The ACE program has release initial feedback regarding the updated GED testing. It has been slow going according to the Adult Continuing Education of Central Virginia. In January, a new online version of the test was launched; it is not only more expensive than the paper version, but also is described as more difficult. Students who took the paper test but failed to complete all of the sections by Dec. 31 were forced to begin the process a new. As of last month, only 42 test-takers had successfully completed and passed the new test statewide. CLICK HERE to learn more about the new test and the ACE program.
A Forest-based manufacturing company is set to complete wood flooring for several sections of the new 49ers’ Levi Stadium. More than an acre of wood will go into several section of San Francisco’s first new NFL stadium since 1960. Nydree Flooring has been working on the design for nearly two years and the actual installation began late in January of this year. Sources say about 20 percent of the wood used, will be reclaimed red oak, recycled from out-of-use barns, warehouses and other buildings. The recycled wood is being used for club seating, a fan store area and the Hall of Fame. CLICK HERE for the story on the company’s blog – OR- visit Levisstadium.com for more on the new stadium.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ Liberty University plans to open a new Center for Music & the Worship Arts in 2015. The 144,000-square-foot building will house a 1,600-seat fine arts auditorium, two student recital halls and classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios, and piano, songwriting and music computer labs.
Liberty officials broke ground for the project on Friday. It’s part of the Lynchburg school’s $500 million campus rebuilding phase.
Liberty says in a news release that the building’s educational wing is scheduled to be completed by the 2015 fall semester. The auditorium is expected to open later that semester.
A Bedford County woman will spend six months in jail for assault. Jessica Blair Hiner pleaded no contest in September 2013 to one count of an unlawful wounding that took place in December 2012. But was found guilty on Friday to an amended charge of assault and battery; and sentenced to 12 months with all but the six months suspended.
Despite construction of three wireless communication towers last year– dead spots continue to plague cellphone coverage along the Rt. 60 corridor in Amherst County…BUT change is coming… County officials recently contacted Verizon Wireless to reminded the provider of their commitment to the community and the need to work together to solve the coverage problems. Prior to 2012, an ordinance limited communications towers height to 50 feet, but it was changed to allow for 120-foot poles to accommodate upgrades to service. Construction on three towers have been underway since last year; two of which are currently in service BUT only for data service and not yet for voice. Sources say Verizon has been made more fully aware of the county’s focus on the public safety aspects and the need for reliable cellphone coverage in the entire county.
A Lynchburg man was hospitalized this weekend after receiving several stab wounds to his chest and stomach area; and another city man is now in custody charged with malicious wounding. 29 year old, Jamel Owen Davis is accused of climbing through a window at a home on Pierce Street, Saturday morning and stabbing 33-year-old Michael Payne multiple times. Payne is recovering in the hospital.
Lynchburg police are investigating a shooting that left one city man recovering from two gunshot wounds to his abdomen this weekend. The incident took place around 11:15 p.m. Friday night near Charlotte Street and Early Street. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact crime stoppers. Click Here for Crime Stoppers link.
Bedford County officials today are expected to decide whether to increase the real estate tax. If approved, it will be the first rate increase in 12 years. In March, The Board of Supervisors voted to advertise a 3-cent real estate tax rate hike for Fiscal Year 2015 set to begin July 1. Sources say the increase faced opposition and gained some support from residence at a public hearing last week. The board has a work session, before voting during the 7:30 p.m. meeting
A Lynchburg man will spend the next nine plus years in prison for abduction and other charges. Floyd Wesley Bouldin III was charged with breaking into a home, holding up his child’s mother at gunpoint and forcing her to drive to their child’s day care. Bouldin pleaded not guilty to the charges in October; arguing that he had permission to be at the house and that the altercation was one the victim started—he was found guilty for abduction, burglary, strangulation causing bodily injury, possessing a firearm as a felon and using a firearm while committing a felony; he was also convicted of six misdemeanor counts of violating protective orders. The judge sentence Bouldin on Friday to 48 years on all felony counts and suspended the time after nine years served, adding 180 days on the six misdemeanors.