Crewe – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is recognizing Friday, April 18, 2014, as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hardworking individuals who work often in challenging conditions to keep the power on. We are recognizing all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep the power on and protect the public’s safety.
“Electric linemen do not always receive the recognition they deserve,” said Jeff Edwards, SEC president & CEO. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions far from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to their communities. Our own linemen, as well as those from all across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition.”
SEC invites members to take a moment to thank a lineman for the work they do. Drop a note to us on our website or show your support on our Facebook page @ www.fb.com/SouthsideElectric.
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A judge found probable cause to send 36 felony charges involving sexual crimes filed against a man to a Nelson County grand jury. 56 year old, Kenneth Alan Spratt is accused of engaging in sexual behavior involved three girls younger than 13–the incidents are reported to have taken place between April 2012 and January 2014. According to media outlets, Spratt was recently employed by the Amherst County Public Schools in the transportation department. He was arrested Feb. 18; the case will be heard by a grand jury on May 27.
Campbell County officials have forwarded the fiscal year 2015 budget to a public hearing after a budget workshop Tuesday afternoon. The budget has no changes; with no tax increases are being advertised for the county after a split vote by the Board of Supervisors. According to the Altavista Journal, once the board advertises, the tax rates could not be raised for the budget year, but they could be decreased. The rates and the county’s proposed $127.8 million budget are set for a public hearing during the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 6. The supervisors will meet in a final budget workshop on May 20 and will vote on the budget at that time.
Two people were sent to the hospital following a crash yesterday afternoon. Authorities say local rush hour traffic had to be redirected for hours as emergency and utility crews responded to the scene on Fort Avenue. Two vehicles collided near Sandusky Drive; one of them caught fire and hit a utility pole. One driver and a passenger child were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver has been charged with failure to yield the right of way.
Amherst County will move forward with an agreement to offer incentives in an effort to boost volunteerism within the ranks of the county’s volunteer fire departments and rescue squads. 41 emergency services volunteers who met established criteria will receive a financial a one-time cash reward of $500 each. Supervisors are expected to consider expanding the bonus program to subsequent years.
Amherst County Public Schools will receive the same level of funding in the coming year, as in the previous year. The Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted to appropriate level funding to the school system. According to the New Era Progress, the motion to level- fund the schools was an attempt to balance the budget without a tax increase. A newly established divisional efficiency study, will attempt to identify and recommend cost-saving measures within the school system, and officials will likely implement recommendations by consultants. The budget is set for adoption later this month.
A Gretna man will spend 24 years in prison for his part in robbing a couple at gunpoint at the Day’s Inn hotel in Altavista last April. 23 year old, Randall Lee Compton was convicted in August on two counts each of robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony, and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. Co-defendant, Daeshawn Lamont Rendon entered an Alford plea on his charges in January; he is set for sentencing May 28.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has approved two more historic markers for Pierce Street in Lynchburg. The neighborhood is rich with black history; and the markers will bring the total number to seven along the notable street. The signs commemorate the Amelia Perry Pride Dorchester Home, a retirement community for freed slaves, and Camp Davis, a Civil War camp that became a refuge for freed slaves during Reconstruction. The buildings no longer exist, though local historians had to provide extensive documentation with each application; the markers are expected to be up before the fall of the year.
A Bedford County pharmacy has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to settle allegations of drug law violations. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office PharMerica Corp., was faulted over alleged lapses at its non-public pharmacy on Hardy Road. Federal prosecutors say some prescriptions lacked a doctor’s signature; some drugs were dispensed without a prescription at all. Others lacked correct patient and/or doctor information. Media outlets report the business agreed to the settlement and agreed to ensure future compliance with the Controlled Substances Act.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a phone scam. Phone scammers falsely claiming that the resident’s spouse or family member is wanted for failure to appear for jury duty. They instruct the person to pay a fine to keep their loved ones from being arrested. Authorities remind residents that the sheriff’s office will never ask anyone to pay a fine over the phone; and ask anyone who receives such a call to write down the callback number given plus the number that appears on caller ID and report it to the sheriff’s office. CLICK HERE to learn more about this scam and how you can report it.