Archives for November 2019

Highland County Marketing Assistance Program

The Highland County Tourism Council’s 2019 Marketing Assistance Program is now open, with up to $2,000 in available assistance for Highland County organizations or businesses who wish to promote a new event or expand their efforts in marketing an existing one. Learn more, and get the full guidelines and application at:

Data: Tourism Translates To Big Business In Alleghany Highlands

Tourism in Virginia generated $26 billion in travel spending and in the Alleghany Highlands, it amounted to more than $45 million. That figure for 2018 reflects a 6.4% percent change over 2017. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 416 while local tourism-related taxes were $3,019,615. Tourism officials are hoping to see those numbers rise again this year.

School Board Members Attend Annual State Conference

Alleghany County school board members and staff attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 2019 Annual Convention in Williamsburg last week. Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the convention, participating in more than 50 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as board governance, school law, workforce readiness, schools in challenging environments, advocacy, and educational trends.

Christmas Spectacle: The Omni Homestead Resort Christmas Tree

How do you get a huge Christmas tree through doors at a hotel? They have it down to an art at the Omni Homestead Resort in Bath County. This year the tree is a 22 foot tall Fraser fir and personnel used a forklift, some rope and plenty of manpower to stand it up in the foyer. The operation has become a tradition in the area and attracted a crowd of onlookers to watch it unfold.

Project Sticker Shock Coming December 21st

Alleghany Highlands Community Services, Alleghany Highlands Healthy Youth Coalition and
Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office are partnering to implement a Project Sticker Shock in our
community. The event will be held on December 21, 2019 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Exxon on
South Durant Road in Covington, VA.
Sticker Shock is a youth led prevention program. It is designed to support existing, and
encourage new community activism, cooperative efforts, and community capacity building to
combat underage drinking and its related problems, specifically adults providing alcohol to

Covington Native Named Grand Marshal Of Clifton Forge Christmas Parade

A Covington native has been named grand marshal of the Clifton Forge Christmas Parade happening December 6th. Attorney David Davis was chosen by Clifton Forge Main Street Inc., which oversees the Christmas parade. Davis is stepping down, retiring, from his position as county attorney, which he has held for 25 years. His law practice in Covington will close on Dec. 31. Davis, who is originally from Covington, moved to Clifton Forge in 1984 after graduating from the Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, Calif. He attended law school after graduating from Roanoke College.

Thanksgiving Community Worship Service In Covington Monday

At the First Presbyterian Church Monday night, corner of Maple Ave and Locust Street in Covington, there will be a Thanksgiving Community Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25. Among the churches taking part, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Good News Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church and Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church. The service will be led by tThe Rev. Sung Yoo of Granbery Memorial UMC, and other clergy will also contribute.

Covington Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting Monday

Monday, it’s the next Covington Special Education Advisory Committee meeting. It happens at 4 p.m. at Edgemont Primary School/Jeter-Watson Intermediate School library. The guest speaker will be
Mary Ellen Plitt, Early intervention support services coordinator, Alleghany Highlands Community Service. Also
parents and guardians of Special Ed students are welcome to attend the public meeting.

Flea, Farmer’s Markets Opening In Lewisburg

In Lewisburg, the Winter Indoor Flea Market and Lewisburg Farmer’s Market is open for business. The market is open Saturdays at the in the Gus Douglass Annex at the State Fair complex from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The flea market will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors who want to take part can call (304) 645-1090 to get details or visit to download an application.

Work Being Done On Top Drive Road

The USDA Forest Service is making repairs to a 6.7-mile section of Top Drive Road (Forest Service Road #447) in Alleghany County, Virginia beginning immediately. Sequential segments of Top Drive Road will be closed to all public entry as the repairs proceed from State Route 770 to the intersection with I-64 (Exit 43). No more than one mile of road will be closed at any one time. The temporary road closure and repairs are expected to last 45 days. During the temporary closures, private property owners can work with the District Ranger to access their property. The road will reopen when repairs are complete, likely by January 2020. Special funding through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program is being used to repair the damage from prior storm events.