Archives for December 2018

Virginia High School League Names Honorees

The Virginia High School League Class 1 All-State football team has two rivals that have been named from the Pioneer District. Jaun Miller, a Covington Senior, was voted 2nd team defensive back, and Connor Ball, a Bath County Junior was chosen as a 2nd team linebacker. Greg Sanchez of Chilhowie was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Blake Smith of Riverheads was the Defensive Player of the Year. Veteran head coach Robert Casto led Riverheads to their third straight state title and was named the state’s Coach of the Year.

Holiday Cooking Safety

The holidays are not over, and luckily neither is the cooking. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says that all holiday cooks and food handlers should go beyond the basics this holiday season. Here are a couple of tips. Wash your hands but not your turkey. Stuff your face, but not your turkey. Cook your stuffing in a separate dish is the safest way to avoid harmful bacteria from uncooked stuffing inside the bird. And follow the two-hour ruleā€¦don’t leave perishables out at room temp for longer than two hours. For more safety tips regarding your holiday food prep, go to

Lawrence-Stephenson House Gets A New Law Firm

A law office will once again occupy the Lawrence-Stephenson House in downtown Covington at the start of the year. Covington attorneys Russell Updike, Jennifer May Crawford and Nolan Nicely bought the historic property and have been moving into the building. They will officially hang their shingle on January 2nd. Crawford that the purchase of the Lawrence-Stephenson House is a win-win for both the firm and the Alleghany Historical Society. “The purchase of this property provides the firm a charming and historic building, ideally located behind the Alleghany County Courthouse,” Crawford added. “It also provides the Alleghany Historical Society proceeds from the sale that will allow it to fund existing and upcoming projects that will inure to the benefit of all.”

How Is The Shutdown Affecting Us

If you try visiting a nation park, or monument here, chances are the road will have a “Closed” sign on it. On the other hand, the Poff Federal Building and the Social Security Administration Building in Roanoke were open yesterday and clocking normal business hours. The Radford Army Ammunition Plant and the Salem VA Medical Center was also operating under a full head of steam. 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith isn’t predicting how long the partial shutdown might last, but in a telephone interview Wednesday morning, he said he believes negotiations between Democratic and Republican leaders will eventually end the political stand-off over border security.

Campbell Man Killed After Christmas Dinner

A Campbell County man was killed just hours after eating Christmas dinner with his family. Police already have a man in custody for the murder. Carlton Stratton was shot dead by Michael Langford, who deputies also charged with gun possession. Deputies were not giving out any details. They also did not confirm or deny investigations of drug use, and said that because this is an ongoing investigation, no other information is available at this time.

Covington PD Oficers Shop With Kids

West-Rock’s Covington mill presented a check to the Covington Police Department for their Shop with a Cop program. The purpose of the event was to foster positive relationships between area youth and the Covington police officers. Approximately 10 children in grades k through six were selected during the holiday season for a shopping trip. They were given money so that they could buy gifts for members of their family.
After shopping, the kids had lunch, wrapped their gifts and continued to get to know the police officers. This program allows children to experience the joy of giving around the holiday season and helps reinforce the idea of putting others above themselves.

Highland Christmas Mothe Says Thanks!

2018 Highlands Christmas Mother, Michele C. Wright thanked the generous citizens of the Alleghany Highlands for their love and generosity this Christmas. You made a difference on Christmas morning for over 680 children, teens, family members and elderly recipients this year. Wright said that it was an honor and a privilege to serve as th e70th Highlands Christmas Mother and to lead an amazing group of volunteers who served the program this year in many ways.

AMI Internships Available

Applications for Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship Program are now available! If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about sustainable farming practices to create healthier communities, consider becoming a part of this program! Phase 1, the Farm Study, looks at vegetable and fruit production, nutrition and wellness and more. Phase II which actually gets underway in early 2020, works with non profits and talks about developing local food systems and building leadership skills.

Magic Comes To Clifton Forge

A little magic comes to Clifton Forge in the form of Chris Michael’s Family Magic Show. It’s happening on Saturday, December 29th at 6:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium. Michael is both a magician and a comedian and has been featured on TV shows like America’s got talent and Penn and Teller: Fool Me. Tickets: Adults: $15; Children 12 and under: $7.50. This event is a fundraiser for the local Y.

Legislation Would Allow VA Lottery Winners To Remain Anonymous

A state lawmaker wants to let big lottery winners in Virginia remain anonymous. Delegate Lee Ware is putting it in legislation form. He says those winners should be allowed to stay private so they’re not hounded by strangers looking for money or looking to do them harm because they have new found wealth.