The City of Lynchburg and the Lynchburg Tree Stewards will observe Arbor Day tomorrow with a ceremony and tree planting. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Hutcherson Early Learning Center. According to the city’s website, an Arbor Day Proclamation will be presented, followed by the presentation of the 32nd Annual Tree City USA Award and the Heritage Tree Award. The Lynchburg Tree Stewards’ Heritage Tree Program recognizes local trees in a number of categories. CLICK HERE to nominate a tree and/or learn more about the program and event.
The Lynchburg Museum is hosting an evening out for preschoolers. Children ages four to six are invited to attend the Evening Museum Camp tomorrow. Activities planned include storytelling, crafts, campfire songs, a pizza dinner, and more! The fee is $25 per child and there is a limit of 20 children for this camp. CLICK HERE to learn more about this event.
State taxes aren’t the only taxes due on May 1… local business and professional license fees will also need to be paid by next week. All businesses, including retail merchants, contractors and service providers, located in the City of Lynchburg are required to obtain a license by Thursday, May 1. The business license fee is based on gross receipts/purchases. CLICK HERE to view the schedule utilized to determine the amount of the business license tax you will owe.
The man responsible for two Lynchburg convenience store robberies; and an attempt to hold up a cab driver over a three-day span in November has pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery. 49 year old, Timothy Ray Henshaw confessed to holding up the Fast Mart No. 2 on 12th Street and Z Market on Park Avenue…as well as the other incident. Two felony charges of wearing a mask in public and possession of cocaine were not prosecuted as part of a plea agreement. He was found guilty on Wednesday to the three counts; he will be sentenced on July 16.
Hotspots smoldered for hours last night following a Bedford sawmill fire. Officials say four different fire departments were called to the scene of the blaze at Central Virginia Pallet and Stake on Centerville Road around 5pm Wednesday. The owner estimates that the damage at about 75-thousand dollars. Sources say they do not have insurance. All of the company’s employees had gone home for the day when the building caught fire, and no one was injured. The flames did claim some utility poles, but crews, assisted by a Department of Forestry bulldozer, were able to stop the fire from spreading.
Authorities are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle accident on Park Avenue in Lynchburg Wednesday night. Officials say the car was headed down Park Avenue when the driver crashed through a fence and into the back of a parked truck. Media outlets report one passenger was stuck and fire crews worked to pull her out. Both passengers and the driver were taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A Lynchburg man will spend 30-years in prison for the stabbing death of another man nearly two years ago. 46 year old, Jose Antonio Maldonado, pleaded guilty in January to first-degree murder in the killing of Mark Augustus Rowley during a fight on the Grace Street overpass in September of 2012. A court-ordered mental evaluation was performed on Maldonado and he was found competent to stand trial. Defense said he stabbed the victim in the abdomen, but was not aware of the extent of the damage. The dispute reportedly was over beer money and Xanax pills. Maldonado apologized to Rowley’s family. The judge sentenced him to 50 years and suspended 20 years.
Following a public hearing on Wednesday, The Region 2000 Services Authority approved a 75 cent increase to tipping fees at the landfill. The News & Advance reports, the vote was coupled in a motion to approve the authority’s budget. Operating expenses are expected to increase to $6.2 million, a 2.5 percent increase from the current budget; but also projects more than $7.1 million in revenue, which is a 2.6 percent increase from the current fiscal year. A portion of the revenue is proportionately split among Campbell County and Lynchburg based on their contributions to the landfill.
The Blue Ridge Montessori School will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday. In an effort to raise funds toward the Capital Growth Fund, the non-profit school’s PTO has planned a yard sale. Officials say the school is adding on a Lower Elementary class for the 2014/2015 school year and will be adding an Infant class that will start at 12 months old. Donations can be dropped off today and tomorrow and the yard sale will be held at the school on Saturday, April 26th. CLICK HERE to learn more about the school’s curriculum.