Archives for January 2019

Operation Buzzkill Rounds Up Two Dozen Suspects

The Alleghany Highlands Drug Task Force on Thursday morning executed warrants issued by the Alleghany County Grand Jury for 29 individuals on 129 drug related charges. Those charges were possession and distribution of drugs, as well as, possession of illegal firearms and possession of illegal firearms by a convicted felon. As of press time today 24 of the 29 have been apprehended.

Sheriff Kevin Hall wishes to thank the Alleghany Highlands Drug Task Force for their efforts. The task force is comprised of members of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office, Bath County Sheriff’s Office, Craig County Sheriff’s Office, Covington City Police Department, Virginia State Police and assisted by the Clifton Forge Police Department.

Community Health Launch Dates Announced

The Alleghany/Covington Community Health Steering Committee invites
everyone who lives, works, and plays in Alleghany/Covington to the Community Health Launch!
It is a time to come together and strengthen our community.
Two launch events will be held, one in Covington and one in Clifton Forge:
February 5th, 2019 February 6th, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 pm 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Covington Fire Department Clifton Forge Fire Department
435 Hawthorne Street 701 Church Street
Covington, VA 24426 Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Food will be provided. Please RSVP by January 31st by calling (540) 962-2173 or (540) 962-
0465 or by emailing

AHS Teacher Awarded Guiding Star

A third year teacher at Alleghany High School, is receiving the Guiding Star. That’s an award given to a teacher by the staff and students at AHS who goes above and beyond expectations. David Vanderford teaches English and agency composition and is also the co-sponsor of the National Honor Society and the assistant boy’s jayvee soccer coach. Vanderford told the Virginian Review, “Education can open so many doors and so many possibilities that it becomes humbling to see the future materialize before our very eyes.” One student asked said Vanderford is always smiling and you can tell he loves teaching.

Men’s Conference Friday And Saturday

Today and tomorrow, Covington Baptist Church invites everyone to the 2019 Men’s Conference, featuring a simulcast of Dr. Johnny Hunt’s Annual Men’s Conference from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia. Doors will open at Covington Baptist Church this Friday evening at 5 p.m. for dinner at 5:30 p.m., and then again on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and boys under 17 years old get in free. Covington Baptist Church asks that you buy tickets in advance in order for food preparation. For more information and to order tickets, please call Brad Armes at 540-330-7748, or e-mail him at Don’t miss this opportunity to come together, and make an impact throughout the Alleghany Highlands!

Hearing On Block Grant Proposal

The Alleghany County Board of Supervisors will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:00 P.M., in the Board Room of the County Governmental Complex located at 9212 Winterberry Avenue, Covington, Virginia, to solicit public input on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposal to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the Wrightsville Community Revitalization Project. Residents of the project area are encouraged to attend. The Wrightsville Community Revitalization Project will include the following activities: revitalization of housing and infrastructure improvements (storm water, streets, sewer, etc.).

Highland County EDA Lays Out Conditions For Highland Inn Reno

The Highland County Economic Development Authority has approved criteria under which the Highland Inn renovation could be funded through a Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development industrial revitalization fund grant. One issue is…meeting the conditions, particularly raising about $1 million, would take longer than three weeks, according to Highland Center officials. The EDA has set up a number of conditions the center has to meet before the initiative can move forward.

Virginia Living ‘Best Of Virginia’ Readers’ Survey

Time is running out to vote in Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia 2019 Readers’ Survey. You can vote in as few or as many of the 107 categories as you like. Check out our list of categories below.
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You have until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 to submit your ballot.

40th Anniversary Chamber Dinner

The 40th anniversary of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will be makred during the 2019 Annual Dinner Meeting on March 30th. It recognizes businesses and business owners for the hard work they do year round. The event is happening at the Greenbrier Resort with cocktail hour starting at 5:30pm and dinner and awards to follow at 6:30 pm in Colonial Hall. Invitations will be sent out soon and tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

Clifton Forge Blues Fest VIP Jam

The 2019 Clifton Forge Blues Fest: VIP Jam LIVE From the Thomas P. Dean/ Racey and Dean, Inc. Underground Lounge and Cafe Friday, February 1 at 7:30 PM Also, Feb. 2 …a Main Event Concer VIP’s from Saturday’s line-up will sit in with a rotating group of talented blues musicians, led by the incomparable Bobby ‘Blackhat’ Walters. This event sold out last year, and tickets are limited, so get your tickets early! Tickets: $25 •

Covington Baptist Welcoming Men’s Conference This Weekend

An annual men’s conference is coming to Covington Baptist Church this weekend. The event will feature a simulcast off the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference from First Baptist Church-Woodstock in Woodstock, Ga. The theme of the presentation is “Game Plan: Beating Man’s Worst Enemy — Himself.” The conference runs fromm 7pm to 9:55pm on Friday and from 8am to noon on Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults. Seventeen and under will be admitted for free.