Archives for March 2017

Magazine Highlights Alleghany

We are so proud! The Virginian Review reports that the April issue of Delta Sky magazine is running an ad highlighting the Alleghany Highlands. More than 5.4 million monthly readers will get to view it! It’s really nice to be featured in the magazine. It says Highlands is a great place to visit, live and locate a business.

Clothes Closet this Morning

Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church will hold a clothes closet this morning, from 8 am to noon. All items are free of charge.

Coal Industry

President Donald Trump’s move to roll back Obama-era regulations on climate change is unlikely to turn around the coal industry any time soon. Experts say coal’s biggest problem isn’t pollution rules but cheap and abundant natural gas. Also, mining has become more automated and needs fewer workers than it once did to extract a given amount of coal.

Virginia Orchard Onwers

Unseasonably warm winter weather followed by a cold snap late this month has central Virginia orchard owners and farm managers trying to assess the damage to their crops. The Roanoke Times reports the recent weather mostly took a toll on fruits such as peaches, nectarines and plums that were blooming when the weather suddenly changed. Late-blooming tree fruits like apples are still doing well.

Bank Robbery

Roanoke police are investigating a bank robbery. The heist happened around 1:30 Saturday afternoon at the Hometown Bank on Franklin Road. Police say the man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and no weapon was seen.

GE Power Cutting Jobs

GE Power is cutting jobs at its Salem plant. A spokeswoman could not disclose how many jobs are on the chopping block at the facility that designs and produces control systems for gas and steam turbines, generators and static starters. About 700 people are employed at the plant, mainly in engineering and manufacturing jobs.

Deadly stabbing

A Lexington woman is facing a murder charge in connection with a deadly stabbing. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office says Tina Matheny was arrested after a stabbing in Craigsville Saturday night. The stabbing happened in a parking lot at 139 West Craig Street. Authorities say Matheny stabbed a 36-year-old woman in the neck and the victim died at the scene.

Lewisburg Chocolate Festival

My favorite time of the year is coming to Greenbrier County! Lewisburg’s 11th annual Chocolate Festival is coming on April 8th. There will be a five hour Tasting Extravaganza, and of course the HospiceCare 10K Chocolate Chase and Fun Walk that will start at 9am. The Register Herald reports that The Lewisburg Chocolate Festival, of course will benefit, the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.

Mexican man Sentenced

A Mexican man will spend the next two-and-a-half-years in prison for illegally entering the country. Authorities say Martin Alvarez-Torres had been deported from the U.S. multiples times in recent years and was sentenced last week, in federal court in Roanoke. Alvarez-Torres had entered the country illegally six previous times and was indicted in 2014 and remained free until his arrest last year in Roanoke.

Hidden Handgun w/out permit

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would allow people protected under a court order to carry a hidden handgun without getting a permit. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said Friday that the bill “perpetuates the dangerous fiction” that domestic violence victims would be safer if they were armed. Democrats have generally opposed the bill, saying it would encourage victims of domestic abuse to introduce guns into already dangerous situations.