Campbell County officials last week reviewed information regarding cluster developments. Also known as “open space development”–the concept, groups homes and structures on a smaller, designated portion of a development parcel, preserving the remaining un-built area as open space; The state requires that a locality allow cluster developments if its population grows 10 percent or more. But, according to the Altavista Journal, in the last census, the County’s population growth was about 7 percent. The Board of Supervisors still has the option of adopting cluster developments and developers could decide whether or not to take the option. A workshop will be held before a final decision is made on the matter.
The president of the Lynchburg Hillcats has died. Rex Angel was 85 years old. He died yesterday afternoon from complications from a fall he suffered at his home on December 4th. Angel had been a member of the Lynchburg Baseball Corporation since it started in 1965. Hillcats General Manager Paul Sunwall called Angel’s passing “a great loss for the Hillcats and Lynchburg.”
Lynchburg Police are looking for two men who robbed a woman as she was seated in her car last night on the 600 block of Fauquier Street. They pointed guns, demanded money and took off on foot. Police are not disclosing how much money have been taken. Police say they have warrants for 24-year-old Antonio Oshay Smith, and they are working to determine the identity of the second suspect.
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Lynchburg’s tourism board met for the last time yesterday. The current management agreement between the city and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce concludes at the end of the month. The tourism board will be reestablished under a new structure. The decision to take the program in-house came about after negotiations to renew the contract failed amid disagreements over financial terms and other commitments. According to the News & Advance, the city is launching an internal tourism department on Jan. 1. Current tourism staffers have been offered jobs with the city.
Hunters for the Hungry will receive a $50,000 grant today. The financial gift from the Walmart Foundation will cover some of the expense of processing this season. The Big Island-based nonprofit founded in 1991 provides free venison to hungry families across the state. This year, Hunters for the Hungry looks to provide 370,000 pounds of meat. This money will cover the expense for more than 1,000 deer and nearly 55,000 pounds of the meat which will be donated to area food banks.
The Lynchburg Planning Commission on Wednesday had a lengthy debate regarding a proposed AT&T tower on Langhorne Road. AT&T requested a permit to install a 145-foot telecommunications tower, but during a public comments period at yesterday’s meeting, neighbors spoke against it. According to AT&T, the tower would be disguised to resemble a pine tree and would be put up in a large wooded area set back from its nearest neighbor. The planning commission voted against the tower and the recommendation now will be forwarded on to City Council, which will have the final say in the matter. In September, the city granted permission for the same style of tower to be built behind Perrymont Elementary School. Construction on that AT&T project has not started yet.
Lynchburg City Council, this week approved extra money for the Heritage High School project; the measure passed despite some members expressing disapproval and a discussion regarding the disappointment on the growing tab, with the architects claiming additional funds for the project. The News & Advance reports, the nearly 560-thousand-dollars will be paid out as a one-time contract adjustment for changes in the project’s scope and construction estimates. According to the article, a second request to approve the use of the school division’s 2012-13 surplus, passed with minimal discussion.
Halifax County authorities are investigating the disappearance of a 61 year old man. Officials say James Oliver Brown, was last seen by a family member on Thanksgiving Day walking in the area of Neal’s Corner Road in Clover. Brown, is a black male, six feet tall, and weighs about 160 lbs. The Sheriff’s Office has requested the assistance of the public; if anyone has any information on the whereabouts of James Oliver Brown, to please contact the Halifax County Authorities.
Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery’s five historic museums will be open to the public on Sunday. The Mourning Museum, Pest House Medical Museum, Stapleton Station House and the Chapel all will be decorated for the holidays with seasonal greenery– There will also be hot cider and cookies. Visit: www.gravegarden.org for more information.
Authorities say the driver of a car involved in an accident yesterday morning may have had a medical condition before crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting a telephone pole on Old Forest Road. The crash occurred a little after 9 a.m. Tuesday; officials say the impact split the pole in half– According to Lynchburg police, the driver refused treatment at the scene. There has been no word on whether the driver faces charges.