Truett Appointed to Alleghany School

Ben Truett has been appointed to the Alleghany County School Division Post as supervisor of maintenahnce and transportation. According to the Virginian Review, Truett was appointed on Monday night. He resigned from a month ago from the Clifton Forge East District School Board as a representative. Currently, Truett is employed as site manager for Capstone Logistics in Salem. He has a degree in business from Roanoke College.

Meat Tips

July 4th is just around the corner, and of course, it is Barbecue season, do you know what how to cook all that meat? If not, or you just need a refresher, come out to the Mid City Mall stage tonight, from 6-7 pm. tonight. The Sixth annual Cork & Pork Festival in downtown Covington will have a bunch of new activities this year.
One includes a presentation from professionals on how to properly prepare the meat. The Kansas City Barbeque Society competition teams will be providing tips, according to the Virginian Review.

Virginians with Disabilities

A new state report says people with disabilities continue to struggle to find employment, particularly in rural areas. A report released recently by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities said the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved noticeably. The employment rates are lower than the Great Recession and only about a third of the state’s disabled population was employed in 2015.

Community Rallies Around Family Of Young Cancer Victim

A community in Wyoming County is rallying behind the family of a Raleigh County girl who lost her battle with cancer. 4 year old Ashlyn Belcher was battling Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor since February of 2016 and died Tuesday. Now, friends and family are planning a Pull for Hope drive to raise money for the toddler’s final expenses.  One happens Tursday at the
Baileysville intersection of Route 97 & 971 until 5 p.m. and another is in Oceana In front of Summit Bank Saturday Noon- 5 p.m. 

Blasting To Happen In Clifton Forge Friday

Somthing to know if you’re driving in Clifton Forge Friday. The company constructing the Hickory Avenue extension adjacent to the Kroger shopping center and Oak Hill Ave, will be conducting some blasting of rock. Individuals in the immediate area may experience some ground vibration and may hear some noise. Safety precautions are in place and the blasting will occur for only a short period.

Report: The Struggle Is Real For Virginians With Disabilities

A new state report says people with disabilities continue to struggle to find employment, particularly in rural areas.
A report released recently by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities said the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved noticeably. The employment rates are lower than the Great Recession and only about a third of the state’s disabled population was employed in 2015. The employment rate gap between the disabled and those without disabilities is greater than it was pre-recession. The board had a number of recommendations the state could do to help boost employment for people with disabilities, including a public awareness campaign.

Teen Moved

One of three men charged with the death of a Bedford County teenager is being moved to the Richmond City Jail. Attorneys for Jose Coreas-Ventura requested the change so they could have better access to their client. Coreas-Ventura’s trial has also been postponed with a new date yet to be scheduled. Two other defendants, Lasondro Vasquez and Victor Rodas, are still scheduled to go on trial in October in the death of Raymond Wood.

Hall of Fame

Three new members will be joining the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame this summer. Inducted this year will be Charles Jones, the president and CEO of Amherst Industries; Robert Orders, the CEO of Orders Construction Company; and Stephen Walker, the former president and CEO of Walker Machinery. The event will be held at the Greenbrier Resort on August 29th.

Miss Virginia Contestants

Contestants in the Miss Virginia pageant are gathering in Roanoke for this weekend’s competition. Whoever is crowned Miss Virginia will compete for the Miss America crown in September. The last Miss Virginia to win the Miss America title was Caressa Cameron of Fredericksburg in 2010.

VDOT closing Bridge for Repairs

VDOT is temporarily closing a bridge in Goode after an accident involving a backhoe. Inspectors need to assess the damage to the Bellevue Road Bridge caused when the backhoe went over the side and collided with an Amtrak train on Friday. Officials say the bridge will remain closed for several weeks until the damage is repaired.