Archives for December 2019

Forest Service Road Repairs

The USDA Forest Service is repairing three roads in Botetourt, Alleghany and Bath Counties this winter. During the repairs, sections of the roads will be closed.

Gas Pipe Road (Forest Service Road #354) in Botetourt County, Virginia will be temporarily closed for storm damage repairs beginning January 6, 2020 and continuing into February 2020. During the repairs the entire 3.8-mile length of Gas Pipe Road will be closed to all public entry.

A quarter-mile portion of Lime Kiln Road (Forest Service Road #194) in Bath County, Virginia, will be temporarily closed beginning the week of January 6, 2020 for a culvert replacement project. A new arch culvert will allow fish and other aquatic organisms to travel up and down the stream, improving stream health. During the project work, the road will be closed to thru traffic at milepost 6.9, but the public will still be able to access the majority of Lime Kiln Road by entering either from the north end or south end via State Route 629 (Douthat State Park Road). The project is expected to be completed the week of February 17, 2020.

White Rocks Road (Forest Service Road #108) in Alleghany County is currently closed for road repairs including brushing, gravel and grading and will be closed through the end of January 2020. Access to the trailhead on the south end of the Rich Hole Wilderness trail (Forest Trail #464) will not be available until the repairs are complete.

Report: Botetourt County On Strong Financial Footing

At its regular meeting in December, the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors received its
annual audit report from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates. Corbin Stone, the County’s auditor, gave the report, noting the growing strength of the County’s financial position over the past few years. Broad economic growth, prudent budgeting practices, and Botetourt’s overall desirability as a place to live and work have all done their share to support the County’s finances. “The County’s financial position is strong and well above average compared to other localities that our company audits,” said Stone.

Bath County Seeking Contractor For Visitor Center

Bath County is seeking bids to build the County visitor center at 9119 Sam Snead Hwy in Mitchelltown. Construction involves a single leveL, 1500 square foot building including an exhibit area, reception desk, meeting room and two smaller side rooms. Also, administrative offices, storage, a janitor’s closet and restroom. Bids will be accepted until January 15th at 2pm in the county administrator’s office.

FEMA Buying Out Flood Damaged Properties In Greenbrier County

24 Greenbrier County properties, damaged by flooding in 2016, will be bought out by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The properties are located in White Sulphur Springs, Rainelle, Rupert, Charmco and Caldwell. Last week, three Hazard Mitigation Acquisition/Demolition projects were approved for the county totaling $1,748,500. Despite this victory, it has been a long battle as it is coming up on almost four years since the flood leaving those who applied through FEMA left in waiting.

Covington City Offices Upcoming Schedule

The City of Covington offices (Including Peter’s Mountain landfill and state offices-Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, Registrar) will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. All offices will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Refuse collection:

Week of December 30, 2020 – January 3, 2020

Refuse collection on Monday & Tuesday will be on a regular schedule. Wednesday’s refuse, January 1, 2020, will be collected on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Nine People Died In Six Crashes Around Christmas

With increased traffic volumes on Virginia’s roadways anticipated for the remainder of the week and throughout the weekend, the Virginia State Police is encouraging all drivers to increase their attention to safe driving. Since Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, through midnight Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2019, nine people lost their lives in six traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways. One of the crashes happened in Rockingham County. The state police are reminding all drivers to be alert and drive distraction free at all times while behind the wheel. Sharing the road responsibly with pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles, complying with speed limits, driving sober and always wearing a seat belt are required by law of all drivers in Virginia.

Update On Trooper Struck By Driver In Botetourt County

We’re learning more about an incident in which a trooper was struck by a driver in Botetourt County. Virginia State Police arrested Hunter Lee Ruley, 20, of Lexington, Va. in
connection with a hit and run crash which occurred on Route 11 in Botetourt County on Friday,
(Dec 20), involving a Virginia State Police Trooper.
The crash occurred at 9:56 p.m. while Senior Trooper R.E. Tackett was investigating a crash
with another vehicle and a bear. The trooper was entering his vehicle from the passenger
side, when he was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck. The Virginia State Police was
able to use the video system in the trooper’s vehicle to obtain a description of the vehicle that
struck the trooper.
Shortly after the crash, Ruley posted on social media he was selling a set of 4 oversize wheels
and tires from a 2004 Chevrolet. Investigators received information on the posting from a
citizen, and using the pictures provided by Ruley on the site; was able locate the truck at a
residence in Rockbridge County.
Troopers seized the vehicle and Ruley was later arrested at that location.
Ruley was charged with Felony Hit and Run and transported to the Rockbridge County Jail.
Mug shot can be obtained from the Rockbridge County Jail.

GAUNTLET Calling All Entrepreneurs

The Advancement Foundation invites all entrepreneurs from the area to register for the 6th Annual GAUNTLET Business Program & Competition. The GAUNTLET includes business training, mentorship, scaling strategies, and much more! Anyone can participate in the classes and then at the end of the program entrepreneurs will have the option to compete to win over $300,000 cash and prizes! Classes will be held once a week for 10 weeks, every Tuesday starting February 4, 2020, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Current class locations include the Vinton War Memorial and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. The GAUNTLET application is available online.

White Sulphur Springs Properties To Become Hotel And Events Center

White Sulphur Springs has attracted a private investor to purchase the WSS High School and plans to invest $3 million into the facility and transform it into a hotel and events center. The new owners are working with those groups currently using the facility, like WSS Youth Basketball and the WISH Center, to ensure a smooth transition. After schools consolidated, the Greenbrier County Board of Education turned the property over to the city. Currently, there are no hotels or motels in operation in city limits— something that has been noted by many potential visitors as a significant obstacle. This development will provide a boost to our downtown economy by encouraging tourism, creating jobs, and increasing foot traffic.

City Of Covington Holiday Hours

City of Covington offices will close at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 and will be closed December 23-25, 2019 in observance of Christmas
The Peters Mountain Landfill and State Offices (Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer and Registrar) will also be on the same schedule above (with the exception that the landfill will close at 11:00 am on Friday, December 20, 2019).
Refuse collection:
Week of December 16, 2019 – December 20, 2019
Refuse collection for Friday, December 20, 2019 will be collected on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Week of December 23, 2019 – December 27, 2019
Refuse collection for Monday–Tuesday, December 23-24, 2019, will be collected on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Refuse collection for Wednesday-Friday, December 25-27, 2019, will be collected on Friday, December
27, 2019.