A free service that helps the low- and moderate-income residents get through tax season is underway. The program is manned entirely by local volunteers who’ve been trained and certified as tax preparers; and is an initiative that is supported by the IRS. Last year, more than 2,700 people were served in the nine-county district that includes Lynchburg and Bedford and Campbell counties. This year, taxpayers will be dealing with the health insurance mandate created under the Affordable Care Act. Volunteer training began in November the service runs from Feb. 1 through April 15. For a Foundation Tax-Aide locator, visit: http://www.aarp.org.
It’s been nearly a decade and some businesses in Madison Heights are still feeling the hit from the bypass. Certain shop owners along U.S. 29 business experienced a 30-percent decline in revenue following the opening of the bypass in October of 2005 many say they’ve never fully recovered. A request was made 2008, to the statewide directional signage committee for an exception to maximum distance policy guidelines to be on such signs require businesses must be NO more than three miles away from an interchange when many in the area were located 3.1 to 3.5 miles from the nearest bypass access. County officials believe the bypass…will ultimately be a stimulus for economic activity in the area.
Influenza is now widespread in Virginia. According to the CDC, the number of cases reported in the last week of December surpassing the “epidemic threshold.” Health District professionals say those who contract the flu are contagious one day before they develop symptoms, and for seven to 10 days afterward. Experts recommend frequent hand washing and urge those who think they have the flu to stay at home. Living and working quarters also should be disinfected frequently. Locally, healthcare facilities are discouraging visits to hospital patients and residents of adult care homes unless absolutely necessary.
Lindenburg Industry LLC anticipates accomplishing two goals by Spring. Lindenburg expects to have the first part of renovations completed by the end of February. Aside from the renovations, the company plans to begin the hiring process in March, which will be the first of multiple phases. In the process, the company will first hire around 100 and eventually employ up to 349. In October, the company announced that it was locating in Appomattox and purchased the the former Thomasville Furniture plant. It is Lindenburg’s first U.S. manufacturing business in the state.
There’s another chance for comments to be heard locally regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Resources representatives, County staff and officials from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will meet on Wednesday. It is the second informational open house on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that Dominion has sponsored in the county first was held in September. Dominion is in the process of suing landowners in Nelson for the right to survey on their property. The Pipeline Open House will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Nelson County High School.
The Lynchburg Tea Party is hosting a Convention of State gathering tonight. The presentation will be given by David Worley that asks the question; “Why the Convention of the States”? –there will also be a discussion on gun rights in America. The event will be held from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at The Liberty Mountain Conference Center on Candlers Mountain Road. The conference center is located in the old Circuit City building. Visit http://lynchburgteaparty.com/ to learn more.
With bitter cold air and frigid wind chills city officials are urging caution when trying to keep homes warm tonight. The region’s typical highs for this time of the year range from daytime highs of about 45 degrees to overnight lows at around 25 degrees—but for tonight extremely cold conditions are expected with lows in the single digits and wind chills -5 to -15. Lynchburg’s communication department is encouraging residents to be aware of cold weather dangers particularly when it comes to alternate heating sources to warm their home. Experts say citizens should use caution with sources and never leave them unattended.
The coldest air so far this season has arrived; emergency preparedness experts suggest steps to prevent water damage from frozen pipes. If not already done, residents are encouraged to seal all air leaks and to insulate pipes exposed in unheated areas. Water Resources advises residents to keep the water meter box lid closed to prevent the meter from freezing. If pipes do freeze, open the cold water faucet close to the frozen pipe to relieve the pressure of the expanding ice. Gentle heat from a light bulb, hair dryer or heat tape is good to de-freeze the pipe. If the pipe bursts from ice, locate the main water cut-off valve.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for the entire region, as gusts tonight will make the air feel as cold as 5 to 15 degrees below zero. No precipitation is expected, but winds will be between 15 and 25 miles per hour and experts say the best way to insulate is by layers, rather than a single heavy coat and National Weather Service in Blacksburg advises citizens that today, tonight and tomorrow is the time to bundle those layers. Bring any pets inside as prolonged exposure will cause frostbite or hypothermia for them too.
Search-warrant affidavits offer a glimpse into one witness’ account of what happened during the last minutes of a Gladstone Man’s life. 43 year old, Clayton Thomas Morgan died in the parking lot of a Madison Heights motel on New Year’s Eve after being stabbed. Source say Morgan’s death followed a dispute with 47 year old, Charles Lynwood Allen Jr., of Lynchburg, at the Bestway Inn, where they were guests. Allen was arrested the following day and charged with second-degree murder. The News & Advance reports, Allen was appointed an attorney by way of a video advisement hearing on Tuesday and opted to schedule a bond hearing that will precede his preliminary hearing, which is set for 9 a.m. March 26.