Archives for April 2018

Voices Wanted On Pipeline Safety

Virginians can start weighing in on whether they believe the water quality approvals granted for two natural gas pipelines are adequate to protect the state’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Quality made available on Friday information and instructions for a 30-day public comment period about the water permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

The comment period opens Monday. It was initiated by the State Water Control Board earlier this month.

Critics have argued the review process the U.S. Army Corps of engineers used for the permits was overly broad and DEQ should have done a stream-by-stream study.

The department has said the reviews are adequate, and the pipeline companies say they’ve undergone a thorough, fair environmental review process.

USDA Hosting Field Trip In Alleghany County

The USDA Forest Service is hosting a public field trip to discuss restoration and management opportunities on 8,000 acres in Alleghany County, Virginia. Join us on May 24th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to share your thoughts and hear project ideas for the National Forest lands east of Highway 18 in the Potts Mountain Area. Stops along the field trip route will focus on vegetation management and wildlife habitat, recreation management in the Eastern National Children’s Forest, sustainable roads and trails, and management through controlled burning.

Posted to wjvr.vncnews.com
Apr. 30, 2018 2:48 AM CST
by pkilleen

Missing Girl Sought In Greenbrier County

The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help in locating missing 16 year old, O’Shea Boone.

She was last seen on Friday, April 27, 2018, at her residence in Fairlea. She was last known to be wearing a white zip up hoodie and light blue jeans. O’Shea is 5’3″ tall with green eyes and light brown hair.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of O’Shea Boone, you are asked to please contact Cpl. Donnie Hedrick or Deputy Steve Hudnall of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 647-6634 (office) or (304) 647-7911(24 hour 911 center).

Prescribed Burn Held In Greenbrier County

Monongahela National Forest managers held a prescribed fire in the Hopkins Knob area of Greenbrier County, Sunday. Two helicopters and up to 60 firefighters and support staff were on hand to help with the prescribed burn. Burning will occur only if weather conditions are favorable. By bringing fire back to the forest, the Monongahela National Forest will reintroduce historic fire regimes, improve wildlife habitat, enhance forest structure and age diversity, improve oak regeneration, control tree diseases and pests, reduce hazardous levels of unburned fuels

USDA Forest Service Hosting Public Field Trip In Alleghany County

The USDA Forest Service is hosting a public field trip to discuss restoration and management opportunities on 8,000 acres in Alleghany County, Virginia. Join us on May 24th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to share your thoughts and hear project ideas for the National Forest lands east of Highway 18 in the Potts Mountain Area. Stops along the field trip route will focus on vegetation management and wildlife habitat, recreation management in the Eastern National Children’s Forest, sustainable roads and trails, and management through controlled burning.

Hiring Assessments Held For Covington PD Jobs

Over the weekend, applicants who want to be Covington Police officers took part in the new hire assessment. Applicants who are chosen after a final screening are placed on a priority list for hire.
Individuals as police officers perform general police patrol duties, which consists in part, of working rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, and must be available 24 hours a day for duty, after extensive police officer training. Current starting salary is $34,842.00 per year for a Police Officer I position or, depending on applicant’s qualifications.

National Drug Take Back Day Saturday

National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday. Locally, you can take unwanted or expired prescription drugs now in your home to the Walmart in Covington or the CVS/Kroger in Clifton Forge. The hours are 10am to 2pm. ast fall’s Take-Back Day event collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration first launched its Take-Back Day in 2010, and since then has collected more than 9 million pounds of medicine from the public.

Check DEA’s official Take Back Day website for information and to find collection sites near you.

Full Agenda For County Board Of Supervisors Meeting

A busy agenda for the Allegany County Board OF Supervisors when it meets Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7pm. Members will discuss procurement and approval of contract with Lumos Networks for fiber optic services related to the new radio system, appropriation for the Circuit Court Clerk Office due to
the award of funding from the Library of Virginia, an application to the Alleghany Foundation for partial funding of School Resource Officer up-fitting costs, and a waiver of building permit fees for the Town of Iron Gate in relation to the construction of a new fire department building.

BINGO! A Fundraiser In Covington For The March Of Dimes

The March of Dimes will benefit from a recent fundraiser done by the Covington branch of Union Bank and Trust. In just a couple of hours, in partnership with the Rail Bar & Grille, the branch raised $800 running bingo games. Among the bank’s 13 branches locally, they’ve raised more than $10,000 this month alone.

Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation Awarded Brownfields Graant

EPA has selected the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation for a
Brownfield’s assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds
will be used to conduct 12 Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments.
Community-wide petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct eight Phase I and three Phase II
environmental site assessments. Grant funds of both types will be used to prepare reuse plans,
create a Brownfield’s inventory, prioritize sites, and conduct community outreach activities.
Assessment activities will focus on the four locations within the coalition partner locations of
Alleghany County, the Towns of Clifton Forge and Iron Gate, and the City of Covington.
The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $600,000