Wanting Secure Campuses Leads to New Law

police lineA federally mandated law requiring Colleges and Universities to disclose information about campus crime is more of a gauge used to ensure a more secure campus tomorrow. Schools that receive any federal funding, are required to publish an annual security report. School safety officials say data out this month, which includes statistics, ultimately helps form future strategies to ensure student safety. The annual report shows alleged crimes and reported incidents including felony criminal activity last year at several Lynchburg-area college campuses are similar to numbers reported in 2011 and 2012. The findings were reported to faculty and staff on Oct. 1.

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Watch Out for Weather

Severe-Weather1The line of showers and thunderstorms moving across the region threatens to bring intense weather for at least the next 24 hours.Heavy rain, a chance of flash flooding the possible risk of rotating cells and wind damage are associated with this system. Forecasters say the center of the system moves through tonight…the line of strong storms will continue to move east lasting through mid-morning or early afternoon tomorrow. The worst conditions are expected between 3-6am Wednesday. Weather experts say to expect heavy downpoars with 1-3″ of rain possible; the weather service said isolated tornadoes and hail are also possible before the system has cleared Central Virginia.

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Lynchburg Getting Closer to Completing Downtown Pedestrian Walkway

city lynchburg logoLynchburg is edging closer to completing a downtown pedestrian walkway; and officials believe the Bluffwalk has already begun to serve its purpose. The ambitious Bluffwalk project was envisioned to be a catalyst for businesses near the James River by making the riverfront more connectible. The walking area between the buildings facing Jefferson and Commerce streets, has already come alive; with once empty buildings becoming offices, lofts and space for other uses. The revitalization effort calls for the area to be mixed-use cultural district with galleries, shops, cafes and other commercial activities so far so good  says city leaders. Construction on the project is expected to wrap up in January.

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Tuberculosis Confirmed at School

va department of healthA different kind of testing will be taking place at Thaxton Elementary School tomorrow. Students were back in the classroom this week after a case of tuberculosis was confirmed there last week. Tuberculosis, is a bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs health experts say the germ is spread through airborne contact usually associated with coughing, sneezing, talking or singing; on Friday, The Virginia Department of Health notified Bedford County Public Schools on Friday, that someone at the school tested positive for the infection. On Wednesday, state health officials will test 28 people, potentially exposed. The school has not said whether the person with TB is a student, faculty/staff member or parent.

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Healthy Meal Presentations Coming to the Lynchburg Public Library

lynchburg libraryWhat’s for dinner and why? The Lynchburg Public Library might just have the answers with an upcoming healthy meal presentation. In the rush of today’s on the go lifestyles making a healthy dinner may not be everyone’s priority! But it should be, says health experts! A Clinical Dietitian will be talking about what makes a healthy dinner and how to easily prepare one for your family, next Tuesday, October 21st, at the Lynchburg Public Library. The program begins at 2:30 and will last about an hour; followed by a question and answer period. The lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.

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Autumn Leaves Coming Soon

autumnThe forest color palette is changing quickly especially in the mountains. In Virginia, leaves start to peak in the western half of the state first, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry. Experts are anticipating leaves in the highest elevations will begin to peak this week; with the Autumn colors stretching down to mid-level elevations in one week then the lowest elevation in the final week of the month. For an explanation of why leaves change color, or to view the weekly foliage report, check the education section at www.dof.virginia.gov.

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Lynchburg City Schools Receive Grant

Lynchburg City SchoolsLynchburg City Schools has received a grant that could mean, the expansion of the year round school program at William Marvin Bass Elementary School and possibly other schools within the division. Lawmakers created the Extended School Year Grant Program last year, but Bass has been using the longer calendar since 2004. Recently, 13 city schools were categories with the “accredited with warning” designation after more stringent SOL tests were implemented. Part of the grant will go toward hiring a consultant to examine the program locally and at other divisions, to see if a longer school year impacts test scores. The recommendations are expected, before the start of the next calendar year.

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UPDATE: Authorities identify body found in Roanoke River

Roanoke-County-PoliceUpdated: Wed., 10/14/14 7:53 a.m.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Authorities have identified a man’s body that was found in the Roanoke River near a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook. The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1pbnoVv) says an autopsy determined that 46-year-old Charles Dolby of Roanoke died of injuries suffered in a fall from a bridge. The bridge spans the river near an overlook on the parkway. Parkway supervisory ranger Steve Burton tells the newspaper that it appears Dolby jumped from the bridge. But he says the possibility of an accidental fall can’t be ruled out. Dolby’s family reported him missing on Oct. 7. His truck was later found at the overlook’s parking lot. Buxton says kayakers saw the body in the river on Sunday afternoon.

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Arson Fire in Madison Heights

Madison HeightsA vacant house fire that occurred in Madison Heights Friday night is being investigated as arson. Emergency crews were called to the abandoned house on Rt. 29 at about 9:15 p.m. Officials say the house was fully ablaze when fire crews arrived and found the blaze suspicious after finding that the house been vacant with the utilities were turned off. No suspects have been identified. The house was owned by a local realtor.

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Safety Improvements Hearing in Nelson County

NelsonCountyNelson County residents will have the opportunity this week to comment on safety improvements for the 151 corridor. The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing this week to address a proposed plan for two new turn lanes in the Rockfish Valley. A recent study evaluated about 14 miles of the road and 13 intersections to identify problem areas. According to the study, a total of 111 crashes were reported on the corridor from January 2008 to December 2011. Of those crashes, there were two fatalities and 53 injuries. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, at the Rockfish Valley Fire Department in Afton from 4 to 6 p.m.

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