Two state historical markers have been christened in Lynchburg. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources markers were dedicated on Sunday. One recognizes the Dorchester Home a home for formerly enslaved women; the other Camp Davis, a Confederate soldiers’ camp that later emerged as a refuge for freed slaves after the Civil War.
A 50-year-old Richmond man will spend 35 years in prison for the December 2012 brutal beating death of his 86-year-old mother-in-law in Lynchburg. A judge on Friday sentenced Scott Miles. The prosecution says Miles beat Lynda Slocum to death after she wouldn’t give him money. A jury in March convicted him of first-degree murder.
Motorists should be aware of night-time paving operations that are be underway this week through Saturday the traffic alert is in conjunction with the Midtown Connector Project. The work will be performed along the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Langhorne Road and Langhorne Road between Memorial Avenue and Middlesex Avenue. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through those areas.
Lynchburg Police are investigating four residential burglaries all in the area near the 51-hundred block of Boonsboro Road. The first occurred Friday, September 5th the other three last Thursday; all of them were daytime burglaries. Police say they don’t have much else to go on right now. Anyone with information should contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers.
Outdoorsman have a say. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has announced an opportunity to suggest changes to hunting, trapping and non-game regulations for the 2015-2016 season. Virginia’s wildlife professionals are seeking input regarding the amendments to wildlife regulations; so that VDGIF staff can better determine a course of action on a variety of issues such as the biological, sociological, economic, political and enforcement impacts. Comments will be accepted until October 1, 2014, at: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov.
A former Virginia University of Lynchburg employee has filed suit against the college and its president, for back pay and attorney’s fees. The News & Advance reports, the school failed to pay the salaries of a number of employees including Darnell Wall, who was a co-offensive coordinator for the Dragons football team from August 2013 through May of this year. According to the article, Wall’s nearly 10-thousand dollar civil suit, will be heard in U.S. District Court but a hearing date has not been set. The suit alleges that VUL broke federal laws by violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Sending students to class year-round has been so successful at one school in Lynchburg, leaders may expand the concept. The Lynchburg school board is exploring the concept of expanding the 12-month schedule. Bass Elementary School has been using the program for about 10 years. Jay McClain, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, say there have been significant gains on SOLs. The school board isn’t expected to make a decision until next year.
The Lockn’ Music Festival kicked off without the traffic hassles that were seen last year. The event is attracting thousands for its second year. The four-day event kicked off Thursday morning; with the average wait for festival goers under 90 minutes, as opposed to 2013’s hours-long stretches. Officials say about 45 officers took shifts monitoring U.S. 29 through Nelson County, but there were no major changes in their traffic patterns from last year. Organizers say better planning and parking logistics were key to shortening the wait time. VDOT reminds motorist to expect some delays in the area of the festival for the remainder of the weekend.
Power was restored at Randolph College on Thursday after an outage led to a massive sleepover at the school Wednesday night. The News & Advance reports, the college has been experiencing varying levels of power outages since Monday, when a high-voltage fuse failed causing outages in many academic buildings and part of one residence hall. According to the article, the most widespread outage occurred Wednesday when, in the midst another fuse failed, causing outages that affected most of campus– about 100 of the 600 residential students spent the night in the student center. College officials say the repairs were completed and all power restore by Thursday evening.
The Appomattox County School Board will contribute funding for 24 high school students to take a special trip next month. The Appomattox County High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America is expected to receive a national award at the National FFA Convention. ACHS,a three star national chapter; is being recognizes for accomplishmenst that have put the division’s program number one in the state and sixth in the country. The school board, last week, approved the monetary contribution for the October 29 through November 1 trip to Louisville, Ky.