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.
The new six-year road improvement plan released by the state last week will likely fully fund the biggest local project in Lynchburg. The plan would extend Odd Fellows Road to connect Rt. 460/29; including related improvements such as pedestrian walkways, turn lanes and roundabouts. The other project listed is the completion of widening of Greenview Drive to Leesville Road. Officials say the multi-part combined project could be completed within five years. The draft plan is now being circulating for public comment. CLICK HERE to view the proposed six-year improvement plan.
City officials are looking for input on its new prepaid trash bag system. Comments and suggestions can be posted online at Lynchburg is Listening, a web based forum where the public can weigh in on a variety of city issues. CLICK HERE to have your thoughts and/or ideas heard
Amherst County Habitat for Humanity has suspended construction until next season. In normal years, work to build the homes would begin in March or April. But this year, at least one potential homeowner has been informed that the process will be delays due to funding concerns. The organization has built 32 homes locally; but organizers say construction on the newest home will not begin until the 2015 fiscal year. The New Era Progress reports, the nonprofit organization instead will provide critical housing repairs under its A Brush with Kindness program to members of the community who otherwise could not afford to pay for services, such as weatherization, painting, or fixing mold issues or water damage.
The candidates for Lynchburg City Council will meet for a forum at 7 p.m. tonight at the Jubilee Center on Florida Ave. This is the last announced forum of the election. It is free and open to the public. This election is a citywide race for council’s three at-large seats. Each Lynchburg voter can vote for up to three candidates. Election Day is May 6.
The Nelson County Board of Supervisors, last week, voted to increase two tax rates in the coming fiscal year. The new rates for real property and personal property taxes are effective retroactively as of Jan. 1, with the first billing due June 5. The News & Advance reports, altogether, the changes in tax rates along with the decrease in property values were estimated to generate a net in-crease of roughly $211,000 in county revenue for this fiscal year. According to the article, setting the property tax rates is a prerequisite to the board being able to work through the county’s budget; once a final draft is complete, a public hearing will be held.
Beginning this month, the City’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project will cause the closure of much of Riverfront Park until at least next spring. Several large events that have previously been held at Riverfront Park have been moved to accommodate construction. Including the upcoming Lynchburg Music Festival planned on Saturday. During construction, much of the park at Jefferson Street will be fenced to prevent public access. Partial closures or re-routings of nearby trails and parking lots are anticipated for brief periods, and signage will be in place with alternate route information. CLICK HERE for the list of events and substitute venues.
From the Transportation Security Administration:
An Indiana man was arrested after he was caught with a loaded gun in the side pocket of his carry-on bag by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Lynchburg Regional Airport yesterday afternoon (April 17). The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the handgun in the man’s carry-on as it passed along the conveyor belt. The man is a resident of Bedford, IN. The man placed his carry-on bag on the checkpoint conveyor belt to pass through the checkpoint, and that’s where the TSA officer spotted the .38 caliber handgun, which was loaded with five rounds.
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