Power Restored at Randolph College

randolph college logoPower was restored at Randolph College on Thursday after an outage led to a massive sleepover at the school Wednesday night. The News & Advance reports, the college has been experiencing varying levels of power outages since Monday, when a high-voltage fuse failed causing outages in many academic buildings and part of one residence hall. According to the article, the most widespread outage occurred Wednesday when, in the midst another fuse failed, causing outages that affected most of campus– about 100 of the 600 residential students spent the night in the student center. College officials say the repairs were completed and all power restore by Thursday evening.

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Appomattox County School Board Sending 24 Students on Trip

appomattox county schoolsThe Appomattox County School Board will contribute funding for 24 high school students to take a special trip next month. The Appomattox County High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America is expected to receive a national award at the National FFA Convention. ACHS,a three star national chapter; is being recognizes for accomplishmenst that have put the division’s program number one in the state and sixth in the country. The school board, last week, approved the monetary contribution for the October 29 through November 1 trip to Louisville, Ky.

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Two Women Charged With Assaulting School Bus Driver

school-busThe Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says two women are charged with assaulting a school bus driver in Brookneal. Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning, when about 30 students were aboard the bus. The driver had scrapes and bruises. Crystal Pannell and Alaya Machasio face trespassing and disorderly conduct. Pannell is also charged with assault and battery. The women were trying to confront a student … and the bus driver used his body to block the women and protect the student. The driver sustained minor injuries.

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Charges Pending in Multi-Vehicle Accident

Amherst-CountyAmherst County authorities say charges are pending in a multi-vehicle accident earlier this week. Officials say a man’s car struck six vehicles, including an Amherst County Sheriff’s cruiser and a tractor-trailer, while they sat at a red light Tuesday morning. A.J. Davis of Lynchburg initially told officers that he did not see the stopped cars in front of him at the light near the Lowe’s entrance; but later told police that he had confused the accelerator of his Oldsmobile for the brake pedal. No injuries were reported– Virginia State Police are investigating the incident.

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Man Charged with Tattooing Young Girls Trial Set for January

Campbell County Sheriff's officeThe man charged with tattooing two young girls will wait until January of next year to face trial. Alexander Edwards had been scheduled to go on trial yesterday (Thursday) in Campbell County court but defense requested a continuance. Another man still faces trial later this month for attempting to remove the tattoos with a razor blade. The girls’ mother is already doing time for making no effort to stop that removal effort.

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Possible Email Scam in Bedford County

BedfordCountyBedford County deputies are warning citizens about a possible email scam. Apparently several people have already reported the scam. Media outlets report, the email claims the US Department of Treasury will release $500,000 in exchange for a $150 deposit and account information. Authorities say there is not a single government agency-federal, state or local- that will ever request bank account or sensitive information via email or request payment over email. If personal or sensitive information is needed, there will be a request that you come in person.

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Campbell County Has New Administrator

CampbellCountyCampbell County has a new county administrator. Frank Rogers is leaving his job as assistant county administrator in Bedford County to accept the job. The Campbell County Board of Supervisors officially confirmed Rogers on Tuesday; he will assume the position on October 1, 2014.

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Last Public Hearing About Closing Schools Held Tuesday

BedfordCountyThe last public hearing for people to voice their concerns about the closing of Thaxton Elementary and Bedford Primary schools was held Tuesday in Bedford County. WDBJ-7 reports, the school board will make its final decision at its next meeting on Sept. 11. The Bedford County School Board says the decision comes down to money. Earlier this year, the school board decided to close Body Camp Elementary School. The closing was recommended as part of a state-mandated efficiency review.

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Elk’s Home Officially Has New Owner

indexBedford’s Elks Home finally has a new owner. The sale on the 100-year-old Elks Home was completed Friday, a year and half after the announced sale. The new name is English Meadows Elks Home Campus. It will continue to be operated as a retirement and assisted living facility. The new owner hopes to increase residency from 120 to more than 300 and keep the Christmas display with an expansion to include new features. The new owners held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Labor Day.

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Dominion Energy to Move Forward with Natural Gas Pipeline

Dominion ResourcesDominion Energy has decided to move forward with a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that is expected to go through Nelson County. Dominion Resources and three other energy companies are joining forces to build the pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Project officials say they will work with all of the local landowners. Backers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say it will have positive environmental benefits by encouraging the replacement of coal-fired power plants with cleaner facilities fueled by natural gas.

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