Donations of blood are always needed, but during the holidays, the number of contributors declines. According to the Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. The Altavista Journal reports a greater need for Type O blood. In the article, a donor recruitment representative from Lynchburg says the type is a universal blood and type can be given to anyone. Type O-positive can be given to all positive types. A unit of donated blood, about a pint, lasts 42 days. To give blood, individuals must be 17 or older. Donors can give every 56 days. For more information about donating blood or platelets visit www.RedCrossBlood.org
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect across the region beginning at 4 AM Sunday morning; Citizens are reminded that as the winter weather system approaches Central VA; VDOT road crews may be preparing roadways in advance and spreading necessary materials. Officials say to reduce speed when traveling and remain a safe distance behind any highway service vehicles. Residents are encouraged to follow basic winter weather safety practices over the weekend and be prepared for slippery roads/sidewalks and possible power outages. For additional traffic information, during the storm, to dial 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
Last night’s power outage may end up being a practice run for many; with the expectation of more power outages across the region on Sunday–especially along and north of Rt. 460. The National Weather service predicts a wintry mix of snow and sleet to start early Sunday morning, before changing over to ice and freezing rain for most of Sunday into the early afternoon. Forecasters say freezing rain will likely weigh down lines, trees, and their branches. Travel may be tricky early Sunday in spots as well, mainly on bridges and overpasses.
The Campbell County Board of Supervisors gave the green light, yesterday, to explore a school consolidation proposal. A two-school system study will be conducted to provide information the supervisors need to determine whether they want to approve a recommended east, west system, which would have a campus with a high school and middle school in both ends of the county. The new study will be a follow-up to one conducted three years ago. The idea has been the topic of discussion periodically since the 1950s. The school board, earlier this year voted to incorporate the two-school system into the capital improvement plan but supervisors had yet to formally vote on the measure.
Rustburg High School,
Rustburg Middle School,
Rustburg Elementary School,
Concord Elementary School
and Yellow Branch Elementary School.
The delay is connected to a power outage.
According to an Appalachian Power spokeswoman, equipment failure is the reason thousands of Campbell County customers lost power overnight.
A serial shoplifter will spend about 60 days in jail as part of a plea agreement. 30 year old, Joshua Aaron Thurmer of Madison Heights pleaded guilty and admitted to stealing more than $10,000 in merchandise over multiple dates in April and June. Thurmer had faced 14 counts of grand larceny for the items stolen at Lowe’s and Walmart on Rt.29 in Amherst County. The judge, on Thursday, suspended all but two months of a 28 year sentence—but ordered Thurmer to pay more than $9,600 in restitution.
Thousand of residents in the area lost power last night. Unseasonably warm and humid air caused storms to develop overnight; with nearly 3,200 people in Campbell County alone left in the dark. Media outlets confirm lightning detectors confirmed the storms had formed, along with several reports that the power had gone out near the same time. The unusual December lightning storm and subsequent loss of power could be the prelude of power outage expected during Sunday’s forecasted ice storm. Visit www.appalachianpower.com for outage resources and a map of restoration efforts.
Due to pending inclement weather, Rustburg Parade organizers, in collaboration with local safety officials, have rescheduled the Rustburg Christmas Parade. Forecasters say colder air begins to move into the area tonight and will last through the weekend, giving the area a wintry mix of snow and sleet to start early Sunday morning, before changing over to ice and freezing rain for most of Sunday into the early afternoon. The parade will take place next Sunday, December 15 from 2:00 until 4:00pm. The parade route will remain the same and will still involve temporary road closures. To view the parade route visit: www.campbellcountyva.gov
A Lynchburg man has been arrested in connection with two recent robberies in Campbell County. The News & Advance reports, evidence and witness statements led deputies to 29 year old, Jeremy Alexander. Authorities say a masked man robbed the clerk at Kelly’s Market on Rt.29 on November 19th.—on Wednesday, someone tried to rob the Citgo on Wards Road near the airport. According to the article, a vehicle spotted at both scenes linked the two crimes. Alexander was arrested Thursday; charged with robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of wearing a mask in public, and grand larceny.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has been trying to build a firing range to train deputies for about eight years. Last night, the board of supervisors, considered the suggestion, that up until now has been rejected. News & Advance reports, Campbell county police officers currently uses a firing range in Lynchburg but only can secure it for two weeks– according to the article, it is becoming more difficult for officers to get time at the range because city officers and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail’s staff have been using it more. Last night, the board of supervisors, considered the suggestion, and ruled that a master plan be created and brought before the board again next summer. It will then need to go to the planning commission and back to the supervisors for a formal vote for a special use permit.