Lockn’ Festival May Be Adding Two-Day Country Music Lineup

lockn fest logoLockn’ Festival organizers are considering adding a two-day Country music event to the lineup. State and local agencies held a post-Lockn’ Festival briefing earlier this month all gave positive reviews from September’s event. With the success, Lockn’ staff plan to stay in Nelson County long-term. Organizers purchased a 385-acre farm adjacent to the Oak Ridge Estate where extra camping was held in its second year, in which an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people attended. Now planners are considering the financial feasibility of an additional two-day concert that would take place in mid-August of 2015 or possibly in 2016.

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Amherst County School Board Members Have Productive Gathering

amherst county logoIt was a productive retreat gathering last week for Amherst County School Board members. The board addressed; made progress on; and implemented processes on a number of issues, including the possibility of having new school board members seated in the future, through elections rather than appointments. The board took action on two recommendations affecting child nutrition and made headway on several other agenda items, including an online employee handbook being made as well as ensuring that administrative salary schedules correspond to current positions.

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Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Have Some Hunting on Sundays

Virginia Department of Game and Inland FisheriesThe Department of Game and Inland Fisheries believe outreach efforts related to the new Sunday hunting law have been successful. Virginia’s archery season started at the beginning of the month and firearms season will kick off on November 15 hunting season this year, now includes Sundays, well, for some hunters. The new law allows people to hunt on private land with written permission from the owner however, the extra day does not carry over to public lands, such as state-owned wildlife management areas. DGIF officials say it’s hard to tell how many people are taking advantage of the extra day though, so far, the department has encountered very few problems with people trying to hunt on public land on Sundays.

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Campbell County Secondary Schools Future Unclear

Campbell CountyThe future of Campbell County’s secondary schools is still unsure. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday failed to reach a consensus. The presentation touched on the costs of the two main options either to create an east/west campus system in lieu of the current middle and high schools or renovate the existing schools. Supervisors also discussed three scenarios on how to construct the new schools if the consolidation option is chosen. The school board still has time to come up with another alternative before the January deadline.

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Blue Ridge Optics Named Technology Company of the Year

Town of BedfordOn Tuesday the Region 2000 Technology Council named Blue Ridge Optics “Technology Company of the Year.” Blue Ridge Optics, is the only manufacturers in Virginia making their specific product attracting business from across the country, all while being headquartered in Bedford. WDBJ-7 reports, 80 percent of its workforce is made up of people from the town. The low cost of doing business in Bedford, combined with the town’s skilled workforce, has committed the owners to staying in our region as they grow.

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All Hallows’ Eve Service To be Held at Old City Cemetery

All Hallows’ Eve Service

Friday, October 31, 2014

5:30 p.m.

 

Old City Cemetery Chapel

401 Taylor Street

Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

www.gravegarden.org

 

 

The annual All Hallows’ Eve service will be held in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. on Halloween, Friday, October 31.   The evening prayer service commemorates the dead and serves as a precursor to All Saints’ Day on November 1.  That ancient Celtic holiday celebrated the first day of the year, the end of the harvest, and the beginning of winter.  The All Hallows’ Eve service itself is spiritual and yet quirky with its elements of religious humor.

 

Coordinated by The Rev. Catharine W. Montgomery, Rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, the service is from the Book of Occasional Services and will be presented by Clergy of the Lynchburg Convocation of Episcopal Churches.

 

Following the service, refreshments will be served by the candlelight of jack-o-lanterns outside next to the Chapel.  The service is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Attendees are welcome to come in costume.

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Goodlatte Staff to Hold Open Door Meetings in Amherst County

WASHINGTON, DC – A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold open door community office hours next month in Amherst County. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to discuss any problems they might have with the federal government and hear their views on current issues before Congress.

 

Amherst Open Door Meeting          

November 4, 2014 – 1st Tuesday

9:00-10:30am

Amherst Co. Administration Building

Small Conf. Room

153 Washington St.

Amherst, VA

 

Madison Heights Open Door Meeting

November 4, 2014 – 1st Tuesday

11:00am-12:30pm

Goodwill

174 River James Shopping Center

Madison Heights, VA

 

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Campbell County Recreation Department Activities & Events – November/December 2014

A Christmas Day Camp for the kids, is one of many activities being offered through the upcoming Holiday Season:

Cultural Arts Programs and Activities

 

Strike a Pose: Yoga for Beginners

Instructor: Kelly Lutes

Rustburg Elementary School

Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

& Saturday Mornings 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

November 11/20, December 4, 6, 11, 13 and 18, 20

Fee: $20.00

Deadline to register: Tues, November 18, 2014

 

Christmas Day Camp

Instructor: Jennifer Fitzgerald

Saturday, December 13, 2014

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Brookville Middle School

Ages: 5-12

 

Do you need to finish your holiday shopping, but your kids want to have some holiday fun instead?  No problem, we’ve got that covered! Register them for our Christmas Day Camp and they will enjoy an entire day of holiday activities, make cookies and crafts, and more! For more information, call 434-332-9570.

 

Holiday Acrylics

Instructor: Heather Schmitt

Ages 13+

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Painting: Holiday Boots

Fee: $27.00

Supplies are not included in the cost of the class. Please call 434-332-9570 for more information.

Knitting for Beginners

Saturday, December 6, 2014 and December 13, 2014

Instructor: Morgan Marple

Ages: 13+

10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Project: Holiday Scarves

Fee: $10.00 per participant (includes both sessions)

Supplies are not included in the cost of the class. Please call 434-332-9570 for more information.

 

Santa Mail

Would you like to write to Santa? If so, please mail your letters for Santa Claus to: CCRD Attn: Santa Claus PO Box 369 Rustburg, VA 24588. Since Santa is busy this time of year, all letters must be postmarked by December 5, 2014. Of course, if you’d like to e-mail Santa instead, please e-mail him at recreation@campbellcountyva.gov. Be sure to include your return mailing address so his elves can make sure he writes you back!

 

 

Special Events

 

5th Annual Empty Bowls

Join us at this special fundraiser and help end hunger in Campbell County.  All proceeds raised benefit the Rural Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) Food Pantry.

Rustburg Ruritan Club

Thursday, December 11

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fee: $10.00 per handmade bowl or donation for a non-handmade bowl (includes unlimited soup, bread and dessert).

For more details, please call (434) 332-9570 or 283-9570, or 592-9570.

 

Christmas in the Courthouse Square

Historic Courthouse Square, Rustburg, VA

Thursday, December 4

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a tree lighting service, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa Claus! Free to the public. Light bulbs may be purchased for $5.00 in honor or memory of someone. For more details, please call (434) 332-9570 or 283-9570, or 592-9570.

 

Athletics

 

KARATE CLASSES – Campbell Co. School of American Karate

The Campbell Co. Recreation Department is sponsoring the School of Karate.  Students taking the classes listed below can take a single session or they can continue on until they reach higher belt ranks.

Current students MUST register for the up-coming session by the last class date of the current session or come by the recreation office to register for upcoming classes. New students must register at the Campbell County Parks & Recreation office.  Those whose names do not appear on the class roll will not be allowed in class.

 

RUSTBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL

Instructor: Rufus Rice

Class Days: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 p.m.

*October 30 – December 4, 2014

Class fee: $40.00 per student 6 years and up per 5-week session.  Class fees are due at the time of registration.

TOMAHAWK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Instructors: Ronnie Scott and John Pascale

Class Days: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00 p.m.

*November 23 – January 6, 2015

Class fee: $40.00 per student 6 years and up per 5-week session.  Class fees are due at the time of registration.

 

*THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER OR SCHOOL FUNCTIONS. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE

 

2014 Youth Basketball Registration

 

Fee:       (for ages 5 through 17)

$55 for the 1st child;

$50 for the second child;

and $45 for each additional child.

 

You may register at the Parks & Recreation Office in Rustburg Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m. through Friday, October 31, 2014.

 

Please note: The Recreation Department can longer honor requests to be on a certain team or with a certain coach.

 

After Hours Registration Dates & Sites:

 

Rustburg- Parks & Recreation Office (37 Rails End Lane, Rustburg)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

The Recreation Department will likewise be scheduling registrations on Saturday’s during the youth football games at the following dates, times and locations:

 

Age Groups:  Age cut-off date is October 1, 2014                             Teams

5 and 6 years                                                                                                     Mixed

7 and 8 years                                                                                                     Mixed

9 and 10 years                                                                                                  Boys/Girls

11 and 12 years                                                                                               Boys/Girls

13 and 14 years                                                                                               Boys/Girls

15 and 17 years.                                                                                              Boys/Girls

*Drafts for each age group will be announced.

*In an effort to have girls ages 13 years and up participate, the style of play may be revised to a 3-on- 3 league.  Game kick-off is slated for December this year, so please register early.

Youth Wrestling

 

Rustburg Youth Wrestling Club

Fee: $25 per child (ages K through 8th Grade)

Registration: Rustburg Middle School (New Gym)

Monday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 29

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Practices will be on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, beginning November 3rd at Rustburg Middle School through March 2015.  Participants will learn wrestling techniques used at the high school level.  They will wrestle in several tournaments on Saturdays.

For more information, please contact Ron Reynolds at 434-821-8854.

 

Bees Youth Wrestling Club

Fee: to be announced (ages K through 8th grade)

Registration: Brookville Middle School Gym (320 Bee Drive, Lynchburg)

Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Practice dates and times will be announced.  Participants will learn wrestling techniques used at the high school level.  They will wrestle in several tournaments on Saturdays.                                                                       For more information, please contact Brook McDonald at 434-258-2082.

 

Co-Ed Open Gym – Volleyball

Location: William Campbell Combined School (474 William Campbell Drive, Naruna)

Ages: 18 & over

Time: 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

Mondays, October 2014 through March 2015.

Fee: $25 per person

 

 

Senior Center Programs

Join the Campbell County Recreation Department Senior Programs Staff for various activities and events, all geared towards older, active adults.

 

Altavista Community Senior Center

CVAAA Satellite Site                                                      

Mondays

12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

104 Avoca Lane, Altavista, VA 24517

Coordinator: Rose Epperson

 

Brookneal Community Senior Center

Brookneal Community Center

Wednesdays

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

239 Main Street, Brookneal, VA 24528

Coordinator: Debby Snell

Concord Community Senior Center

Concord Ruritan Club

Wednesdays

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

327 Midget Farm Road, Concord, VA 24538

Coordinator: Brenda Walsh

 

Gladys/Long-Island Community Center

The Serenade Center

Wednesdays

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3070 Long Island Road, Gladys, VA 24554

Coordinator: Marilyn Bryant

 

Gladys Community Senior Center/Goodtimers Band

Every Thursday

1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Performances & Practices

 

Rustburg Community Senior Center

Rustburg Ruritan Club

Tuesdays

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

200 Colonial Highway, Rustburg, VA 24588

Coordinator: Rose Epperson

 

Timberlake Community Senior Center

Grace Church

Tuesdays

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

21129 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Coordinator: Brenda Walsh

 

 

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Overnight Fire Destroys Home

amherst county logoAn overnight fire has destroyed an Elon home. Fire officials say crews from multiple departments were dispatched around 1 a.m. to 555 Montrose Road, where they found the house fully involved with the fire being fueled by winds. Authorities say county water does not run in the area, the houses are supplied by wells instead. Therefore, the water supply had to be shuttled to the scene. Sources say firefighters fought the blaze for nearly two hours before it was extinguished. Neither of the two people inside the house were injured. The fire is under investigation by Amherst County Public Safety.

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Altavista Considering Experimental Remediation to Treat Contaminants

Altavista_LogoA new treatment could be next option for the PCB problem at the Altavista emergency overflow pond. Town officials are considering an experimental remediation plan to treat the contaminants. The process would fight the toxins with two techniques: the first includes planting switchgrass in the soil, the second phase would inject the plants with bacteria that can metabolize the PCBs. The DEQ has requested peer reviews and a risk mitigation report for the new method. The proposed experiment will come before council in November—Once approved, the process would span 12 to 18 months beginning this winter.

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