Archives for August 2018

Community Leader Kern Dies

A community leader in the Alleghany Highlands for many years died over the weekend. James Preston Kern Sr. of Covington died at his residence on Saturday. He lived in the county all his life and had worked in the Alleghany County Sheriffs Department and the county school system, among other jobs. He was also a a Navy veteran and was longtime member of the Falling Spring Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Kern was 80 years old.

Greenbrier Bathing Its Entrance In Gold To Raise Childhood Cancer Awareness

The Greenbrier is again mounting its fight against childhood cancer. As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, the resort is lighting up its entrance each night to raise awareness. That visual of bathing the entrance in gold will remind not only guests, but also the 2,000 members of the team who work at the Greenbrier that childhood cancer is a serious issue with lasting implications in West Virginia.

Paving Progress In Covington

Covington sidewalk repair update: Workers have finished pavivng from the wastewater treatment plant across Park and Grass Streets and into Edgemont Drive. Also, a project on Hickory Street between Alleghany Avenue and Riverside Street has been wrapped up.

Covington Police Make Arrest In July 13th Incident

Covington Police cuff a man on a number of counts after an investigation into an incident last month. On July 13, 2018 at approximately 12:41am, officers with the Covington Division of Police responded to the 300blk of Pine St for several shots being fired. Several gun shots were fired in the direction of a residence. During the investigation a search warrant was obtained for a residence in the 400blk of Pine St. Officers received minimal cooperation and no arrests were made that night. During the course of the subsequent 5 weeks, Sgt Baker continued his investigation into this incident. After obtaining some vital information a suspect was identified and warrants were obtained for a 39 year old male resident of the City of Covington. The suspect was arrested on August 23, 2018 and charged with;

• 18.2-279 – Discharging firearms or missiles within or at building or dwelling house
• 18.2-280 – Willfully discharging firearms in public places
• 18.2-308.2 – Possession or transportation of firearm by convicted felon

Clifton Forge Town Council Meets Tuesday Night

Clifton Forge Town Council meets Tuesday night. On the agenda, Review of an ordinance to consider the request by Paul D. Hall, Jr. to vacate and sell a portion of Tremont Street for the sum of $2,000. Also discussion of the Police Department receiving a $2,000 safety grant from VML Insurance Programs. The Town has also received funds from a former Police Department employee who terminated their employment agreement in the amount of $9,700. This appropriation will allow the Police Department to expend funds on new body cameras for officers. The Clifton Forge Shriner’s Club is seeking permission to conduct the 48th Annual Fall Foliage Festival October 19-21, 2018.

Tech Learning Taking Root At AHS

The Alleghany County School Board got a briefing this week regarding the New Tech Learning Program implemented at Alleghany High School. The idea is to give students a collaborative project-based learning environment to better prepare them for the real world. Officials also say it’s a model being used at many schools across the country and is gaining a teaching trend. It also gives the district a leg up on aligning the school with new standards being established by the state.

Trash To Treasure Event Thursday Night

Thursday evening, turn those bargain buys from the thrift store into clever and classy décor. Thrifty Finds: From Trash to Treasure will be held at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, August 23rd, at 7 p.m. Join our guest presenter, Kathy Comer, as she demonstrates the art of upcycling trash to treasures. This event will be held in the Community Room. Space is limited, and registration is required. Sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the staff at 962-3321 or

Barbecue And Bluegrass This Weekend

Coming up Saturday, Bar-be-Que and Bluegrass in the Underground at The Historic Masonic Theatre. It runs 6pm to 9pm Advance tickets: $20; At the Door: $25. General admission, seating is limited. Bluegrass and finger-lickin’ BBQ as Appalfolks of America hosts the event. The musical lineup includes some of the region’s finest young pickers including The Appalachian Pickers, Crossing County Lines and headliners, Cane Mill Road. Barbeque dinner provided by 42Deli and is included with your ticket.

New Safety Mechanisms In Place For Upcoming School Year

Alleghany County Public Schools have some new safety measures in place for the new school year. Visitors will see new entrances at all school buildings with a law enforcement presence at each school. Visitors moving beyond the main offices will be required to leave a driver’s license or photo identification while in the building.
Other safety measures and training have included the annual review and updating of school safety and crisis response protocols; participation this past summer with the DSLCC safety tabletop activity and attendance at the 2018 Safe School Training Forum.

Head’s Up From State Officials On Labor Day Driving

Leading into Labor Day weekend, Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine and
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran remind drivers of the risks they face if
they get behind the wheel while impaired. Risks to individuals who choose this reckless action include the
loss of driving privileges, money, and, most importantly, lives.
Last year, 248 people were killed on Virginia’s roadways in alcohol-related traffic crashes. More than
4,400 people were injured. Nationally in 2016, out of 433 crash fatalities, more than one-third involved drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.