Amherst Puts Itself on a Map

Town of AmherstThe Town of Amherst has put itself on the map…literally! A map that showcases Amherst County’s businesses; and landmarks is now available in both paper form and online. The map was created after town officials expressed interest in securing the services of a marketing expert to help the locality promote the many attractions and services available. Maps of both the town of Amherst and the surrounding county can be obtained in paper form at Amherst Town Hall OR to view an online version visit: www.onthemapamherst.com.

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Curbside Recycling Program Coming to Altavista

Altavista_LogoA curbside recycling program in Altavista is growing. The curbside recycling program started with 40 households in July the number has now increased to 56. The project is a 12-month pilot; and officials for both the recycling company and town are pleased that the venture is exceeding their expectations. Some participants were able to get in on a free or reduced rate. The cost is now $15 a month. Altavista doesn’t get any revenue from the program. According to the Altavista Journal, the materials collected go to a recycling company in Madison Heights, where they are baled, and then to a sorting facility.

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Va. election official calls for equipment review

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia elections official is calling for a review of the status of voting equipment in the state. Voting equipment malfunctions were reported in almost a dozen localities during the Nov. 4 general election. Virginia Department of Elections commissioner Edgardo Cortes tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that there’s no reason to believe the malfunctions were intentional. He says election officials want to conduct a full review so there’s no question. Cortes told the State Board of Elections on Monday that the malfunctions appear to be related to aging equipment. Cortes also told the board that almost 800 provisional ballots were cast in the election because voters didn’t have valid identification under Virginia’s new photo ID law.

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Liberty is going to the big dance

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For the first time in school history the Liberty Flames football team is headed to the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs after upsetting number one Coastal Carolina…. Liberty plays at number 15 James Madison this Saturday. WLNI’s Gene Marrano has more on that:

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UVA students present united front as Board of Visitors meets today on sexual assault

UVA-LogoThe University of Virginia Board of Visitors meets today to discuss university policies and procedures regarding sexual assault. As they do, student leaders say it’s time for everyone on campus to say “enough”.  All this comes in response to a Rolling Stone article in which a female student describes a gang rape at a UVA frat house.  WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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DMV expands 3-year registration option

DMVRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering three-year registration renewals at its customer service centers. The DMV announced the move Monday. Previously, customers visiting DMV offices could renew for one or two years. Three-year renewals have been available online for several years, though, and last year more than 71,000 customers chose that option.Three-year renewals aren’t available in northern Virginia localities that require emissions inspections, which are good for only two years.Vehicle owners who renew their registration for two years receive a $2 discount, while those who renew for three years get a $3 break. Online renewals are discounted by an additional $1.

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Black Friday discounts offered at Virginia ABC stores

Alcoholic Beveridge Control (ABC)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control stores will again offer discounts on Black Friday this year. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says all of its stores will offer 10 percent off any purchases totaling $50 or more before taxes. Lottery and gift cards are excluded from consideration. ABC Chairman Jeff Painter says the discounts allow customers to buy premium brands at reduced prices for gifts and holiday entertaining. Last year, ABC sales on the day after Thanksgiving totaled more than $5 million, down about 15 percent from the same day in 2012. Customers also will be able to register for a special drawing for an $80 gift card in honor of the agency’s 80th anniversary. The drawing will be Dec. 17.

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Virginia election official calls for equipment review

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia elections official is calling for a review of the status of voting equipment in the state. Voting equipment malfunctions were reported in almost a dozen localities during the Nov. 4 general election. Virginia Department of Elections commissioner Edgardo Cortes tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1rnh9iJ ) that there’s no reason to believe the malfunctions were intentional. He says election officials want to conduct a full review so there’s no question. Cortes told the State Board of Elections on Monday that the malfunctions appear to be related to aging equipment. Cortes also told the board that almost 800 provisional ballots were cast in the election because voters didn’t have valid identification under Virginia’s new photo ID law.

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U.Va. frat leader “sickened” by rape allegation

UVA-LogoCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The president of the University of Virginia’s Inter-Fraternity Council says he was sickened by a female student’s account of being gang-raped by seven men at a fraternity. Tommy Reid discussed the account, published recently in Rolling Stone magazine, during a news conference called by student leaders at the campus Monday. The school suspended activities at all campus fraternal organizations on Saturday in response to the Rolling Stone article, which claimed the school had a hidden culture of sexual violence. The president of the Student Council, Jalen Ross, called the story a “wake-up call” for the university. The student leaders called for solutions but offered few specifics. Ashley Brown, president of One Less, a sexual assault education group on campus, says change won’t happen overnight.

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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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