RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A judge has rejected a request to dismiss charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in their corruption trial. The couple’s attorneys argued in court Friday that the prosecution had failed to prove the McDonnells had violated any laws. Judge James R. Spencer denied the motions. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday after nearly three weeks of testimony. The defense is set to begin presenting its case on Monday. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a dietary supplements maker in exchange for promoting his company’s products. They could face decades in prison if convicted.
Ed Tinsley was a 32-year-old Virginia State Trooper when the remnants of Hurricane Camille dumped 27 inches of rain on Nelson County, resulting in flooding that swept away whole families. That was August 19, 1969. Tinsley has vivid memories of washed out roads, poor communications and the search for survivors. He says about 125 people were killed, and many of those bodies were never found. The now-retired Tinsley will show pictures of the Nelson County flood and talk about his experiences at the Lynchburg Museum on Court Street Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock.
Tinsley talks about his experiences as a first-responder during the flood.
A microbiologist with the Food and Drug Administration took the stand yesterday, in the trial of former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell of Forest and two others. The F-D-A scientist testified that two of 92 environmental swabs done at the company’s Georgia plant tested positive for salmonella. The company is linked to a salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more.
While unseasonable cool weather is a welcomed change for most of us it’s increasing harvest woes for some area vineyards. Growers say while rain is a good thing, too much can take the sweetness out of fruits, especially grapes. Temperature and rain fall have a big impact on how grapes mature, and how a wine tastes. It’s all about ripeness. Danny Johnson, owner of Peaks Of Otter Winery said on certain varieties, the crop is down 10 percent.
Brookneal has a new performing arts center…and it is becoming a real success story for the small Campbell County town. It’s called “246 The Main.”—and it 17 months of renovations at the old plastics factory on Main Street before it was transformed into what it is today…a stage with theater seating. Donnalynn Davis, the facility’s owner, and her husband, Carl, have watched major employers close and families move away from Brookneal but they have faith in their town so far it has been a hit; The opening play “Clare Voyant” has attracted 80 to 90 people for each show—that show wraps up this weekend.
This is the weekend for the Every Pet is Perfect Parade. Save Our Animal Rescues, also known as SOAR, provides financial assistance for animals in need of life-saving medical or surgical care who otherwise would be euthanized. A fundraising event will be held on Sunday at the Sweet Briar College Riding Center in Amherst. Bring your pet for a day of friendly competition; prizes will be awarded for best grin, best trick, most spots, loudest bark and best in show. Gates open at noon. Visit: www.soarva.org for more information.
Local firefighters have been filling boots for MDA for six decades! Members of the Lynchburg Fire Department Local 1146, together with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership during the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease across the region. Funds raised this year will help support MDA’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support. Three shifts of fire-fighters will fan out across the city filling boots during the week of August 25th.