Archives for December 2018

Audit Of Covington Reveals Few Issues

A few items of concern surfaced in an audit done of Covington by Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates.For the most part all was in line with standards but there were instances, for instance, where several checks, totaling $7,758.46, were outstanding for a period of time greater than one year, also, a commercial business was incorrectly charged for one month of garbage instead of three months due to a coding error. Also there were five instances where the Covington City School Board meeting minutes weren’t signed.

Lawyers Taking Up Shop In Historic Covington Home

There will be new life in the historic Lawrence-Stephenson House in downtown Covington in the form of lawyers. The building has been purchased by attorneys Russell Updike, Nolan Nicely and Jennifer May Crawford who plan to practice out of the building in the new year. The deal closed on Tuesday and they plan to move in over the holidays and be open for business on January 2nd.

Covington Kettle Drive Needs Your Help

In Covington, Salvation Army Christmas kettles are falling slightly short of their
seasonal goal of $75,000. According to Major Kim Edward Feinauer, Corps Officer, giving slowed below
projections as the campaign entered the final ten days of the campaign. “As of Wednesday, December 19, we
have raised $60,000,” he said, “which means that we have four kettle days remaining to raise the remaining
$15,000. According to trends we have seen in the past, we are likely to raise $10,000 to $12,000 in that time;
so even in the best-case scenario, it appears we will fall short of the goal.

Woman Will Spend Two-Plus Decades Behind Bars In Daughter’s Death

Two-plus decades behind bars for a Lynchburg woman in connection with the death of her daughter. 20 year old Fantasia Ashante Lane had been indicted on murder, child abuse and other counts last month in the death of her 22 month old daughter back in August. The child had extensive injures and died. Lane received a 55 year sentence with 32 years suspended. ,

Two Covington Residents Dead In Separate Shootings In Craig, Botetourt Counties

The Virginia State Police investigating a pair of fatal, separate shootings Wednesday in Craig County and Botetourt County that left two Covington residents dead.
At 8:09 a.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a shooting at a
business located in the 26000 block of Craig Creek Road. The Sheriff’s Office arrived and
found Ashley N. Bayne, 31, of Covington, Va., deceased on the sidewalk outside the building.
The Sheriff’s Office obtained a description of the suspect vehicle that had fled the scene and
immediately broadcast it to all law enforcement within the region.’

Approximately 30 minutes later, the suspect vehicle – a black Dodge Charger – was spotted on
Route 220 in Botetourt County by a Botetourt County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, but the
Charger refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit continued along Route 220
until the vehicle stopped near Valley Road. When Botetourt County Sheriff’s Deputies
approached the stopped vehicle, they found the driver to be suffering from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound. James E. Bayne 52, of Covington, Va., was transported by EMS to Roanoke
Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
A handgun was recovered from the Dodge Charger at the crash scene. Both shootings remain under investigation.

Winter Reading Program At Clifton Forge Public Library

A winter reading program at the Clifton Forge Public Library. It’s for readers from age 3 to adult and for the kids, every five hours of reading, or having a story read to them, they receive a prize and are entered into a drawing for a bigger prize. For ages 19 and older, for every ten books read or listened to, they’ll receive an entry into a prize drawing. The Winter Reading Program wraps up with a party on March 11 for children ages 3-12.

Union Head Disagrees With Northam Approach To Teacher Salary Hikes

Governor Northam has called for a budget that increases teachers salaries, but it’s not sitting well with some on the Alleghany County School Board. Bob Umstead with the Alleghany Education Association says the county can’t come up with the two and a half percent match as part of Northam’s call for a five percent salary boost. Umstead ultimately wants teachers to receive a 10 percent pay increase.

Pastor Joins Covington Baptist Church

A new pastor for Covington Baptist Church. William Bradley Ames Sr. has been in place at the church for a time now. He was ordained in April of this year and is a licensed Gospel minister. He had served as a Sunday school teacher, head deacon and taught a night bible class at Grace Baptist Church in New Castle prior to his arrival in Covington.

Additional Holiday Time Off For WV State Workers

West Virginia state employees are getting some extra time off during the upcoming holidays.

Gov. Jim Justice has issued proclamations declaring Dec. 24 and Jan. 31 as full-day state holidays for public employees. Both fall on a Monday and were previously listed as half-day holidays.

Justice says “it is fitting and proper” that state employees get the extended time off in recognition of their hard work.

Hiking Into A Healthy New Year

Ring in the New Year with a special First Day Hike in a Virginia State Park. All state parks will offer free parking all day, while the first 100 visitors to each park will receive a special bumper sticker. Two contests give visitors two opportunities to win gift certificates valued at up to $500. Participants can be eligible to win prizes by simply registering, hiking and then recording the hike on Jan. 1. An annual photo contest is also an opportunity for visitors to win gift certificates that can be used for camping and cabin reservations or to purchase annual passes.