Archives for October 2017

Report: Air Quality On The Rise In VA

Air quality in the summr of 2017 was the best it’s been in the state in 20 years. DEP says pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and particles have
shown consistent declines for 20 years or more. Emissions of these pollutants in Virginia have
decreased by almost 60 percent in the past 20 years. This has happened in the face of increased
demand for electricity and many more vehicles on Virginia’s highways. Most areas of the state had no high ozone days in summer.

Local Fire Departments Well Represented At State Conference

Fire department personnel from Covington, Boiling Springs, Dunlap and Hot Springs were among those who took part in the Virginia State Firefighters’ Association annual conference. Hot Springs garnered the J.W. Ludwig Sportsmanship Award for the positive attitude exhibited by members throughout the competition. There were other competitions as well. Covington finished fourth in One-Man Hose and sixth in Two Man Air Pack. Falling Spring racked up first and second places, respectively in those events.

Lottery Advises Of Mega Millions Ticket Issue

If you purchased a Mega Millions ticket on Friday, October 27 between 10:45 and 11:51 p.m., please read on.

As the Virginia Lottery was upgrading its gaming system and the Mega Millions game, an error occurred. A small number of Mega Millions tickets under the old game were produced/sold incorrectly in Virginia for about one hour.

All Mega Millions tickets sold during that time will be honored. The price of the ticket and the price of a replacement ticket will be refunded to those players. Any prizes won by the original ticket will be honored by the Lottery. Refunds and prize payments cannot be processed at Lottery retailers.

Hometown Halloween 2017

In Covington, Hometown Halloween 2017 will be on Saturday, October 28th from 10 am until 12 pm on Main Street. Businesses will set up starting at 8:15 AM. Trick or Treating around to the Businesses will start at 10 am, and entertainment will start at noon along with the Costume Parade. That will be followed at 12:30pm with the announcement of costume winners. Find out more at www.oldetowncovington.com.

Dozens Of Drivers Charged In Two-Day Crackdown

A two-day “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety initiative that spanned 15 states along the Interstate 95 corridor last week resulted in more than 650 total traffic summonses and arrests by Virginia State Police.

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 2017, Virginia troopers cited 195 speeders and 61 drivers were charged with aggressive driving or other dangerous moving violations. Troopers also cited 35 motorists for failing to wear a seat belt and another 14 for child restraint violations. A total of 11 drunk drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by troopers. Other citations issued include inspection violations, equipment violations, expired safety inspections for commercial vehicles and size or weight violations.

In addition, Virginia troopers apprehended 21 wanted persons and made 42 criminal arrests.

Virginia State Police troopers dedicated nearly 2,300 hours to the stepped up patrol and enforcement efforts along the 179 miles of I-95 that stretch across Virginia from the border of North Carolina to Maryland.

Street Lights Affected By Covington Work

Next week, streetlights on and around Jackson Street in Covington will be removed to get ready for the bluff project. Officials say the bidding process is ongoing and should be finalized in December. The plan is to cut back the bluff and to improve sidewalks and infrastructure from Thacker Avenue to Byrd Street. The area around the project will be closed to motor vehicle traffic for an extended time as the project continues.

Clifton Forge Prepping For Kriskindlmarkt

Clifton Forge is announcing details of this years Kriskindlmarkt. The event turns downtown into a European village and happens Friday November 17th from 2pm to 7pm and Saturday, the 18th from 10am to 5pm. There are holiday lights, shopping and entertainment and German Father Christmas will make a visit. Last year, more than two thousand people turned out for the celebration.

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Oct. 25, 2017 12:09 PM CST
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Clifton Forge Prepping For Kriskindlmarkt

Clifton Forge is announcing details of this years Kridkindlmarkt. The event turns downtown into a European village and happens Friday November 17th from 2pm to 7pm and Saturday, the 18th from 10am to 5pm. There are holiday lights, shopping and entertainment and German Father Christmas will make a visit. Last year, more than two thousand people turned out for the celebration.

DGIF Suggests Hunters Wear Pink

In an effort to promote the new law that came in effect on July 1,
2017 that allows the wearing of Blaze Pink for safety during the black powder and
general firearm seasons for deer, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)
thought that with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as hunters are
gearing up for the upcoming deer seasons, what better time to get the word out on the
addition of blaze pink while also bringing awareness to breast cancer.
For the month of October, the DGIF Law Enforcement Division has changed their
markings on five of their Law Enforcement vehicles from gold to blaze pink. The
markings on the vehicles also help promote safety while in the outdoors by showing the
proper blaze pink color.

Soup-er Sunday November 5th In Clifton Forge

Local chefs will help raise money for the Clifton Forge food pantry during an event next Sunday. They’ll be cooking soups for people to enjoy during a fundraiser at the Masonic Amphitheatre between 1 and 3. It’s called Soup-er Sunday and this year’s event is named in honor of John Hillert, who was instrumental in getting the event started and passed away in May. More than 24 different soups and stews will be on display and ready for tasting the day of the event.