Archives for April 2016

Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service has selected Elizabeth McNichols as the new James River and Warm Springs District Ranger. McNichols has served as the Acting District Ranger for the James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts for the past 3 months following the retirement of District Ranger Pat Sheridan. McNichols will oversee approximately 350,000 acres of National Forest System lands in Virginia where prescribed fire and vegetation management programs enhance wildlife habitat. Combined, the two districts consist of five counties containing over 242 miles of trails, six campgrounds, and 300 miles of roads. McNichols reports for duty on May 1.

Health Insurance Scams

Please be aware of high pressure telelmarketers selling short term or limited benefit health insurance policies. You may be thinking about changing health insurance plans or purchasing new coverage, and the State corporation commission’s bureau of Insurance warns Virginians not fall victim to these scams. If you receive a sales call from someone selling health insurance, as the caller for written information about the policy, including premiums. If he or she refuses, hang up.

VDOT traffic closures

The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Interstate 81 at Exit 205 northbound off ramp in Rockbridge county Sunday May 8th from 10 pm to 8 AM. There will be message boards posted along northbound I 81 alerting motorists of the closure and directing them to use alternate exits. This is a week from this Sunday.

Fish for a cause

The Alleghany Highlands fish for a Cause is happening a week from tomorrow, May 7th, 7 am to 3pm at lake Moomaw, at the Fortney Branch Marina. It’s all in association with Covington Honda Niossan and other sponsors with all proceeds to benefit Ethan Thompson & Ray Keen Sr. Call Kyle Moore for information at 540-969-6989, or visit their Facebook Page.

Senior Law Day

The Alleghany Bath Highland Bar Association is proudly sponsoring its Fourth Senior Law Day, to be held from 10 am to 2:30 Pm on Wednesday May 25th. This free event will be held in the Moomaw Center of the Dabney S Lancaster community college, and lunch will be provided at no charge to all registered attendees. Space is limited, so those wishing to attend should register right away.

Searching for cause in Waynesboro fire

No condition on an elderly woman who was injured in a house fire Wednesday. Waynesboro fire officials say crews were called to a home on Mulberry Street at about 12:30pm. Once there, they spotted a fire at the back of the house with flames shooting out. A woman inside who was in a wheelchair was evacuated quickly with the help of firefighters. She was taken for treatment to the University of Virginia Medical Center. No word on what started the fire or on the woman’s identity.

Science Fair

The students and staff of Jackson River Governor’s School at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will hold a Science Fair on Wednesday, May 4, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6:15 p.m. The event will be held in the Moomaw Center on the DSLCC campus in Clifton Forge and is open to the public. The Science Fair will include displays of over 20 different science research projects conducted by first year JRGS students from Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River and Parry McCluer High schools. Students will be available to explain each project and answer questions. All projects will be assessed by a team of judges, and six will be selected to receive awards.

Virginia Tech Destination Areas

Virginia Tech announced Monday its five “destination areas” with a goal of changing the way students experience college. The school plans to put an initial $2.6 million into the plan next year. Students are scheduled to begin participating in the new system in 2018. Simply put, the university will offer a voluntary educational path in which students can take core classes but also pursue multiple, cross-disciplinary opportunities. Tech will have five town hall meetings to discuss the “destination areas” planned for Tech’s campus. The meetings will be held at the Graduate Life Center. The town halls will also be streamed

Armed Robbery

A Clifton Forge man is facing several charges in connection with an armed robbery. According to Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall, deputies were called to the Snak Shak convenience store on Route 18 around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police detained three people who were believed to be involved in the robbery within five miles of where the robbery took place. After an investigation, Frank James Wright, 20 was charged with armed robbery, wearing a mask, and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Investigator Lt. R.C. Fridley at 540-965-1771 extension 106.

Virginia workers Memorial Day

Today, April 28, 2016, is Virginia Worker’s Memorial Day! Commissioner C Ray Davenport announced this yesterday, that Governor Terry R McAuliffe had issued the proclamation. The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program has investigated 13 fatal accidents so far this year, an all too trafic reminder of the importance of providing safe and healthy workplaces for workers in Virginia”, said Commisioner Davenport. I would ask all citizens of the Commonwealth to take the time to honor those workers and their families on April 28th.”