Time is running out for the Lynchburg Humane Society to win a national challenge, or at least the next leg of the competition. It’s all part of the 2014 ASPCA® Rachel Ray 100K Challenge. There are several levels to the contest and Lynchburg has already won a $5,000 grant by getting the most votes in a photo contest…money that Makena Yarbrough, the executive director of the Lynchburg Humane Society tells WDBJ-7, will be of great benefit. Now the organization needs votes to win a $25,000 community engagement grant. The Lynchburg Humane Society is in a category with 10 other humane shelters that have an intake of 1,500 to 2,500 animals a year. The contest ends on August 31st—To vote on Facebook, visit www.votetosavelives.org.
Lynchburg-area court officials are preparing for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia on Thursday, provided the U.S. Supreme Court does not issue a stay before then. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied a request to delay its ruling, which struck down the state constitutional amendment deeming same-sex marriages illegal in Virginia. The Court has until Thursday to issue a stay in the process, giving the justices time to consider the ban.
Lynchburg officials say delays should be expected until the end of the week, for portions of Old Forest Road. According to the city’s website, milling and paving operations will be conducted nightly between 6pm and 6am– Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times. The Daily bridge maintenance along Old Forest Road will last until September 10.
The Centers for Disease Control is offering a data-collection tool that gives users a way to develop an action plan; by evaluating the health of their community from top to bottom. The CHANGE tool helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement. In September and October volunteers will fan-out across the city to research everything from stair-use signage to tobacco policy. Having this information as a guide, community team members can create sustainable, community-based improvements that address the root causes of chronic diseases and related risk factors.
The man accused of plotting to kill his wife, will have his sanity evaluated. An Attorney for the murder for hire suspect Kevin Colgan asked a judge on Monday to allow it. Colgan will be back in court in November. A doctor will determine whether Colgan was sane at the time, police say he tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife.
A meeting has been planned to allow for public comment on a new Highpoint pump station and the new Smith Mountain Lake Treatment Plant. Both the pump station and plant are part of one project to draw water from Smith Mountain Lake to serve Bedford and eventually Forest. The Bedford County Planning Commission will hear a presentation followed by a public hearing Tonight at 7:00 p.m. The commission may vote to approve the plan, and the projects… the matter, would then go before the Board of Supervisors for final approval.
A Campbell County school bus was involved in an accident Monday afternoon. State police say the school bus was stopped, unloading children on Pidgeon Run Road off Route 501; when a a tractor trailer came around the corner and was unable to stop in time. Media outlets report, the tractor ended up taking off the school bus stop sign, but no other damage was done. The tractor trailer driver has been charged with reckless driving no one was injured.
A motorcyclist died in Amherst County Sunday afternoon, after colliding with a tractor trailer. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the deadly crash occurred just before 5pm along Rte.60. Investigators say the man riding on his motorcycle lost control, crossed over the center line and collided with a tractor trailer. The motorcycle driver, identified as 64 year old John Richard Savage of Midlothian, died at the scene. Authorities say an investigation is ongoing but no charges are expected.
An upcoming music festival in Bedford County has become an annual effort to raise money that supports local kids with Cancer. NoahFest held its first event in October of 2012. For two years, the event organizer, Micheal Okuley has staged the music festival in his son’s honor. This year the two day event at the Sedelia Center, near Big Island, will be held August 29 and 30. Okuley tells WDBJ-7, that the event is about giving kids and their families the strength to keep fighting. This year’s proceeds will go to five children in Bedford who are battling cancer. To learn more about the event, visit www.noahfest.com .
A jury will hear the first defense witnesses as a public corruption trial enters its fourth week. Bob McDonnell is expected to take the witness stand to try to convince a jury he did not take bribes from a wealthy Richmond businessman. The Former Governor and his wife Maureen, could face decades in prison if convicted.