Impact of Tinker Creek spill weighs heavy on CPS



On the morning of Saturday, July 30, a release of an adjuvant product was discovered from a container at the Crop Production Services (CPS) location in Cloverdale.

Within hours the release was stopped but some of the product had already made its way into Tinker Creek.

Thanks to the quick response of the Botetourt County fire and police departments, the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality, steps were immediately taken to ensure public safety and address environmental issues.

Let me begin by apologizing for the impact this incident had and the uncertainty it created among the community.

The sight of dead fish in the creek, the call to stay out of the water and the concern it created among some residents over a potential impact on their drinking water weighed heavy.

The health and safety of our neighbors, employees, and customers is our highest priority. We continuously work to improve our environmental, health, and safety practices. Following this incident we immediately began to work with our regulatory partners to determine the cause and take corrective action.

For many years we have proudly called Cloverdale home. Your support and trust is not taken for granted.

Your patience and understanding during Saturday’s release and its aftermath is greatly appreciated. We hope you accept our apology as we renew our commitment to a safe operation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions related to this incident or about our operations.

Timothy Smith

Region Manager

Crop Production Services


Appreciates support for Fincastle blood drive, next one is August 17



Thanks to all of the donors who came to the June blood drive. We collected 36 units.  Thanks to all our volunteers. Thanks also to Robbin Saunders and Sally Field for the homemade cookies, pies and cakes.

Thanks to Doris Rexrode for picking up the pizzas donated by Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders in Daleville. They were delicious ad enjoyed by all. The next time you want pizza, salad or sub stop in Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders in Daleville. Thanks for their generous support of the blood drive and our community

The next blood drive is Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Fincastle United Methodist Family Life Center from noon until 6 p.m.

With all of the increase in summer travel and outside activities we have seen an increase in the need for blood. The Red Cross has issued a critical alert because of the extremely low supply of blood. All presenting donors will receive a $5 Target gift certificate from the Red Cross via e-mail. Mark your calendar today. Hope we will see you there.

Sam Saunders