The Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor will be open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in honor of Veterans Day. The Piedmont Pride gallery at the Museum covers the military service of people from Lynchburg from the American Revolution through modern day. Rare flags, uniforms, photographs, maps, and related items are on display. Free tours will be offered at Point of Honor. Veteran’s Day commemorates the end of combat in World War I, which occurred at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918. In 1954, President Eisenhower and Congress made it a national holiday which honors all who have served in the military.
Pittsylvania County officials are getting serious about reducing the number of DUI’s. DMV records show more than 250 drunk driving related deaths in Virginia, last year alone. If a revision to the current code is passed, in Pittyslvania County, the Commonwealth’s Attorney will request fees be added to other court costs and fines at the time of sentencing. According to ABC13, the fine could rack up to $1,000 per incident. The county could also just charge a $350 flat rate fee. The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on November 18 and vote on the proposal.
The Lynchburg City School Division is addressing attendance or the lack there of. Truancy problems haven’t helped the effort to bolster student performance. The trouble, experts say, often stems from economic hardship rather than resistance or lack of concern on the part of families. The News & Advance reports, Department of Education records show near 63 percent of all city students last October were eligible for free and reduced lunch compared to about 41 percent in the state as a whole. Children dealing with poverty can be especially vulnerable to bullying, says division staff members. The Interagency Truancy Review Team is working to encourage widespread community support.
Did you know that Pets can help reduce stress especially over the holidays; that’s just one of the reasons, it’s a good time to adopt a new pet. The Lynchburg Humane Society’s annual Home 4 the Holidays event is trying to find homes for 200 dogs and cats. Tis the season, because the family has more time at home with your new pet, plus, you can blame things like a messy house or lack of free time, on your new pet! There are 3 Silent Night Adoption Events coming up: the first will be held on Saturday, November 15th the goal is to have the kennels silent by the New Year. All adoption prices include spay/neuter and initial sets of vaccines. Visit http://lynchburghumane.org to learn more.
Members of the Arborist Incident Response Team are working on a nine-day Vistas Enhancement Program along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The News & Advance reports that studies conducted by the National Park Service over the past decade showed many views were vanishing, as depleted maintenance budgets prevented the cutting and clearing the overlooks. This week the parkway’s plant ecologist, began leading a 10-man crew, described as “elite chain saw professionals” from across the country, who specialize in tree maintenance and cutting. The goal, according to the article, is to try to restore some of the views that were first designed in the 1930s.
The American Civil War Museum is heading into the next phase of a collaboration between the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center with the unveiling of a unique artifact. A Civil War era log cabin is being adding to the collection in Appomattox. Last November, the American Civil War Museum announced plans to combine their resources in Richmond. It’s a $34 million project’ and will create interactive, live exhibitions in an attempt to make them the premier Civil War museums in the country. The new facilities aren’t expected to be ready until the spring or summer of 2017.
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.