Improvements are forthcoming for the Town of Appomattox. Officials are ready to make some changes and have already identified top major stepping stones for the economy such as enhancing shopping, downtown revitalization and developing the Route 24 corridor. Now Council members will direct their focus on objectives such as improving the esthetics of the town, enhancing overall tourism, and creating a “Welcome Center” on U.S. 460. According to the Times Virginian, Mayor Paul Harvey will present the council with a priority list of actionable objectives in January.
Lynchburg humane society has announce a challenge grant. More than 2,150 animals have come through the doors of the Lynchburg Humane Society so far in 2014 which means higher medical bills and food expense for the facility. An anonymous group of local professionals have pulled together resources to donate up to $11,000 matching dollar for dollar for any amount given funds that will be allocated for animal needs; the $22-thousand dollars when raised, will go directly into the operational budget. To learn how to help visit: www.lynchburghumane.org
The City of Lynchburg has posted holiday scheduling changes AND a notice for meeting cancellations for next week. Lynchburg City Council’s meeting set for Tuesday at City Hall has been canceled due to the of lack of agenda items. Council’s finance committee set for earlier in the day, also has been scrapped. Council is expected to hold its next regular meeting on Dec. 9. As far as holiday closings city Municipal Offices will be closed on November 27 and 28. Trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day but will be collected on Friday. To view the city’s calendar posted online visit: http://www.lynchburgva.gov
Campbell County is working on real estate reassessments. The Board of Supervisors has discussed the possibility of changing to a three-year or two-year cycle but recently approved keeping the reassessment cycle at four years. The process updating county records of all taxable real estate property to current fair market value began in 2013 with the mailing of nearly 18-thousand residential questionnaires. Once property owners receive their reassessments in mid-January they’ll have the opportunity to contest the values in office hearings through March.
CVCC is adding raised crosswalks and a concrete island to slow down traffic and make it safer for students to cross the road. The contractor will be performing the final phase of construction to the intersection of Wards Road and Harvard Street next week. During this time, CVCC will be installing traffic calming measures on Harvard Street. CVCC traffic will have to enter from Wards Road and travel through a student parking lot to reach campus. The work is expected to take approximately 60 days.
Dominion Virginia Power customers are concerned that their power bills could increase in the next ten years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants in an effort to provide affordable energy. The No. 1 question the nearly 600,000 member-customers of the state’s 13 electric cooperatives have? Is the cost impact for complying with the proposal. Some experts say customers could see their electricity bills go up as much as 30 percent by 2025. But the EPA says the proposal is a clean energy job creation bill likely generating 62,500 jobs in the Commonwealth.
An investigation that stretches back to last fall, has led to the arrest and now indictments of three former employees of the City of Danville Utilities. Danville’s City Manager requested the investigation to look into “irregularities” following a department audit. 41-year-old Benjamin Paul Hairfield and 46-year-old Marshall Scott Wilkerson were arrested on Monday; 41-year-old Dennis Wayne Booth the Second was arrested Tuesday; a grand jury indicted all three on grand larceny charges on Friday. The charges stem from three separate incidents that occurred in 2013 and 2014.
An accident on Route 29 in Lynchburg last night, resulted in one man being arrested for drunk driving. Authorities tell media outlets, that around 11pm Tuesday, they responded to the Stadium Road Exit and found a car overturned. Initially, the Lynchburg Police and fire department were told the man was trapped inside but passerby’s were able to help him out before first responders arrived on the scene, he claimed there was a second person in the car that had been ejected. ABC-13 reports, no one was found when officials searched the woods; and witnesses claim only the driver was in the car; that driver, now faces DUI, reckless driving, and driving on a revoked license charges.
Police have a man custody in connection with an early-morning shooting in Lynchburg. The LPD tells media outlets, that dispatchers received a call about an incident at 2355 Light Street, off Campbell Avenue, just before 7:30 this morning. Authorities say a woman was transported to the emergency room with non life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested. The names have not been released while the investigation is ongoing.
The National Railway Historic Society’s Blue Ridge Chapter, last week, dedicated their monthly meeting to discussing improved safety measures at the James River trestle. Wednesday’s meeting resparked a debate about what, if anything, can be done to prevent people from trespassing on the trestle, and whose responsibility it is to take such actions. Sources say at least 13 people have lost their lives trespassing on the James River trestle since 1969 several of them have been college students. The regional coordinator with Operation Lifesaver says the program can have a huge impact; and certified volunteers are being sought for the Lynchburg area to learn more visit: www.oli.org.