Amherst County Customers Have Chance to Speak Out

amherst county logoAmherst County utility customers will have a chance to speak out regarding the possible changes to their bills in the coming year. County residents are invited to be heard regarding the Service Authority’s approval of an advertisement of rates for water and sewer service. Customer bills are composed of a fixed basic service charge and a commodity charge that is determined by the customer’s usage. If approved, the proposed increases from 6.15 percent for water customers to 9.15 percent for sewer customers would take effect as of Jan. 1—But before they do, a public hearing for the new rate changes in Amherst County is set for Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

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Save the Next Girl Spreading Information

indexGil and Dan Harrington started “Help Save the Next Girl” after their daughter Morgan was murdered in Charlottesville 5 years ago. Now UVA student Hannah Graham is missing. Gil Harrington says social media is spreading information about Graham faster than it did when her daughter disappeared.

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Lynchburg Teen Faces Charges With Fake 911 Calls

LPD lynchburg policeA Lynchburg teenager faces misdemeanor charges in connection with a recent fake 911 call. The Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office says the juvenile is responsible for the hoax the prompted police response after receiving a call that a woman shot her six-year-old son and three-year-old daughter on September 2nd. While on the phone with dispatchers, the caller said he too was shot and the call dropped.Deputies searched for the scene but never found anything. The 15 year old boy, is being charged with two counts of falsely summoning law enforcement, two counts of calling 911 with intent to annoy and two counts of threatening over public airwaves.

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Hannah Elizabeth Graham Wouldn’t Just Disappear

Hannah Elizabeth Graham (Facebook.com/ FindHannahGraham)

Hannah Elizabeth
Graham (Facebook.com/
FindHannahGraham)

The family of a University of Virginia student who has been missing since the weekend says their daughter Hannah Elizabeth Graham’s “would not disappear” without contacting family and friends police adjusted their search area for Graham, based on a new report of a possible sighting the night she disappeared. Graham is at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years. Charlottesville police did not immediately respond to messages asking whether authorities suspect any connection between the cases.

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Concord Woman Arrested for Burglaries

LPD lynchburg policeLynchburg Police have arrested a Concord woman for a series of daytime residential burglaries this month in the area around the 5100 Block of Boonsboro Road. Police say 38-year-old Katie Hyatt is charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny and is currently being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. One of the burglaries was reported on September 5th three were more reported last Thursday.

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Two Thousand Foot Water Line Hookup Approved

BedfordCountyThe Bedford County Planning Commission has approved a 2,000-foot sewer line to hook up Moneta Elementary to the Bedford Regional Water Authority. According to the News & advance, the commission on Tuesday unanimously decided that the school board’s request fits in with the county’s comprehensive plan and voted the project does not require a public hearing.

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Souls To Polls Program Underway

The Souls to the Polls program began Tuesday…in an effort to ensure that people have I.D Cards in time for Election Day.             A new state law requires all Virginians to show photo identification at the polls before voting. For the next three more Tuesdays, a different church in Lynchburg will drive people to the Department of Motor Vehicles where they can get an I.D for free. The pick-up service will run again from 9:00 a.m. til noon on September 23rd, and 30th, and again on October 7th. For information about rides in the upcoming weeks call Danny McCain at 434-384-0753 or Dr. James Coleman at 434-426-2507.

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Lynchburg Hillcats to Find New Farm Team

Lynchburg HillcatsThe Atlanta Braves have terminated their Player Development Contract with the Lynchburg Hillcats. But the Braves have the option to return if they can’t find another location for their Class A-Advanced affiliate. The News & Advance reports that Braves notified the Hillcats yesterday. Lynchburg has until the end of the month to find another Carolina League team. If Lynchburg hasn’t chosen a team by October 7th  the commissioner will assign one.

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Shortage in Judges Leading to Delays and Backlogs

Virginia state logoA shortage in judges across the state has put a strain on local courts leading to delays and backlogs in many areas. In the past, Lynchburg Circuit Court has operated with 2 sitting judges. However, after one judge retired last year, the Circuit Court has been struggling to keep up with the work load. According to WSET, State lawmakers failed to fill the positions while they were busy battling over Medicaid expansion. This Thursday they’re set to bring it back up during their special session.

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Lynchburg to Have Movable “Speed Tables” Starting Soon

city lynchburg logoLynchburg will try something new this fall in efforts to slow traffic in selected residential neighborhoods. The News and Advance reports the city has purchased a moveable “speed table”  sort of a smoothed-out speed bump. It can be placed on a street  then later removed. The first likely use of the “speed table” is at an existing crosswalk near Sandusky Middle School.

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