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'No Time To Kneel' New Patriotic Song Written By Allen, Ivy
Michael Hoover lays down the vocal track to the patriotic song “No Time to Kneel” during a recording session recently at Hazard County Recording Studio in Luray. Ray Allen wrote the lyrics to “No Time to Kneel,” while Charlotte Ivy set the lyrics to music. (Photo Courtesy Ray Allen)
Michael Hoover lays down the vocal track to the patriotic song “No Time to Kneel” during a recording session recently at Hazard County Recording Studio in Luray. Ray Allen wrote the lyrics to “No Time to Kneel,” while Charlotte Ivy set the lyrics to music. (Photo Courtesy Ray Allen)
CLIFTON FORGE — “No Time to Kneel,” a patriotic song written by M. Ray Allen and Charlotte Ivy, has been copyrighted and recorded at Hazard County Recording Studio in Luray.

The lyrics were written by Allen, while Ivy set the lyrics to music. It features Michael Hoover as the recording artist.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

OBITUARIES
Stephanie Tyree
Stephanie Evans Payne Tyree, age 69, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at her home in Bonsack, Virginia, surrounded by her children.

Stephanie's life will be celebrated by friends and family at Nicely Funeral home in Clifton Forge, Virginia, with visitation on Saturday, October 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed immediately by a memorial service. 

Friends and family wishing to honor Stephanie's memory through donation should consider Good Samaritan Hospice of Roanoke, Virginia.



Monday, October 15, 2018
Calvin Robertson Sr.
Calvin Cornelius Robertson Sr., 88, of Warm Springs, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Bath Community Hospital.

A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Chimney Run Church of the Brethren with Pastor Billy Robertson officiating and will be assisted by Pastors David George and Donald Lee Altizer. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Chimney Run Church of the Brethren, c/o Bonnie Robertson, 2033 Indian Draft Road, Millboro, Va. 24460.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.obaughfuneralhome.com.



Monday, October 15, 2018
Jon Gilbert
Jon David Gilbert, 71, of 401 Douglas Street, Clifton Forge, died Saturday October 13, 2018 at his residence. 

In keeping with his wishes his body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge with the Reverend Donna Sams officiating. Casual attire requested.

To send flowers to the family of Jon Gilbert, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.


Monday, October 15, 2018
Rosemary Beydler
Rosemary Johnson Beydler, 85, of Winchester, Virginia passed away peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Evergreen Health & Rehab Center in Winchester surrounded by her family.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Jim Smith officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 210 East Main Street, Berryville, Virginia 22611 or The Clarke County Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 1167, Berryville, Virginia 22611.

Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at http://www.mclaughlinandyoung.com.



Monday, October 15, 2018
Deborah Morgan
Deborah Lee Graham Morgan, 60, of 5414 Ogles Creek Road, died, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The funeral service will be held on October 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the graveside in Alleghany Memorial Park with the Rev. Bill Hartsfield officiating.

The family suggests that donations in her name be made to Temple Baptist Church.



Friday, October 12, 2018
Marcelo Austin
Marcelo Judd Austin went home to be with Jesus on October 8, 2018. 

A private service will be held at Lapsley’s Run Baptist Church in Fincastle, VA on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

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


Thursday, October 11, 2018
Bobby Hurt
Robert Allen “Bobby” Hurt, age 41, of 2904 Longdale Furnace Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at his residence.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Mountain Regional Hospice, PO Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 or to the charity of your choice. 

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. There are no services at this time, but friends may call any time at Debbie’s home.



Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Bradford Moles
WAYNESBORO — Born Sept. 13, 1926, in Elkview, W.Va., Bradford Owen Moles went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. 

A memorial service will be held at McDow Funeral Home, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, followed by a graveside service at Central Advent Christian Church Cemetery, Clifton Forge. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Accovac, 33021, Mountain Valley Road, Millboro, Va. 24460, or Waynesboro First Aid Crew, 201 W. Broad Street, Waynesboro, Va. 22980.


Monday, October 8, 2018
Martha Downey
Martha Downey, 75, of Covington, died Friday, October 5, 2018 at her 
residence.  

A gathering for family and friends will be held Thursday October 11, 2018 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM at Arritt Funeral Home.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alleghany Humane Society at 9313 Rich Patch Rd. Covington, VA 24426 or the Angels of Assisi at 415 Campbell Ave. SW Roanoke, VA 24016.



Friday, October 5, 2018
Brenda Jett
Brenda Ann Jett, 65, of Covington, died Thursday, October 4, 2018 at her 
residence.  

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated.  A memorial service is planned for a later date.


Friday, October 5, 2018
Tommy Wood
William “Tommy” Wood, 82  born to Russell Guy & Madge Nation Shue Wood, on September 30, 1936 at Nimrod Hall Virginia, left us October 4, 2018.  

A service will be held at Horeb Baptist Church at 11am on Monday October 8, 2018. Interment will follow at Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.  

A Memorial to Honor his life and work will be held at a later date in Newport News, Va.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to DAV.

Arrangements are handled by Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge, VA.

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



Friday, October 5, 2018
Stacey Gibson
Ms. Stacey Nicole Gibson, age 43, of Covington, died Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke. 

A memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, October 7, 2018 at McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church, 900 N. Alleghany Avenue, Covington with Rev. Bill Gilliland officiating, assisted by Rev. Mike Fleenor. 

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church, 900 N. Alleghany Avenue, Covington, VA 24426.

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



Friday, October 5, 2018
Charles Morgan
Charles Dale Morgan, age 70, of Texarkana, Texas died Monday, October 1, 2018 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held 2PM Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Chapelwood Funeral Home with Don Brown officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texarkana Animal Shelter in honor of his rescue dog, Prissy.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Eric Clark
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Eric Lamont Clark, 47, formerly of Atlanta, Ga., died Sept. 16, 2018, in Naperville, Ill.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville, Ga.

The Rev. Roslyn Thomas will officiate.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Lula Belle Wykle
Lula Belle Massie Wykle, age 75, of 1014 Concord Street, Selma, Virginia died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany in Low Moor.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM at her residence, 1014 Concord Street in Selma.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.

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



Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Patsy Ford
Patricia Sue "Patsy" Haynes Ford, 79, died at home on October 1, 2018, surrounded by loving family members.

A service celebrating Patsy's life will be held at Ashwood United Methodist Church in Hot Springs on Saturday, October 6, at 11:00 with the family visitation prior to the service at 10:00.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial tributes be sent to Ashwood United Methodist Church, c/o Frank Johnson, 5028 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or The Doris Via Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 174, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445. 

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



Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Myrtle Tyson
Myrtle Lee Tyson, 71, of Covington, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. 

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. with family visitation at 12 noon at Pine Street Baptist Church. 

Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service.


Monday, October 1, 2018
Sylvia Smith
RICH CREEK — Sylvia Pearl Harmon Fleener Smith, 71, of Rich Creek, formerly of Union, W.Va., has gone to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to watch over those she left behind to celebrate this Heavenly reunion Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Union, W.Va., with Pastor Gene Fullen officiating.

Those wishing to send the family online condolences or sign the online guestbook, may do so by visiting www.groves-mann.com. 

Arrangements were handled by Groves-Mann Funeral Home in Union, W.Va.


Monday, October 1, 2018
Geraldine Cadd
Geraldine Cody Cadd, 78, of 1307 Dolly Ann Drive died Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke. 

The funeral service will be held Friday, October 5, 2018, at 2:00 PM in the Parrish Court United Methodist Church with the Rev. Deb Washer officiating assisted by  Herb Williams.

Arritt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online guest registration is available at arrittfuneralhome.com.    



Monday, October 1, 2018
Wanda Booze
Wanda Nicely Russell Booze, age 75, of 927 Rose Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Saturday, September 29, 2018 at her residence. 

There will be no services scheduled at this time. 


Saturday, September 29, 2018
AHS FCCLA Members Attend State Fair
Members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization at Alleghany High School attended FCCLA Day at the State Fair of Virginia in Doswell.

Over 25 members, advisers and chaperones enjoyed a day filled with educational and leadership opportunities. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Final Pulse Release Of 2018 Cancelled
In the wake of Hurricane Michael, officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have cancelled this year’s final pulse release scheduled for Wednesday from the Gathright Dam. 

The decision to cancel the final 2018 scheduled pulse release from Gathright Dam has been made in coordination with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Buffaloes Stop Alleghany
The Three Rivers volleyball tournament features only the top four district teams this year.

Floyd County is trying to win their way in.

Monday night, the Buffaloes got nine kills and 11 digs from Haylee Dalton in a 25-20, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20 win at Alleghany.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Valley High School Class Of '68 Holds 50th Reunion
The Valley High School Class of 1968 held their 50th anniversary reunion Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Country Café in Hot Springs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Woodward's 17 Kills Paces CHS
BUENA VISTA — Katie Woodward had 17 kills, 16 digs and seven aces, leading Covington to a five-set Pioneer District volleyball win over Parry McCluer Saturday afternoon — 25-11, 21-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-7.

The victory was the fourth straight for the Covington girls, who improved to 8-1 in the district and 8-9 overall. The Cougars host Bath County in a big Pioneer match tonight.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Joint Investigation Leads To Four Arrests In North Carolina By Authorities
Four persons have been arrested in connection with an August incident in Alleghany County.

The suspects, three adults and a juvenile, were arrested in North Carolina and charged with aggravated malicious wounding. They have been extradited back to Alleghany County to await trial.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Chargers Down Blues In Four
HOT SPRINGS — Covington did their part Saturday.

The Bath County Chargers matched them on Monday.

The showdown is set for tonight.

Natalia Matos batted down back-to-back kills, closing out the Chargers’ four-set victory over Parry McCluer — 25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 25-23 — Monday night.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Chargers Work Overtime In Win At Craig County
NEW CASTLE — Sean Gardener had a pair of chances in the fourth quarter here Monday night.

His third opportunity came in overtime.

And that third time was the game-winning charm.

Gardener hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from Trey Shaver on Bath County’s second overtime play, lifting the Chargers to a soggy 20-14 Pioneer District win over Craig County.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
City Police Arrest Pair
The Covington Division of Police responded to a call of a suspicious person at Walmart, located on Thacker Avenue Friday.

Upon the arrival of officers, a male subject fled the scene on foot, while his female accomplice was contacted near a vehicle. 

A search of the vehicle yielded meth and precursors for the manufacturing of meth, according to Covington Police Chief Anthony Morgan.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Rep. Goodlatte's Report
Did you know corn is used in nearly 75 percent of the food we buy? However, due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) a large portion of corn is being diverted from food products into gasoline tanks. 

This has created an artificial market for the ethanol industry that has led to an undue burden on American consumers. I have been critical of the RFS mandate since its passage in 2005. Since then, I’ve introduced legislation in every Congress that would protect farmers and other stakeholders from the harmful effects of the RFS, and put money back in consumer’s pockets. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Wow Wall Established At Mountain View Elementary
Students and staff at Mountain View Elementary School are nominated for the WOW wall during the 2018-19 school year. 

In order to get their name on the WOW wall someone in the building spots them being respectful, responsible and/or safe and submits their name to the office.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
City Police Investigate Shooting
On Saturday, Oct. 13, at around 1:11 a.m., officers with the Covington Division of Police responded to the 500 block of N. Beverly Avenue for a male who had been shot.

After the scene was secured and the victim was transported to the hospital by emergency medical services personnel, an investigation into the incident took place. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Douglas Shoots 88
SALEM — Covington’s Allison Douglas shot an 88, finishing fourth in a six-player field at a VHSL girls state qualifying golf tournament Monday at Hidden Valley Country Club.

Douglas, a sophomore, made three birdies in her round.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Highlands Library Closed Wednesday
The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library in Covington will be closed Wednesday for building maintenance.

The library will reopen for normal hours Thursday.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
21st Annual Apple Day At Douthat Last Saturday
Gene Frye of Buckhannon, W.Va., demonstrates the art of bowl making during the 21st annual Apple Day celebration Saturday at Douthat State Park. 

Apple Day: A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage included numerous traditional activities such as crafts demonstrations, pumpkin carving and blacksmithing. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Planning Commission Approves Dry Run Communications Tower
The Covington Planning Commission has approved the construction of a 150-foot communications tower in the Dry Run section of the city.

A special use permit request for Datapath Tower, LLC of St. Petersburg, Fla., to install a public safety communication/commercial tower at 2000 North Peak Drive, Dry Run, was given approval by the planning commission during a joint public hearing with Coving-ton City Council Monday afternoon.

The tower will be a 150-foot-high, self-support communication tower made of galvanized steel. It will set on the site of an existing 60-foot tower and would be unseen by the public.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Library's Brown Bag Book Club To Discuss 'A Gentleman In Moscow'
CLIFTON FORGE — The Clifton Forge Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 18. The group will discuss “A Gentleman in Moscow,” written by New York Times best-selling author Amor Towles. 

Count Alexander Rostov can’t leave his hotel. “You won’t want to,” Amazon writes. 

It’s 1922 and Rostov is labeled by a Bolshevik tribunal as an unrepentant aristocrat and sentenced to house arrest for the rest of life inside the Metropol, a luxury hotel located across the street from the Kremlin.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
No Work Session For Clifton Forge Town Council
CLIFTON FORGE — Clifton Forge Town Council will not hold its regularly scheduled work session on Tuesday.

The public will be advised of the next Clifton Forge Town Council meeting.


Monday, October 15, 2018
Be Aware: Fall Peak Season For Deer Collisions
RICHMOND — Cool fall weather brings a sharp rise in insurance claims related to collisions with animals, mainly deer, in parts of the U.S. Last year in Virginia, the odds that your vehicle could strike a deer were 1 in 94.

The deer migration and mating season runs from October through December, causing an increase in movement among Virginia’s deer population and resulting in more collisions during those three months, with the greatest amount in November.


Monday, October 15, 2018
Boys Home Of Virginia Hosting Howl-O-Ween Hustle 5K And Kids Fun Run
Boys Home of Virginia is hosting the Howl-O-Ween Hustle 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 20. 

The event will be held on the Jackson River Scenic Trail, beginning at the Intervale trailhead.

The public is invited to enjoy this family-friendly trail race in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands. Families, runners, kids and pets can join in for a fun run, a 5K run/walk, costume contests, face painting, games, snacks and drinks.


Monday, October 15, 2018


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