The Old Dominion Job Corps has been building skills for career minded individuals for 5 decades. The Amherst County center celebrated the program’s 50 years last week. In 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act bill created a number of national programs, including Job Corps, which is a vocational-training program for low-income teenagers and young adults. Old Dominion provides training in a range of career; students also learn the soft skills necessary to keep and hold a job. In addition to training in their chosen trades, Job Corps students are expected to donate time as volunteers to various non-profits. A general educational development certificate can also be earned, for those individuals who did not complete high school. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says they are no longer looking for a white truck in connection with Wednesday morning’s store robberies. Authorities say they spoke with the owner of the truck and he lives in the area of the 7-11 on Route 460. They say he is not related to the robbery. WSET reports, investigators have no reason to believe a second person is involved.
The addition of a new medical facility in the Town of Amherst could help mitigate a shortage of health care professionals in the county. Amherst is federally recognized as medically underserved and since 2012, the community has been deemed low income. In June, Centra Health announced plans to build a $9 million ambulatory-care facility behind the Ambriar shopping center. The facility, which will also serve as a satellite office for patients in Blue Ridge, is expected to open in 2016.
A recent murder in Lynchburg has shed light on the issue of gun violence. Community leaders gathered on Thursday morning to discussing ways to end the culture of violence among the city’s young people. James Coleman of Churches United for Service tells WDBJ-7, that the group will organize around some critical areas. Community leaders say they plan to meet next month to identify two to three specific issues and come up with solutions to address those concerns. There after, the group plans to meet once a month and identify areas they can address collectively.
Motorists traveling through the commonwealth during the Labor Day weekend, can expect to see significant increased enforcement by the Virginia State Police. Troopers will provide stationary and roving patrols across Virginia’s roads looking for impaired drivers. The stepped-up law enforcement operations are part of the nationwide Drive to Save Lives campaign. Operation (C.A.R.E.) is also being implemented over the holiday; national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding and failure to use occupant restraints. The increased visibility and traffic enforcement efforts began at 12:01 this morning and will continuing through midnight Monday.
Some Campbell County voters will cast their ballots at a new location this November. The registrar’s office says the Gladys precinct poll will be moved to the Piedmont Community Impact building that’s the former Gladys Elementary School. Those affected by the change should receive new voter registration cars showing the new location early next month.
Bedford County School Board officials toured Thaxton Elementary and Bedford Primary schools last night to help determine which of the two schools will close. Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler told WDBJ-7 that it’s too early to say which way they are leaning toward, but they now feel like they have a better understanding of conditions in each school. A public hearing will take place on Tuesday at Liberty High School, and a decision is expected by September 11.
Lynchburg Police say they never intended to be insensitive when they released a mug shot photo of murder victim Shawn Moss, and they have apologized for creating that perception. Police say the purpose in releasing his photo was to get information to the public on short notice that would lead them to Shawn Moss’ killer. A different photo is now posted on the department’s Facebook page. Police continue to look for a man described as a “person of interest” in this week’s shooting death at 11th and Polk Streets — 24 year old Dominique Moss.
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A staff member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office will hold open office hours in Amherst County next week. Someone will be available on Behalf of the Congressman to meet with citizens, discuss any problems they have with the federal government and hear their views on current issues before Congress. The office hours will be held from: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Amherst County Administration Building; and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the River James Shopping Center Goodwill in Madison Heights.
Altavista has a brand new look and a new economic development program. The Campbell County town recently completed five phases of street-scape improvements that added new features to the downtown area. Linda Rodriguez, the Executive Director of Altavista on Track, an economic development agency tells WDBJ-7 that the “ Pop Up” Program is a comprehensive plan to bring new businesses into town. As part of the effort, organizers plan to survey town residents to learn what kinds of businesses they’d like see. The information will be used to recruit specific types of entrepreneurs.