Dear Editor,

On Thursday night, the 10th of September, the Covington School Board had a public hearing at Curfman Hall. 

Passions ran high and after a couple hours of public comment, the school board voted 3-2 to pass a resolution that moved the process to the next step. 

Covington City Council was also in attendance. 

After the school board voted, council voted and again approved the resolution 3-2.

As the meeting was over and I was leaving, I approached a Covington citizen and asked if he wanted to say something to me. 

His response was no. 

At that point, I continued to question him about a couple issues I thought we needed to work through. 

My behavior was out of line as the mayor of Covington. 

Several people saw the exchange and at least one TV station was close enough to try and video the conflict. 

As I said, I was out of line for me as an individual, but as mayor of the city I was over the line. 

My intention today is to apologize to the citizens of Covington for my behavior. 

I was out of line and I'm sorry. 

I did apologize that night before I left to the gentleman and his wife. 

We walked out together after shaking hands. 

These past few months have been contentious to say the least. 

We as a community should be willing to work together for the betterment of the young people in Covington and all of the Alleghany Highlands.


Thomas H. Sibold Jr.
Mayor City of Covington


Dear Editor,

Can the 300 persons called on the school consolidation issue be identified to the public with their vote?

Is this democracy? 

I have not been able to find a single person who received a call.


Chuck Woodson
Pitzer Ridge Road, Covington