A special open house and ceremony will take place this afternoon at the Jubilee Center in Lynchburg. The gathering is to celebrate the new gym floor and to thank donors for contributing to the updates. The event also represents a kickoff to the center’s 15th anniversary which takes place in February. Programs have grown afterschool and summer camp programs– to the academic, mentoring, and career preparation opportunities that are currently available for students. The center also offers GED classes for adults. Today’s event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the center’s after-school program
The Bedford County School Board is expected to vote today on yearly adjustments to its program of studies such as Career and Technical Education course offerings. The News & Advance reports, the board will consider adding an agricultural machinery classes and a third-level engineering course to high school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs. Members will also discuss this evening whether to allow home-school students to participate in the schools’ extracurricular activities.
Water customers in Madison Heights will see a slight increase in their water bills come the first of the year. The Amherst County Service Authority last month approved the rate adjustment. The authority provides water needs for more than 6,000 customers. According to the New Era Progress, the water bill is made up of the commodity charge, or the amount of water the customer uses, plus the basic service fee. County officials say even after the rate increase, it still will remain lower than those of other water-providers in the Lynchburg region. The rates will take effect on the Jan. 1 billing and will apply to all customers; Sewer service charges will also increase.
The 6th Annual Wreaths Across America (WAA) ceremony and wreath-laying event will be held at Old City Cemetery (OCC) on Saturday, December 14. Live evergreen wreaths are placed on the graves of veterans buried at the cemetery, following a patriotic program. The event is free and open to the public. Last year’s ceremony and laying of 932 wreaths on the graves of military members and veterans in OCC was recognized as an Outstanding 2012 Commemorative Event by both the Virginia and National Societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution. To learn more visit: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
One lane of Rt. 29 in Amherst County was closed for several hours Wednesday evening after a truck carrying empty beer bottles overturned. Authorities say the driver lost control of the truck and caused it to overturn around 4:30 p.m. State Police charged the driver with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of the vehicle. No injuries were reported.
An Altavista woman and her gingerbread collection will be featured on the TLC television network on Saturday. Tamera Holland will appear on “My Crazy Obsession, Christmas Edition at 9:00pm. Holland was filmed earlier this year and the program will likely include segments of her in and around the Campbell County town.
Authorities are not ruling out the possibility of foul play in the death of a Nelson County man. According to investigators, the man was found dead in the driveway outside his home on Gaines Hill Road in Roseland shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Nelson County Sheriff’s office has not identity the man–nor released the age, race cause of death or any other details while the investigation is ongoing. The incident has been described as suspicious. The body has been sent to a medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.
Virginia elections officials say some voting equipment used in the November election doesn’t meet state requirements. Concerns were expressed earlier this week regarding the process being outdated after some of the voting machines were not able to reject over-votes or under-votes, allowing ballots to be inspected manually. According to the State Board of Elections chairman, the lack of uniformity in voting equipment used across the state is problematic. Media outlets report the board will likely decide to decertify some of the old equipment.
Virginia is on pace to break its annual gun sales record following record transactions on Black Friday. AP reports, Virginia State Police statistics show over 39-hundred guns transaction across the state on that one day; breaking the previous record set on the same day last year. The state police statistics come from gun buyers’ mandatory criminal background checks. Not all checks represent the sale of a gun. Some customers buy multiple firearms. Other checks involve people reclaiming firearms that had been pawned. About 1 percent of the background checks in Virginia typically result in people being denied permission to buy a weapon.
The man who robbed the Farmers Bank in Appomattox has been sentenced 30 years. 29 year old Ubel Booker-Bey Jr. entered an Alford plea earlier this year to one count each of robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was arrested just an hour after the robbery back in September of 2012. Authorities say he used a toy gun while dressed in women’s clothing. The judge ruled that the robbery was not an impulse in that he had a prearranged disguise and went to more than one location with intent to rob.