Archives for July 2020

ABC Summer Cyber Sale

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) will hold its first ever Summer Cyber
Sale on Aug. 5, featuring 20% off all online purchases of $100 or more.
The promotion will be available on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from midnight until 11:59 p.m., with the discount
automatically applied at checkout once the $100 minimum is reached. All products available for online ordering
will be eligible for the discount, while supplies last. Products that do not display an “Add to Cart” button are
unavailable for online ordering.
Customers can choose to pick up their order in their local store or schedule a time for curbside pickup of their
online order at least two hours after the order is placed. Currently 370 of 389 ABC stores offer curbside pickup.
Customers who opt for in-store pickup are required to wear a face mask or face covering and observe social
distancing when inside the store.

Substitute Teacher, Teacher Assistant Orientations Upcoming

There are substitute teacher/ teacher assistant orientations upcoming for Alleghany County Public Schools. The dates are August 5, August 13 and September 4, 2020. The sessions are taking place at the Alleghany County School Board office at 8:30 a.m, and seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 540-863-1814. You can submit an application and get additional orientation dates by going to

Friday Coronavirus Update

There are currently 88,904 cases of coronavirus cumulatively in Virginia with 7,786 hospitalizations and 2,141 deaths.

Virginia’s governor and two U.S. senators urged President Trump to respond to the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak that has occurred inside an immigrant detention center, calling it a “dire situation.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 262 undocumented immigrants are being monitored at the privately owned Farmville Detention Center after testing positive for COVID-19, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Immigrant advocates have called the detention center a “tinderbox” of infection and Gov. Ralph Northam as well as U.S. senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, all Democrats, have urged Trump to send in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help stem the outbreak.

The outbreak “presents a clear risk to individuals within the facility, but also endangers the broader community as facility staff and released detainees have interaction with the general public,” Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Mark R. Warner wrote in a joint statement Wednesday.

Botetourt County Fatal Crash

Virginia Police is working a three vehicle crash at the 158 mile marker on Interstate 81 Southbound. The crash occurred at 5:18 a.m. when the driver of a pickup truck struck an illegally parked tractor, which was parked on the right shoulder of the roadway.

The pickup truck came to rest in the roadway and was struck by another tractor trailer which was traveling south on Interstate 81. The driver of the pickup was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Troopers are working to notify the next of kin at this time.

‘Let’s Talk Alleghany’ Webinars

Alleghany Highlands Healthy Youth Coalition and Live Well Alleghany Highlands are
partnering to host “Let’s Talk Alleghany”. This campaign will consist of virtual webinars
throughout the months of June to September. There will also be “challenges” for the community
to participate in to reduce the stigma of mental health challenges and increase awareness of
suicide prevention.
The webinars will be hosted by Leading To Change. Leading To Change is a nationally awarded
training agency. Eric Rowles, CEO, is an expert on youth culture, substance use prevention and
workforce development.

8/13- “Zoom On Part 1” at 10 AM via Zoom – Tools To Increase Remote Engagement – visit
Facebook page to register
8/19 – “Zoom On Part 2” at 11 AM via Zoom- Advanced Tools To Increase Remote
Engagement – visit Facebook page to register

Thursday Coronavirus Update

There are now 87,933 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia with 7,738 hospitalizations and 2,125 deaths.

Twelve health districts are experiencing surges.
On current course, Virginia is projected to have ~15,000 weekly cases, and growing, by early September
On July 11, the reproduction rate was above 1.0 statewide and in four of six HPP regions.
So far, projections do not anticipate hospitalizations will exceed capacity through August, however it is crucial to mitigate surges.
Social distancing appears to be waning, but infection control and other mitigation strategies are suppressing spread.

Two people have died from a coronavirus outbreak at a West Virginia nursing home, according to Gov. Jim Justice, who also expressed concern Wednesday over a bump in virus cases along the state’s southern and western borders.

“We have got to realize that this thing is a killer,” the Republican governor said at a news conference. “Absolutely, we have got to do all that we possibly can, each and every one of us. We can’t drop our guard. We’ve got to stay on top of this.”

Twenty people at the Princeton Health Care Center recently tested positive for the virus, bringing the total since March to 19 residents and 23 staff, including three deaths, he said.

Taste Of Our Towns In Lewisburg Canceled

Staff at Carnegie Hall have announced they are cancelling the 36th annual Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) food and music festival planned for the second Saturday in October. It’s the hall’s largest fundraiser, held in Lewisburg, and features food tastings, entertainment and vendors. Officials call it a blow to Carnegie Hall and to all the vendors and non profits who rely on proceeds from the festival. The staff is now in the planning process for the event in 2021.

Buckhorne Country Store and Campground Customer Appreciation Day Schedule Change

Ray and Cherie Allen, owners of The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground, are celebrating their
20 th year in business. Customer Appreciation Day is Saturday, August 1, and festivities begin at 2:30 p.m.
with Glen Shelton in concert followed by Bill Wade at 4:30, Jeff Downey and Friends at 5:00 p.m., and
Gentlemen South from 7:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. Proceeds raised for the Appalfolks Poetry-A-Thon will be donated to support CAYA Ministries, a Christian outreach operated in Clifton Forge by Bishop Alfred L. “Mustard” Dearing, Sr.
Ray and his wife, Cherie Davis Allen, have owned the campground for 19 years, and the business has
won Hershey’s Golden Scoop Award each full year since they purchased the business in 2000. Since
then, The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground has hosted overnight guests from all 50 states and
15 foreign countries. The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground is located at 3508 Douthat Road, Clifton Forge, just
1.6 miles off Exit 27 of I-64 on Route 629, just 800 feet from the entrance to Douthat State Park.

Buckhorne Country Store and Campground Customer Appreciation Day

The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground will hold its “Customer Appreciation
Day” on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, with Glen Shelton kicking off festivities at 2:30 p.m.
Shelton will return to The Buckhorne Stage for a second time, and he is an emcee and vocalist with
The Virginia Opry, Virginia’s official Opry. Shelton has opened for more than 40 nationally prominent
acts and has written and recorded Christian Country songs that have charted in the “Top Ten Christian
Country Songs.” Recently he performed at the River Rock Amphitheatre in Covington.
Gentlemen South will perform from 7:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. to round out the entertainment.
Comprised of Justin Peery and Stephen Peery, Gentlemen South is one of ten bands that make up The
Virginia Opry, and Gentlemen South has performed at such venues as the Academy Theater in
Lynchburg and The Patton Room at George’s Hotel in Lexington. Both Justin and Stephen are vocalists,
and Stephen has served as the keyboardist for The Virginia Opry for several seasons while Justin, a
multi-instrument performer, served as a guest performer prior to his induction into The Virginia Opry in
M. Ray Allen, owner of The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground and Director of The Virginia
Opry, said, “In addition to the first and last concert, Marc Whitney, a recording artist, vocalist, and
songwriter who is also a member of The Virginia Opry, will perform from 4:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m., and he
will have his new CD here at The Buckhorne to sale.”

Wednesday Coronavirus Update

In a teleconference with the Roanoke City / Alleghany Health District this morning, Dr. Molly O’Dell, Director of Communicable Disease Control, updated the media with the current COVID-19 numbers in the district.

Currently, numbers are heading upwards, but not at the same pace as last week in the district. There are now 1,936 total confirmed positive cases cumulative in the Roanoke City / Alleghany Health District through 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

There are now also 264 active cases in the entire district, 76 new ones in the last 24 hours. There have been 27 deaths cumulative. There are currently 26 hospitalized. Of the 1,936 total confirmed positive cumulative cases, 1024 of them are women, 912 men.

Cases by City/County:

Roanoke City – 1028
Roanoke County – 503
City of Salem – 103
Botetourt County – 183
Alleghany County – 56
Craig County – 16
Covington – 15

Unknown – 32

The average mean age of confirmed cases has risen slightly to age 34. Hispanic confirmed cases are the largest percentage of total confirmed cases at around 20%.

There are currently 12 outbreaks in the district; 2 long-term care facilities, 4 worksites, 2 restaurants, 1 congregate living facility, 1 healthcare facility, 3 Myrtle Beach and 1 funeral. All of these cases are related to contact to a family member or co worker causing transmission.

The next update will be available Tuesday, August 4, 2020.