Archives for July 2019

Expansion Plans For A&D Glass

A & D Glass in Covington has announced that they are expanding soon, as they have recently closed on a new location and building. A & D Glass will be relocating to 869 W. Edgemont Drive in Covington. The building and land were previously occupied by Dawn Equipment Sales and Service. A & D Glass is locally owned and operated by David and Alyce McAllister, who has a combined experience of 25 years in glass and offers a full service glass shop specializing in Residential and Commercial Glass, Store Fronts, Storm Windows, Screens, Tabletops, Mirrors, Auto Glass and Heavy Equipment Glass. A & D Glass opens in their new location on Tuesday, September 3rd. A & D Glass may be reached at 540.962.7888

Stuff The Bus Event In Covington Monday

Getting kids ready for school is the mission behind a Stuff the Bus event happening on Saturday at 313 Thacker Avenue. Walmart and The Salvation Army are joining forces to collect school supplies for local children in need between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. In-store shoppers on Aug. 3 will receive lists of supplies needed, and they can buy some items and drop them off in designated school buses located outside of the store.

Operation Speed Bump Underway

According to a press release from Alleghany County Sheriff, Kevin Hall, officer’s from the Clifton Forge Police Department, Covington Police Department, Virginia State Police, Alleghany and Bath County Sheriff’s Offices are in the process of arresting twelve individuals on thirty-two drug related indictments. These indictments are the result of a six month investigation into illegal drug activity by officer’s assigned to the Alleghany Highlands Drug Task Force. These indictments were handed down by the Alleghany County Grand Jury who met earlier this month. The Alleghany Highlands Drug Task Force is comprised of officer’s from the Covington Police Department, Virginia State Police, Alleghany, Bath, and Craig County Sheriff’s Office. A more detailed press release including names, charges, and photos of the suspects will be released by the Drug Task Force at the conclusion of this operation.

Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

Virginia will hold its annual three-day sales tax holiday this weekend. The tax holiday is meant to help families save money on back-to-school purchases and to encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season. Consumers can purchase eligible items from Friday through Sunday without paying state and local sales tax. Eligible products include school supplies that cost $20 or less per item, and clothing and footwear that cost $100 or less per item. Hurricane and emergency preparedness items include: portable generators, $1,000 or less; gas-powered chain saws, $350 or less; chain saw accessories, $60 or less; and other hurricane preparedness products, $60 or less.

Bath County Fair Date Set

The Bath County Fair is scheduled to happen Saturday, September 21 at the Millboro Elementary School Complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include Live Music, Local Vendors, Food, Carnival Rides and
Activities for Kids and Adults The Registration for display items happens Friday, September 20 from 5-7 p.m. Find out more at

Reception For Covington’s New City Manager

The City of Covington will hold a reception to welcome Krystal Onaitis, Covington’s new City Manager, on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Covington City Hall, Council Chambers, 333 W. Locust Street. The public is invited to attend. Join us in welcoming Ms. Onaitis to Covington.

The work session of City Council will be held in Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. after the reception.

Potential Delays On Route 3605 Into Friday

According to VDOT, Route 3605 (South Durant Road/West Jackson Street), Covington, will have flagger traffic control for paving and sidewalk construction between Thacker Avenue and South Byrd Avenue, through August 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Significant traffic delays possible at intersection of Durant Road and Thacker Avenue.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for pipe replacements and ditching at various locations until Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Covington Equalization Board With More Assessment Meetings Upcoming

The first round of meetings being held by Covington’s board of Equalization for the purpose of hearing complaints of inequalities including errors in acreage wrapped up Friday so if you have such an issue and haven’t yet taken it to the board you have a few more chances to do so. Upon hearing such complaints, either oral or written, the Board will give consideration and increase, decrease or affirm assessments. The next meeting in Council Chambers of City Hall, happens between 9a and 4pm on August19th Appointments are 15 minutes long.

Wrightsville Renewal Festival Starts Tuesday

The 14th annual Wrightsville Renewal Festival will be held July 30-Aug. 5. The festival celebrates the history of Wrightsville, a small African-American community located just east of Covington near Pinehurst.
This year’s festival will focus on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in Virginia at Point Comfort. Wrightsville was settled by African Americans in 1867. By the early 1900s, Wrightsville was the only self-contained African American community in Alleghany County. You can go to to find out more

Route 616 Closing For Road Work

A portion of Route 616 (Rich Patch Road) in Alleghany County is scheduled to close for about three months beginning Monday, August 5. This closure allows the Virginia Department of Transportation to replace a bridge over Blue Spring Run, between Route 617 (Jamison Mountain Road) and Route 618 (Upper Rich Patch Road).
Northbound drivers will go west on Route 615 (Blue Spring Run Road), north on Route 18 (Potts Creek Road), east on Route 657 (Pitzers Ridge Road) and then south on Route 619 to return to Route 616.
Southbound drivers will go north on Route 619, west on Route 657, south on Route 18 and then east on Route 615 to return to Route 616. The Route 616 bridge replacement should be complete in early November. All work is weather permitting.