(WFXR) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported two counties across southwest and central Virginia have seen an increase in COVID community levels. Augusta and Highland counties reported “high” levels on the dashboard. “The public is encouraged to stay up to date on vaccinations and booster shots, as well as test for […]
Via a press release, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative announced that 11 high school students were recipients of scholarships valued at $1,000 each. Over the last 31 years, SVEC has contributed more than $150,000 to area youth throughout its service territory, offering scholarships to high school seniors whose parents or guardians are members. This year, SVEC’s Operation Round Up Committee selected the 11 scholarship recipients from a pool of 46 highly qualified applicants. Operation Round Up is SVEC’s charitable giving program, consisting of nine members from around the co-op’s service territory, plus one SVEC employee.
In Highland County, the Economic Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Council and The Highland Center have been working with the Rural Community Development Initiative, a program that supports economic development in rural areas. Through that program, the EDA recently received a grant to work on resident attraction and revitalization and reopening of The Highland Inn. As part of that resident attraction work, the county has been selected to participate in the Remote Work from Home Pilot Program.
Virginia has a rich history — and a list of rich food traditions and celebrations of Virginia-grown and Virginia-made foods. To this day, peanuts fuel parts of the economy in southeastern Virginia. Near what is now Waverly, which is south of Richmond and west of Norfolk, the first known commercial peanut crop was planted in 1842. For several decades in the late 1800s, Virginia was the top producer of peanuts in the United States. By the early 1900s, the state was home to 14 of the United States’ 20 commercial peanut processing factories.
This April, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) launched a Work from Home Pilot Program and selected three localities in the Central Shenandoah Region to participate: Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, and Highland County. (DHCD also selected the Town of Luray and Marion.) Through the Pilot Program, the National Main Street Center and Virginia Main Street will provide technical assistance to assess remote work and residential attraction as a community revitalization strategy. The program kicks off this May and will result in place-based recommendations and a feasibility report.
The Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra is performing it’s spring concert on Sunday, May 15. The String Orchestra is a program that includes musicians and instructors from Allegheny, Bath and Highland Counties and other nearby areas. The musicians are students who are typically in the kindergarten through 12th grade age group.
The American Red Cross recently held it’s Celebration of Heroes event, honoring heroes in different categories who make an impact every day. Corena Huffman, the President of the Highland County Humane Society, is one of those heroes. She was recognized for her work and given the 2022 Animal Humanitarian Hero Award from the American Red Cross, Central Virginia Chapter.
Hello, this is Lori Botkin with the Highland Historical Society and the Highland Museum. The year: 1862. The month: May. The place: McDowell. This year on May 14, history comes alive at Highland County’s McDowell Battlefield Day. Step back in time and bring the entire family to an exciting and unforgettable day in the unspoiled mountains of Virginia. In the 160 years since the battle, on May 8, 1862, little has changed. The Church which was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers still stands and is in operation today as the McDowell Presbyterian Church. A home, which was occupied by the Federal Army and was also used as a hospital, remains in pristine condition and today houses the Highland County Museum. Several other homes remain in use today as they were during the battle.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!. Starting tonight, we’ll see the pesky clouds finally exit the area gradually during the evening. Overnight, we’ll have mainly clear skies develop. Lows range from the 30s to the lower 40s. Because of these cooler temperatures, there...
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Overnight lows will drop into the 30s and 40s for us. A Frost Advisory is issued until 9AM Monday. Highland county is under a Freeze Warning until 8AM Monday. Cover/bring the sensitive vegetation in. Also don’t forget about the pets. THIS WEEK. Temperatures will be considered slightly below average...
At the Highland County Board of Supervisors May meeting, a public hearing was held on the VDOT Secondary Road Six Year Improvement Plan. Assistant VDOT Resident Engineer Alvin Trout presented the plan. Trout said VDOT was not able to add any new projects to the program, even in neighboring localities, due to the current high cost of materials. The Board voted to approve the VDOT Six Year Plan as presented.