School consolidation decades in the making: A history

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ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS — A long, winding journey that began in the 1960s will soon culminate in a historic unification.

The road that led to the imminent consolidation of the Alleghany County and Covington school systems on Friday, July 1, though, has not been without its share of trials and obstacles.

It’s proved to be a 55-year saga of behind-the-scenes discussions and political maneuvering, bitter feelings, and sometimes harsh negotiations that has featured a varied cast of characters, per...

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