Divisions of Fire and Rescue services in Franklin and Bedford County respond to high numbers of falling victims, particularly among senior citizens. The Smith Mountain Eagle reports from January to June 2014, reported falls in Bedford County resulted in 10% of the calls for dispatch of emergency services. In Franklin County, it amounts to the same percentage, representing 360 falls for the first part of 2014. EMS officials in both counties acknowledge that many of the calls come from senior citizens; but say not all falling cases come from the elderly.
An inspection of the bridge on Virginia 130 where it crosses a Norfolk Southern Railway could cause road and/or lane closures. Crews under contract to the Virginia Department of Transportation are scheduled, weather permitting, to perform safety inspections to the bridge today. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the work zones. For more information, visit www.511Virginia.org or call 511.
The Appomattox County Board of Supervisors this month voted to cut its own salary by 20 percent. The suggestion was proposed as part of several other budget cuts that were approved by the board. Combined, the salary cuts add up to an annual savings of just over $5,000. According to the Times Virginian, the board also approved eliminating all expenses associated with conventions or training for the supervisors. In addition, the supervisors and all county employees.
Campbell County will soon start using inmates to help clean up litter from the roadway. The Board of Supervisors earlier this month, approved a request by the Sheriff’s office to use nonviolent offenders from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority to assist in cleaning up litter. According to the Altavista Journal, the program in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation is slated to begin in next few weeks. Retired Campbell County deputies are expected to be used as guards.
Ford is recalling over 100-thousand vehicles in North America for various safety defects… local and state police cruisers are expected to be recalled for an axle issue. Lynchburg Police have about 15 of the Taurus base cars. Media outlets report, the department is still working to fix about 30 Crown Victorias that were recalled for a steering problem. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has 12 of the newer model Fords in its fleet. Ford will begin notifying owners affected by this and five additional recalls this month.
Dominion Resources will not conduct surveying work in Nelson County for a natural gas pipeline until representatives meet with the county Board of Supervisors. Surveying in Virginia began two weeks ago, but has not yet begun in Nelson County. Last week supervisors approved a resolution requesting additional information, project specifics and an opportunity for officials and concerned residents to ask questions regarding the project. The meeting will be held on Aug. 12.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Lynchburg wasted no time sending the Hillcats faithful home happy. WSET reports Lynchburg had a 2-1 victory at Calvin Falwell Field Thursday night. The Hillcats now have 11 victories when trailing in the seventh inning or later. Lynchburg’s 18-13 record in one-run contests is the second-best in the Carolina League behind only the Potomac Nationals. Lynchburg will try to take the series against the Mudcats tonight 7:05pm.
Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt and several other state congressman have asked Virginia to defer action on its plans to close and sell off most of its residential centers for the disabled. In their letter to the governor, the congressional delegation, noted they’ve heard from many families regarding other service options. Officials wrote, many families have trouble finding new facilities they feel can meet their loved ones’ needs. The state plans to shutter most of its training center locations — including the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights — by 2020.
A Campbell County woman is dead from stab wounds … and two Rustburg residents are charged in connection with her murder. The Sheriff’s office say 46-year-old Valerie Harris was found with multiple stab wounds Wednesday night inside her Evington home; she died later at Lynchburg General Hospital. 46-year-old Debra Fay Crews-Newman faces a second degree murder charge. 54-year-old Glenn Farmer is charged with assault and battery. Both are jailed without bond. Investigators say the fatal stabbing followed a physical altercation.
After operating for 70 years, the VFW in Altavista has given up its charter. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4165 had served numerous veterans and their families over the years; but was returned to the state chapter on May 28. According to an article in the Altavista Journal this week, the post couldn’t get enough members to fill the 10 officer positions; it had 48 members when it folded…most of whom were life members. American Legion Memorial Post 36 in Altavista will carry out the military display at funerals.