Two Hour Delayed Open Friday For Covington City Hall

Covington City Manager, Krystal M. Onaitis says City Hall will have a delayed opening Friday at 10:00AM, due to weather forecasts and warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), calling for freezing rain
and icy conditions impacting the region into Friday evening around 7:00PM.
This is being done out of an abundance of caution, due to the issues and hazards that icy
conditions can create. Should you wish to report any accidents or icy roadways, please contact our Police Department at (540) 965-6333.

CF Town Manager Says She Doesn’t Want Her Contract Extended

The town manager of Clifton Forge says she does not want her contract extended after it expires on June 30th. Darlene Burcham has informed town officials of her decision. Burcham had asked council to take a vote of confidence on her contract. Three council members indicated they would vote no, at which time Burcham told the mayor of her decision. When her contract expires, Burcham will have served as town manager in Clifton Forge for ten years.

Christmas Concert In Covington Monday

In Covington next Monday, Music on the Corner at First Presbyterian Church will present its traditional Christmas Concert, featuring soloists, instrumentalists, young singers and a hand bell choir. Among those taking part, the FPC Preschool Singers and the Christmas Carolers. The public is invited and while there is no admission charge, you can make a donation to benefit local food pantries.

Library Offers Winter Reading Program

Starting this week, the Clifton Forge Public Library is currently sponsoring a Winter Reading Program for readers ages 3 through adult. The program will conclude on Monday, March 9, 2020. For every five hours of reading or listening to a story being read to them, children ages 3-12 will receive a prize and an entry into a prize drawing. For every five books read or listened to, children ages 13-18 will receive a prize and an entry into a prize drawing. For every ten books read or listened to, adults ages 19 and older will receive an entry into a prize drawing. All reading logs must be turned in at the Library by 4:00 p.m., on March 9.

Sanctuary City Updates

On Tuesday night, Covington City Council held their regular monthly meeting at Covington High School’s Auditorium. The high school location was chosen in anticipation of a crowd of local residents attending the meeting. Approximately 350 City and County Residents were in attendance. On the table for consideration was a Resolution of Support for Covington City to become a 2A Sanctuary City. With a 5-0 vote, the resolution was approved.

Also, in Bath County the 2A Resolution of Support was passed with a 5-0 vote. Bath County is now a 2A Sanctuary County.

Both Covington and Bath County join more than 3 dozen other Virginia Cities and Counties as 2A Sanctuaries.

27Dogs Found In Covington Home, Owners Charged

Owners of 27 dogs found living along in a home at 4520 Johnson’s Creek Road have now surrendered the animals. Police went there over the weekend after a neighbor complained about a smell. Monday, deputies met with the owners and arranged the hand over of the animals. Also, while the owners had been feeding and watering the dogs, they had not been removing the feces from inside the buildings. 57 year old Kevin Via is charged with 21 counts of animal cruelty along with 21 counts of not having a dog license, and 21 counts of not having a rabies vaccination. Also his daughter, 25 year old Kaytelyn Via is facing 6 counts of animal cruelty, along with 6 counts of not having dog licenses, and other counts.

Bath County Wraps Up Visitor Survey

Bath County has wrapped up its visitor survey. Officials were looking for input from people who visited Bath County within the past two years and hearing their your opinions. The mission is to help the county do a better job of marketing in the future. The survey monkey questionairre is over as of Monday and now the feedback will be collected and analyzed.

Clifton Forge 2019 Christmas Parade Friday Night

Friday night, Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. invites you to be a participant or a spectator in the 2019 Christmas Parade. WINTER WONDERLAND is the theme. The parade will begin at the intersection of Ridgeway and Roxbury Streets and continue down Ridgeway Street through the historic district to the Clifton Forge Fire Station on D Street. Trophies will be given our for best religious float, best private and public vehicles, best marching unit, best dance entry, best clogging entry, most creative entry, best animal float, best overall float and judges favorite.

Holiday Remembrance Service On Sunday

Arritt Funeral Home in Covington will host their annual Holiday Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Stephanie Clark officiating. This service is to assist families coping with the Christmas season after the death of a loved one. For a number of years this service has been conducted by the staff of Arritt Funeral Home to provide a meaningful worship experience for area families that are grieving during the holiday season.

Many families that have participated in this service over the years have noted that holidays are the most difficult times of the year to get through emotionally. This service is not just for families that have experienced a loss in this year, but for anyone who wishes to honor and remember their loved ones during this special season.

Special Theatrical Artists Revue and Showcase Upcoming

STARS, Special Theatrical Artists Revue and Showcase, an outreach program of
Appalfolks of America, will perform its annual “Country Christmas” show at The Historic
Masonic Theatre on Sunday, December 22, at 3:00 p.m. A troupe of 30 performers who
face intellectual challenges and/or physical disabilities, will complete its 23 rd performance
season. Chris Fisher will return to serve as the show’s emcee. Tickets for STARS’ “Country Christmas” are $8 for balcony seating, $10 for downstairs under the balcony, $12 for for seating downstairs from the balcony façade to the front row, and $20 for box seats.