Archives for June 2018

Balanced Budget Passed In Covington

The new fiscal year starts Sunday and the city of Covington has a budget in place. The $17.4 million package is balanced and includes a four cent increase on real estate and public service taxes. That means the real estate tax wll rise from 76 cents to 80 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value. Also, council okayed personal property, machinery and tools, mobile homes and public service corporation taxes. A solid waste fee increase of $8 a month was approved by council as well.

Covington City Council Won’t Meet July 3rd

An Independence Day related item from Covington. There will not be a City Council work session meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The regular City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers, 333 W. Locust Street, Covington, VA.

Alleghany County School Board Meets July 9

Cafeteria prices could be going up next year in Alleghany County. The school board meets July 9th and on the agenda is discussion of raising those prices. Also, under calendar information, the first day of school is set for August 8th. The meeting happens in the school board office complex at 110 Central Circle in Low Moor and begins at 6pm.

New DMV Fees For Virginians

As a result of 2018 General Assembly action, the Virginia Department of
Motor Vehicles (DMV) is advising customers of important new legislation.
Virginia’s vehicle title fee will increase from $10 to $15 on July 1. The Commonwealth’s
title fee has not been adjusted since the 1980s and remains significantly less than the
title fees charged by surrounding states. There will also be vehicle registration extensions for some customers with outstanding tolls, and temporary vehicle registration for some customers with delinquent taxes. For more
information, visit

Parental Leave Law Penned By Governor

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is granting eight weeks of paid leave for new parents who work in state government.

Northam signed an executive order Tuesday giving executive-branch employees two months of leave at full pay for the new birth or adoption of a child. The policy applies to new mothers and fathers.

The Democratic governor, who is also a pediatric neurologist, said paid time off makes for healthier children and a happier workforce. The state previously provided pregnant women six weeks of paid leave through its short-term disability program following the birth of a child. Workers could also take unpaid leave.

Earlier this year GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox announced that full-time state House employees can receive 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

Clifton Forge Nominated For Top Adventure Town

Clifton Forge is a 2018 nominee of the Blue Ridge Outdoors 8th Annual Top Adventure Towns Contest–in the small town category.

For more than 23 years, Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has been the definitive guide to outdoor sports, health, and adventure travel in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Distributed every month from Baltimore to Atlanta, Blue Ridge Outdoors features the best destinations for outdoor adventure.

The staff at Blue Ridge Outdoors base their choices on a few criteria such as; an active outdoor recreation scene, access to trails, waterways, public lands, amenities, businesses catering to an outdoor lifestyle, as well as, growing efforts in fostering healthy and sustainable communities.

The contest will run for six weeks beginning Monday, July 2, 2018 and ending Monday, August 6, 2018. Voters can vote once a day.

Computer Savvy Classes At DSLCC

You’re thinking now is the time to really get more computer savvy? There are two classes, not for credit, upcoming at DSLCC to help get you there. “Windows 10 Workshop” is a one-session class, to be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Room 504, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC main campus in Clifton Forge on Monday, July 23, and again at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista, Room 907, on Wednesday, July 25. Students will work with desktop apps, create files and folders and take on other functions to get more familiar with your computer. The tuition fee is $35; no textbook is required.

Businesses Survive The Gauntlet

Gauntlet sessions for 2018 began in February with 103 entrepreneurs, assisted by over 200 faculty and mentors in Roanoke and Botetourt Counties and the Alleghany Highlands. After 10 weeks of classes, 41 businesses (which involved 71 of the entrepreneurs) submitted business plans to enter the final competition. The Gauntlet Business Program and Competition wrapped up its highly successful fourth year by distributing $250,000 in cash and prizes. Among the Alleghany Highlands Businsesses

Alleghany Outfitters $8,000 Cash In-Kind $10,350
Farm at Glen Haven $2,000 Cash In-Kind $ 3,070
Ride CFVA $ 500 Cash In-Kind $ 2,800
Lollie’s Quilt Shop In-Kind $ 5,350
Helping the Highlands In-Kind $ 2,000
Dawg Gone Wingz In-Kind $ 2,000

Hammond Becomes VACCE Vice President

Teresa Hammond, who heads up the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce is being named vice president of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Hammond has been executive director here since 2008 and was the 2017 recipient of the Chamber Executive of the Year Award from the association, which represents chambers of commerce, large and small, around the state. Plus, it offers a forum for chambers to help foster development and growth of businesses in their communities.

Gathright Dam Pulse Release Canceled

Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have canceled Wednesday’s pulse release at Gathright Dam. The Norfolk District has determined that due to current environmental conditions observed on the Lower Jackson River, the Pulse release from Gathright Dam scheduled on 27 Jun 2018 will not occur. The remaining five 2018 pulse dates are scheduled for the following Wednesdays: July 25, Aug. 15, Sept. 5, and Sept. 26