Clifton Forge Hydrant Flushing

The Clifton Forge Fire Department will begin flushing on, June 22, 2019 starting at 8 am
and ending at 3pm Monday thru Friday. Flushing will be done throughout the month of
June until completed. Door hangers will be placed a day in advance letting you know
when we will be in your area flushing. You can expect water discoloration and drop in
your water pressure while flushing is being done. If you have water discoloration, go to
an outside faucet and open it, and let the water run till it clears up. If your pressure drops,
it should go back to normal when flushing is complete. If you encounter any other
problems, please feel free to contact Public Works at (540)863-2517 or the Fire House at

Friday Coronavirus Update

There are now 47, 856 cases of COVID-19 cumulatively in Virginia with 4,957 hospitalizations and 1,445 deaths.

Effective June 5, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 65 which allows most of Virginia to enter the second phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan. As amended in Executive Order 61, Northern Virginia and Richmond City will remain in Phase One. Under Phase Two, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and requiring individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 50 people. Supplemental Guidelines for All Business Sectors outline the updated guidance for all businesses. In general, restaurant and beverage establishments may offer indoor dining at 50 percent occupancy, fitness centers may open indoor areas at 30 percent occupancy, and certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment may open with restrictions. These venues include museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and outdoor concert, sporting, and performing arts venues. Swimming pools may also expand operations to both indoor and outdoor exercise, diving, and swim instruction.

ReOpening Policies For Alleghany County Governmental Complex

As the Commonwealth enters Phase II of the Governor’s plan for reopening, the offices located in the Alleghany County Governmental Complex, the Department of Social Services, and the Registrar’s Office will reopen to the public beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

The Department of Social Services will be meeting with the general public on an appointment only basis for the time being. Please contact DSS at 965-1780 if an in-person meeting needs to be made.

Policies and ongoing recommendations from the CDC, VDH, and Governor’s Office will be adhered to by County employees and the public. There will be signage within the buildings encouraging social distancing, hand sanitization, and the usage of face masks. Hand sanitizer stations will be in place throughout the buildings for public use. The public is encouraged to limit in-person visits and utilize drop boxes, on-line services, and telephone services as much as possible.

Alleghany/Covington Department of Social Services Will Be Closed For Independence Day,

The Alleghany/Covington Department of Social Services announcing it will be closed for Independence Day, Friday, July 3rd.

Coronavirus Update For Thursday

There are now 46,905 cumulative cases of COVID 19 in Virginia with 4,884 hospitalizations and 1,428 deaths.

Virginia will move into Phase Two of opening. Gov. Ralph Northam announced that on Friday (June 5), Phase Two will begin for most Virginians. Gatherings will be limited to 50 people, rather than 10, restaurants can have indoor seating again, limited to 50% capacity and gyms and fitness centers can have indoor classes and workouts, limited to 30% capacity. Face coverings will continue to be required in indoor spaces during Phase Two.

There are six new cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia. The total positive cases is 2,077 with 104,333 tests returned. The cumulative positive cases is 1.9-percent and the daily percent positive at the morning update was 1.44-percent. The death toll stands at 78. There are 1,398 people who have recovered from the illness. nine cases iun greenbrier county

COVID-19 Update For Wednesday

Latest COVID-19 count in Virginia is 46,239 cumulative cases with 4,770 hospitalizations and 1,407 deaths. Gov. Ralph Northam said most of the state will start its second phase of reopening on Friday as Virginia’s key health metrics continue to show positive trends amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said Tuesday that restaurants can start serving customers inside, gyms can reopen indoor areas at limited capacity, and museums and zoos can reopen – all with certain restrictions under Phase 2 of reopening. Northam said the number of tests performed and the percent positive of those tested, along with other metrics, are heading in the right direction.
One Greenbrier County Woman is doing all she can to help others during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Jennifer Mason started Feeding Seniors, Saving Businesses on March 22, The canned food drive will run through the month of June. Food Banks are asking for canned protein items, such as chicken or beef, dried beans, jelly, and canned fruit. Drop Off locations include the IGA in Fairlea, Rainelle Medical Center, Mi Rancho, Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Fruits of Labor, Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, and all City National Bank locations in Greenbrier County.

COVID-19 Update

According to Dr. Molly O’Dell, Director, of Communicable Disease Control at the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, as of this morning at 10:15 a.m. there are now 25 confirmed cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the Alleghany Highlands. Here’s the break down:

Alleghany County – 20
Covington – 5

In Botetourt County, there are 35 confirmed cumulative cases and Craig County 6. Our newsroom continues to seek total number of current active local cases. This morning we were not provided any information on active cases due to one facility not being able to be surveyed. We are hoping to have those numbers soon. As of our last report there were 11 total active cases in Alleghany County and Covington as a whole.

Total deaths being reported for each locality are:

Alleghany County – 2
Covington – 0
Botetourt – 2
Craig – 0

For the most up to date COVID-19 Information, please visit our website at:

Covington Officials Issue Statement

Covington City Council, the City of Covington and its leaders are committed to serving the needs and providing for the safety and well-being of every resident — with an aggressive call for social equity and fairness for all races, sexes, socio-economic backgrounds and religions.

The recent violence and dissention in other communities in Virginia and beyond have shown us that we, as the entire Highlands region, need now – more than ever – to come together as a “community” and face head-on the issues and concerns that prevent all of our residents from being the community we all want to be and the community we all deserve to enjoy.

City leaders – as well as other area stakeholders – have reached out to our neighbors in Alleghany County, Clifton Forge and Iron Gate to begin that work and create solutions that will impact the Highlands today and for generations to come.

Coronavirus Update For Tuesday

Latest COVID-19 count in Virginia is 45,398 total cases with 4,694 hospitalizations and 1,392 deaths.

Dominion Energy Virginia asked state regulators Monday to give utilities the option to suspend service disconnections for another four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s largest electric utility made the request in a filing with the State Corporation Commission, which in March issued a suspension of electricity, gas, water and sewer utility service disconnections for nonpayment. It later extended the moratorium to June 15.

At least 118 inmates at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the coronavirus after an effort to contain the state’s first outbreak inside a correctional facility, officials said Monday.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice said the new cases at the Huttonsville Correctional Center came as officials finished testing throughout the facility. The Randolph County prison had its initial case around two weeks ago.

Budget Proposal For Iron Gate Has No New Taxes

A new spending plan for Iron Gate totals $392,345 and includes no increases in taxes or fees. The budget is being presented for a public hearing and officials kept in mind some of the unknown effects of COVID -19 on revenues. The budget committee did decide that in light of the current situation, residents of Iron Gate cannot afford higher taxes or fees.
To help balance the budget by cutting costs, the mayor is forfeiting the nearly $400 monthly stipend he receives.