The Thomas Jefferson Water and Soil Conservation District is offering new programs for residents in the Upper Rockfish River, to receive financial reimbursement for agricultural and residential water quality improvement projects. The DEQ lists the river’s waters in the Woods Mill area of Nelson County as being impaired due to high levels of the bacteria E.coli—contamination which has been largely caused by livestock waste. In January, the conservation district received a grant through the DEQ to implement a clean-up project along a portion of the river’s main stem. The project is paid for through EPA’s Clean Water Act.
The designated avenues for tips in the Hannah Graham case have been shutdown. A special number and email account were set up by Charlottesville authorities to receive tips just after the 18-year-old UVA student went missing on September 13. On Tuesday, police decided to close both down, sources say more than 5,000 tips were received on Hannah Graham and accused abductor, Jesse Matthew Jr. Remains found in an isolated area of Albemarle County last month have been identified as Graham; though the medical examiner hasn’t released the official cause or manner of death. Matthew has a court hearing set in this case in December.
Virginia State Police Say several children walked away from a serious accident in Amherst County Saturday night. Authorities say three adults were hospitalized for injuries sustained when a pickup truck ran off Bobwhite Road in Amherst, hit several trees and overturned just after 9pm Saturday. Four children under the age of 10 and a dog, were also in the pickup when it came to rest upside down. The New Era Progress reports, the driver and two adult passengers received serious but non-life threatening injuries. Only one of the children suffered a minor injury. The other three children and the dog were not injured in the crash according to the article, all were buckled up.
A Lynchburg man has been found guilty of having a vicious animal stemming from attacks by his two pit bulls in the 1200 block of Garfield Avenue over the summer. 39 year old, Curtis Littlejohn, was initially charged with two counts of having an unvaccinated dog and two counts of having an unlicensed dog but later received two civil violations from the Lynchburg animal warden for having a dangerous/vicious animal; after two pedestrians and a bicyclist were bit in August. Littlejohn was found guilty of the misdemeanor charges in September; On Monday a judge dismissed one of the vicious animal charges but found Littlejohn guilty of the other.
The safety of trestles is once again the topic of debate after a 21-year-old LU student died after being struck by an oncoming train on the high trestle behind Riverside Park. WLNI’s Mornings had a representative from Norfolk Southern on the show discussing the dangers. Saturday’s deadly incident is the latest of several trestle accidents in recent years. A man was struck and killed by a train on the trestle in October 2012 and a Liberty University student was also killed and another seriously injured in November 2011 in the same location. In America, a person or vehicle is hit by a train roughly every three hours. Robin Chapman, Norfolk Southern’s Director of Public Relations told WLNI listeners about a non-profits mission.
More positive growing pains for the Lynchburg Christmas parade organizers this year. The first Lynchburg Christmas Parade was held in 1959, hosted and named then by the Lynchburg Jaycees. In 2003, The Fire Foundation (formerly the Lynchburg Fire & EMS Foundation) became the host of the annual event in an agreement with the Lynchburg Jaycees and the City of Lynchburg.
In 2013, the Fire Foundation and the City of Lynchburg officially granted the Retail Merchants Association & Foundation the opportunity to serve as the host of the event. Last year you may recall the parade was cancelled due to a severe ice storm. When restructuring the applications for the parade for 2014, the committee felt that there should be a clause stating that any and all groups or organizations would be welcomed to submit an application for entry and the word “Christmas” shouldn’t be a deterrent. “The title ‘Christmas Parade’ is part of tradition and part of the event’s history” said Event Chairman Laurie Gulluscio. “Our board and association have immense diversity, and we felt that the verbiage would be more inclusive for this parade that we are now hosts of.” The Parade Committee agreed and we feel confident with the name The Lynchburg Christmas & Holiday Parade. “No one is suggesting we drop the word Christmas; just add the word HOLIDAY to make it more welcoming and less exclusive.” Said Executive Director of the Retail Merchants Association, Debbie Montgomery
This year’s parade falls on December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, and not only will there be a festive parade but a touch of patriotic flavor. The first ¼ of the parade will be a patriotic theme as we remember this particular day in history. With the help of many local military groups and organizations we have some great things in store for the community. The parade lines up on Commerce Street, goes up Main Street and Church Street and disbands down by Riverside Park. See the parade website for maps and parade day schedules and events.
The parade organizers are still looking for sponsors for this year’s events. Three-fourths of participants in the parade are carry-overs from last year, thus there is no entry fee for them out of courtesy for their investment last year. However, funds are still needed for helium, banners, advertising, floats and miscellaneous parade expenses. Anyone wanting to donate a company bill board or sponsor the parade can email Laurie Gulluscio (Laurie@LynchburgRMA.com) or call the RMA office at (434) 528-1732. Applications for the waiting list are also being taken at the RMA office, 2412 Langhorne Road. You may also email or call for an application. (434) 528-1732 Visit: www.LynchburgChristmasparade.com / www.LynchburgRMA.com.
The Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor will be open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in honor of Veterans Day. The Piedmont Pride gallery at the Museum covers the military service of people from Lynchburg from the American Revolution through modern day. Rare flags, uniforms, photographs, maps, and related items are on display. Free tours will be offered at Point of Honor. Veteran’s Day commemorates the end of combat in World War I, which occurred at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918. In 1954, President Eisenhower and Congress made it a national holiday which honors all who have served in the military.
Pittsylvania County officials are getting serious about reducing the number of DUI’s. DMV records show more than 250 drunk driving related deaths in Virginia, last year alone. If a revision to the current code is passed, in Pittyslvania County, the Commonwealth’s Attorney will request fees be added to other court costs and fines at the time of sentencing. According to ABC13, the fine could rack up to $1,000 per incident. The county could also just charge a $350 flat rate fee. The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on November 18 and vote on the proposal.
The Lynchburg City School Division is addressing attendance or the lack there of. Truancy problems haven’t helped the effort to bolster student performance. The trouble, experts say, often stems from economic hardship rather than resistance or lack of concern on the part of families. The News & Advance reports, Department of Education records show near 63 percent of all city students last October were eligible for free and reduced lunch compared to about 41 percent in the state as a whole. Children dealing with poverty can be especially vulnerable to bullying, says division staff members. The Interagency Truancy Review Team is working to encourage widespread community support.