Archives for May 2018

Garrett Says He Won’t Seek Re-election

Republican Congressman Thomas Garrett of Virginia has announced he will no longer seek re-election, saying he needs to work on recovering from alcoholism and renewing his commitment to his family.
Garrett made the announcement Monday in a video recorded in Richmond. It was first reported by The Washington Post.
Garrett held a long, rambling news conference last week to deny reports he was thinking of dropping his bid for a second term.
He says people who know him well are aware he’s an alcoholic, but making that public was a struggle. He also says “sometimes winning means knowing where your priorities should be.”

Major Project Coming To Durant Road

A nearly $2 million project will get underway in Covington in June aimed at making a section of Durant Road safer. It’s called the Bluff Project and includes improvements to the roadway, sidewalks and public utilities on Durant between Byrd and Thacker. The city is working with VDOT to get it done. It’s a project that’s been about two years in the works. It’s expected to run through late summer next year and Durant Road will be closed for about 90 days during the later stages of the project.

Ingevity Expanding Capacity In Covington

Ingevity is upping its game, expanding its carbon activation capacity at the Covington facility. That will mean new processing, activiation, purification and finishing equipment, according to the Virginian Review. That will translate to about a 20% increase in capacity once it’s all in place. It also represents a roughly $35 to $40 million dollar investment for the company as it anticipates growing demand for its products and technologies across the globe.

Farm And Forestry Program In Highland County

Coming up next Wednesday, May 30th, the Farm & Forestry Business Resource Fair at the Highland Center in Monterey, Highland County. It’s a showcase of business resources for farmers and loggers and runs from 10a to 3:30pm. Bettina Ring, the new Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the state of Virginia, will be the keynote speaker. The event will feature a series of educational workshops aimed at providing opportunities for mentorship and access to business tools. There will be seminars on Farm Transition Planning, Direct Meat Marketi The cost is $25 for an individual or single business and $40 for a couple.

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May. 24, 2018 2:52 AM CST
by pkilleen

Budget Issues Addressed In Clifton Forge

Clifton Forge Town Council this week approved a tax levy on meals, and OK’ed a monthly charge for water service. Each was approved in a 3 to 2 vote. Lawmakers adopted an operating budget totalling $3.1 million. Real estate and personal property taxes will remain unchanged. As of July 1st, the town’s tax on meals in establishments that serve food will increase from 5% to 7%. Also, the water service charge is jumping $2 a month based on water usage of five thousand gallons.

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May. 25, 2018 2:55 AM CST
by pkilleen

Summer Kick Off In Covington Saturday

The Summer Kick Off in Covington is on the way. May 26th at the Jackson River Sports Complex on Edgemont Drive will be chock full of entertainment from the Elder Young Band at 1pm, Stockyard Parade at 3pm and True Cadence at 6:30pm. There will be inflatables for the kids and fun for all capped off with fireworkds at 9:30pm. All are invited to attend.

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May. 25, 2018 2:51 AM CST
by pkilleen

State Lawmakers Back To Work Next Week

The Virginia House of Delegates plans to reconvene next week with plans to finalize a state budget.

GOP Speaker Kirk Cox announced Thursday that the House would gavel in on May 30.

Cox cancelled a House meeting earlier this week after the Senate delayed a vote Tuesday on the state budget. GOP Senate leaders said they needed another week to study a new budget proposal that includes Medicaid expansion.

The Senate is set meet May 29, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said he expects a budget to pass.

The disagreement over Medicaid expansion has led to a lengthy stalemate on the state budget.

State government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed.

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May. 25, 2018 2:47 AM CST
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Reward Increased In Charles County Murder

: Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $2500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s) involved in the murder of Antonio Lamount Harper, Jr. 20, who was shot and killed on May 1 at 10 p.m. outside of his residence in the 2200 block of Stream Vista Place in Waldorf. A preliminary investigation revealed Harper was walking toward his apartment when an unknown suspect approached and shot him several times. The suspect fled. Detectives have determined the shooting was not random and they are continuing to work on leads.

Clifton Forge Town Council Takes On Budget Issues

Clifton Forge Town Council this week approved a tax levy on meals, and OK’ed a monthly charge for water service. Each was approved in a 3 to 2 vote. Lawmakers adopted an operating budget totalling $3.1 million. Real estate and personal property taxes will remain unchanged. As of July 1st, the town’s tax on meals in establishments that serve food will increase from 5% to 7%. Also, the water service charge is jumping $2 a month based on water usage of five thousand gallons.

Summer Kick Off Saturday In Covington

The Summer Kick Off in Covington is on the way. May 26th at the Jackson River Sports Complex on Edgemont Drive will be chock full of entertainment from the Elder Young Band at 1pm, Stockyard Parade at 3pm and True Cadence at 6:30pm. There will be inflatables for the kids and fun for all capped off with fireworkds at 9:30pm. All are invited to attend.