-of-the-art solutionsfor a range of industries worldwide To take part, each business has to meet criteria surrounding quantity and quality of their exporting practics. More than 300 companies have taken part in the VALET program so far.

Covington Names New City Manager

Covington Mayor Thomas Sibold, Jr. Monday announced the appointment of Krystal M. Onaitis as Covington’s next city manager. Onaitis, a Virginia native most recently with the City of Richmond, was hired for her leadership experience in local government and creative approach to achieving new innovations within municipal government operations. Onaitis holds a B.A. in political science and master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Onaitis will relocate from Richmond and start August 1st. The public is invited to attend a city council introduction prior to their upcoming work session scheduled for Aug. 6th.

Bath Community Hospital Expanding In Covington

Bath Community Hospital will be opening a second clinic in Covington at
713 S. Monroe Avenue in the former Clemons Tire building. The Bath Community Physicians Group opened its first clinic on Riverside Street in October 2016, which has seen over 16,000 primary care encounters and performed countless ancillary testing. The timeframe on opening at the new location is unknown at the time. Officials say they are in desperate need for more exam rooms and separate waiting areas that will provide a
positive patient experience and optimal safety for both the adult and pediatric population.

Free Concert Coming To Buckhorne Stage

Crossing County Lines—Virginia Boys will perform a free concert on the
Buckhorne Stage at the Buckhorne Country Store and Campground on Sunday, July 14, from
6:30p.m.—8:30 p.m. Formed by Appalfolks of America in September of 2017, Crossing County Lines began opening for The Virginia Opry as part of the New “Old School” Junior Virginia Opry. The group has performed at the Cork and Pork Festival in Covington, on stage at the Historic Masonic Theatre while opening for headliners such as Michael Hoover, and at the Masonic Amphitheatre as part of Heritage Day.

Gran Fondo Coming To Covington

On Saturday, July 20, the 10 th Annual Gran Fondo Alleghany bicycle event will take place in the Alleghany
Highlands, hosted by the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. This cycling challenge
will bring cyclists and their families to our region from all over the country.
On Friday evening, July 19, from 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. registration will take place at Patsy’s Dance Studio
on Main Street in Covington and will coincide with a “Rock the Block” event hosted by Olde Town
Covington featuring live music, food & drinks.
Staggered starts will begin at 7:30 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 on Main Street Covington
and traverse the beautiful back roads and challenging climbs of the region before finishing in downtown
Clifton Forge at the Masonic Amphitheatre. At the finish line will be a party hosted by Clifton Forge Main
Street and the Historic Masonic Theatre including food, entertainment and drinks.

Dobbs Named Principal At Sharon Elementary School

The Alleghany County School Board has appointed Mr. Thomas “Ty” Dobbs to serve as
the principal at Sharon Elementary School effective July 1, 2019. Said Dobbs, “I am very excited at the opportunity to work with the great staff and community at Sharon Elementary. Sharon is an exceptional school, and I can think of no better place to begin my new experience as a Principal.” Dobbs was the
2014-2015 High School Teacher of the Year for Alleghany County Public Schools.
In 2010, Dobbs completed his graduate degree from Radford University in
Administration and Supervision. In 2014, Dobbs served as Interim Assistant Principal at AHS
and was appointed Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at AHS. This current school year, Dobbs
was promoted to Assistant Principal at the high school.

Williams Declares Candidacy For Sheriff

David Williams is announcing his candidacy for Alleghany County Sheriff. During 29 years in law enforcement ,he held several positions including dispatcher, patrolman, patrol supervisor, investigator, SWAT team member,
crime scene technician and special deputy U.S. Marshall Williams holds a degree in criminal justice from DSLCC and majoring in Public Administration at Liberty University.

Showtime For Teens At AHRL

It’s teen showtime at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, July 18th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.! A representative from the Warner School of Music will demonstrate various instruments and allow teens to perform in the Community Room. **Space is limited, and registration is required. Teens may sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the staff at 962-3321. •

DSLCC Holding Open Registration Night

If you have your eyes on a degree in order to get a better job, an Open Registration Night for students to register for the fall semester at DSLCC will be held Tuesday, July 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the DSLCC library on the Clifton Forge campus. There will be Student Services reps on hand to help prospective students through the application process or to register current students for the fall semester. Also, the school’s Achievement Center offers support services to students like tutoring, mentoring, and career exploration.