Virginia Cooperative Extension to Host Pipeline Meeting

Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting attorneys from the firm of Waldo & Lyle to answer landowner questions addressing pipeline right-of-ways. This firm specializes in Right-of-Way and Eminent Domain issues and is headquartered in Norfolk, VA. Attorneys from the firm have previously addressed area residents, having been present for an informational forum sponsored by the Highland County EDA on December 10th, 2014. Coverage of this earlier meeting can be found in the news archives at

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 21st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Highland County Courthouse. The attorneys will discuss eminent domain, what to expect and how best to negotiate terms of a contract and options for restoring disturbed land.  VA Cooperative Extension Agents will provide tips and information on reclamation/maintaining agriculture land.  There will be meeting time for general questions and an opportunity to meet with Attorneys for private question after the general session.  This seminar is free and open to the public.  An additional session is planned for Augusta County at the Government Center in Verona at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon for those landowners that are unable to attend the evening session.  Registration is requested for either session by calling VCE—Highland County office at 540-468-2225 by January 20 so planning can accommodate those in attendance and/or notifications can be made for inclement weather.

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Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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