Lynchburg police are investigating a shooting that left one city man recovering from two gunshot wounds to his abdomen this weekend. The incident took place around 11:15 p.m. Friday night near Charlotte Street and Early Street. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact crime stoppers. Click Here for Crime Stoppers link.
Bedford County officials today are expected to decide whether to increase the real estate tax. If approved, it will be the first rate increase in 12 years. In March, The Board of Supervisors voted to advertise a 3-cent real estate tax rate hike for Fiscal Year 2015 set to begin July 1. Sources say the increase faced opposition and gained some support from residence at a public hearing last week. The board has a work session, before voting during the 7:30 p.m. meeting
A Lynchburg man will spend the next nine plus years in prison for abduction and other charges. Floyd Wesley Bouldin III was charged with breaking into a home, holding up his child’s mother at gunpoint and forcing her to drive to their child’s day care. Bouldin pleaded not guilty to the charges in October; arguing that he had permission to be at the house and that the altercation was one the victim started—he was found guilty for abduction, burglary, strangulation causing bodily injury, possessing a firearm as a felon and using a firearm while committing a felony; he was also convicted of six misdemeanor counts of violating protective orders. The judge sentence Bouldin on Friday to 48 years on all felony counts and suspended the time after nine years served, adding 180 days on the six misdemeanors.
The Central Virginia Community College Altavista Center will be relocating. CVCC’s president says the campus is not leaving the community, but is looking at two other locations within the town to hold classes. The Altavista Journal reports, the reason for the change is because the cost at the current facility is outpacing the revenue; due in part, to a drop in student enrollment. The College has off-site centers in Amherst, Appomattox and Bedford counties. In Campbell County, an early-college program is offered at the Technical Center in Yellow Branch–the Altavista Center opened in 2001. A new location is expected to be decided on in time for the fall class schedule to be publicized.
The weather coupling of warm, dry air along with gusty winds means an enhanced fire danger for the Lynchburg area. According to the National Weather Service, conditions today are creating an increased risk of fires across the region. In fact ALL Virginia residents are reminded that open burning is prohibited before 4 pm each day through April 30th. Accidental escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires; and with wind gust between 15 and 25 mph this afternoon, experts are urging citizens to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source, including properly discard all smoking materials.
Smith Mountain Lake residents and businesses will be pulling together…to pull out unwanted debris from around the lake. The 27th annual “Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake” clean-up day will be held on the first Saturday in May. There will be nine debris drop-off sites in Franklin and Bedford County. An estimated 1,000 or more people have participated in the clean-up effort in past years. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 3rd. Volunteers can play a part individually, as a group or organization; participants will be provided supplies. Registration for the event is taking place until April 21st. CLICK HERE to learn more about the event or to sign up to help.
A troupe of local tap dancers will be performing in D.C this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. The group of teachers and students from the Amherst Dance Academy leaves on Friday and will be performing on Saturday. This is the third time the Academy has been invited to participate in the Parade. According to the New Era Progress, the academy was sent a link to a choreography video in late February to prepare for the event. Twenty tap dancers, ranging in age from 8 to 34 years, will perform the two-and-a-half-minute routine. To learn more about the academy CLICK HERE OR visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for information about the Cherry Blossom Parade.
Lynchburg officials say for approximately three weeks, the 300 block of Grove Street (between Euclid Avenue and Glenwood Street) near Miller Park will be closed to through traffic in order to allow the installation of a new pedestrian crosswalk and an entrance way to the Miller Center. Only neighborhood traffic will be allowed through the area. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
Smart Beginnings is working to get kids registered for kindergarten throughout the region’s school systems. Administrators say high quality care means that children are engaging in meaningful learning and play, guided by qualified caregivers in an enriched educational environment. Director of Instruction for Lynchburg City Schools, tells media outlets that it’s helpful for schools to know how many students will be entering the system; in order to adjust their staffing to accommodate the numbers. For Lynchburg City, Campbell, Amherst, and Appomattox counties — pre-registration is April 23 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Parents need to bring a birth certificate, two pieces of proof of residency, and immunization records for your child. CLICK HERE to learn more about registration and the Smart Beginnings Programs.
Since the city’s Combined Sewer Overflow construction project put Riverfront Park out of operation until next May; Lynchburg’s popular summer festival series, Friday Cheers will be relocated this season to the Community Market. But because the market is a smaller venue the festival will operate on a smaller scale and shorten its season to five weeks. The first Friday Cheers for this year will be on May 30th. The event will run through the first week in July. CLICK HERE for schedule.