Covington Clean Up Starts Monday

Covington City residents will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items through the City’s Spring Clean Up to be held the weeks of April 23, 2018 through May 4, 2018. The City will only pick up articles placed at the resident’s property line (either at the front roadway or at the alleyway). The Clean Up DOES NOT include commercial or contractors who have debris. Residents are advised to keep white goods (stoves, refrigerators, etc.) & tires separated from other disposed of articles. Tires on rims will not be accepted. There will be a limit of 6 tires per resident. “NO WHOLE TREES WILL BE ACCEPTED.” One (1) truck load per household will be strictly enforced. The City will be divided into East and West sections using the CSX Railroad Tracks as the dividing line during the two (2) weeks clean up.

WEEK OF APRIL 23, THRU APRIL 27, 2018 – EAST SIDE OF RAILROAD TRACKS.

Area #1. Beginning at the northern City limits of Dry Run over to Cypress Street including Augusta St. and High Acres Mobile Park and all streets in Dry Run below N. Alleghany to General Chemical Corporation.

Area #2. Beginning at Cypress St. over to E. Hawthorne St.

Area #3. From E Hawthorne St. down to the streets of Fitzgerald & Stuple Lane.

Area #4. Sunset Hill, Mercer St. and Lincoln Ave.

Area #5. Altamont, Fairlawn, S. Carpenter Dr., Mallow Road and Virjesmar Heights.

WEEK OF April 30, THRU MAY 4, 2018 – WEST SIDE OF RAILROAD TRACKS.

Heritage Day Prep Hitting The Stretch In Clifton Forge

They’re entering the final stretch for preparations for the 7th annual Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & Railway Festival in Clifton Forge. The date this year is Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00AM to 5:00PM. It’s a celebration of the Alleghany Highlands, Railway History, and a chance to honor Veterans this year. Continuous entertainment in story and song, food from around the globe, a quilt bed-turning, demonstrations, vendors and displays that entertain, educate and enchant. The Festival takes place in downtown Clifton Forge, at a number of venues indluing the Historic Masonic Theatre, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, the Masonic Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge Public Library, and more.

Lewisburg Bloom Committee On Mulch Volcanoes

The Lewisburg Bloom Committee is out with some advice as you plan to mulch this spring. First and foremost, avoid the mulch volcano. Essentially, it’s a pile of mulch that has been pushed up around a tree to form a volcano-like effect. You’ve most likely seen this effect in private yards and even at city parks or universities. The Washington Post reports mulch mounds cause tree roots to grow above the ground into the mulch, rather than down into the soil. Unfortunately, this leaves the roots exposed and unable to get enough nutrition. Mulch piled high enough to rest against a tree’s trunk also softens its bark, which weakens the tree against rot, invaders and parasites.

Millions Coming To VA To Fight Opioids

Virginia will receive nearly $10 million in federal grant money to help combat the opioid crisis. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday its second year of funding through the Opioid State Targeted Response program. A press release says recipients used the first year’s funding to implement medication-assisted treatment, promote prevention strategies as well as the use of the antidote naloxone, and build sustainable recovery support services.

VA Students To Rally At State Capitol

Thousands of Virginia students are expected to hold a rally at the State Capitol as part of a nationwide protest against school violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. The National School Walkout was organized in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and faculty members dead. Students across the country are planning to leave their schools at 10 a.m.

Blankenship Attornies Look To Erase Mine Disaster Conviction

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act.

Archival image of Don Blankenship during his trial in April 2016
A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would have assisted in Blankenship’s defense at his lengthy 2015 trial. It said the government produced reports and other information after the trial’s completion.

Blankenship, who has long maintained he didn’t get a fair trial, served one year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction related to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine in
Raleigh County.

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Apr. 19, 2018 2:40 AM CST
by pkilleen

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Apr. 19, 2018 2:50 AM CST
by pkilleen

Blankenship Attorneis Look To Erase Mine Disaster Conviction

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act.

Archival image of Don Blankenship during his trial in April 2016
A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would have assisted in Blankenship’s defense at his lengthy 2015 trial. It said the government produced reports and other information after the trial’s completion.

Blankenship, who has long maintained he didn’t get a fair trial, served one year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction related to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine in
Raleigh County.

Posted to wjvr.vncnews.com
Apr. 19, 2018 2:40 AM CST
by pkilleen

Bath County Bluegrass Jamboree Saturday

The 16th Annual Bath County Bluegrass Jamboree will take place Saturday, April 21st at the Bath County High School. Jamboree benefits WCHG non-profit radio, part of the Allegheny Mountain Radio network serving the Allegheny Highlands of Virginia and West Virginia. Bands include The Larry Stephenson band as the head liner with Southern Rail Express and Virginia Ramblers. Also a special appearance by Crossing County Lines at 5:30.

Food will be available starting around 4:30pm and doors will open at 5pm for the show.

$12 a person. $5 for Students 13 to 18 and $1 for under 12.

Highland County Tax Credit Workshop

In Highland County, local businesses considering hiring new employees in the near future may want to attend an upcoming workshop! It happens April 26th. One session is noon to 1pm and a second happens 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The primary topic will be the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, a federal income tax credit earned by hiring people from what are defined as “targeted economic groups,” such as Highland County. If you’d like to reserve a space or if you would like more information, email or call the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at findyourescape@highlandcounty.org or (540) 468-2550. Workshop hosted by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Grass Valley Bank.

Blankenship’s Attornies Look To Erase Charges In Deadly Mine Disaster

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act.

Archival image of Don Blankenship during his trial in April 2016
A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would have assisted in Blankenship’s defense at his lengthy 2015 trial. It said the government produced reports and other information after the trial’s completion.

Blankenship, who has long maintained he didn’t get a fair trial, served one year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction related to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine in