Archives for April 2016

Heritage Days and C&O Railway Heritage Festival update

Organizers of this year’s Alleghany Highlands Heritage Days and C&O Railway Heritage Festival are saying this year will be the most collaborative and comprehensive event ever. This year’s event will happen downtown on June 3rd and 4th. Officials say year five will feature food, music, all sorts of events, Civil War history, and at least 80 artists and artisans are expected to show up. They’re hoping somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 people will attend.

Snak Shak Robbery

Last evening, the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office received a 911call that the Snak Shak on Route 18 in the Potts Creek area had been robbed at gun point. According to Sheriff Kevin Hall, shortly thereafter, two males and a female were apprehended without incident and are currently under the custody of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office. Further details are not available at this time as the investigation continues. Anyone with information with regards to tonights incident is encouraged to reach out to Investigator Richard Fridley at 540-965-1770.

Insurance Fraud week

Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe has declared this week, Insurance Fraud Awareness week in an effort to raise community awareness of insurance fraud and create more widespread public knowledge of the Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program. Making money or attempting to make money from insurance transactions through cheating, deceiving, lying or stealing is insurance fraud. More than 21 million in fraudulent claims were collected in Vriginia in 2015, and another 19 million were attempted.

Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In 2015, more than 26,000crashes were attributed to distracted drivers statewide –resulting in 156 fatalities and over 14 thousand injuries. Top causes of distracted driving crashes include phone usage, passengers, rubbernecking, and adjusting a radio or music player. Texting while driving is illegal and considered a primary offense in Virginia. The DMV is urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

School Meeting tonight

The Alleghany County School Board shall conduct a called meeting at 6:30 pm tonight at its Central Office Complex in Low Moor. Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to Lorie Bess, Clerk at 863-1811.

Waynesboro water tops from the tap

If you want tops from the tap, try the water in Waynesboro. It’s just been voted the best in the Virginia Rural Water Association’s 16th annual Water Taste Contest. Judges made their choice based on criteria including taste, smell, and clarity. For Waynesboro, it was the first time the city entered the contest. Water officials there say they don’t treat the water, per se, but run it through a filter system. Waynesboro will be representing Virginia as they compete against other states .

Deeper costs for employee health insurance in Clifton Forge?

Health insurance rates look to be going up in Clifton Forge. The Town currently offers employee health insurance coverage through The Local Choice (TLC) program. which pools small localities across the state and offers the group competitive plans, rate adjustments below the industry average . The Town’s rates for fiscal year 2016-2017 will increase by 8.0% for the Key Advantage 250 comprehensive plan. The Town currently pays for employee coverage only for the Key Advantage 250 comprehensive plan meaning the cost for single coverage, will increase from $571 to $616 per month. Council will address the issue tonight at its meeting.

Lexington Interim Police Chief

City Manager Noah A. Simon yesterday announced the appointment of Capt. Mark Riley as Lexington’s interim police chief. Riley will serve in the position of interim police chief until a permanent replacement is hired. The city manager expects to hire a police chief within four to six months following a comprehensive national search. Riley, his wife Michelle and two children reside in the area and are involved in the local community.

Safe digging

Every six minutes, someone strikes and damages an underground utility line, but you can help defend your neighborhood. Practicing safe digging techniques and calling 8-1-1 before putting a shovel or backhoe into the ground can go a long way to protecting your life and your property. April is National Safe Digging Month and Dominion Virginia Power encourages customers to make a free call to VA811 before digging a hole – no matter how shallow. A professional locator will visit your property to mark the underground lines with flags or paint to help prevent you from making a costly and possibly life-threatening mistake.

Traffic patterns

Please be aware of some road work going on this week. Eastbound and westbound on Interstate 64 –from Mile marker 0 to 41, there will be crews removing debris at various locations. They will be Cleaning box culverts, drain pipes and ditches between mile markers 16 to 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, from Mile marker 4 to 2 including Exit 1 off-ramp, eastbound – Alternating lane closures for paving operations, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.