Joint Session Council Meeting Monday

There’s joint meeting happening Monday of Covington City Council along with the Covington Planning Commission. On tap is consideration of a special use permit to allow a drive through coffee shop on East Madison Street, Altamont. Also, a a special use permit for a datapath tower for public safety and commercial communications at 2000North Peak Drive. The meeting is set for 4:30pm in Council chambers, 33 W. Locust Street.

Gathright Dam Pulse Release Cancelled

Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have canceled this year’s final pulse release scheduled for Oct. 17 at Gathright Dam, near Covington, Va. The decision to cancel the final 2018 scheduled Pulse Release from Gathright Dam has been made in coordination with Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Covington, and the lower Jackson River, are experiencing flows higher than the pulse in response to rainfall yesterday and overnight. The series of pulse releases were developed in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and are designed to remove algae and improve the overall water quality and ecological resources in the lower Jackson River.

Covington EMS To Start 24/7 Paid Staffing

Covington EMS will be starting 24/7 paid staffing as of Monday. The announcement this week will come with a price tag of about $260,000 between now and the end of the fiscal year. Also, city officials have been working with American Medical Response to potentially handle as-needed responses.

Job Fair For SchaeferRolls At DSLCC

If you’re looking for a job, SchaeferRolls is holding a job fair at DSLCC. It happens next Wednesday, the 17th, from 4 to 6pm. It’s free and being hosted by Virginia Career Works. There will be company reps on hand to talk with potential candidates and to answer questions about what they do and how they do it. Employment applications will be taken and there may be on-site interviews in some instances so come prepared with a resume and proper attire.

Bills Including New Refuse Fee Due Early December

On June 12, 2018, the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors adopted a new refuse fee. The
$60.00 fee shall be billed annually. A separate bill will be mailed with your real estate tax tickets and due on or before December 5, 2018. The landowner is responsible for payment, no bills will be sent to a mortgage company. Any person, owner or household who fails to make payment of the refuse fee by the due date
shall be required to pay penalty and interest.

Tax Bills On The Way

Real estate and personal property tax bills have been mailed. Both tickets are due by December 5, 2018. Additionally, all residences of the towns of Clifton Forge and Iron Gate will be receiving tax tickets from their respective towns also. All vehicles owned on January 1, 2018 will be taxed for the full year. Each motor vehicle the taxpayer has licensed in the State of Virginia will be charged a motor vehicle fee. This amount is listed on the personal property bill and added to the amount due. Although payments are processed through the Alleghany County Treasurer’s Office, any questions regarding the assessment on vehicles, motor vehicle license fees or real estate taxes should be directed to the Alleghany County Commissioner of Revenue’s Office at 540-863-6640. Any adjustments to tax tickets are made by the Commissioner of Revenue.

County Needs Chief Operator At Low Moor Wastewater Treatment Plant

Alleghany County is accepting applications for a FULL TIME position for a Chief Operator at the Low Moor Wastewater Treatment Plant. Maximum starting salary is $21.50 per hour. Duties include equipment maintenance, record keeping, sludge management, Department of Environmental Quality compliance and other duties as assigned. Applicant must possess a valid drivers license. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. If you have questions or would like a job description, please call (540) 863-6650.

State Officials Issue ‘Deer In Traffic’ Warnings

With the changing of the leaves comes the arrival of more deer in traffic and state officals want to keep you safe.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) says slow down and be attentive, particularly at night (from dusk to dawn). If you see one deer, watch out for others. Use caution when you see deer crossing signs. Never swerve out of the lane to miss a deer. If you kill a deer or bear while driving, you may keep it for your own use if you report the accident to a law enforcement officer where the accident occurred and the officer views the animal and gives you a possession certificate.

Deadline To Register To Vote In VA Five Days Away

The deadline to apply to register to vote in the November 6, 2018, election is Monday, October 15,
The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update your address information is to visit the Virginia Department
of Elections (ELECT) website at To complete this online application process, eligible citizens
must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or driver’s
licenses. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier may still fill out the registration application
online but will be required to print and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration

Fatal Car-Pedestrian Crash In Botetourt County

Virginia State Police are investigating a single vehicle
crash involving a pedestrian. The crash occurred Tuesday (Oct 9) at 7:22 p.m. on Route 11, in
front of the Greenway Market in Botetourt County.
A pedestrian was crossing the Route 11 after leaving the Greenway Market, when the
pedestrian was struck in the southbound travel lane by a 2015 Hyundai Elantra which was
traveling south on Route 11.
The pedestrian was identified as Billy Wayne Agee, 63, of Roanoke, Va. Mr. Agee died at the
The 2015 Hyundai was driven by Nancy Creger Sturgill, 82, of Roanoke, Va. Ms. Sturgill was
wearing her seatbelt and was not injured.