Archives for November 2017

Boys Home Hires Houseparent-Teacher

Helping kids find their way. Boys Home of Virginia is bringing on Cindy Robertson as a houseparent and teacher. She comes to Covington after living in Roanoke for three decades. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Longwood University and a masters in education from the University of Virginia. She is a reading specialist and served as a teacher for five years in Bath County. She was also a former director of development at Boy’s Home earlier in her career.

Monument To Women Going Up In Capitol Square

State officials plan to break ground on a new women’s monument at Virginia’s Capitol Square next week.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Gov.-elect Ralph Northam are among the scheduled speakers at Monday’s event.

The monument, called “Voices from the Garden,” will recognize contributions women have made to Virginia. It will feature 12 bronze statues of women important to Virginia’s history and there will also be a “Wall of Honor” naming several hundred other women.

The groundbreaking is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.

Traffic Crashes Kill 10 Over Holiday Weekend In VA

With overall traffic fatalities already on the increase, the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend proved to be a deadly one for 10 individuals traveling on Virginia’s highways. During the holiday statistical counting period, which began Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. and continued through midnight Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, traffic crashes claimed the lives of eight drivers, one passenger and a pedestrian. As of Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, there have been 737 reported traffic deaths in Virginia, compared to 664 this date last year. Two drivers lost their lives in a two-vehicle, head-on crash in Augusta County.

Music On The Corner In Covington

Music on the Corner happens December 4th at First Presbyterian Church in Covington. Starting at 7pm, there will be seasonal music featuring soloists, instrumentalists, the Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir. Also performing will be the Woodland Wind Ensemble and two children’s groups will participate.
The public is invited to the concert. There is no admission charge, but those attending are encouraged to bring canned or boxed food or a monetary gift to benefit local food pantries. First Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of Maple Ave. and Locust St. in Covington.

New Mission Underway In Alleghany County Schools

The state Department of Education is looking to give students more career skills before they graduate and the Alleghany County School Board is gearing its programs to that end. The school board heard a report last week relating to the new mission. It specializes in project-based learning so students can get more hands-on training. Some of that work will get students ready for jobs right out of high school and others will be based on careers theyt can train for in college.

Warning, Again, About Utility Scams

Utility scams are on the rise again in Virginia and across the country. Reports of scammers calling Dominion Energy customers threatening disconnection in exchange for immediate payment has increased by 49 percent since last year. Callers are reportedly being told the power to their home or business will be cut within minutes if payment (usually via a pre-paid debit card or credit card) is not provided immediately. Customers are given a fake number to call for payment, and the recording is a copy of Dominion Energy’s own phone greeting.” Dominion Energy reminds customers that it doesn’t do business this way.

Senators, Governor Concerned About Tax Overhaul Impact On VA

Virginia’s leading Democrats are blasting Republican tax overhaul as particularly punitive for the Old Dominion.

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on a Tuesday conference call that getting rid of certain deductions and credits targeted in the GOP-pushed tax overhaul in Congress would have an outsized negative impact on the state.

Virginia is a top beneficiary of the Federal Historic Tax Credit, which aims to revitalize historic buildings. And Virginia has one of the highest percentages of tax filers in the country who claim state and local tax deductions.

Virginia Republicans say the overall tax package is a net positive for the state. The House has passed its bill of the tax overhaul and Senate leaders hope to pass their version next week.

Daleville Firm Chosen For 2019 Reassessment

The Daleville firm of Wampler Eanes Appraisal Group has been chosen by Alleghany County to handle real estate reassessments in 2019. The last reassessment took place four years ago. The firm will inspect every parcel in the oucnty to determine fair market value. Their personnel is currently looking at past real estate sales as well to come up with comparable values for different types of property in the county.

State GOP Chooses Leadership Team

Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates have elected their leadership team and choice for speaker, all while Democrats hope recounts can flip the chamber from GOP control. As expected, House Republicans on Sunday nominated Majority Leader Kirk Cox to serve as speaker. The current speaker, Bill Howell, chose not to run for re-election. Republicans expect to hold a 51-49 majority when election results are certified, but Democrats are expected to seek recounts in three close races.

VSP Out In Force For Upcoming Holiday Weekend

Virginia State Police say within the past two weeks, traffic crashes have claimed the lives of 35 drivers and passengers, and nine pedestrians. To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police will once again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Combined Accident Reduction Effort. As a participating agency, state police will increase its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts throughout the Commonwealth beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. and continuing through midnight, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.