Lynchburg woman wins big for second time in Virginia Lottery

Veronica ParkerFrom the Virginia Lottery: Who says lightning never strikes twice in the same place? Not Veronica Parker. Nine years ago the Lynchburg woman won $50,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.  Now she’s won a prize twice as large. Ms. Parker won $100,000 in the December 6, 2014, $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing. “It’s a little mind-boggling to win a second time,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I never thought I’d win a first time!”  She bought the winning ticket at Quik-E Foods, 1200 Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg.  The winning numbers were 4-11-15-25-31. She selected her numbers at random. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.  “This is truly a blessing,” she said.

 

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McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Meat Processing Facility for Lynchburg

WLNI---local-business-2From Governor Terry McAuliffe’s office: – Governor McAuliffe announced today that Seven Hills Food, LLC will revitalize and open a meat processing facility in the City of Lynchburg.  The company, a locally-sourced meat processing operation, will invest $3 million and create 43 new jobs in Lynchburg, while committing to purchase 100 percent Virginia-grown beef and pork.  The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with the City of Lynchburg and Seven Hills Food on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund. Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am pleased to announce Seven Hills Foods’ new investment in Lynchburg, which creates new jobs and provides an important new market for agricultural producers across the state.  It also allows a long-shuttered meat processing facility to come back to life, generating additional tax dollars for Lynchburg and new revenue streams for the region.  Indeed, this operation and its statewide impact represent the type of investments we continue to leverage to build the New Virginia Economy and capitalize on the significant economic impact that Virginia agriculture has throughout the Commonwealth.”

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Melissa Foster named new Lynchburg Emergency Services Director

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: Lynchburg City Manager Kimball Payne announced today that he has appointed a new Director of Emergency Services, Melissa Foster. She has been employed with the department for 15 years in several positions and most recently served in an acting capacity when the former director, William Aldrich retired earlier this year.  Foster was first hired in 1998 as a Public Safety Communications Specialist and was promoted to Supervisor in 2006. In 2008, she was promoted to Deputy Director.

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City to conduct Dearington neighborhood gas monitoring

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The city has contracted with the engineering firm Draper-Aden to conduct gas monitoring at the old Jefferson Park landfill site in the Dearington neighborhood. Weather permitting, the drilling and field activity will be conducted on December 9, 10, and 11 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  On November 5, 2014, the City held a meeting at Dearington Elementary School with neighborhood residents to inform them about issues regarding an old landfill that was located in the Dearington neighborhood. Residents were informed that an important step in determining how the City should address the problems with the landfill would be to conduct gas monitoring.

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UVA President outlines components of action plan for safety

UVA-LogoUVA President Teresa Sullivan yesterday announced key components of an action plan designed to achieve a climate of safety at the University of Virginia. The plan includes creation of an ad-hoc group to explore policies, practices and organizational structure, as well as the resources necessary to support the ultimate goal of providing an outstanding education while ensuring the safety and well-being of students. The plan also includes formation of an administrative task force charged with implementing the advisory group’s recommendations. Sullivan’s action follows recent reporting in Rolling Stone magazine telling the story of a UVA student getting gang raped at a fraternity house. Since the article’s publication, the magazine’s editors have backed away from the story.

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Police arrest suspect in Toppers shooting

Adrian Gray

Adrian Gray

From Lynchburg City Police: After an extensive search by the Lynchburg Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service, Adrian Isaiah Gray was located in Lynchburg and was arrested without incident. Gray is the suspect in the shooting that occurred on 10/1/2014 at the Toppers Bar and Grill, located at 6201 Fort Ave. He was arrested on outstanding charges of aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and assault and battery. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. R.G. Miller at 434-455-6160 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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Burglar damages Amherst County doctor’s office

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Offic: The office is investigating a report of property damage to a medical office building in Madison Heights. On Saturday November 29th patrol deputies found a glass door broken in the offices of Dr. Thomas Dobyns at 4573 South Amherst Highway. Investigation showed extensive damage to a phone / internet junction point inside the office. However, other than the damage done, there was nothing found missing from the offices.   Anyone that has any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is totally confidential.

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Holidays a good time to look for signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

alzheimer-logoThe Alzheimer’s Association says holiday gatherings are a good time for people to assess older relatives for signs of dementia. Sue Friedman, President and CEO the Central and Western Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, says Alzheimer’s Disease is not a normal part of aging and those who notice the warning signs need to take action. Read the rest of this story »

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U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy to step down

Tim-HeaphyFrom the U.S. Attorney’s Office:  Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that he will step down as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia at the end of 2014, after serving more than five years in office. Mr. Heaphy has informed President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of his decision. After leaving office, Mr. Heaphy will become Chair of the White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice at an international law firm based in Richmond, VA. First Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Giorno will become Acting United States Attorney on January 1, 2015.

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Harvard Street to be closed to through traffic for two months at CVCC

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg:  In order to accommodate the final phase of construction at the intersection of Harvard Street and Wards Road, Harvard Street will be closed as follows:  Beginning Monday, November 24 and continuing through Friday, November 28, Harvard Street will be closed, and the only access to the Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) campus will be from Wards Ferry Road. Access to CVCC from Wards Road will not be allowed. Beginning Monday, December 1 and continuing for approximately 60 days, Harvard Street will be closed to all through traffic. The entrance and exit to the main campus of CVCC can be accessed via the intersection of Wards Road and Harvard Street into Parking Lot #1 and then into the remaining parking lots adjacent to buildings on campus. The entrance and exit to Parking Lots #2 and #3 can be accessed from Wards Ferry Road. During this time, CVCC will be installing traffic calming measures on Harvard Street.

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