Archives for July 2019

I-64 Ramps Closing Monday

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced the closing of the I-64 ramps for Monday, July 29, according to District 9 Construction Engineer Greg Hylton.

Both eastbound and westbound ramps for I-64 at mile marker 181 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia will be closed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., and motorists are asked to use the alternate route in Harts Run at mile post 179.

The West Virginia Division of Highways expresses their regret for the inconvenience this causes the citizens and guests to the area.

Please note that inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project schedule.

Longtime Alleghany Highlands Educator Dies

The passing of a long-time Alleghany Highlands educator. Dr. Mary Litts Burton, of 403 Pine Street, Clifton Forge, died on Monday, at Brightview at Baldwin Park in Staunton. She was born in 1938 at the Chesapeake and Ohio Hospital in Clifton Forge and was a lifelong resident of the city/town of Clifton Forge. She began her career in education as a teacher in Alleghany County at Central High School and moved to Alleghany High School when it opened. Dr. Mary Litts Burton was 80 years old.

Durant Road Construction Starts Monday

Drivers will see traffic delays on Durant Road in Covington Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 2, as contractors finish roadway and sidewalk construction. Crews will be on scene directing traffic on Durant Road between Byrd Avenue and Thacker Avenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. They’ll be installing a new sidewalk with safety fence to improve pedestrian access between the Rayon Terrace neighborhood and shopping areas on Thacker Avenue. The project is scheduled for completion in late summer 2019.

‘Stuff The Bus’ Event Upcoming

Walmart and The Salvation Army are joining forces to provide new
school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event at
313 Thacker Ave. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 between the time of 8:30 to 6:30.
As part of a nationwide effort, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Covington is one of
nearly 3,000 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. In-store
shoppers on August 3 will receive lists of supplies needed, and all they have to do to
participate is purchase and drop off the requested items in the designated school buses
located outside of the store.

Clifton Middle School Staff Holding Meet And Greets Monday

Clifton Middle School Faculty and Staff will be visiting various areas of our community to meet
incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and parents. They’ll set up in the parking lot of each location on Monday including Iron Gate Fire House 9:00 – 9:30AM, Sharon Fire House 9:45 – 10:15AM, Mountain View Apts. 10:30 – 11:00AM, Clifton Forge Armory 11:10 – 11:40AM, Central Office 11:50 – 12:20PM. Another set of staff will be at Whitey’s Market 9:00 – 9:30AM, Callaghan Elementary 9:45 – 10:15AM, Clearview Estates 10:30 – 11:00AM
Dolly Ann Apts. 11:15 – 11:45 AM and Cedar Forest Apts. 11:50 – 12:20 PM

Iron Gate Town Council Meets Thursday Night

Iron Gate Town Council gets down to business Thursday night. There’s a 7pm meeting set for town hall on Commerce Avenue. Members will hear from Mayor Chuck Unroe and also review reports from standing committees. They’ll also discuss updating the town’s zoning ordinance, road millings, the reappointment of four persons to the planning commission and storm-drain replacement bids. Under new business they’ll talk about voting on planning commission reappointments and a vote on a storm-drain contract, among other items.

Committee On Joint School Services Meets Friday

The Committee on Joint School Services will travel to Richmond on Friday, July 26, 2019 to meet with representatives from the General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Education, and a law firm to discuss the process of developing joint school services.

The Committee on Joint School Services is made up of members of the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors – Falling Spring District Supervisor, Matt Garten and Covington District Supervisor, James Griffith, the Covington City Council – Mayor, Tom Sibold and Councilman, Allan Tucker, Alleghany County School Board (Jacob Wright, Boiling Springs District and Gerald Franson, Covington District and the Covington City School Board – Board Members, Johnathan Arritt and Erika Hunter.

Change In Leadership At WestRock In Covington

A change in leadership at WestRock in Covington as the company announces that Don Wilkinson will assume the position of general manager at the Covington mill operations, effective August 1. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Frostburg State University. Wilkinson, lives in Covington with his wife, Marsha, who is the mill controller.

Teacher Pleads Guilty In Student Snapchat Case

A former teacher in Botetourt County has pleaded guilty to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Paul Zachary Wakeman was sentenced to 12 months in jail, but all 12 months were suspended. He will serve 12 months of probation. Wakeman is ordered to have no contact with the minors involved, and within the next 30 days, must cancel his Virginia teaching license. Authorities say last year, Wakeman asked students for compromising pictures of themselves through Snapchat.

City And County Reps Hold Tuesday Meeting

A public meeting between representatives from the Covington City Council, the Alleghany County Board Of Supervisors and the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department was held Tuesday evening concerning joint funding negotiations for the past, current and future budgets and expenditures of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department.
It has been decided that all future meetings will be held at the Alleghany County Governmental Complex. With the next meeting scheduled for August 27 @ 6:00 pm. Covington Mayor Tom Sibold Jr. has been named as Chairman for the upcoming series of meetings, Alleghany County Board Of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Cletus Nicely has been named as Vice-Chairman and Covington City Clerk Gail Wood has been named as recorder.