Firemen Make Fine Showing In Parade Here

The Covington Fire Department, prior to going on the annual Virginia State Fireman’s Convention at Phoebus the first of the week, held a parade in uniform on Friday evening.

The men looked unusually fine in their dark blue uniforms with white shirts and white gloves.

There are thirty-two firemen and sixteen band members of the Covington Fire Department Band, making a total of forty-eight in line.

The parade started at the firehouse on Sixth Street, marching down Lexington Street and through the undergrade crossing at Chestnut Street; up Highland Street to McCurdy; out McCurdy to Court Street; down Court Street up Main Street to Bridge Street; out Bridge to Riverside; down Riverside Avenue to Maple Avenue; down Maple Avenue to Sixth Street and down Sixth Street to the firehouse.


Coroner Returns Verdict Of Suicide

Mrs. Martha Ellen Meadows, 46, died at her home on Johnson’s Creek yesterday as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She is survived by her husband, Burton Meadows, and an adopted son.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed and will be announced at a later date.

The coroner’s verdict was suicide.

She had been dead about four hours when Dr. Burton arrived at the home yesterday afternoon at two o’clock.

According to Sheriff W.S. Henderson, who with Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dressler, made an investigation upon receiving a call from Robert Wagner, of Johnson’s Creek, Mrs. Meadows was shot with a 32 Smith and Wesson Special pistol, which entered her body just below the heart.


Bath County Man Earns M.E. Degree

Charles S. (Buddy) Armstrong, a native Bath Countian and a former teacher in the Bath County school system, was one of 700 on August 15 at the University of Virginia to receive his Master’s degree in school administration.

Armstrong, who has accepted a position in Albemarle County as an assistant principal at Joseph Hepley Junior High School, is a graduate of Valley High School and VPI, where he received his B.S. degree in business administration.

Following his college graduation, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army and later was a successful coach and teacher at Millboro High School.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernell Armstrong of Warm Springs and his wife is the former Miss Mary Lee Long of Hot Springs.

The couple have two sons, Rick and Mike.

Battle Of The Bands

Appearing in the Battle of the Bands will be “The O.B.’s”

The event will be held Fridge at 6:30 p.m. at Casey Field.

Members of “The O.B.’s are Jerry Craft, Steve Smith, Buzzy Eggleston and Frankie Hayslett


EDA, Chamber Unveil New Marketing Tools

After being hailed as one of the industrial development leaders in the state of Virginia, two Alleghany Highlands organizations unveiled promotional tools Thursday in a meeting hosted by the Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce.

Glynn Loope, executive director of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Authority, unveiled a 10-minute video, “The Alleghany Highlands, We Deliver Naturally,” which will be sent to prospective industries seeking a place to locate.

The video was produced by Virginia Power.

Michele Wright, executive director of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce, presented a 24-page publication just completed by the Chamber which will also be used for industrial development.

Before adjourning, EDA Board Chairman Robert Crockett presented appreciation plaques to three former members of the EDA board, former chairman Tom Dean, Patrick Winston and Eston Burge.


Committee Seeks Additional Funds From Foundation

The Alleghany Foundation will be asked to provide an additional $90,000 to help cover costs associated with the proposed consolidation of Alleghany County and Covington.

The request, from a citizens committee that drafted a plan to consolidate the two governments into the city of Alleghany Highlands, will be considered by the foundation in its next grant cycle.

Applications are due September 1.

The foundation has already awarded $30,000 to help cover legal fees and other costs associated with the consolidation effort.

Under an order signed by Alleghany County Circuit Court Judge Malfourd W. Trumbo earlier this year, the foundation money is being used to cover 50 percent of the costs for attorneys and other professional services and other costs.

The remaining 50 percent is to be split equally between Alleghany County and Covington.

Covington City Council has pushed for the localities’ share of the expenses to be based on population.

Using that formula would make Alleghany County responsible for 74 percent of the costs.