Threat Leads To Early Closing At Covington High School

Covington High School closed at 11 a.m. this morning, after an incident at the high school prompted a release of faculty and students. A Facebook post from the Alleghany County Public Schools alerted their staff, students and parents that the received a call from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office about a threat to sudents at the high school. Police say a person is in custody. Covington City Schools alerted parents of the incident by text message saying that Covington High School would be closing at 11 a.m. for student safety. All faculty was also released. A call to the principal has not been returned as yet.

Highland Community Bank Eyes New Acquisition

Highlands Community Bank is planning to purchase deposits and certain assets of the Hot Springs,
Virginia office of Carter Bank and Trust. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory
approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed during
the second quarter of 2018. Highlands Community Bank, the only bank headquartered in the Highlands, opened
in 2002 and currently has branches in Covington, Virginia and Clifton Forge, Virginia, with approximately $142 million in assets.

Your Vehicle Inspection Sticker Now Goes In A Different Place

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Virginia state inspection stickers will no longer be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle’s windshield. Due to new innovations in the automotive industry, the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle.
The relocation stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles. In such vehicles, the new technology utilizes the center of the windshield. Therefore the placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating properly.

No Skimmers Found On Local Gas Pumps

They looked for them and couldn’t find any. Covington Police detectives have been checking out local retail outlets to see if anyone has planted skimmers on gas pumps. The chief of police says no evidence has been found to indicate that any devices have been implanted locally. Still, if you suspect or spot one at place where you’re filling up, don’t hesitate to contact authorities.

Recount Could Have Statewide Implications

A recount in one of the House of Delegates races that could determine which party controls the chamber will begin Dec. 13. A panel of judges set the recount date Wednesday in the race between Republican incumbent Tim Hugo and Democrat Donte Tanner in the 40th District in northern Virginia. If all of the certified results hold up statewide, Republicans will retain a 51-49 advantage. But Democrats have requested recounts in three districts. In the 40th District, Hugo leads by 106 votes.

Morgan From Michigan Finalist For Covington Police Chief

A lieutenant with the Kalamazoo, Michigan Department of Public Safety is on track to become Covington’s next police chief. City Manager Richard Douglas is announcing that Anthony Morgan is the finalist for the position of Covington Chief of Police/Public Safety Director. Lieutenant Morgan participated in a competitive application process that included an eight person interview panel and 18 person community panel. The next step in the process will be the completion of an extensive background investigation.

Retired Firefighter, Auto Dealer C.G. Frawley Dies

Our newsroom has learned this morning that area gas station owner, car salesman and retired Covington Fire Fighter, Grover “G.C.” Clarence Fawley Jr. has passed. G.C. was 91. G.C. was partial owner of Alleghany Motors Corporation at one time. He was also a former employee of Covington Honda Nissan. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Covington with Rev. Jim Slate officiating. Entombment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday afternoon from 12 noon until time of service at the church.

Companies Help Out Alleghany Humane Society

The HVAC system in the dog wing of the Alleghany Humane Society has been upgraded. DD Kerns donated the use of their crane equipment and staff to remove the old system from the facility. Then, the same crew lifed the new equipment into place where it was installed by Alleghany Highlands Mechanical. That company has helped out the shelter with similar projects a number of times in the past decade.

Alleghany County Supervisors Meet Tuesday

The Alleghany County Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 Tuesday night. On the docket, recognition for Suzanne Adcock for her service as Clifton Forge East District and for retirees David Provost and Phyllis Wilhelm. Provost worked for the public works department and Wilhelm for the circuit court clerk’s office. Also, the panel will consider contracts to handle maintenance for public safety.

Awards Handed Out At Two Local Christmas Parades

Two local Christmas Parades were held over the weekend. In Clifton Forge, the “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols” Christmas Parade presented by Clifton Forge Main Street, was held Friday night. Among the winners were:
Best Religous Float – Cornerstone Church
Best Private Vehicle – Kars Unlimited
Best Public Vehicle – CF Police Department
Best Marching – Alleghany High School Band
Best Dancing – Garlyndas Fancy Feet
Best Clogging – Rhinestone Rockers
Best Creative – CF Public Works
Best Animal – Alleghany Humane Society
Best Float – SJ Neathawk
Judges Choice – Dabney Lancaster Community College

In Covington, the “Christmas Memories” Christmas Parade presented by Olde Town Covington, was held late Saturday afternoon with again several thousand parade goers.

Entry’s were scored with the following winners announced:

Best Religious Float
– First Place – Cornerston Church
– Second Place – Cov. Wesleyan Church

Best Marching Unit

– First Place – Patsy’s Dance Studio
– Second Place – Garlyda’s Fancy Feet

Best Novelty Float

– First Place – Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
– Second Place – Girl Scout Troupe #536

Best Overall

– SJ Neathawk Lumber Co.

Congrats to all that participated, you are ALL winners!!