From the Academy of Fine Arts: The Academy has received two generous anonymous donations of $250,000 each toward the organization’s $16.6 million capital campaign to restore the historic Academy of Music Theatre. These gifts, along with others received recently, bring our total to $6.62 million. This expansion project will bring to life a nearly 800-seat performing and visual arts complex, purposed with serving our community through arts and culture. Just last month, the Academy announced a $1 million anonymous gift toward the campaign, one of the largest gifts ever made to the Academy. “Our momentum continues to build,” said George Dawson, the Academy’s chairman of the Capital Campaign. “This sets the stage for other big announcements in early June.”
From the Lynchburg Regional Airshow: The Airshow proudly welcomes the Blue Angels back to Lynchburg for the May 21st-22nd 2016 Airshow. The 2016 Airshow will be a fun-filled, action packed weekend for the entire family to enjoy. The LRA is featuring high energy performers, both in the air and on the ground, along with a Red, White & Blue theme honoring our Military and their families.
LCA Superintendent: move to VHSL will benefit school’s athletics and visibility — impact on enrollment less clear
The Superintendent of Lynchburg Christian Academy says there was no intent to be any sort of trailblazer in the school’s now-successful efforts to join the Virginia High School League. John Patterson says the move was intended to — and will have — a wholly positive impact on the school’s athletic program and visibility within the Lynchburg area. The impact, he says, in other areas like enrollment is not as clear. He spoke with WLNI’s Evan Jones.
Patterson says another major benefit will be reduced travel times for athletic teams, which have had to frequently take buses well out of town to compete with other schools. LCA joins the VHSL in August as the first non-public school to join the league in its 90-year history.
Beginning Monday, May 25, and continuing through Wednesday, May 27, crews will be milling and paving on Boonsboro Road, between Lin Road and Arrow Street. From 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily, traffic will be restricted to one lane. Motorists should expect minor delays and use caution when traveling through the work zone.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ U.S. Census Bureau estimates for Virginia show healthy population increases last year in counties near the nation’s capital and in nearly all of the state’s largest cities. According to census estimates released Thursday, Fairfax County remains the state’s largest, gaining 3,100 residents to nearly 1.14 million in 2014. Loudoun County’s population jumped more than 12,000 to 363,000, and Prince William County had an increase of 5,900 residents to more than 446,000. Those areas near Washington, D.C., accounted for more than one-third of the state’s overall estimated gain. Virginia’s population rose nearly 56,000 last year to more than 8.3 million. Four of Virginia’s five largest cities gained residents. Virginia Beach is still the largest, growing by 1,672 residents to about 451,000. It’s followed by Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond and Newport News.