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David May
Mr. David Wayne May, age 47, of Covington, died Monday, May 21, 2018, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke.  He was the husband of Laurie McCauley May.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 25, 2018, from the Chapel of Loving Funeral Home with Rev. Carl “Shorty” Wolfe officiating.  

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Woodrow (Woody) Wilson Pettus
Woodrow Wilson (Woody) Pettus of 231 West Warm Springs Drive, Warm Springs, VA died Wednesday, May 16 in Valrico, FL.  

On Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 11AM, a Memorial Service will be held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at 82 Pisgah Road in West Warm Springs, VA.  

The family suggests donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Kenneth Laws
Mr. Kenneth Judd Laws, Sr., age 77, of Covington, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Alleghany Health and Rehab, Clifton Forge.   He was the husband of the late Shirley Rogers Laws.

A funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Lapsley’s Run Baptist Church with Rev. David Halsey officiating.  

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Lynda Owens
Lynda Elizabeth Wiley Owens, 70, of Hot Springs, Virginia passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 at Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. 

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home in Hot Springs with Reverend W. Ed Mansfield officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, 2040 Deyerle Ave. Suite 102, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or The American Diabetes Association, Suite 200, 530 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.mclaughlinandyoung.com.



Monday, May 21, 2018
Harold "Sonny" Craft
Harold “Sonny” Dean Craft, 80, of Eagle Rock, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Memorial Services will be held 2pm Friday, May 25, 2018 at Galatia Church.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Assocation.  

Online condolences may be made at www.botetourtfuneralhome.com  


Monday, May 21, 2018
Susan Baird
Susan Marie Moore Baird, 66, of 131 Clark Lane, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Friday, May 18, 2018 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated and a memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, in Clifton Forge with the Reverend Grover Nicely and Mr. Chris Fisher officiating.  

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contribution in her memory to the American Red Cross.

To send a condolence to the family online please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.



Monday, May 21, 2018
Carl Mack
Carl Hezekiah Mack, age 72, of 593 Verge Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Thursday, February 08, 2018. 

In keeping with his wishes his body was cremated and a graveside memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:00PM at Red Hill Cemetery, Clifton Forge, with the Rev. Roslyn Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow. Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge is handling the arrangements.


Monday, May 21, 2018
Wayne Lawson
Mr. Robert Wayne Lawson, age 58, of Covington, died Friday, May 18, 2018, at LewisGale Hospital-Alleghany, Low Moor. He was the husband of Julie Potter Lawson.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Russ Urban and Rev. B. Failes officiating. 

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com


Sunday, May 20, 2018
Ralph Hancock
Ralph Hancock, 77, of 2031 South Clark Avenue died Friday, May 18, 2018, in Lewis Gale Medical Center at Salem.

In accordance with his wishes, his body has been cremated.

A Memorial Service may be held at a later date.



Sunday, May 20, 2018
Allen English
Allen Joseph English, 102, of Burnsville, Virginia died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at his residence.

A funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 noon, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Lorrie Aikens officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burnsville United Methodist Church c/o Joyce Alexander, 104 Buck Run Lane, Burnsville, Virginia 24487.


Friday, May 18, 2018
Blanche Hodge
Blanche Hale Hoover Hodge, 94, of Hot Springs, Virginia died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Virginia.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Williamsville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Donald Lee Altizer officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to McClintic Cemetery, c/o Robert Lee Marshall, 13039 Towerhill Road, Williamsville, Virginia 24487.


Friday, May 18, 2018
Paul Kesterson
Paul Bradford Kesterson, 90, of Covington, died May 15, 2018 at LewisGale Hospital-Alleghany. He was the husband of Imogene Stoutamyre Kesterson for 70 years.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Loving Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Palmer officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Lillie Shires
Lillie Lowman Shires, age 96, of 405 Commerce Avenue, Iron Gate, Virginia died Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at her residence. 

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM in Iron Gate United Methodist Church in Iron Gate with Reverend Bill Bearden and Reverend Lester Kennedy officiating.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Iron Gate United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 190, Iron Gate, VA  24448, or the Mountain Regional Hospice Volunteers, P.O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Cindy Terry
Cynthia “Cindy” Ann Terry, 61, of Covington, and formerly of Virginia Beach, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

A funeral service will be conducted Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with Father LeBaron Taylor officiating. 

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 138 N. Maple Ave., Covington, VA 24426 or to the Alleghany Humane Society, P.O. Box 60, Low Moor, and VA 24457.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Otho Simmons
Otho LeRoy Simmons, age 88, of Clifton Forge, Virginia died Friday, May 11, 2018.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30 AM in Mt. Comfort Cemetery, 6600 S. Kings Highway, Alexandria, VA.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Nolan Nicely Sr.
Nolan Ray Nicely, Sr., age 76, of 3602 Douthat Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia, died Monday, May 14, 2018, at LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany, Low Moor.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2017, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge with Reverend John Burns and Reverend Dennis Nicely officiating.  

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Sharon Baptist Church, C/O Ellen Snead, 3107 Longdale Furnace Road, Clifton Forge, VA  24422.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.



Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Michelle Browning
Pamela Michelle Bruce Browning, 54, of 110 Cliffview Drive, Covington, died Friday, March 23, 2018, in Alleghany County.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Historic Masonic Theatre, Clifton Forge Friday, May 25, from 6-8 p.m.

All friends and family are welcome to attend.


Monday, May 14, 2018
Susan Brenner
It is with great sadness that the family announces her passing on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at the age of 63 years, due to complications from diabetes.

A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 16th at 10:00 AM.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.



Monday, May 14, 2018
Faye McCoy
Faye Matheny McCoy, 77, of 3468 Cowpasture River Highway, Millboro died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. 

A Funeral Service will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. from the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Rollins and Rev. Steven Markum officiating.

The family suggest memorial tributes in Faye’s name take the form of contributions to Alleghany Highlands Area 18 Special Olympics, P.O. Box 122, Covington, VA 24426.


Monday, May 14, 2018
Harry Brown
Mr. Harry Gene Brown, age 73, of Covington, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at LewisGale Medical Center, Salem.  He was the husband of Janet Whitmore Brown.

A family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Loving Funeral Home and at other times, at the residence of Butch and Amanda Brown, 224 Sherry May Street, Covington.

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Alleghany Humane Society, P.O. Box 60, Low Moor, VA 24457.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.



Friday, May 11, 2018
Forestry Students At DSLCC Plants New Tree At College Entrance
The Urban Forestry class at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has planted a Blue Ice Cypress tree near the entrance sign to the DSLCC campus in Clifton Forge in observance of Arbor Day. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Colleen Urffer New Staff Member At Boys Home
Boys Home of Virginia has hired Colleen Urffer in its Development Office. Colleen grew up in Massachusetts, but spent several years working as a seasonal wildland firefighter in various parts of the country.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Archduke Weekend 'Unofficial' Start Of Garth Newel's Season
HOT SPRINGS — Garth Newel Music Center will present Archduke Weekend, long considered the “official” start of the Garth Newel season, with concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Prepare Your Home For Summer Storms
RICHMOND — Hurricanes dominate headlines more often during the summer and fall than thunderstorms and lightning, but the South Carolina-based Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Research Center cautions homeowners not to underestimate the destructive and deadly force of summer storms.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
C.F. Council OKs Meals Tax, Water Rate Increases
CLIFTON FORGE — Clifton Forge Town Council on Tuesday voted to increase a tax levy on meals. Council also increased a monthly charge for water service. 

Both measures were approved by 3-2 votes. Councilmen Jeff Irvine and Bob Umstead cast the no votes. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
TAP Offering Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation Program
A three-generation family living in a two-bedroom home with no bathroom. A husband and his wheelchair-bound wife forced to use an outhouse. An elderly man living in a home with no water or electricity. 

These are all people who were recently helped by Total Action for Progress’ (TAP) Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation (IPR) program.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Start Preparing Now For Upcoming Hurricane Season
RICHMOND — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017 were stark reminders of the need for preventive action before a storm.

“Now is the time to start making sure your home or business is hurricane-ready,” said Sam Rooks, Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. vice president of underwriting and policy services. “Preparing now can hopefully help you reduce property damage.”


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
WestRock Makes Donation To Arts Council Performance
WestRock  helped fund arts programming in the Alleghany Highlands by serving as corporate co-sponsor for the recent performance of the Annie Moses Band.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
St. Clair Photos On Display At Highlands Regional Library
The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library is currently featuring photographs of the floral designs of the late Mrs. Robert (Arleigh) St.Clair’s winning entries in the National Council of Garden Club’s “Vision of Beauty” calendar competition.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Social Security Honors Nation's War Heroes On Memorial Day
By Jacqueline
Weisgarber
Social Security
On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. 

Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
VFW Auxiliary Holds May Meeting At Post Home
By Mildred Akers
Secretary
A regular meeting of the VFW Auxiliary was called to order May 17, by President Phyllis Givens with nine member present.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Moore's Record Jump Highlights Championship Day For Cougars
K.J. Moore broke a 41-year- old school record Saturday.

And that was just the start to his big day.

Moore won five individual events and anchored a 4 x 100 meter relay victory, leading Covington to the Pioneer District boys championship on Charles Hammond Track at Burton Field.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Social Security Says Liam, Olivia Most Popular Baby Names In 2017
RICHMOND — Olivia and Liam were the most popular baby names in Virginia for 2017, according to the Social Security Adminstration. The top five boys and girls names for 2017 in Virginia were:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Rain Jumbles Tournament Schedules
It only figures that the spring high school postseason schedule would begin with more postponements than games played.

In what has been the trend for most of the year, rain did a number on the first day of the Pioneer District tournament schedules.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Bailee Leitch, K.J. Moore This Week's Image Express Players Of The Week
Alleghany’s Bailee Leitch and Covington’s K.J. Moore are the Image Express Athlete of the Week award winners for last week.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Area Governments Sign Business Appreciation Month Proclamation
May has been declared Business Appreciation Month in the Alleghany Highlands. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Spike In Crude Oil Pushes Gas To Highest Prices Since 2014
RICHMOND — Motorists continue to see gas prices take a bite out of their budget, as some local averages gained as much as 6 cents in the last week. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Volunteers Needed At Salvation Army Thrift Store
The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to assist in its Family Thrift Store, 149 N. Maple, in Covington. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
MAC Club Hosts Golf Tourney
The 9th Annual Mountaineer Athletic Club Spring Golf Classic was held Saturday, May 12 at the Cliftondale Country Club.

The foursome of Billy Simpson, Pete Terry, Tim Keyser and Mark Ford shot a 14-under-par 54 to win the captain’s choice event by five shots.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Mountain Soil And Water Conservation District Approves Resolution For Wright
WARM SPRINGS — The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District has recognized John Wright on his retirement from the Virginia Division of Forestry.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


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