National Night Out events held in Clifton Forge and Covington
Three-year-old Mila Fridley, right, visits with Lychelle Hall, left, and Heather Wood of Safehome Systems, Inc at the event in Clifton Forge. (Recorder photos by Gavin Dressler)Clifton Forge Mayor Jeff Irvine takes a bath in the dunking booth.Dep. Kenny Curry of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office, left, and K-9 “Rex.” demonstrate subject apprehension with Cpl.therecorderonline.com
Marie H. Eisenhower
SELMA — Marie Hicklin Eisenhower, 89, of 1301 Concord Street, Selma, Va, died Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Woodlands Health and Rehab in Clifton Forge. She was born in Highland County on Sept. 3, 1932 a daughter of the late Rosser Stuart and Twila Phillips Hicklin. She was a homemaker throughout her lifetherecorderonline.com
Vets honored on Independence Day
Residents dance to the sounds of Domino during the Covington Parks and Recreation Department’s July 4 festivities at River Rock Amphitheatre in Covington. (Recorder photos by Gavin Dressler) CLIFTON FORGE and COVINGTON — Residents of the Allegheny Highlands celebrated the 246th anniversary of America’s independence with two days of events in Clifton Forge and Covington.therecorderonline.com
Clifton Forge celebrates Juneteenth for first time
The Resurrecting Praise Community Choir performs during the opening ceremonies of Clifton Forge’s first Juneteenth celebration on Monday, June 20, at the Masonic Amphitheatre. (Recorder photos by Gavin Dressler) CLIFTON FORGE — Clifton Forge’s first celebration of the Juneteenth holiday was held Monday, June 20. Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United Statestherecorderonline.com
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CLIFTON FORGE — Thomas “Ty” Dobbs, principal of Sharon Elementary School has announced honor rolls for the fifth grade’s final grading period and yearly average. A honor roll — Ms. Carroll’s class: Levi Bartley, Tinley Brooks, Amelia Caldwell, Garet Cook, Gabriel Craft, Charley Feazell, Isaiah Humphries, Kaylynne McDavid-Kilgore, Braden Persinger, Luke Saville; yearly average, Levitherecorderonline.com
Clifton Forge adopts budget, prepares for paid EMS
Two new Clifton Forge town employees were introduced Tuesday. Bridget Goff, left, will be working in the finance office. Taylor Ginger, right, will serve as administrative assistant and council clerk. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler) COVINGTON — Clifton Forge Town Council has adopted its operating and capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Tuesday, counciltherecorderonline.com
Man convicted for killing 26-year-old in vehicle crash
COVINGTON — On May 31, in Alleghany Circuit Court, Michael Julian Wolfe, 25, was found guilty of second-degree felony murder and felony eluding a law enforcement officer. Wolfe pleaded guilty to killing Randall Lee Tinsley, 26, in a motor vehicle crash while fleeing from a Clifton Forge police officer. Alleghany County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Gardnertherecorderonline.com
Public library sponsoring summer reading program
CLIFTON FORGE — The Clifton Forge Public Library is sponsoring a Summer Reading Program for readers ages three through adult. The program begins Monday, June 13, and will conclude on Friday, Aug. 12. For every five hours of reading or listening to a story being read to them, children ages 3-10 will receive a prizetherecorderonline.com
Woman sentenced to 18 years for felony murder
COVINGTON — On May 23, Deborah Anne Coleman, 42, of Clifton Forge, was sentenced in Alleghany County Circuit Court to 30 years in the penitentiary with 12 years suspended for the felony murder of Shannon Anthony Clark. The court imposed the 18-year active sentence after hearing from Clark’s family, who testified how the homicide impactedtherecorderonline.com
Student art show now on display
“Confidence” by Nicole Frye of Covington High School, was named Best in Show, high school level, at the student art show on display at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center in Clifton Forge. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler) CLIFTON FORGE — The 2022 Student Art Show is on display at the Alleghany Highlands Artstherecorderonline.com
Residents enjoy promenade, awards in Easter Bonnet parade
Clifton Forge Main Street Inc. sponsored its annual Easter Bonnet parade Saturday morning. Residents donned their Easter best and paraded down Ridgeway Street to the Primis Bank plaza. (Recorder photos by Gavin Dressler) CLIFTON FORGE — Residents of the Allegheny Highlands donned their Easter best Saturday morning, April 16, to participate in the annual Eastertherecorderonline.com
Good News Church hosts first service in new location
Stephanie Clark, second from right, led the audience in song during a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the relocation of Good News Church to Main Street. In the back row, from left, are Jeff Irvine, Clifton Forge mayor; Matt Garten, chairman of the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors; Tom Sibold, Covington mayor; Davidtherecorderonline.com
Good Friday ‘Way of the Cross’ event held on Main Street
The Eastern Alleghany Ministerial Association observed the Easter weekend by holding its Way of the Cross event in downtown Clifton Forge on Good Friday. Those who participated carried the large wooden cross down Main Street where it was erected in front of Central United Methodist Church. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler) CLIFTON FORGE — Thetherecorderonline.com
Clifton Forge native, former Va. Tech tight ends coach to serve as new AD in Alleghany
CLIFTON FORGE — The Alleghany County School Board and the Covington City School Board have voted to appoint Bryan Stinespring as activities director for Alleghany County Public Schools and the new Alleghany Highlands Public Schools. The appointment was approved tonight, Wednesday, April 13, during a joint meeting of the two school boards at Dabney S.therecorderonline.com
Clifton Forge approves hiring pool of part-time EMS staff
Sgt. Chris Fisher of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office appeared before Clifton Forge Town Council Tuesday evening to discuss the Alleghany Highlands Youth Day Rodeo, which will be held Saturday, May 7, at Jackson River Sport Complex in Covington. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler) CLIFTON FORGE — The town of Clifton Forge is progressing withtherecorderonline.com
Clifton Forge law office focused on veterans’ needs
The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, March 24, at K. McConnell Legal, which has opened at 316 Commercial Ave. in Clifton Forge. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler) CLIFTON FORGE — A law office specializing in veterans’ disability claims and appeals has opened in Clifton Forge. Kristen McConnell,therecorderonline.com
Jackson River Scenic Trail expansion under way
Officials from the area gathered to break ground at the future Cedar Creek Trailhead. Pictured, from left, are Chad Williams, director of Alleghany County Parks and Recreation; David Crosier, vice mayor for City of Covington; Jeff Irvine, vice mayor for Clifton Forge; Matt Garten, board of supervisors, Alleghany County; Roy Burns, board of supervisors, Bath County; Ron Shifflett, board of […]therecorderonline.com
Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie laid to rest
CLIFTON FORGE — Funeral services for Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie were held Saturday afternoon at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Hundreds gathered in the DSLCC Armory to pay their respects to Officer Ogilvie, who lost his life in the line of duty Monday, March 14. Among those in attendance were law enforcement officers and first responders from departments throughout […]therecorderonline.com
Police officer killed on duty
A Clifton Forge Police officer salutes as the body of Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie returned home Tuesday afternoon from the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler)COVINGTON — A shooting Monday afternoon took the life of a Covington police officer and two other men. The officer, Caleb Ogilvie, leaves behind his wife and daughters. Ogilvie, […]therecorderonline.com
Major water leak causes headaches for Clifton Forge
CLIFTON FORGE — During the Tuesday, March 8, meeting of Clifton Forge Town Council, town manager Chuck Unroe said the town was notified several weeks ago by the water treatment plant of a water loss in town. The public works department located the leak in a six-inch water main, but the leak was “located in the worst possible place in […]therecorderonline.com
Town council proposes pay increases after 14 years
Clifton Forge Main Street presented Karen Buzzard, left, with its 2021 Volunteer of the Year award during Tuesday evening’s Clifton Forge Town Council meeting. Presenting the award are CFMS president Susan Hutchison, center; and vice president Jenny Oeltjen, right. (Recorder photos by Gavin Dressler)CLIFTON FORGE — Future members of Clifton Forge Town Council could potentially get pay increases. Tuesday, the […]therecorderonline.com
Clifton Forge locals excited to see town, neighbors star in Hulu show ‘Dopesick’
Hundreds of people at the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge got to watch their town make its debut in the new Hulu show, “Dopesick.” The people of Southwest Virginia have spoken and they’re saying the mini-series is a hit.
‘Get this little town back on the map’: Hulu series films in Clifton Forge
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – It’s lights, camera, action for the Alleghany Highlands. The production of the upcoming Hulu mini-series “Dopesick” moved to Clifton Forge on Friday. “We need to get this little town back on the map like it used to be and move the town forward,” said Clifton Forge town manager Chuck Unroe. “You’ll definitely know you’re in Clifton Forge,” Unroe said. “They’ve included the town and the townspeople and really made it a community thing.”“Dopesick” will continue filming in Clifton Forge through next week.
Police arrest juvenile in connection to multiple Clifton Forge robberies
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – UPDATEClifton Forge Police have arrested the person they say is responsible for Friday night’s multiple robbery cases. Officers were able to recover a stolen vehicle from the 1300 block of Jefferson Ave, another vehicle from Rose Ave and one last one taken from Botetourt County. ORIGINAL STORYThe Clifton Forge Police Department is investigating a multiple robbery case that happened on Friday. The second incident happened shortly after on Rose Ave. where the person used the stolen firearm to steal a vehicle. The person police say is responsible for the robberies is a man in his early to mid-20s.
‘A Christmas miracle’: Insurance company covers cochlear implant surgery for Clifton Forge baby
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – Nine-month-old Manning James is just like any other baby. He loves exploring, looks up to his big brother Mason, and is sometimes a little too curious for his own good. We don’t know anyone who’s deaf, so it was a really big shock for us,” said Noelle. Monday morning, two days before the surgery, Noelle got a call. “It feels like a million pounds have been lifted.”Now, Noelle is returning the money raised because this Christmas she got the best gift of all.
Bet you didn’t know that Clifton Forge has the country’s only coffee grinder museum
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – When you think of the Alleghany Highlands, coffee is not probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, one couple in Clifton Forge hopes you will not only stop by for a cup of joe but also walk through their newly opened coffee museum, Caffé Museo. One couple in Clifton Forge hopes you will not only stop-by for a cup of joe, but also walk through their newly opened coffee museum. (Judith Sivonda)This fall, Judith Sivonda and her husband added a coffee grinder museum to their café. We get into conversations that are quite pleasant and they haven’t seen anything like it and they’ll remember Clifton Forge,” said Sivonda.
Alleghany County assisted living facility getting attention for its whimsical photoshoot
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – One local assisted living facility is proving picture day is not just for the kids. The Highland House in Alleghany County is getting a lot of attention for its fall photos. Thank you so much Jane & Mae Photography for showing the fun loving spirit of our Residents!! Posted by Highland House Assisted Living on Tuesday, October 20, 2020A local photographer, Jane and Mae, took whimsy pictures of residents. Before getting their pictures taken some residents even got their hair and make-up done.
Tasty Tuesday: The Colorful Chameleon brings home cookin’ to the Alleghany Highlands
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – A loveable personality and loveable food combine to make The Colorful Chameleon a great spot in downtown Clifton Forge. She tells me, “We were snapping green beans at age 4.”The Colorful Chameleon is more of a recent development from humble beginnings. “We were doing shaved ice from a table and then just progressed from there.”Now, it’s a centerpiece of Clifton Forge just like food is. We have smoked pretty much everything you can think of.”The mountain views and the railroad museum just yards away make for a quick and quiet oasis. Reminiscing, Adcock tells us, "I made it about five years ago.
20 arrested, two still wanted on drug charges in ‘Operation Unmasked’
ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. – An operation involving law enforcement from several local and state agencies resulted in an Alleghany County grand jury indicting 22 people on 59 mostly drug-related charges. On July 23, officers started arresting those indicted, and as of Thursday, all but two people indicted as a result of “Operation Unmasked” had been arrested, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall. The two people who are still wanted are Regina Angle and Micahel Brewster Jr., who are both from Covington, according to the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office. Officers from the Craig County Sheriff’s Office, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office, Clifton Forge Police Department and Covington Police Department assisted the task force in this effort. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Angle and Brewster Jr. is asked to call the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office at 540-965-1770 or the Drug Task Force at 540-965-6308.
Local wood mill helping others create their own business
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – A local business is trying to help others make money for themselves. Occam’s Mill opened in the Clifton Forge School of the Arts at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The mill’s owner, Mac Beard, has created a maker’s space where people can use the mill’s wood carving technology to create products that they can sell. “It’s very apparent that there’s no teaching without learning, these guys teach me something every day,” said Beard. A portion of the rental fee will help support the Clifton Forge School of the Arts.
Clifton Forge man ranks 20th in cornhole world rankings
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – When you think of cornhole you may think of tailgating fun, but one local man is actually a cornhole professional. 10 News caught up with the Clifton Forge native to chat about taking his hobby from his backyard to the big stage. “It feels really good to have a successful group in Clifton Forge,” said Chestnut. “We’ve come a really long ways and that’s one of my most proud things of cornhole is getting the club started and going in Clifton Forge,” Chestnut said. Chestnut started playing in 2007, but didn't get serious about the game until 2016, turning pro in 2018.
Highlands florist urges support for local shops as some take business to West Virginia
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – After an area florist adjusted its model to survive the pandemic, the owner warned against protesting local businesses because of the mask rule. Since March, The Flower Center in Clifton Forge has had to adapt its services to stay afloat. They partnered with a local bakery to deliver cupcakes with flowers, and they’re also shipping bouquets for the first time. The owner said people who are frustrated with Virginia’s mask requirement and pledging not to wear them while shopping are only hurting small businesses like 'mom and pop’ places. Huffman said small businesses like The Flower Center are just doing what is required in Virginia.
Highlands community to resurge local chapter of NAACP
COVINGTON, Va. – A local community is resurging its chapter of the NAACP. Residents of Clifton Forge and Covington are organizing to create one chapter in the Highlands. Right now, they are short of the 100 members needed to become official, so organizers are holding a membership drive. The vice mayor of Clifton Forge says when she got elected to council that’s when the community started coming to her, asking to bring the chapter back. She says their biggest concerns were access to jobs and economic opportunities for minorities.
Clifton Forge teen creates colorful sidewalk art during stay-at-home order
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – A teenager in Clifton Forge has spent the past several months getting creative while staying at home. Colorful characters litter the sidewalk outside of Erin Crowder’s home. The high school freshman has never taken an art class, but managed to bring beloved cartoon characters to life. Her mom said neighbors and strangers have stopped to take pictures of Erin’s freehand masterpieces.
Georgia man facing several charges in connection with Clifton Forge murder
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – LATEST:A Georgia man is facing several charges in connection with a murder last month in Clifton Forge. Kenneth Staples, of LaGrange, Georgia, is charged with second-degree murder and grand larceny in connection with the murder of 41-year-old William Brandon Wright on April 27, according to Clifton Forge Police Chief Chad Wickline. Clifton Forge police first identified Staples as a person of interest wanted for questioning in connection with their investigation. The man defined as a person of interest by the Clifton Forge Police Department in Monday night’s suspicious death is now in custody in Georgia. The Clifton Forge Police Department released the name of the 41-year-old Clifton Forge man who died on Monday night.
Alleghany County students thank teachers with sidewalk notes of love
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – Teacher parades have become popular as educators want students to know they miss them, but some students in Alleghany County want teachers to know they’re appreciated as well. On the sidewalks of Sharon Elementary School, a few parents and children spent time over the weekend writing notes of love to the staff. They even wrote the name of every person who works in the building, telling them they miss them.
’Things are going to be OK’: Clifton Forge restaurant to temporarily suspend eat-in service
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – A popular Clifton Forger restaurant is making a change because of the coronavirus. Starting Saturday, Jack Mason’s Tavern in Clifton Forge will only offer takeout or delivery service. The full menu will be available at first, but that could eventually change, based on what people order and how much. Co-owner Martha Atherholt said Tuesday the move is as much about being able to continue making money as it is about continuing to be a place for the community to come together. Delivery service will be available for people in Clifton Forge, Longdale, Low Moor, and possibly Callaghand.
Two people make it out safely during Clifton Forge house fire
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. – Fire crews responded to a house fire in Clifton Forge on Wednesday evening. Two people who were inside at the time of the fire were able to make it out of a first story window, according to the Clifton Forge Fire Department. It happened at a two-story house in the 600 block of Brussels Ave. Officials said there is “significant” fire and smoke damage to the house, but there isn’t a damage estimate yet. The Clifton Forge Fire Department was assisted by crews from Selma, Sharon and Iron Gate.
Round Town: music and trains
ROANOKE, Va. – Wytheville Community College holds its monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree. Bad Ridge and The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters will perform. The George Washington Train Show returns to Clifton Forge this weekend. It’s Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes admission to the C & O Railway Heritage Center.
James Jim Warren Woods
James WoodsWILMINGTON, N.C. James Jim Warren Woods, of Wilmington, passed away Oct. 12, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Simmons Woods. He was born in Clifton Forge, Va., on April 9, 1933, to Harvey Drewey Woods and Lydia McCoy Woods. The youngest of the six Woods boys, he had a story filled childhood roaming the alleys of Clifton and storming the football field as a Mountaineer. Some of his favorite memories came from his days with the class of 1952.therecorderonline.com
Clifton Forge honors star basketball player with proclamation
Clifton Forge is proclaiming Saturday, August 10 as Trudi Lacey Day. Among the shelves of books in the Clifton Forge Library sits a display of all things Trudi Lacey. She always had that ball like right here and so we knew that was her passion, said Clifton Forge Vice-Mayor Pamela Marshall. As I wrote the proclamation, I thought, I can't put all the things on it that this woman has done, said Clifton Forge Town Manager Darlene Burcham. Nobody accomplishes anything without love and support, and I certainly had that in our community of Clifton Forge, said Lacey.
Clifton Forge honors star basketball player with proclamation
Clifton Forge is proclaiming Saturday, August 10 as Trudi Lacey Day. Among the shelves of books in the Clifton Forge Library sits a display of all things Trudi Lacey. “She always had that ball like right here and so we knew that was her passion,” said Clifton Forge Vice-Mayor Pamela Marshall. “As I wrote the proclamation, I thought, I can't put all the things on it that this woman has done,” said Clifton Forge Town Manager Darlene Burcham. Nobody accomplishes anything without love and support, and I certainly had that in our community of Clifton Forge,” said Lacey.
Virginia Tech architecture students continue building in Alleghany Highlands
Last year's architecture students at Virginia Tech completed the design and construction of the field house. Now, current students apart of the design/build LAB are working on two new baseball fields with dug outs and a press box. Little League leaders say the design/build LAB students are making the goal of hosting state tournaments in the future a reality. "With these additional fields [in Sharon] and in Clifton Forge I can only see brighter things," explained Gary Price, President of Clifton Forge Little League. This is the fifth project architecture students have worked on in the Covington and Clifton Forge areas.