From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday July 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy responded to 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, Virginia after receiving a call from a neighbor. The caller advised that he went to the address because he had not seen the woman and her son who lived there for several days. When he arrived he found the partially decomposed body of a female in the yard. After arriving on the scene and while checking the area, deputies found the remains of a dog and the partially decomposed remains of a male. The victim’s remains were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke to be positively identified and cause of death determined.
Amherst officials have announced a second medical facility in the town. The property will be leased to Horizon Behavioral Health for the purposes of providing outpatient counseling services to children and adults. According to the News & Advance, once construction is complete sometime in the first quarter of next year, the building will be similar to an existing Horizon facility in the town of Bedford. Last month, Centra Health announced plans for an ambulatory care facility within the town; that project is slated for completion in 2016.
A new section on the city of Lynchburg’s website is designed as a tool to help residents find useful information much faster and more conveniently. Data on the Open Data Portal page can be accessed in topics including building permits, business licenses, development projects, violations in construction and housing, contacts for contractors, real estate parcels and property transfers, among others. We have a link to the website online at www.wlni.com.
A link is on the city website for citizens to offer feedback on any other possible types of information sources they may want to see featured lynchburgva.gov/open-data-portal
Summer makes it tough for The Amercian Red Cross to meet the constant need. During the months of June, July and August, there are fewer blood donors scheduling appointments to give blood at local blood drives, than what patients need. The seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive for the rest of the summer. Clifford Baptist Church, on Fletchers Level Road in Amherst will host a blood drive Tuesday from Noon until 6pm.
Divisions of Fire and Rescue services in Franklin and Bedford County respond to high numbers of falling victims, particularly among senior citizens. The Smith Mountain Eagle reports from January to June 2014, reported falls in Bedford County resulted in 10% of the calls for dispatch of emergency services. In Franklin County, it amounts to the same percentage, representing 360 falls for the first part of 2014. EMS officials in both counties acknowledge that many of the calls come from senior citizens; but say not all falling cases come from the elderly.
An inspection of the bridge on Virginia 130 where it crosses a Norfolk Southern Railway could cause road and/or lane closures. Crews under contract to the Virginia Department of Transportation are scheduled, weather permitting, to perform safety inspections to the bridge today. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the work zones. For more information, visit www.511Virginia.org or call 511.