A retired Lynchburg boxer has accepted a challenge that could change his life overnight. Scott Sigmon received a phone call last month from a boxing promoter, wanting him to fight a middleweight champion named Caleb Truax. Sigmon, who goes by the nickname “Cujo,” has accepted telling WDBJ-7 that he will be fighting Truax. The bout will be nationally-televised on Showtime November 1. A victory would rank Sigmon among the top ten middleweight contenders worldwide and could put him on track for the world title but if he loses, Sigmon says it will be his last professional fight.
Motorcycle riders made a day off it on Sunday raising funds for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Proceeds from the ride will go to help Bedford Domestic Violence Services which provides support and education to victims of domestic violence. This is the sixth year, with the help of Iron Horse Ministries-Pastor Steve is in support of BAD-V, short for Bikers Against Domestic Violence. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in October 1987.
Lynchburg College will host the 22nd Annual Economic Outlook Conference this week. Organizers say Thursday’s conference will feature a Wells Fargo economist and the college’s business school dean. Speakers will be sharing economic forecasts for the nation and region. Experts predict a steady improvement in the economy. The conference will examine contributing factors for the state of the economy such as the housing market; and unemployment numbers. The economic conference will be held at Schewel Hall in Lynchburg College from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.
A South Boston man won’t serve anytime behind bars for his part in a mob assault. 22-year-old, Michael Devon Lawson, pleaded guilty last month to charges related to a mob assault in January. Lawson pleaded guilty to assault and battery of two people while part of a mob he also pleaded guilty to destruction of property, a misdemeanors; and to a felony charge for breaking and entering. A Halifax Court sentenced Lawson to four years total, but all were suspended with the condition of good behavior for 10 years. Lawson will also be subject to random drug tests and undergo substance abuse counseling and tests.
A twelve year old rape allegation will have new investigators eyeing the case. Lynchburg’s Commonwealth Attorney, has turned over the file on the 2002 case against Jesse Leroy Matthew Junior to investigators in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The case involves rape allegations at the Vine Center at Liberty University. Matthew was never charged in the case; because the prosecutor at the time, dropped the case due to a “lack of evidence But now that Matthew is charged with Hannah Graham’s abduction and is linked to Morgan Harrington’s disappearance and murder, the details are being reviewed anew.
The Virginia leg of a natural gas pipeline project may have hit, yet another barrier. An injunction was filed against Dominion Transmission in July in an effort to keep surveyors off Nelson County properties. That suit was resolved when Dominion agreed to postpone surveying until a court order was in place. Now, landowners are wondering if the law is even constitutional and at least five filed suit on Tuesday requesting the court review the state’s code. Dominion has 21 days to respond, then a pre-trial conference will be set. No doubt hundreds of other property owners all along the path of the proposed 550-mile pipeline, which includes 13 localities in Virginia alone, will be awaiting a ruling on the matter.
Campbell County officials are making it a goal to improve communications with citizens. A recently released five-year strategic Public Information Plan has been approved by the Board of Supervisors. The model ensures inclusiveness of any citizen who wishes to obtain information; express views or participate in public processes. Topics that are expected to require more citizen engagement in the future include stormwater management, transportation issues, changes in educational models and school system planning, significant code changes, budget adjustments, environmental issues, and state and federal mandates.
Lynchburg man has died due to injuries sustained during a car crash last month. Police say, on September 28, 55 year old, David Johnson, was driving on Langhorne Road, when he ran off the road, struck a utility pole and overturned in the vehicle. Authorities say Johnson died on Wednesday while at the University of Virginia Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.
A contractor was hired and construction has begun for the rehabilitation of the Blue Ridge Tunnel. Phase one of the tunnel and trail project, began last week. Since 2001, Nelson County has worked with federal, state and local partners to secure funding and support for the project and the funding for Phase II has also been awarded. Plans for that phase are being finalized with the Virginia Department of Transportation. For safety and liability purposes, both the east and west portal are closed to the public during construction. The project is expected to be completed by February of next year.
Area schools will get improved security infrastructure courtesy of a grant from the governor’s office. Amherst county will receive more than 93,000 from $6 million-dollars of security grants that will be distributed to school divisions across the state. In the Lynchburg area, only one other school system received a larger grant award: Lynchburg City Schools will receive nearly 100-thousand for projects at two of its schools. Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell Counties will receive a portion of the grant money. The School Security Equipment Grant was established in 2013 following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.