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.
Lynchburg City School Board members have voted to move the library at Bedford Hills Elementary to a mobile unit behind the school. Due to increasing enrollment, the board initially considered buying a new four-classroom mobile unit to replace the two-classroom unit they currently rent—but bathrooms aren’t available in those units. Instead officials decided that the current library space be divided into three classrooms and use the current two-classroom mobile unit as the school library. According to the News & Advance, the project is expected to cost $234,000.
The City of Lynchburg has planned a Town & Gown meeting for next Wednesday. A collaborative relationship between the community(town) and local colleges or universitys (gown) sometimes are strained due for a variety of reasons. The primary goal of the Town & Gown initiative is to strengthen ongoing relationships and partnerships between the City and the area institutions of higher learning. City Council will join the presidents of are colleges for a luncheon gathering on April 30. CLICK HERE to learn more about the power lunch series and the International Town and Gown Association.
A Lynchburg man has been sentenced to seven years for a shooting that took place at the James Crossing Apartments in August. 20 year old, Teron William Slaughter, pleaded guilty this week to one count each of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. According to the News & Advance, Slaughter was scheduled for a jury trial but a plea deal was reached. The victim was grazed in the head after being shot at multiple times; He was treated and released from the hospital without major injury.
Lynchburg City Council on Tuesday voted to put an extra 600 thousand toward pay raises for all city employees from one and a half to two percent. Council voted on a level tax rate; and to lower the real estate tax rate by 1-cent. No significant change to the budget proposal was made. According to the news & Advance the decisions will be built into the final budget…that document that will return to council next month for formal adoption, which is a two-vote process, and take effect on July 1.
A Brookneal family has been displaced after a trailer fire yesterday morning. According to fire officials, the fire started around 10:30am Tuesday. The trailer was destroyed, but crews were able to keep the fire from spreading. No one was home when the fire broke out, and no one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Lynchburg Police Department on Saturday will be participating in National Prescription Take-Back Day to allow the community a safe way of disposing of unused, unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications. Intravenous or injectable solutions or needles cannot be accepted. A collection site will be available at the Department’s Information Desk at the Public Safety Building from 10:00 am and 2:00 pm April 26.
Construction is officially underway for the new Heritage High School. On Tuesday, City Council and school board members gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony on the campus near the baseball field, while construction workers extended a line of fencing along the Wards Ferry Road entrance to the school. The current Heritage High School was built in 1976 on a tract of land bordering Timberlake and Wards Ferry roads. School officials plan to have the new building ready for students by fall of 2016 and site work complete in 2017.
The man arrested last week at the Lynchburg Regional Airport for having a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service. 67 year old Raymond Kern of Indiana also had his gun taken away and paid an $81 fine. Kern, a retired judge and flight instructor, was flying to Indianapolis through Charlotte, when TSA agents, using a checkpoint X-ray machine, spotted a .38-caliber gun loaded with five rounds in a side pocket of his baggage. Sources say the case is under advisement for one year; Kern will get his gun back once the community service is complete.
Lynchburg will premiere its “LYH Happy” video tonight during the City Council meeting. The idea for the video, which celebrates the Hill City as being a great place to live, work and play, gained momentum after officials learned that a recent Gallup poll named Lynchburg among the happiest and healthiest cities in the country. The public can watch a live broadcast on LTV when it debuts at 7:30 p.m; it will also be available for viewing on YouTube and the city website after tonight’s premiere.
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