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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
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.


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
Josie Humphries
Josie Bennett Humphries, 104, of the Brian Center Rehabilitation & Nursing Care in Low Moor.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Monday, May 14, 2018 in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Woody officiating.

The online guest book is available at arrittfuneralhome.com


Friday, May 11, 2018
Shirley Parker
Mrs. Shirley Dale Parker, age 75, of Covington, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at LewisGale Hospital-Alleghany, Low Moor. She was the wife of the late James H. Parker, Sr. 

A memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 P.M. Saturday, May 12, 2018, from the chapel of Loving Funeral Home with Rev. Sonny Wiseman and Pastor Frank Sizemore, Jr. officiating.

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


Thursday, May 10, 2018
Cline Receives Republican Nomination
HARRISONBURG — Sixth District Republicans on Saturday nominated Ben Cline to run as the party’s candidate in November to replace retiring Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

Monday, May 21, 2018
VDOT To Lift Lane Closures
RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia during Memorial Day weekend from noon Friday, May 25 until noon Tuesday, May 29.

Monday, May 21, 2018
Green Pastures Among Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places
CLIFTON FORGE — Green Pastures at the Longdale Furnance Recreation Area has been listed as one of Virginia’s 2018 Most Endangered Historic Places. 

Monday, May 21, 2018
Greenbrier Motors Is A Gold-Level Sponsor For Upcoming Douthat Car Show
Greenbrier Motors is a Gold Level sponsor for the 20th annual Douthat Lake Run Car Show which will be held Sunday, May 20 at Douthat State Park. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Gospel Tabernacle Holds Benefit For Tornado Victims
Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ of Covington recently sponsored a collection drive to benefit residents of Amherst County and Lynchburg who were affected by the April 14 tornadoes.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Positive Referrals Announced At Jeter-Watson Intermediate
Students at Jeter-Watson Intermediate School were recognized recently on Positive Referral Friday. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Rosary Recitations Planned For Memorial Day
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Mem-bers of the Alleghany Highlands Council 8689 Knights of Columbus have scheduled Memorial Day weekend Rosary recitations at six area Catholic cemeteries in eastern Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe and Alleghany counties, and the public is invited to join the Knights at any or all prayer services.

On Sunday, May 27, the Knights will lead the Rosary at 8:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church’s Mount Loretta Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.


Saturday, May 19, 2018
Salvation Army Now Accepting Applications For Youth Camps
The Salvation Army in Covington is now taking applications for its youth summer camps. 

There are 20 openings for the 2018 summer season. The venue for the camps is Camp Happyland, 21457 Happyland Drive in Richardsville, with travel to and from camp provided by The Salvation Army. 


Saturday, May 19, 2018
City School Board To Hold Closed Session
The Covington City School Board will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a called meeting.

The called meeting will be a closed session, Code of Virginia, 2.2-3711 (A)(1) Personnel — Personnel Recommendations for 2018-2019.


Saturday, May 19, 2018
Covington City School Board Makes Recognitions, Personnel Announcements
During their regular meeting that was held Monday, the Covington City School Board made several recognitions, and also made several personnel appointments and accepted personnel retirements and resignations.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Life...You Gotta Love It!
I’ve been watching and anticipating for weeks. And now, they’re here! 

“My” baby robins have hatched, in their preferred habitat of the flamingo pink azalea just outside my porch screen. I can observe the busy comings and goings and developments from my chair. It’s my perfect spectator sport. 


Saturday, May 19, 2018
Clifton Forge Businessman Reaches Career Milestone
CLIFTON FORGE — Clifton Forge business owner Johnny Kern, of Johnny’s Barber Shop, is still cutting hair after 60 years. 

A long-time fixture in the Clifton Forge community, Kern reached the milestone today — the same day 60 years ago that he started barber’s school. He planned to celebrate the occasion by attending his granddaughter’s graduation in Louisa County.


Saturday, May 19, 2018
Clint Collins Joins Roanoke Valley Wrestling Hall Of Fame
Clint Collins was a freshman at Covington High School when he was introduced to the sport of wrestling.

Little did he know back in 1965 that it would be the start of a life-long passion.

Collins was enshrined last week in the Roanoke Valley Wrestling Association Hall of Fame for his work as a clock keeper and ambassador for the sport.


Saturday, May 19, 2018
Bath School Board Approves Personnel
WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County School Board held a called meeting Wednesday.
In action following closed session, the school board:


Friday, May 18, 2018
Postseason Time For Soggy High School Spring Sports
Athletic directors have had it tough.

And so have coaches and their athletes this spring.

To put it simply, the spring high school sports seasons have been all wet.


Friday, May 18, 2018
Bath County Sheriff Files Weekly Report
WARM SPRINGS — These calls for service were made to the Bath County Sheriff’s Office the week of May 6-12.

Friday, May 18, 2018
AHS Awards Scholarships
Alleghany High School scholarships and departmental awards were presented to several members of the Class of 2018 during the annual Senior Awards Program held Wednesday, May 2, at Hodnett Hall.

Friday, May 18, 2018
Safari Park Welcomes Baby Rhino
NATURAL BRIDGE — The Virginia Safari Park, a ZAA (Zoological Association of America) accredited facility, welcomed its third baby southern white rhinoceros March 13.

The healthy baby boy was born after a 16-month pregnancy to “Samira” a nine- year-old female imported by the Safari Park in 2011.


Friday, May 18, 2018
Douthat Car Show Receives Sponsorship From Highlands Community Bank
Highlands Community Bank is a Gold Level sponsor for the 20th annual Douthat Lake Run Car Show which will be held Sunday, May 20 at Douthat State Park. 

Friday, May 18, 2018
Auditions Planned For Highlands Brass Group
Auditions are being held for Highlands Brass, a group of between six and 10 young brass musicians who will rehearse and perform concerts in the summer of 2018. 

Auditions are open to all brass musicians ages 14 to 25. 


Friday, May 18, 2018


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