The Salvation Army is gearing up to celebrate 35 years of its Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree program now in place nationwide, began in Lynchburg! Although Christmas may still be weeks away, the Salvation Army is already making sure no child awakes to find there is nothing under the tree. An event has been planned at River Ridge Mall at noon on November 15, with a performance by the National Capital Band and a talk with David Jeffrey, the National Commander of The Salvation Army. Visit virginiasalvationarmy.org/lynchburgva/ for more information.
A Juvenile is facing a reckless driving charge stemming from a weekend crash in South Boston. The 16-year-old female was charged with reckless driving/failure to maintain proper control following an early Saturday morning wreck that occurred on Highway 360, near Rt. 654. According to the Virginia State Police, the juvenile she fell asleep while driving, traveled across the centerline before running off the road and down an embankment. The vehicle struck the fence surrounding Wedgewood Golf Course. The teen was not injured in the accident.
Volunteers who help neglected and abused children in Central Virginia have a new space for building relationships with young clients. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Virginia unveiled the “Kids Corner” at the office in downtown Lynchburg. CASA, helps children navigate the court system and advocates on their behalf. Susan Shutt, an advocate manager for Bedford County tells WDBJ-7, the center is designed to help “break the ice” with age-appropriate or child-specific gifts. Shelving and boxes for the Kids Corner were donated by the Home Depot- “The Motherhood Collective” donated toys and books for the space.
Location options for a proposed shooting range will come before the Campbell County Board of Supervisors today. Supervisors will consider three possible sites selected by the public works committee following recently conducted engineering study. A shooting range that would be used for public safety training has been in the works for more than nine years; but was last discussed with all of the supervisors last December, when further research was suggested. Some neighboring agencies have expressed an interest in partnering with the county on the shooting range and corresponding facilities, depending on which site is selected. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. with public hearings starting at 5:30 p.m.
Dominion Resources Inc. has asked federal regulators for an environmental review of the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline. The proposed 550-mile, $5 billion pipeline would deliver natural gas to the Southeast by way of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Officials in a number of localities have endorsed the project, but it is finding pockets of opposition along its planned path. According to the News & Advance, on Friday, the Richmond-based energy provider, took the necessary first step in the extensive Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review process. The project will need the approvals of 40 federal, state and local regulatory agencies before construction can begin.
Details are being worked out regarding the upcoming sesquicentennial events in Appomattox County. The 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant will be commemorated in April. On Monday, law enforcement encouraged county officials to address accommodation issues; such as making sure there is enough off-site parking and experienced parking attendants and to ensure there are enough shuttles to get people from the parking lots to activity sites. It was also proposed that a traffic specialist, liken to the company that oversaw this year’s traffic at Lockn’ festival, be hired to create a traffic and parking plan, so that the Virginia Department of Transportation and the state police can implement publish it.
Lynchburg authorities are alerting citizens of the latest telephone scam. Officials tell media outlets that a scam is making its rounds, in which an incoming phone call on your caller I-D, appears to have been made from the sheriff’s office’s main number. The announcement cautions residents of a man making the calls; threatening to send deputies with an arrest warrant for the resident unless payment is made on an unpaid bill. The scammers ask for a social security number. Police urge citizens not to EVER give out any personal information over the phone and ask anyone receiving a suspicious call to contact law enforcement.
The National D-Day Memorial has announced Admission fees will be waived on Veterans Day. The Memorial has confirmed that Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs will be a guest speaker on Novermber 11th. This year, the program will include a presentation by ROTC students from area high schools, plus the United States Department of Veterans Affairs will have a mobile center on site for the day to provide counseling to combat veterans and assistance and information for their families. This is an annual event; visit www.dday.org for more information.
Some Nelson County residents are wondering why a public hearing wasn’t held regarding a possible munition warehouse. The Nelson County Planning Commission discussed the site plan for the new facility last month. According to the Nelson County Times, there’s no need for approval from the Board of Supervisors or a public hearing because the property is zoned in an industrial district. The facility would be used in part for storing ammunition and firearms; but officials say all firearm testing will be done inside the building, and the room would be designed to be sound proof and to collect all lead dispersed. The commission is expected revised site plan materials at its next meeting.
Logging-related accidents are on the rise in Nelson County, with one occurring just this month. The County’s Emergency Services has reported an increase in 911 calls reporting emergencies at logging sites in the past twelve months. According to the Nelson County Times, there have been about four logging-related incidents in the past year that resulted from chain saw accidents or heavy equipment turning over; three have been heavy equipment fires. All of the incidents have been from professional logging services. The most recent accident occurred on Oct. 22nd, when heavy logging equipment rolled over, injuring a person.