Chocoholic Frolic Event Being Held Tomorrow

City of LynchburgA choco-packed event will be held for a good cause tomorrow. Campbell County Literacy Volunteers are hosting the annual Chocoholic Frolic on Friday. This choco-filled event offers three options to participate. Be a Baker: and bring a favorite home-baked, chocolate dessert to the respective library by 11:00 a.m. — A Taster : sample an array of homemade goodies and vote for your favorite—OR a Valentine: take some treats home to your Valentine! Proceeds will support the Adult Literacy Program. Chocoholic Frolic will be held from noon until 2pm at the Rustburg Main Library and the Timbrook Library on Timberlake Road.

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Certain Motels Subject To Health Inspections

Madison HeightsCertain motels in Madison Heights have long unsettled county officials due to the unsavory activities taking place now they’re subject to health inspections. Two homicides have occurred in the past 18 months one at the Executive Inn the other at Bestway Inn, which also, was the site of an alleged meth lab operation. Sources say the number of emergency responses to Americas Best Value Inn, also exceeds those of other motel properties. The Amherst County Board of Supervisors, last week, passed a resolution authorizing a request for the state Board of health commissioner to inspect the county’s motels investigating state code compliance.

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Certified Felony Charge For Woman

pittsylvania countyA Pittsylvania County judge, last week, certified a felony charge against a woman accused of shooting a man in the thumb. Fourty-four year old Kristie Ruth Privette, of Hurt is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon accused of maliciously shooting Nathaniel Booth, on Nov. 29, 2014– Privette had faced reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling charges, but the judge discharged both of those felonies, after a defense motion asserting that no malice was involved in the shooting. The victim told prosecutors, he was shot in the thumb while he tried grabbing the barrel of the gun from Privette’s hand.

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Organizers Hopeful for Elected Body

Amherst CountyOrganizers of a petition drive are hopeful that one day the Amherst County School Board will be an elected body. The deadline is fast approaching for the Amherst Education Association to turn in signatures from 10 percent of registered voters in Amherst County by the end of the month–The association began circulating petitions last summer acquiring between 12-hundred and 15-hundred signatures, but the minimum is 2,100 in order to have the referendum placed on the November ballot. Some petitions have not been returned; and organizers are optimistic they’ll have the numbers once all are in. Outstanding petitions should be returned before February 28th.

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Town Manager of Appomattox Has Resigned

Town of AppomattoxThe recently appointed Town Manager in Appomattox has resigned. He was just named to the job in December but on Monday, Town Council accepted Johnnie Roark’s letter of resignation. In the letter, Roark says he is leaving for personal reasons. According to the News & Advance, he will remain the director of community development for Appomattox County, the position he held prior to being named town manager. Council doesn’t plan to re-advertise the position for about a year. Bill Gillespie will once again serve as interim town manager in the meantime.

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Rezoning Requests Spark Debate

City of LynchburgRecent rezoning requests have sparked a debate about future plans for Timberlake Road area. The Campbell County Planning Commission last week delayed a vote to rezone for an apartment complex; and outright rejected a request for a property access road to condominiums. Some fear development would only increase the amount of run-off and further the water damage already occurring on existing properties other concerns include declining property values and the worry that increased traffic along Timberlake and Waterlick Roads would only fuel the traffic problem at one of the most problematic intersections in the county. The commission can delay a vote for two months, the Board of Supervisors up to a year.

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Report Says Number of DUI’s Has Declined

police lineA government report says the number of drivers under the influence of alcohol has declined since 2007. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the share of drivers who test positive for alcohol has declined by more than three-quarters since the agency first began conducting roadside surveys in 1973. But, AP reports, the latest survey found that nearly 1 in 4 drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect safety. The data is gathered in dozens of locations across the country.

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Virginian Hoping to be Restored

City of LynchburgDevelopers are hoping to restore the Virginian building into a branded hotel for Lynchburg. A pair of prospective buyers are scheduled to present their proposal to Lynchburg City Council tomorrow. The Virginian on Church Street, is former hotel but, in recent years was known as Section 8 apartments for low-income residents… it closed last year due to financial challenges. If the hotel plans are approved, major restoration efforts would begin this summer. The 115 room hotel would open in 2017– Council will review the developers’ presentation and decide on the request at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Man Pleads Guilty for Drive-By

police lineA Lynchburg man has pled guilty for his part in a deadly drive-by shooting. The Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney this morning moved to amend a murder charge against 18 year old, Jhalil Duron Bateman. As part of a plea agreement, Bateman pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact – in the death of Lawrence Maliek Giusto back in June– Bateman is was among eight people charged with the killing Bateman’s cousin, April Bateman, pleaded guilty to murder in December two other shooters, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder. Jhalil Bateman is scheduled for sentencing May 20 he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Fate Undecided

NelsonCountyA hearing was held last week regarding surveying for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but the fate of a lawsuit filed by five Nelson County residents against Dominion Transmission is still undecided. The lawsuit, filed in September, asks the court to declare the Virginia Code that allows natural gas companies to survey private property as long as previous notification …as an unconstitutional statute– Dominion responded in November by asking the U.S. District Court to dismiss the suit… which was the focus of legal arguments on Thursday. The judge heard from both sides but did not make a ruling, saying he would be releasing a written opinion on his decision instead.

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