Amherst officials have announced a second medical facility in the town. The property will be leased to Horizon Behavioral Health for the purposes of providing outpatient counseling services to children and adults. According to the News & Advance, once construction is complete sometime in the first quarter of next year, the building will be similar to an existing Horizon facility in the town of Bedford. Last month, Centra Health announced plans for an ambulatory care facility within the town; that project is slated for completion in 2016.
A new section on the city of Lynchburg’s website is designed as a tool to help residents find useful information much faster and more conveniently. Data on the Open Data Portal page can be accessed in topics including building permits, business licenses, development projects, violations in construction and housing, contacts for contractors, real estate parcels and property transfers, among others. A link is on the city website for citizens to offer feedback on any other possible types of information sources they may want to see featured lynchburgva.gov/open-data-portal
Summer makes it tough for The Amercian Red Cross to meet the constant need. During the months of June, July and August, there are fewer blood donors scheduling appointments to give blood at local blood drives, than what patients need. The seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive for the rest of the summer. Clifford Baptist Church, on Fletchers Level Road in Amherst will host a blood drive Tuesday from Noon until 6pm.
Divisions of Fire and Rescue services in Franklin and Bedford County respond to high numbers of falling victims, particularly among senior citizens. The Smith Mountain Eagle reports from January to June 2014, reported falls in Bedford County resulted in 10% of the calls for dispatch of emergency services. In Franklin County, it amounts to the same percentage, representing 360 falls for the first part of 2014. EMS officials in both counties acknowledge that many of the calls come from senior citizens; but say not all falling cases come from the elderly.
An inspection of the bridge on Virginia 130 where it crosses a Norfolk Southern Railway could cause road and/or lane closures. Crews under contract to the Virginia Department of Transportation are scheduled, weather permitting, to perform safety inspections to the bridge today. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the work zones. For more information, visit www.511Virginia.org or call 511.
The Appomattox County Board of Supervisors this month voted to cut its own salary by 20 percent. The suggestion was proposed as part of several other budget cuts that were approved by the board. Combined, the salary cuts add up to an annual savings of just over $5,000. According to the Times Virginian, the board also approved eliminating all expenses associated with conventions or training for the supervisors. In addition, the supervisors and all county employees.
Campbell County will soon start using inmates to help clean up litter from the roadway. The Board of Supervisors earlier this month, approved a request by the Sheriff’s office to use nonviolent offenders from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority to assist in cleaning up litter. According to the Altavista Journal, the program in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation is slated to begin in next few weeks. Retired Campbell County deputies are expected to be used as guards.
Ford is recalling over 100-thousand vehicles in North America for various safety defects… local and state police cruisers are expected to be recalled for an axle issue. Lynchburg Police have about 15 of the Taurus base cars. Media outlets report, the department is still working to fix about 30 Crown Victorias that were recalled for a steering problem. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has 12 of the newer model Fords in its fleet. Ford will begin notifying owners affected by this and five additional recalls this month.
Dominion Resources will not conduct surveying work in Nelson County for a natural gas pipeline until representatives meet with the county Board of Supervisors. Surveying in Virginia began two weeks ago, but has not yet begun in Nelson County. Last week supervisors approved a resolution requesting additional information, project specifics and an opportunity for officials and concerned residents to ask questions regarding the project. The meeting will be held on Aug. 12.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Lynchburg wasted no time sending the Hillcats faithful home happy. WSET reports Lynchburg had a 2-1 victory at Calvin Falwell Field Thursday night. The Hillcats now have 11 victories when trailing in the seventh inning or later. Lynchburg’s 18-13 record in one-run contests is the second-best in the Carolina League behind only the Potomac Nationals. Lynchburg will try to take the series against the Mudcats tonight 7:05pm.