A Judge earlier this month ruled in favor of Amherst County, and now the Phelps Road school is officially slated for the auction block. The former Madison Heights Elementary School opened in the 1930s, but closed more than 20 years ago. In June 2013, county building officials condemned the structure. County officials requested auction of the building and its property for delinquent taxes in excess of two years. The judge has not granted a request to demolish the structure while an appeal to the demolition is pending. In December, an apparent arson attempt occurred in the hallway of the school.
Lynchburg City Council is expected to continue its budget talks today. Discussions will likely include a proposed pay raise for city and school employees, and a presentation on the bond issuance to pay for Heritage High School and other capital projects. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. this evening City Hall.
Randolph College was named one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges across the country; it is one of 14 colleges in Virginia; and the only locally to be recognized in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges”. Schools were chosen based a 2013 survey of administrators to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
The Campbell County School Board on Monday discussed a two part plan designed to assist with increasing the graduation rate. The News & Advance reports, the school administrator’s office found that students who were held back in elementary school or middle school were more likely to drop out of high school, even if they otherwise were on track to graduate. The goal is to help those students get through high school in three years and catch up with their age group. According to the article, beginning next school year, high school credit courses will be offered at the middle school level; giving students the opportunity to earn three high school credits to catch up with their peers.
An event highlighting spoken word exchange of letters throughout the Civil War by Charles Minor Blackford and his wife Susan will be shared in Lynchburg. The correspondences lasted from the time he rode off to First Manassas until the Fall of Richmond. The letters eventually became the subject of “Love Letters of Lynchburg,” a series of live readings held across the country. The letters will be shared locally at a performance next Tuesday April 29, in Liberty University’s Tower Theater. The event is being presented by The National Civil War Chaplains Museum. CLICK HERE for event details and ticket information.
Virginia is getting ready to auction off millions of dollars’ worth of items that have gone unclaimed and ended up in state-managed storage. The state Treasury Department tries to find the items’ rightful owners, but storage space is not unlimited, so some of the jewelry, furniture, coins and other items eventually go on sale. The proceeds go to a fund to support Virginia public schools. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
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From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call Monday morning at 9:18 a.m. reporting a deceased male hiker on the Appalachian Trail. The caller, who was not hiking with the deceased, advised the body was located at Matts Creek’s Shelter. Bedford County Fire and Rescue units along with Bedford County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene. After arriving on the scene, deputies interviewed several hikers who said they talked to the victim late yesterday. They advised that the victim commented “he wasn’t having a good day”. At this time foul play is not suspected in the death. The body is being transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for autopsy. The name and age of the victim is not being released pending notification of family.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A former University of Virginia associate dean has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. Michael G. Morris pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of distributing or receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The 50-year-old Crozet resident entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. Morris faces up to 20 years in prison on the distribution and receipt charges and up to 10 years in prison on the possession charge. U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says Morris possessed more than 1,000 images of child pornography and child erotica. Morris made many of these images available on a file sharing website. At the time of his arrest in November 2013, Morris was an associate dean at U.Va.’s McIntyre School of Commerce.