Archives for April 2019

Honoring Workers Who Help With Area Tourism Efforts

The 36th annual National Travel & Tourism Week takes place this year during the week of May 5th – 11th. The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism wants to take a unique approach in celebrating the great customer service of our local employees and volunteers within the tourism industry. This year, the chamber will encourage local citizens to cast a vote for any employee or volunteer at local tourism related businesses that give excellent customer service. Local citizens will have several different ways to cast their votes – Through email at:, dropping off their vote at the chamber office – 110 Mall Road in Covington or through an online link that will be available on the chambers Facebook page.

Clifton Forge Preps For Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

The Alleghany Highlands Triathlon happens Saturday, May 18, for a Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in Clifton Forge. Race begins at the Sharon Community Center in Clifton Forge at 4017 Nicelytown Road, Clifton Forge. Packet pick-up and registration will be 5:30-7pm May 17th at Jack Mason’s Tavern and 7:30 am at The Sharon Community Center on May 18. Medals will be given for top finishers in multiple age groups as well as teams. This is a great event for all levels of participants. Visit to register now! • #uniquely Alleghany

Memorial Day Closures

Some local offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day: · County Offices located in the County Governmental Complex, 9212 Winterberry Avenue, Covington, VA These offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The Island Ford Transfer Station will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 27th.

Clifton Forge Marks Little League Opening Day

The 65th Annual Clifton Forge Little League Opening Day was held this past Saturday at Linden Park in Clifton Forge. The Little League was founded in Williamsport, PA some 80 years ago in 1939. The Little League is the largest organized youth sports program in the world with over 3 million youths involved on an annual basis. The Clifton Forge Little League was organized in 1954 and is made up with a board of directors and all volunteers. 20 teams participated in the event. The Little League relies solely on their team sponsors and fundraising for the purchase of equipment. The Clifton Forge Little League appreciates the participation of the coaches and parents that help with fundraising and for their continued support.

National Day Of Prayer Service Thursday In Covington

Thursday, a National Day of Prayer observance will be held in the city of Covington. The Virginian Review reports the 68th annual prayer gathering will be held in Covington City Hall Council Chambers and will begin at noon. Area pastors will lead the event and there will be performances by local soloists. The National Day of Prayer is celebrated by Americans of many religions, including Christians of many denominations — including Protestants and Catholics — as well as Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and Jews, reflecting the demographics of the United States.
This year’s theme is “Love One Another, Just As IHave Loved You.”

Bike Rodeo Set For Saturday

Make your plans now for next weekend. The 23rd annual Alleghany Highlands Bike Rodeo happens on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Jackson River Sport Complex. The rodeo is organized by area law enforcement agencies, and held in conjunction with Kids Day, which is sponsored by area parks and recreation departments from Alleghany County, Bath County and the city of Covington. It’s designed to promote safety for area youth, and to continue to build positive relationships with area law enforcement and the children. There will be other activities during the rodeo as well. There will be a petting zoo, jolly jumps, games and other activities and food for everyone to enjoy. The event is free of charge, and is made possible through donations.

Road Work May Start Monday

You could see work starting today to repair and stabilize a portion of Route 18 (Carpenter Drive) in the Midland Heights/Cedar Hill area. Currently, normal access to South Covington is restricted to this road because access from the Jackson Street side into South Covington is closed due the “bluff project” and complete road closure there, thus resulting in increased, heavy traffic volumes on Carpenter Drive. Route 18, Carpenter Drive currently serves the Jackson Street, Edgemont, Parrish Court and Idewilde areas in the city, as well as Mallow (city/county), and the Potts Creek area of Alleghany County. Access to these areas could take place with a detour thru the Mallow area of the county if necessary.

Clifton Forge Not Cancelling Family’s Massive Water Bill

Clifton Forge Town is trying to help a family pay a massive water bill but isn’t letting them off the hook. The family owes well over $5,000 as the result of a water leak on the property that led to 80,000 gallons of water being used. The town has adjusted the bill and as of this week, the unpaid balance sits at $2,120, Council this week decided that dropping the remainder of the bill would not be an appropriate action to take.

Repair Plan Being Mapped Out For Covington Roadway

Damaged sections of roadway on Rt. 18/South Carpenter Drive in Covington may be repaired. The area just north of Cedar Hill Cemetary has been patched a number of times in recent months as the roadway is sinking due to flooding. Covington officials have reached out to VDOT and, according to the Virginian Review, anticipate a contractor will review the South Carpenter Drive area soon and make a determination on what steps are needed to make a long-term correction to the problem.

Bike Rodeo Drawing Near

This year’s Alleghany Highlands Bike Rodeo will take place on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Jackson River Sport Complex. It’s a law enforcement initiative, also backed by the recreation departments of Alleghany County, Bath County and the city of Covington. The bike rodeo is designed to promote safety for area youth, and to continue to build positive relationships with area law enforcement and the children.Many entities have contributed money to buy bikes and helmets. If you’d like to join in call (540) 965-1770 ext. 104; or (540) 968-0651.