Election day turned out to be a good one for the three Democratic-party endorsed candidates in Lynchburg, but not so good for the Republican-endorsed ones. Incumbents Joan Foster and Randy Nelson led the way, winning re-election at-large City Council seats, and they’ll be joined by Treney Tweedy, who finished just behind Nelson in the third spot. Tweedy will replace H. Cary on Council; he finished fourth in yesterday’s voting, almost 1,500 votes behind. Cary was followed by Rhonnie Smith and Keith Anderson. All three winners were Democrat party endorsed — Republicans had endorsed the three who failed to hold or win Council seats.
Election results courtesy WDBJ7:
Lynchburg City Council 19 of 19 Precincts Reporting
|*oan Foster (I)||5,883||23%|
|J. R. “Randy” Nelson (I)||5,189||20%|
|Treney Tweedy (I)||4,931||19%|
|Hunsdon “H” Cary (I)||3,480||13%|
|Rhonnie Smith (I)||3,392||13%|
|Keith Anderson (I)||3,065||12%|
It’s municipal election day in Lynchburg, and if history is any indication, voter turnout today should something close to 30%. Six candidates are running for the three available at-large seats. The last at-large election in Lynchburg was in 2010, and turnout that day neared 32%; in 2006, it was about 28%. Remember to bring proper-ID with you — click here for full voter identification information from the State Board of Elections. The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company provides free transit today on its regular routes to help you get to the polls. Also holding municipal elections today: Appomattox and Pamplin for mayor and town council. The polls are open until 7:00 pm.
Shippers, refiners and railroads are moving to replace older rail tankers with ones built to a higher safety standard, which experts say will reduce the number of spills and fires in derailments. But there is a big backlog of orders, and the Association of American Railroads says fewer than a quarter of oil tank cars on the rails right now meet that stronger standard. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Governor McAuliffe has named former Lynchburg Delegate Shannon Valentine to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. She is one of six people named today. In a statement, the governor said the six share his vision for the future of Virginia’s transportation system. The board decides which transportation projects will receive state funding.
(Continue reading for the governor’s news release.)
A leaking pipe is forcing an early dismissal today at Rusbtburg High School. Students there will be sent home at 12:45 p.m. The leak is near a power line outside the school building, and crews must shut off the power to repair the pipe. School officials expect those repairs to be completed this afternoon and hope classes can begin at their regular times Thursday. All after-school activities at Rustburg High School today are cancelled.
Gleaning For The World is responding to the tornadoes that have torn across the Midwest and Southern United States. The Concord-based relief organization is wasting no time helping out, sending out its first shipment this morning. Gleaning for the World works to provide life-saving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation — usually surplus corporate goods that would otherwise head for landfills. Founder and President Rev. Ron Davidson says they’re prepared to deliver additional supplies as needed as new reports of tornado damage come in.
Click here for the Gleaning for the World website.
An on-line camera is up and running once again that lets you watch a pair of ospreys raise a new family on Smith Mountain Lake — but it won’t always be always pretty. The couple is tending to four eggs — more than normal — and while ospreys are very good at catching fish, if all four eggs hatch, there will be lots of competition for all the food the parents bring in. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Click here to see the Smith Mountain Lake osprey cam.
Prescription drug takeback events tomorrow, and in Campbell Co,, document shredding and child car seat installation
The latest prescription drug take-back day is set for tomorrow, and the numbers show it keeps tons of drugs in our region out of landfills and water supplies. There are events scheduled across the region, and in Campbell County, the sheriff’s office is combining it with document shredding and child car seat installation. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Click here to find the your nearest prescription drug takeback location.
Click here for full Campbell County information on the all-in-one drug takeback, document shredding, and child car seat installation. (Scroll down to fourth story on the page.)
Many older boaters will not have to take a safety course after all — one result of yesterday’s veto session in Richmond. It overturns part of a law that had its start with a fatal accident on Smith Mountain Lake in the summer of 2005 that killed two people and a dog. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, delegates representing the lake are unhappy with yesterday’s outcome.