Apparently far too many drivers failed to “beware a work zone” on their way through Amherst County last year. The Amherst County Sheriff’s office says excessive speeding in work zones was the number-one infraction that motorists made during a 12-month period ending Oct. 31. While multiple classes of speeding violations, such as speeding in a residential or business district, composed the majority of infractions, the next largest source of warrants was failure to obey highway signs. VDOT officials say speed limits are determined by engineering studies that evaluate factors such as geography, traffic volume, shoulder width and the number of crashes on a roadway.
Liberty University has released the list of Convocation speakers; The lineup includes comedians, athletes, politicians and musicians. Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, is held three times a week in Liberty’s Vines Center. According to LU, The Spring schedule features: Governor Terry McAuliffe, New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson, television producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Bible,” “A.D.”), Fox News host Sean Hannity, and television personality Sean Lowe (“The Bachelor”) as well as Christian artists like Kirk Franklin and Rush of Fools. For the full list and dates visit: www.Liberty.edu/Convo.
The Campbell County School Board is in the process of reorganizing when it comes to the future following a recent Board of Supervisors vote against combined schools. School Board members last night, responded to the Board of Supervisor’s recent decision against a plan to consolidate the county’s middle and high schools into two campuses. One board member said it was an interesting exercise in county politics. Many expressed concern, that, perhaps, the best bargain for the taxpayers’ dollars got voted down. Superintendent Robert Johnson said he expects to present the board with a plan that takes the supervisors’ decision into account sometime in the spring.
Another historical site is now open to learn more about the American Civil War. The 47-acres is the location of the Battle of Appomattox Station, which took place on April 8, 1865 that battle lead to Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant the following day. The Civil War Trust raised $65,000 and used grants to buy the property land that stretches from behind the Carver Price Cultural Center and Fred’s Car Museum. Signs will be erected at the site in time for the 150th Civil War anniversary that will takes place in April.
A free service that helps the low- and moderate-income residents get through tax season is underway. The program is manned entirely by local volunteers who’ve been trained and certified as tax preparers; and is an initiative that is supported by the IRS. Last year, more than 2,700 people were served in the nine-county district that includes Lynchburg and Bedford and Campbell counties. This year, taxpayers will be dealing with the health insurance mandate created under the Affordable Care Act. Volunteer training began in November the service runs from Feb. 1 through April 15. For a Foundation Tax-Aide locator, visit: http://www.aarp.org.
It’s been nearly a decade and some businesses in Madison Heights are still feeling the hit from the bypass. Certain shop owners along U.S. 29 business experienced a 30-percent decline in revenue following the opening of the bypass in October of 2005 many say they’ve never fully recovered. A request was made 2008, to the statewide directional signage committee for an exception to maximum distance policy guidelines to be on such signs require businesses must be NO more than three miles away from an interchange when many in the area were located 3.1 to 3.5 miles from the nearest bypass access. County officials believe the bypass…will ultimately be a stimulus for economic activity in the area.
Influenza is now widespread in Virginia. According to the CDC, the number of cases reported in the last week of December surpassing the “epidemic threshold.” Health District professionals say those who contract the flu are contagious one day before they develop symptoms, and for seven to 10 days afterward. Experts recommend frequent hand washing and urge those who think they have the flu to stay at home. Living and working quarters also should be disinfected frequently. Locally, healthcare facilities are discouraging visits to hospital patients and residents of adult care homes unless absolutely necessary.
Lindenburg Industry LLC anticipates accomplishing two goals by Spring. Lindenburg expects to have the first part of renovations completed by the end of February. Aside from the renovations, the company plans to begin the hiring process in March, which will be the first of multiple phases. In the process, the company will first hire around 100 and eventually employ up to 349. In October, the company announced that it was locating in Appomattox and purchased the the former Thomasville Furniture plant. It is Lindenburg’s first U.S. manufacturing business in the state.
There’s another chance for comments to be heard locally regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Resources representatives, County staff and officials from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will meet on Wednesday. It is the second informational open house on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that Dominion has sponsored in the county first was held in September. Dominion is in the process of suing landowners in Nelson for the right to survey on their property. The Pipeline Open House will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Nelson County High School.
The Lynchburg Tea Party is hosting a Convention of State gathering tonight. The presentation will be given by David Worley that asks the question; “Why the Convention of the States”? –there will also be a discussion on gun rights in America. The event will be held from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at The Liberty Mountain Conference Center on Candlers Mountain Road. The conference center is located in the old Circuit City building. Visit http://lynchburgteaparty.com/ to learn more.