Archives for September 2017

Covington City Clean Up Continues This Weekend

Covington City residents continue with the City’s Fall Clean-Up this weekend through October 6th. The City will only pick up articles places at the resident’s property line (either at the front roadway or at the alleyway). The Clean Up does not include commerical or contractors who have debris. Residents are advised to keep white goods, such as stoves, refrigerators, etc., and tires separated from other disposed of articles. Tires on rims aren’t being accepted. There is a limit of 6 tires per resident. No whole trees are being accepted. One truckload per household will be strictly enforced. The City will be divided into East and West sections using the CSX Railroad Tracks as the dividing line during the 2 weeks clean up.

Will More States Join VA In Carrying Pipeline?

That proposed pipeline you’ve been hearing about planned to run through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina could end up stretching into one more state. Developers are considering a major expansion of the project into South Carolina, according to remarks made by an energy company executive and interviews with others in the industry. Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline said that raises questions about whether Dominion Energy, the project’s lead developer, has withheld important information from the public and whether the pipeline is even needed as initially proposed. A Dominon spokesman says no decision has been made about an expansion.

Great Customer Service

The Alleghany County General District Court office staff, has been saluted for great Customer Service. The Virginian Review reports that Susan Hutchison nomiated her staff for the award in March. The Virginia Court System gives the award out to individuals and teams that show they are making important contributions to the justice system with their service to the public.

Story Time

The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library is happy to anounce that Story Time will resume Wednesday, Oct 4th, and continue every Wednesday through May 30th of 2018. Tori Fertig, is in charge of Story Time, according to the Virginian Review, and she wants the youngsters to learn while they are having fun with stories, music and songs.
Fertig will have a new theme month. October will have a Fall Theme and November will the month of giving thanks.

Amtrak changing Traffic

Roanoke Police are warning motorists about changes in traffic when Amtrak starts running trains from the city next month. Several crossings along Campbell Avenue only have flashing lights and officers have been handing out fliers to drivers who use that route and are not accustomed to seeing trains. Motorists are also concerned about getting struck by trains, but officers are telling drivers they need to pay attention to flashing lights at those crossings.

Lawmakers, Public Updated On CF Paving Projects

Paving work being done in Clifton Forge should be done soon. Town Manager Darlene Burcham says milling work remains and they need volunteers for the October 14th Fall Curb Appeal Clean Up. There are also projects making progress in Washington Park. Also, the town opted to use old pavement, grind it up and incorporate it into new pavement. Officials say it’s actually more expensive that way, but will last longer.

What Are Your Gubernatorial Candidates Saying About Tax Reform?

What would a political campaign be without promises of tax cuts and reforms?
Virginia’s closely watched race for governor is no exception, with all three candidates promising changes to the state’s tax code.
Republican Ed Gillespie is promising an across-the-board cut on income taxes, Democrat Ralph Northam vows to cut on grocery sales taxes for the poor, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra wants to ban some local business taxes.
But voter beware: Promising tax cuts is a lot easier than enacting them once elected. Competing special interests and political concerns have hampered past efforts, and past governors have not always kept their campaign promises on taxes once in office.

Sheriff Kevin Hall

Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall has been elected to serve as treasurer of State Association. The Virginian Review reports he was elected by members of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. Hall is serving his third term as Sheriff of Alleghany and Covington County. In five years, Sheriff Hall will most likely become the association’s president.

School Bus Crash

Authorities are investigating a crash involving a school bus. The accident happened around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at 12th and Clay streets in Lynchburg when an SUV drove through the intersection and struck the bus. No one on the school bus or in the SUV was injured.

Golden Corral Discrimination

A family is suing Golden Corral for racial discrimination after an employee accused them of stealing food. Nexus Service Incorporated is funding the lawsuit on behalf of Leah Wynette’s family to protect the rights of minorities. Wynette says her family was at the Roanoke restaurant last month for her daughter’s birthday when they were told to put stolen food back on the table. Her mother was banned from the restaurant after police arrived. Nexus is funding the lawsuit through its “Access to Justice” project for individuals who face discrimination but unable to bring their claims to court.