Bedford County Company Confident to Stop Spread of Ebola

Bedford CountyA Bedford County company is confident it can help stop the spread of Ebola in Africa if called upon to do so. ABC-13 reports that a NanoSeptic distributor, has met with the Ebola task force in Nigeria. The Bedford County company told the media outlet, that its virus killing mechanism would be effective against Ebola, but can’t do tests because only the government is allowed to have the virus for testing. According to the company’s website, a NanoSeptic surface is not a disinfectant or sanitizer. The purpose of the NanoTouch products is to reduce the likelihood that contaminants are transferred from one contact to the next.

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VDOT to Remove Deadly Guardrails

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)The Virginia Department of Transportation says crews will be removing tens of thousands of potentially deadly guardrails from all across state, possibly hundreds of them along roadways in Central Virginia. According to media outlets, VDOT has been installing new guardrails across the 10 counties that make up the Lynchburg district, for the past 2 ½ years. VDOT isn’t saying whether the guardrails are safe or unsafe; they’re simply saying that they’re not an approved product. Last week, a judge awarded a Virginia man 175-million dollars in his lawsuit against Trinity Industries. Now the Lynchburg office of VDOT will be examining over 200 pieces of guardrails or guard ends, after working with contractors to locate them.

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Bedford County School Board Makes Transition Easier

bedford county schools logoInstead of uprooting more than 70 Stewartsville Elementary students to a new school next year, the Bedford County School Board has opted for a less intrusive option. As part of the redistricting plan to move Body Camp Elementary when it closes, students will split up between three schools next year: Huddleston, Goodview and Moneta. The original plan readjusted Liberty attendance zone lines based on which side of Route 24 students lived on. But earlier this month, the board agreed that those lines not be changed; and voted instead, in favor of a revised plan, which means none of the Stewartsville students will have to move. The board is expected to decide whether to close Thaxton Elementary in the coming weeks.

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Grief Sessions Start Today

centra logoGetting through the holidays can be tough –but Centra can help. The first of three grief sessions is being held today. The holiday season is nearly upon us for most, it’s a time of festivities and good cheer…but not for those who are missing a lost loved one. Two Grief Sessions are planned tomorrow; the first from 1 until 2:30 at Summit Independent Living on Enterprise Drive in Lynchburg the second, Tuesday evening from 6 until 7:30 in Amherst, at the Centra Fairmont Crossing Health & Rehabilitation Center. Attendees can bring a keepsake or a picture of their loved one and are encouraged to share their story.

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Fleet Laborities Has Been Sold

City of LynchburgLynchburg-based Fleet Laboratories has been sold-the company has new owners after 145 years. Family-owned since it was founded in 1869, According to a press release, San Francisco based Gryphon Investors has acquired a majority stake. Fleet’s management team, along with several additional investors, will hold minority stakes. The company makes personal healthcare products; and is expected to remain in Lynchburg. The acquisition was announced this morning, but no other details were not disclosed.

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Liberty Sets Priorities for New Dean of Law School

Liberty University logoA Liberty University search committee has a set of priorities in its search for a new dean of its law school. LU leaders are eager to hear from candidates about strategies to improve first-time pass rates for students on the Virginia bar exam. The News & Advance reports, the law School’s pass rate for first-time test takers of the July 2014 exam was only 50 percent. According to the article, the university credits earlier passing successes to a scholarship assistance which was offered to the first few law school classes to attract top students to a new program, but later dialed back the amount of assistance likely hurting the law school’s recruiting efforts.

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FREE Health & Safety Fair Sponsored by Forest Lions Club

The second annual FREE, Forest Lions Club Health and Safety Fair, will be held Nov. 1 at Jefferson Forest High School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The expanded fair has more than 25 health care providers and is for all generations – children, adults and geriatric adults. In addition to free admission, there will be door prizes and refreshments.
JF High School is located at 1 Cavalier Circle, Forest, VA  24551 and has plenty of parking. Free screenings and activities include:
•     FREE vision screening for children
•     FREE hearing screening
•     FREE blood sugar testing- 1 hour fast recommended
•     Diabetes Counseling
•     FREE Child ID
•     Cholesterol Testing – 12 hour fast recommended: Fee $18
•     Fire safety for the home
•     Explore the Forest Fire Department Fire Truck
•     Child and Infant health and safety
•     Health and safety for the older adult
•     Senior Support for Medication Safety
•     FREE Oral /Dental screenings
•     FREE heart health education and blood pressure screenings
•     Child literacy information (Gus the Literacy Bus)
•     Centra Health Mammogram Van- Limited to 15 Mammograms (requires appointment and insurance card)
•     Chiropractic care- back/neck health and chair massages
•     FREE adult eye screening and testing for Macular Degeneration
•     “Safe Surfin’ Foundation-Internet Safety for children and adults
•     Please bring one non-perishable food item for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

•     For more information, visit http://www.forestlionsclub.org/  Questions, email the Forest L

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Happy Birthday Amherst County Public Library!

Please join the Amherst County Public Library for a celebration of 50 years of service to the community.  Come to the Amherst location, 382 South Main Street, Amherst, Virginia, Saturday November 1st from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy music by Susan Greenbaum, meet Sandra Treadway, Librarian of Virginia, refreshments will be served.  The library will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. that day.

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Lockn’ Festival May Be Adding Two-Day Country Music Lineup

lockn fest logoLockn’ Festival organizers are considering adding a two-day Country music event to the lineup. State and local agencies held a post-Lockn’ Festival briefing earlier this month all gave positive reviews from September’s event. With the success, Lockn’ staff plan to stay in Nelson County long-term. Organizers purchased a 385-acre farm adjacent to the Oak Ridge Estate where extra camping was held in its second year, in which an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people attended. Now planners are considering the financial feasibility of an additional two-day concert that would take place in mid-August of 2015 or possibly in 2016.

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Amherst County School Board Members Have Productive Gathering

amherst county logoIt was a productive retreat gathering last week for Amherst County School Board members. The board addressed; made progress on; and implemented processes on a number of issues, including the possibility of having new school board members seated in the future, through elections rather than appointments. The board took action on two recommendations affecting child nutrition and made headway on several other agenda items, including an online employee handbook being made as well as ensuring that administrative salary schedules correspond to current positions.

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