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VDOT contractor dies after being hit by tractor trailer on I-81

A VDOT contractor has been hit and killed in an accident on Interstate-81. Virginia State Police say 54-year-old Matthew Frazier, of Clifton Forge, VA exited a piece of construction equipment just after 2:30am this morning while that equipment was loaded on a trailer when Frazier was struck by a tractor-trailer. Frazier was wearing a traffic vest and died at the scene. Read full release below.
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Say goodbye to the Mountaineers: Administrative merger Friday

LOW MOOR, Va. – History is in the making in Alleghany County where two rival school systems are coming together for the benefit of the students and community. The Alleghany County Public School system, the Covington City Public School system, and the Jackson River Technical Center will merge to create Alleghany Highlands Public Schools on July 1.
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Father-Son Team Makes Mr. G’s Donuts A Lexington Treat

On April 22, near the end of the Easter/spring holiday week, my wife and I drove to Lexington, Virginia to check out some antique malls and have a picnic at nearby scenic Goshen Pass. Lexington is a both a charming, historic college town and easy day trip from the Roanoke...

Here’s what’s happening for Independence Day weekend

July 2 - Fries Independence Day parade - Saturday at noon, Main Street. Freedom First Festival - Roanoke (Elmwood Park, River’s Edge Park) All American Festival and Fireworks Event - Bedford County. July 4 - Craig County/New Castle - 10 a.m. Lexington - Children’s Bike Parade. Radford -...

Domain Of No Spin 06.27.22

Laundry Land in Clifton Forge serves tourists who camp at Douthat State Park, other campers who frequent campgrounds nearby, and citizens of Clifton Forge and surrounding areas. I approached two men and two women who were free to talk between loads. Two of the four, a man and a woman, declined to engage in conversation […] The post Domain Of No Spin 06.27.22 appeared first on West Virginia Daily News.

Local farm offers blueberry picking; goat petting

RENICK, WV (WVNS) — If you’re looking for a fun outing to spend with family and friends, you should go visit the Friendly Goat Fruit Farm. Located at 2801 Julia Rd in Renick, WV, 24966, the farm offers a scenic place for the public to enjoy, which includes a large blueberry farm filled with over […]

To Elect Or Appoint School Board Members Becomes An Issue In Alleghany Highlands

A group of citizens in the Alleghany Highlands have banned together to get petitions signed, ones favoring the election of school board members. Currently, school board members are appointed by the Covington City Council and the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors, and the new school board’s seven members have been appointed with the first meeting […] The post To Elect Or Appoint School Board Members Becomes An Issue In Alleghany Highlands appeared first on West Virginia Daily News.


All City of Covington offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of the 4th of July Holiday. The City Refuse Collection for Monday, July 4, 2022, will be collected on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The Peters Mountain Landfill and State Offices (Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, and...

No City Council Work Session

Covington City Council will not be conducting a July work session on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.


The Highland County Solid Waste Burning Pit located at the Solid Waste Center in Monterey will be closed for maintenance and cleaning for two weeks on the following dates:. Friday, July 1 through Friday, July 15th. No burnable materials will be accepted at the site during the dates specified above.


SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN, W.Va. (WV News) — There was nowhere to hide from the rumbling engines on …

DWR finds more fish with lesions in the Jackson River in Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) confirms it has found a variety of fish with lesions on the Jackson River between Covington and Clifton Forge. The fish were collected during an electrofishing survey last week. The survey was done in response to reports from a local fishing guide that nearly […]

Highland EDA’s June Meeting

The Highland County EDA held its monthly meeting on June 20. EDA Economic Development Officer Betty Mitchell discussed the possibility of renting office space for the EDA to share with the Blue Grass Resource Center. The Recorder has purchased the Dancon building on Main Street in Monterey and plans to move it’s offices there. The building has space for a separate office, with it’s own entrance and restroom. The rent would be $400 a month including utilities, which would be $200 per organization. Mitchell said she felt both organizations would benefit with having a public facing space. Mitchell added that, in lieu of the space, she would give up the $40 she is paid monthly from the EDA budget for accounting work. She also pointed out that the EDA has $8,800 in it’s budget that has been carried over. EDA Chair George Hogshead said he understood why the Blue Grass Resource Center would like to be located there during the Highland Inn renovation, but he said $200 a month would use almost all of the EDA’s annual operational budget of $2,500. He said Mitchell typically spends ten hours a week on EDA work, so he could support a lesser amount, which would not take so much out of the budget and which would be more representative of her time on EDA work. EDA member Patti Hrovat said that currently there are three grants being juggled, with Mitchell putting in a lot of extra time. EDA member Bryan Obaugh said he was not in favor of a long-term rental and asked if there might be county space available. EDA member Kirk Billingsley said the EDA should talk with the Board of Supervisors to be sure there isn’t other space available, possibly through the county, since taxpayer money funds the EDA. He also questioned the use of taxpayer funds for paying rent. EDA member Jamie Collins agreed that for transparency, the EDA should talk with the Board of Supervisors. The EDA voted to table action on this item, with member Patti Hrovat opposed.

Julia Mae Gamble Smith, 95

Julia Mae Gamble Smith, age 95, of 1018 Cliftwood Circle, Clifton Forge, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at her residence. She was born September 14, 1926 in Lynchburg, South Carolina to the late Julius Edward Gamble and Florence Witherspoon Gamble. She was a retired factory worker for Nabisco in Fairlawn, NJ and […] The post Julia Mae Gamble Smith, 95 appeared first on West Virginia Daily News.