Archives for January 2018

Fire Displaces Covington Family

A Tuesday afternoon structure fire on Wildwood Drive in Covington has burned out a local family. According to a post found on Facebook, the home was owned by Norman and Leisa Kimberlin of Wildwood Drive. The fire was reported around 3pm. Upon arrival of the Covington Fire Department, fire was showing in the basement of the home and had begun spreading to the first floor walls and attic. Two other departments, Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department and Boiling Springs Volunteer Fire Department were also called in for additional manpower, as well as on the scene was the Covington Rescue Squad providing medical and rehab services. Rt 18 North and South was closed for an undetermined amount of time, causing vehicle traffic to be detoured through Pitzer’s Ridge Road. Traffic control was being handled by the Covington Police Department. No additional information is available as of press time. We were unable to reach Covington Fire Chief, Kevin Pettitt (Pet-it) for additional information on the total losses.

Active Shooter Drill At Covington High School

An active shooter drill was conducted at Covington High School Wednesday. The drill gave police and the school staff/students a chance to practice clearing the halls and securing the building in the event of an active shooter”. Chief Miller went on to say that this drill was scheduled after the incident in December took place. The Covington Police Department is also working jointly with the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office on learning the layouts of both Covington City Schools and Alleghany County Schools in the event that those departments would have to respond to an incident at one or the other schools. An unannounced drill will take place at Covington High School in the month of February.

Alleghany County Sheriffs Deputies Will Carry Narcan

Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office has announced that sheriff’s deputies in Alleghany County are now carrying a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. This comes as part of an initiative to address the opioid epidemic that is affecting people across the Commonwealth and the United States.
Often, deputies are the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose. The Sheriff’s Office has issued Narcan Nasal Spray (naloxone) to each patrol deputy to administer to people who may have overdosed on drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, or other opioids. Previously, naloxone was only carried in the field by emergency medical personnel and administered by ambulance crews or emergency room doctors.

Narcan only works on opioids and is safe to use on adults, children, and expecting mothers.

Law enforcement officers have also come in contact with opioids during the arrest process and subsequent search of a suspect’s property or vehicle resulting in the officer suffering from life threatening exposure to opioids. Narcan can be self-administered or given by another officer in this circumstance.

Jail deputies have also been trained with Narcan and have it available for administering to inmates.

Vice President In Greenbrier County Wednesday

Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday will visit a business in White Sulphur Springs along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The two will give remarks at Worldwide Equipment, joined by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Evan Jenkins. In a statement, Capito said, “At Worldwide Equipment, the vice president and the secretary will have a chance to see hardworking West Virginians in action and to hear how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is making a real, positive difference in the lives of workers and families in West Virginia. Wednesday also marks the start of the GOP Congressional retreat at the Greenbrier. PresidentTrump will speak at a lunch at the gathering Thursday afternoon.

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Jan. 31, 2018 2:55 AM CST
by pkilleen

City Council, School Board Meet Tuesday Night

The Covington City Council and the Covington School Board met Tuesday night. At the center of the discussion, the city auditor’s explantion of $326,000 that the city considers an asset, but which relates to school board spending over a number of years, apparently in excess of its revenues. The school board’s fund balance has, over the course of several years, dramatically declined from the $400,000 range to about $50,000 at the current time. The joint school board/city council committee plans to work together to resolve the figure, according to the Alleghany Journal.

Pence, Ross To Visit Greenbrier County Business

Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday will visit a business in White Sulphur Springs along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The two will give remarks at Worldwide Equipment, joined by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Evan Jenkins. In a statement, Capito said, “At Worldwide Equipment, the vice president and the secretary will have a chance to see hardworking West Virginians in action and to hear how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is making a real, positive difference in the lives of workers and families in West Virginia. PresidentTrump will speak at a lunch at the gathering Thursday afternoon.

New Library Book Club

A new evening book club at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. It’s called A Novel Bunch and will meet for the first time on Thursday, February 20th. Library officials say the new club offers people with day jobs or busy daytime schedules to be able to take part in a book club. The reads will be split between new fiction and older classics, plus some non-fiction. The group will be meeting every other month. The first gathering happens at 7pm in the Library’s community room.

Covington To Swear In New Police Chief

February 13th is the swearing-in date for the new chief of police in Covington. Anthony Morgan comes here from Kalamazoo, Michigan. After taking the oath, Morgan will work with interim police chief Jeanne Miller to insure a smooth transition. Part of that process will be a forty hour training session Morgan will take to familiarize himself with state law. Morgan underwent a thorough interview process and a meet and greet with area officials before the offer of employment was sent his way about a week ago. His first official day on the job will be February 20th.

White House: Trump Will Touch Down In Lewisburg Thursday

President Donald Trump is coming to Greenbrier county. According to the White House, Air Force One is expected to arrive around 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, as he takes part in the GOP retreat. The conference will be held Wednesday through Friday at The Greenbrier which is owned by Governor Jim Justice. U. S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives will meet to plan the legislative strategy for the upcoming year, and it’s expected Vice President Mike Pence will make an appearance as well. The event is generally seen as an economic boon to the communities in which it takes place.

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Jan. 30, 2018 2:53 AM CST
by pkilleen

Kiwanis Club Begins Food Drive

The Alleghany Highlands Kiwanis Club is once again reaching out to the community for support of the Annual Community Food Drive. The C.O.P.E. Food Pantry, South Covington Methodist Church Food Pantry, Clifton Forge Food Pantry and Salvation Army Food Pantry are in need of help to replenish their shelves from the holiday season and feed many people in the community during one of the toughest times of the year. All proceeds will be divided equally among the four largest feeding programs in our area – C.O.P.E Food Pantry, Clifton Forge Food Pantry, Salvation Army Food Pantry and South Covington Methodist Church Food Pantry.
“Donations can be dropped off at the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce Office, Alleghany Highlands Community Services Administrative Office or Clinic and Highlands Community Bank in Covington and AmeriCare Plus,Alleghany Highlands Community Services Intellectual Disabilities Office and SonaBank in Clifton Forge.