Maple Festival has a sweet impact on local businesses in Highland County
Get ready for a sweet weekend! It’s the start of the Highland County Maple Festival. You can enjoy a number of sweet treats and learn all about maple syrup. However, while you are enjoying all the goodness of the festival, remember the good it has done for the community.
What’s News Today: Listening session, Maple Festival
The Department of Veterans Affairs holds a listening session today for the Salem area. This is one of fifty sessions taking place across the country. The session is taking place virtually at noon for those registered. Today kicks off the second and final weekend of the Maple Festival at Southernmost Maple in Highland County. Highland County is home to the annual Maple Festival, but it’s canceled this year due to the pandemic.
Southernmost Maple hosts Maple Festival this weekend
HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va – One small business in Highland County is making the most out of what was supposed to be the weekend of the maple festival. Southernmost Maple will be hosting a variety of events this weekend featuring everything from fresh maple syrup to maple donuts. This weekend was supposed to be the kickoff of the highland county maple festival, which was canceled for the second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Because of the pandemic it’s been a big maple syrup year because folks I guess, stay at home doing their own cooking and using a lot of maple syrup so they can come here and do it direct from the producer, we got lots outlets around the state.” Owner of Southernmost Maple Mike Puffenbarger said. Puffenbarger says they will also be serving breakfast on Saturday which they expect to be a big hit.
Every county, city in Virginia has now experienced at least one coronavirus-related death
ROANOKE, Va. – 354 days since Virginia reported its first coronavirus-related death, now, every city and county across the Commonwealth has experienced at least one death. That means all Virginia’s 133 counties and cities have experienced at least one COVID-19 related death, with 9,326 deaths reported statewide. Highland County was the last area to report a coronavirus-related death after reporting its first coronavirus-related death on Wednesday. The previous two localities to report their first COVID-19-related death were Bath County on Jan. 31 and the city of Norton on Dec. 22, 2020. Fairfax County, Henrico County and Prince William County lead Virginia with 985, 529 and 441 COVID-19-related deaths, respectively.
Fuel tanker rollover sparks interest for guardrails on Route 220
HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. – More than 1,250 gallons of fuel went unrecovered, killing 870 fish in the Jackson River, after a fuel tanker rollover Friday. Where Friday’s crash happened is a site of concern, as two crashes were reported in the same area last year. Highland County Board of Supervisors requested guard rails in the fall for that area after receiving several complaints. But after filing a report with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the area was deemed too narrow to install guardrails. Lambert said she plans to file another report with VDOT in the next two weeks about both curves with the hopes to install guardrails.
Overturned gas truck continues to cause delays in Highland County
HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. – Crews are on the scene of a tanker spill on US-220 in Highland County, authorities said. The crash happened at 7:44 a.m. when a tractor-trailer hauling 9,000 gallons fuel overturned into the Jackson River in the 8000 block of Jackson River Road in Highland County, according to Virginia State Police. Full Screen 1 / 7 Tractor-trailer overturned on US 220 in Highland County on Feb. 26, 2021. DEQ also said half of the tanker load was lost in the Jackson River. First Sergeant Anthony Nicely with Virginia State Police said an extra tanker will extract the remaining fuel from the one rolled over.
Highland County Maple Festival canceled for a second year due to COVID-19
The Highland County Maple Festival has been canceled due to the coronavirusHIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. – The 2021 Highland County Maple Festival has been canceled for the second year in a row, but fans will still be able to get their maple syrup this year. The 2020 festival was postponed due to the same issues, but officials said the festival will come back when it’s safe again with hope for 2022. To those worried about not getting their maple syrup fix, there’s a solution! Eleven local Highland County syrup producers will continue making syrup this year and many are selling their products online. There will also be eight local producers who will participate in the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail, which allows for more of a one-on-one tour appointment year-round outside of the allotted March festival weekends.
Virginia General Election Results for Highland County on Nov. 3, 2020
The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3. You can find results for Highland County here. This includes how the county voted in the U.S. Presidential, U.S. Senate and any U.S. House races or locally-contested races. Use the picker below to find them:Find Race ResultsOnly care how other counties and cities in the area voted? You’ll find all those options in this picker:How cities, counties in our region votedGet the latest Virginia election news here
Looking for outdoor, pandemic-safe fun? Highland County has its own Barn Quilt Trail
HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. – Finding outdoor fun has turned out to be the theme of 2020 and Highland County has you covered. Highland County is also home to Virginia’s first Barn Quilt Trail, which was first formed in 2011. It started with just 13 quilt squares and has grown to almost 60 works of art. Many quilt squares tell a story about the family or business,” said Chris Swecker, the executive director of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. You can stop in at any local business to pick up a Barn Quilt Trail brochure.
Finding Virginia’s sweet spot: Highland County leaders launch Maple Syrup Trail
Many flock to Charlottesville for the wine trail, while Nelson County launched a beer trail about ten years ago, and now Highland County leaders have created a Maple Syrup Trail. “We’re typically considered the southern capital of maple syrup,” said Chris Swecker, executive director of Highland County Chamber of Commerce. The COVID-19 cancellation only emphasized the need for year-round promotion and visitation like the Maple Syrup Trail. There are eight stops on the Maple Syrup Trail and once you complete a tour you get your passport stamped. You may visit Highland County to taste the maple syrup, but you’ll certainly see the beauty that surrounds.
61-year-old man dies in Highland County crash
HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. - A 61-year-old man died after a crash Wednesday night on Route 220 in Highland County. The man was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 and heading north when h ran off the left side of the road a half-mile north of Route 642 and overturned into a small pond, according to state police. The driver, George Allen Hevener, of Franklin, Virginia, was not wearing his seat belt and died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
2016 tour dates and locations
Here's where we'll be during the Virginia Proud Weather Tour:Thursday, April 28: Montgomery CountyWe will preview the Fork & Cork Festival on Saturday, April 30 at Beliveau WineryFriday, April 29: Botetourt CountyWe will take part in the Buchanan Civil War History Weekend at Buchanan Town ParkMonday, May 2: Highland CountyWe will profile the newly opened Highland CenterTuesday, May 3: Bath CountyWe will profile The Homestead, which is celebrating 250 yearsWednesday, May 4: Grayson & Carroll CountiesWe will take a look at the history of Bluegrass music in these communities by going to Barr's Fiddle ShopThursday, May 5: Nelson CountyWe will celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Devil’s Backbone BreweryFriday, May 6: Roanoke CountyWe will kick off Strawberry Festival in downtown Roanoke which runs through the weekendMonday, May 9: Floyd CountyWe will take part Floyd Country Store’s music festivalTuesday, May 10: Rockbridge CountyWe will take a look at some of the interesting things going on in Rockbridge County & LexingtonWednesday, May 11: Alleghany CountyWe will take a closer look at the newly renovated Historic Masonic Theater in Clifton ForgeThursday, May 12: Bedford CountyWe’ll travel to Smith Mountain Lake and the Bridgewater Plaza as the lake celebrates its 50th anniversaryFriday, May 13: Pittsylvania CountyWe’ll travel to Danville to take part in the city’s Festival in the ParkMonday, May 16: Giles CountyWe'll be at Mountain Lake LodgeTuesday, May 17: Pulaski CountyWe’ll take a look at The Marketplace, one of the premier farmers market in Southwest VirginiaWednesday, May 18: Franklin CountyWe'll be previewing the Pigg River Ramble WeekendThursday, May 19: Amherst CountyWe’ll take part in the Amherst County 3rd Thursday programFriday, May 20: Campbell CountyWe’ll be at the Lynchburg Regional Airport preview the Lynchburg Regional Air Show, which is that Saturday and SundayMonday, May 23: Bland/Wythe CountiesWe’ll travel to Big Walker Lookout, a 100-foot observation tower at the top of Big Walker Mountain that straddles the county lineTuesday, May 24: Appomattox CountyWe’ll take a look back and forward from the February 24 tornado that slammed Evergreen, VirginiaWednesday, May 25: Halifax CountyWe'll visit Virginia International RacewayThursday, May 26: Henry CountyWe’re heading to The Rooster Walk Music & Art Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the area