Archives for July 2019

Botetourt County Putting New Ventilator Into Action

Another tool to help patients in critical condition in Botetourt County. It’s a ventilator that’s auomated and helps eliminate any human error in the process of trying to get someone breathing again. Currently, EMS crews have to manually pump oxygen into a patient. Training on the new equipment has just started and the department hopes to have the new ventilator on the street in the fall. Some state funds were used to help pay the $15,000 tab.

Road Trip Masters Visit Lewisburg Area

A pair of teachers who host Road Trip Masters on the Discovery Channel made a stop in the Lewisburg-White Sulphur Springs area. Nick Kessler and Brian Fulmer drive around in a drop top Cadillac and check out food, lodging and adventures in the areas they visit. The pair say, as teachers, they try to educate about the places they visit and encourage people to explore those stops for themselves.

Public Meeting To Discuess Budget And Other Issues

A Public Meeting between Alleghany County, the City of Covington and the Sheriff of Alleghany County will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 6:00 PM at the Alleghany County Governmental Complex: 9212 Winterberry Avenue Covington, Virginia 24426 The purpose of this meeting is for the three parties to initiate discussions regarding funding for Sheriff Law Enforcement and
level of service requirements desired by the City of Covington; The Regional Jail Funding; and Reconciliation of Past Due Billings for Joint Services.This is the Committee’s First meeting and at this meeting. the three parties will discuss organizational and other matters which may pertain to those issues.

Those who are expected to be involved in this meeting are Mayor Tom Sibold and Vice Mayor David Crosier – Covington City Council, from the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors – Chairman Steve Bennett and Vice Chairman Cletus Nicely, Alleghany County Sheriff – Kevin Hall and a guest, as well as Jon Lanford – Administrator for Alleghany County and Covington Interim City Manager – Clay Goodman.

Telephone Pole Mishap Prompts Traffic Pattern Changes

An early morning mishap has caused damage to a telephone pole and has caused power to go out in and around the intersection of Maple Avenue and Hawthorne Street. Covington Interim Police Chief, Chris Smith tells our newsroom that traffic has been detoured around this area and that intersection has been closed for since early this morning while repairs are being made, Dominion Energy reports that 56 customers have been affected, crews are on scene making the repairs which could run through 5 pm this evening. No word on what actually caused the damage to the pole.

Covington Author Pens Kids’ Book

While it might not be the best game plan for this weekend, a Covington author has penned a book encouraging kis to play outside. Michele Cook’s book is titled, “Goats in Coats: Patsy and Delores Go Exploring.” It’s about friendship and adventure and exploration and gets children excited about exploring the outside world around them. The book is available for purchase from Amazon in both paperback and Ebook format or a copy can be purchased from the author at the Covington farmer’s market or the Clifton Forge downtown market.

Catholic Picnic Sunday

The Knights of Columbus, Alleghany Highlands Council 8689 is holding its yearly area-wide Catholic picnic Sunday. The event starts at 2 p.m. at Shelter No. 1 in the Greenbrier State Forest. It’s open to Catholics in the counties of Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas, Alleghany and Bath counties. The area is south of the Caldwell/White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., exit off I-64. Hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings will be available and organizers are asking each family to bring a covered dish to share. Also, kids 12 and under can use the nearby swimming pool with a ticket purchase.

Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Baker Retires

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, a retirement luncheon was held for Lt. Mike Baker at the Greenbrier County Courthouse in Lewisburg. Lt. Mike Baker is retiring after 23 years of service with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Baker was a dedicated employee of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office and will be missed by all who worked with and around him.

Preventing Hot Vehicle Deaths

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges parents and caregivers to prevent tragedies surrounding kids and pets left in hot vehicles by taking a few minutes to make a plan. The simplest thing to do is to place your purse or briefcase in the back seat with your baby or pet, something you wouldn’t leave your car without, regardless of a change in your routine. You can also put your cell phone or employee badge in the back seat. also suggests leaving a stuffed animal in your child’s car seat when it is not in use. When you strap your child into her car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front seat with you so you remember your child is in the car. Fifty-two children died in the United States last year as a result of being unattended in a hot vehicle, according to

Company Seeking Dollars From Justice Doesn’t Find Many

Siemens Financial Services, seeking close to $3 million from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has found much in his bank accounts. Accounts on file with the Greenbrier Circuit clerk show only a few thousand dollars identified, plus a bunch of accounts that have either been closed or don’t have any money. Siemens asked the Greenbrier County sheriff to seize personal property and for Justice assets in a dozen banks to be checked.
The search came after Justice signed off on a court agreement to pay down almost $4 million in debt to Siemens Financial Services, which is based in New Jersey.

JPRA Backs Senators’ Letter Opposing Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The head of the Jackson River Preservation Association is applauding a recent letter sent by Virginia senators to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting a stop-work order for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Bill Wilson says in a statement, “From the very beginning of the debate over this
pipeline, the JRPA, Cowpasture River Preservation Association (CRPA) and many others have
been saying that not only is this pipeline not needed but the environmental damage to the
mountains and streams in the Alleghany Highlands would be horrific. Now that the public and legislators are aware of how ill advised the ACP is, I hope we can stop it.”