Local firefighters have been filling boots for MDA for six decades! Members of the Lynchburg Fire Department Local 1146, together with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership during the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease across the region. Funds raised this year will help support MDA’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support. Three shifts of fire-fighters will fan out across the city filling boots during the week of August 25th.
Salaries have been decreased for The Appomattox County School Board on Thursday, voted to reduce its annual compensation. According to the News & Advance, the measure is liken to a decision made by the Board of Supervisors last month; in which salaries were reduced by 20 percent as a way to save money and help reduce the 540-thousand dollar deficit the county faces. Policy requires the School Board’s motion go before Supervisors at the next meeting.
Construction crews have been working around the clock, putting the finishing touches in place for Liberty University’s new dorm rooms. The new 270,000 square foot mega-dorm features 1,238 beds… lots of storage—And, sources say, each room comes equipped with it’s own private bathroom. Liberty plans on building several more of the dorms throughout the next several years. Construction on dorm #2 is expected to start sometime in late October. Today was fall freshmen move in day at LU; according to the university calendar—residence halls open for returning
A Bedford native has given his hometown a unique gift…a piece of public art. The sculpture called “Odyssey” was installed last week at the corner of Depot and Court Streets. The artwork is a contemporary piece that consists of two steel plates welded together. Although he now lives in London, Gavin Weber donated a sculpture, telling WDBJ-7 that he wanted his friends in Bedford to experience public art. father, is a cement contractor in Bedford. He built the concrete base that holds up the artwork.
The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office and Amherst Police Department are seeking information on two recent break-ins at the Amherst Dance Academy in the town of Amherst and The Sweet Spot ice cream shop in Madison Heights. According to the News & Advance, both locations were broken into between Sunday night and Monday morning…sources say “several hundred dollars” were taken. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding the crimes, and all information is confidential.
Lynchburg Schools are preparing for a new school year. The first day back in the classroom for city students is Aug. 25. Officials say back-to-school registration will be held from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. All students entering sixth grade for the first time need the T-dap vaccination. Registration should take place at the school that the child will be attending. Two current forms of proof of residency is required.
The ongoing Midtown Connector construction project will close the northbound lane of 12th Street from Kemper to Buchanan streets on Friday. According to the City’s website, residents in the area will be allowed access and through traffic will be directed to a de-tour route. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the Kemper and 12th Street areas or to use alternate routes if at all possible. The project began during the summer of 2012 and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015. The $18 million project includes road widening, a roundabout and upgrades to storm sewers, water lines, sanitary sewers and pedestrian facilities.
City planners are encouraging officials to develop procedures of consideration for future conservation easements. The planning commission voted Wednesday to recommend City Council add policy to the city’s comprehensive plan. Conservation easements are binding agreements that place permanent restrictions on how a property can be used for the purpose of protecting its natural resources and open space. The proposal would establish criteria; a tool to guide growth and development, for future guidance on the topic.
The Lynchburg Community Market has received a grant to help with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. The 5-thousand dollars provided by the Virginia Department of Health will allow the community market to double dollar tokens for SNAP recipients. The market received a similar grant last year – worth 10-thousand dollars. Sources say that money lasted 32 weeks and increased SNAP spending at the market by almost 50 percent.