Invasive Plant Spotted For First Time In Virginia

Giant hogweed, an invasive plant that can produce severe burns and blisters, has been spotted for the first time in Virginia.

Mark Sutphin, an agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension, said Monday the weed’s presence was confirmed several days ago.
Debra Martin, a program manager with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said officials are formulating a plan to respond to the discovery. Since the discovery others have reported giant hogweed sightings. The plant can be confused with cow parsnip, which is native to Virginia.

Giant hogweed is one of three plants defined in Virginia as a Tier 1 noxious weed and is heavily regulated.

Paving Project In Covington Starts Monday

The City of Covington in conjunction with Alleghany Asphalt will begin milling and paving North Magazine Street from North Alleghany Avenue to East Locust Street beginning Monday, June 18 thru Thursday, June 21. Roads will be closed and no on-street parking will be permitted during this paving project. We apologize for any inconvenience, any questions can be directed to Allen Dressler at (540) 965-6360.

Road Project This Week In Alleghany County

Between Monday and Wednesday, final paving and line painting will be happening along Route 696 and Winterberry Avenue in Alleghany County. It’s part of a roadway improvment project there. Drivers should be aware of alternating lane closures as a result between 6am aand 9pm. Starting W3dnesday, new traffic signals will be in effect along 696 at Winterberry. Drivers will have a yellow caution light at each intersection, east and west.

Summer Reading Program Starts This Week

The Clifton Forge School of the Arts gets underway this week with its summer reading program. It starts Wednesday at the .Library’s Michael Armstrong Community Room. It’s for ages 3 to 12. Also, The Summer Free Lunch Program is held at the Clifton Forge Fire Department for children ages 18 and younger. They’ll serve up lunch between 11:30-12:30. Kids who take part in the reading program can participate in the free lunch program when it’s over.

Man Busted For Pretending To Be Police Officer

The Virginia State Police arrested Joshua N. Mays on June 5, 2018
following a traffic stop in which he displayed law-enforcement credentials, attempting to lead
the trooper to believe he was a police officer.
May 25, 2018, Mays was stopped for a speeding violation in Rockbridge County while driving a
white SUV traveling 69 mph, in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, Mays produced a Police
Department Identification Card.
The subsequent investigation into Mays employment as a Law Enforcement Officer found that
Mays had completed his service as a law-enforcement officer on April 30, 2018 and after his
separation with his agency did not turn in the Identification Card.
The investigation into Mays employment has lead to multiple charges, including: Impersonating
a Law-Enforcement Officer, two counts of Grand Larceny and one count of Obtaining Money
under False Pretence.
Mays was arrested and taken to the Rockbridge County

Grand Jury Gets Malicious Wounding Case

A malicious wounding case in Alleghany County is headed to a grand jury. Intell Allen is accused of shooting a man outside Penny’s Diner early last month. Police say Allen and another man and his girlfriend got into an altercation inside the restaurant May 6th. A bystander, by all accounts not the intended target was shot in the exchange entered the restaurant and was later taken to the hospital. No trial date has been set for Allen.

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Dam Work Presentation In Clifton Forge

The Clifton Forge Dam has issues and this week, council heard a presentation on how much fixes for it would cost. There’s a $4.3 million price tag for the project that would be done, tentatively, on December 31st of next year. Prior to the presentation, the town manager made reference to the 100 known damn failures in the state in the past two decades, which are blamed for damage and four deaths. According to documentation, no major work has been done on the dam in 60 years.

Head Of WV’s Flood Victims’ Housing Program Is Out

The head of the West Virginia Department of Commerce has been forced out in the wake of complaints about poor management of a housing assistance program for 2016 flood victims in our area and beyond. Gov. Jim Justice announced Woody Thrasher’s resignation Thursday. Justice says in the statement he asked for the resignation. Earlier this month Justice named West Virginia National Guard adjutant general James Hoyer to take control of the RISE West Virginia flood recovery program from the Department of Commerce.

Grand Jury Gets Malicious Wounding Case

A malicious wounding case in Alleghany County is headed to a grand jury. Intell Allen is accused of shooting Ryan Hall outside Penny’s Diner early last month after the pair were involved in an argument inside the restaurant early on the morning of May 6th. A bystander who was also shot in the exchange entered the restaurant and was later taken to the hospital. No trial date has been set for Allen.

Flag Day Celebration Thursday In Clifton Forge

The Flag Day Celebration @ the Masonic Amphitheatre begins at 5:30pm.

The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 242nd Nation’s Birthday events.

A Flag Day Ceremony kicks things off at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Amphitheatre. Included in the ceremony will be flag presentations by Boy Scout Troop #2, Girl Scout Troup # 699, and Clifton Forge VFW posts #4299 and #1033. Jim “Neighbor” Smith with also take part in the flag ceremony. In addition there will be patriotic music sung by Dale Meuterspaugh and a benefit picnic supper with birthday cake. Everyone is invited to this very special occasion.