The Appomattox County Supervisors are expected to vote tonight, weather permitting, on the change of three polling sites. The county’s electoral board, last month, proposed moving the Courthouse precinct, the Chap precinct and the absentee precinct. The Board of Supervisors is also set to vote on zoning ordinance amendments. The meeting is slated to begin at 6:30 this evening.
Beginning Wednesday, March 5 and continuing for approximately three weeks, Carroll Avenue will be closed from Stadium Road to James Street for CSO construction. All expressway ramps will remain open; however, motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes. Emergency vehicles may not be able to access this area during working hours (7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Campbell County is among numerous localities across the state struggling to meet an ever increasing demand for emergency medical service. During the past few years, the county’s 911 call volume has steadily increased—about 2-thousand more calls a year from 2006. According to the Public Safety Director, The demand has increased because of a growing and aging population in the county. In January, the Board of Supervisors approved six additional full-time EMS employees; the county will be up to three 24/7 squads beginning in April.
The third protest by Babcock & Wilcox was dismissed last week by the Government Accountability Office. The complaint was file against a bid process in the contract at two nuclear weapons facilities; one in Tennessee and the other in Texas. The grievance claims that the National Nuclear Security Administration’s cost-savings projections in its bid for two other companies were not adequately evaluated. According to the News & Advance, the Lynchburg-based B & W Technical Services Group has managed the two facilities under separate contracts. One manufactures components for weapons and reactors; the other dismantles stockpiled weapons.
Water supply, water quality and water ecology—just a few of the issues, a panel of speakers will address during the Lynchburg Water Summit next month. Event organizers say a diverse gathering of people with water knowledge ranging from the State of the James River Report; to the future water needs in the region and the planning that is taking place in Lynchburg, Bedford & Amherst Counties. Other topics include envisioning storm water management and new directions to success for the Combined Sewer Overflow project. The Lynchburg water summit will be held Saturday, March 29 at Lynchburg College. Space is limited a seats must be reserved. Visit: www.lynchburgwatersummit.com for more information.
The Appomattox County School Board on Thursday, voted to ask supervisors for about $1.1 million more for the coming school year. The School Superintendent outlined division expenditures, revenues and budget priorities. The increase request is in an effort for the division to reinstate five teaching positions in the areas of auto-mechanics, mathematics, history and English. The funding would also allow for the addition of a new foreign language teacher among other priorities. Media outlets report the increased expenses included an expected hike in rates paid to the Virginia Retirement System, the reinstatement of a pay scale step for all employees and the purchase of a school bus.
AppomattoxCounty is working to have way-finding signs erected in the area before December, in time for the Sesquicentennial events. The Times Virginian reports, the county will use a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission approved last September to pay for the signage. Officials say the signs will serve as directional information to help tourists locate various sites during the 150th ending of the Civil War anniversary in April 2015. According to the article, due to the expected crowd of people, organizers are trying to figure out how they will manage parking and public safety in the town as well as the county.
Media outlets report that civil rights leader Dr. Garnell Stamps passed away this morning. Stamps pioneered the civil rights movement in Lynchburg when the city was in a still very segregated. He marched in Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 and returned last year to attend the 50th anniversary of the march. Stamps was a vocal critic of reports that cleared police of wrongdoing in the September 2006 death of Clarence Beard Jr.; and recently helped to organize a way for people to donate to the burial of slain 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert in December. Details regarding funeral arrangements have not been released.
The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man reported to have cashed counterfeit checks at Wal-Mart. According to the press release, the suspect is described as a black man wearing a red Nike hooded sweatshirt and a gray or black stocking cap. Authorities say the suspect cashed two checks at the store Feb. 16 and left in a maroon vehicle. Authorities offer a reward up to $1,000. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900–all information given is confidential.
The state budget under discussion in Richmond is affecting Bedford County Schools. The county’s spending plan for the coming fiscal year, which included a $39 million placeholder, was discussed Thursday. That number is the same as the current fiscal year after supervisors allocated $1 million to the Maintenance Project Fund. The School superintendent’s budget would add positions for math teaching support to serve the 11 of 21 schools “accredited with warning by the state.” School officials have also identified technology as a particular need; and officials are considering adding wireless connectivity to every Bedford County elementary school. The fiscal year begins in July.