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.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe is celebrating his administration’s accomplishments during its first 100 days in office. The Democratic governor gathered state agency heads at the Library of Virginia on Monday to enumerate improvements Virginia has made in the economy, transportation, health care, education and other areas. McAuliffe says his administration has helped create more than 5,000 jobs since coming into office in January. Republican lawmakers have been critical of the governor’s early tenure. Democrats and Republicans remain deadlocked on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to as many as 400,000 low income residents. The GOP opposes any expansion, which is McAuliffe’s top legislative priority. The impasse has led to a protracted stalemate over the state’s proposed two-year budget, which could lead to a government shutdown.
The Lynchburg Public Library will be one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across the U.S. supporting World Book Night 2014. Over 25,000 volunteers from across the country will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities. The Lynchburg Public Library will serve as a community base for local givers, receiving the books that will be distributed. World Book Night will take place this Wednesday at the Library on Memorial Avenue. CLICK HERE to learn more about the local event –OR- visit us.worldbooknight.org
The 42nd Appomattox Railroad Festival will remain a two-day event. The Appomattox Town Council announced last year that the private sector needed to take over the festival because the Town’s budget could no longer withstand that kind of taxpayer investment. And so, for the first time without the oversight of the Town, a special committee of volunteer citizens has taken on the responsibility of putting on the annual festival this fall. The railroad festival committee is in the process of securing 501-3-C non-profit status and seeking sponsorships. The event is planned for Oct. 11-12. CLICK HERE to learn more about the event.
Kindergarten registration in Campbell County will be held this week. The County’s schools will be holding the kindergarten sign-up on Wednesday. In order to attend kindergarten for the 2014-15 school session, the child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 of this year. Parents with children eligible for kindergarten should contact the school in their attendance zone prior to April 23 to schedule a registration time. Registration will be held at each elementary school from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Pre-kindergarten registration will also be held April 23. CLICK HERE for additional information and required forms for registration.