SEC Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

sthside electrc prodiverCrewe – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is recognizing Friday, April 18, 2014, as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hardworking individuals who work often in challenging conditions to keep the power on. We are recognizing all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep the power on and protect the public’s safety.
“Electric linemen do not always receive the recognition they deserve,” said Jeff Edwards, SEC president & CEO. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions far from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to their communities. Our own linemen, as well as those from all across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition.”
SEC invites members to take a moment to thank a lineman for the work they do. Drop a note to us on our website or show your support on our Facebook page @ www.fb.com/SouthsideElectric.
Headquartered in Crewe, Virginia, SEC is a member-owned distribution electric utility serving more than 48,000 members throughout southern and central Virginia. For news releases and other information about SEC, please go to: www.sec.coop, or visit us on Facebook & Twitter.

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Man Charged With Dozens of Sex Crimes

Kenneth Alan SprattA judge found probable cause to send 36 felony charges involving sexual crimes filed against a man to a Nelson County grand jury. 56 year old, Kenneth Alan Spratt is accused of engaging in sexual behavior involved three girls younger than 13–the incidents are reported to have taken place between April 2012 and January 2014. According to media outlets, Spratt was recently employed by the Amherst County Public Schools in the transportation department. He was arrested Feb. 18; the case will be heard by a grand jury on May 27.

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Campbell County Will Likely NOT See Tax Increase

CampbellCountyCampbell County officials have forwarded the fiscal year 2015 budget to a public hearing after a budget workshop Tuesday afternoon. The budget has no changes; with no tax increases are being advertised for the county after a split vote by the Board of Supervisors. According to the Altavista Journal, once the board advertises, the tax rates could not be raised for the budget year, but they could be decreased. The rates and the county’s proposed $127.8 million budget are set for a public hearing during the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 6. The supervisors will meet in a final budget workshop on May 20 and will vote on the budget at that time.

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Crash Snarled Traffic During Lynchburg Rush Hour

Two people were sent to the hospital following a crash yesterday afternoon. Authorities say local rush hour traffic had to be redirected for hours as emergency and utility crews responded to the scene on Fort Avenue. Two vehicles collided near Sandusky Drive; one of them caught fire and hit a utility pole. One driver and a passenger child were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver has been charged with failure to yield the right of way.

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Incentives Agreement for Volunteers Moves Forward

amherst county logoAmherst County will move forward with an agreement to offer incentives in an effort to boost volunteerism within the ranks of the county’s volunteer fire departments and rescue squads. 41 emergency services volunteers who met established criteria will receive a financial a one-time cash reward of $500 each. Supervisors are expected to consider expanding the bonus program to subsequent years.

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Amherst County School Budget Is Expected To Pass This Month

AmherstCountyPublicSchoolsAmherst County Public Schools will receive the same level of funding in the coming year, as in the previous year. The Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted to appropriate level funding to the school system. According to the New Era Progress, the motion to level- fund the schools was an attempt to balance the budget without a tax increase. A newly established divisional efficiency study, will attempt to identify and recommend cost-saving measures within the school system, and officials will likely implement recommendations by consultants. The budget is set for adoption later this month.

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One Of Two Suspects Sentenced in Hotel Hold-Up

Randall Lee ComptonA Gretna man will spend 24 years in prison for his part in robbing a couple at gunpoint at the Day’s Inn hotel in Altavista last April. 23 year old, Randall Lee Compton was convicted in August on two counts each of robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony, and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. Co-defendant, Daeshawn Lamont Rendon entered an Alford plea on his charges in January; he is set for sentencing May 28.

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Credit card thieves may be targeting I81 corridor

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Authorities are asking for help identifying two men suspected of using stolen credit cards at stores in multiple jurisdictions. Police say the men may be targeting college campuses along the Interstate 81 corridor.

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Two chilly W&L students rescued after getting lost in wilderness area

Devil's Marbleyard (RoanokeOutside.com)

Devil’s Marbleyard
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NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (AP) _ An emergency official says two Washington & Lee University students were chilly but uninjured after they became lost while hiking and spent the night in the James River Face Wilderness.  Rockbridge County Emergency Management coordinator Robert Foresman says searchers reached the students around 4:15 a.m. Thursday at Devil’s Marbleyard.  Foresman says the students were among four who were hiking at Devil’s Marbleyard on Wednesday evening when they became lost. The other two students were quickly found.   He says one student rescued Thursday was wearing a T-shirt and shorts. Temperatures dropped to around 28 degrees Wednesday night.   One firefighter twisted a knee during the search. Another was taken to a hospital after feeling ill. Devil’s Marbleyard is an inclined rock field of boulders.

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Pierce Street Historic Markets Will Soon Be At Seven

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has approved two more historic markers for Pierce Street in Lynchburg. The neighborhood is rich with black history; and the markers will bring the total number to seven along the notable street. The signs commemorate the Amelia Perry Pride Dorchester Home, a retirement community for freed slaves, and Camp Davis, a Civil War camp that became a refuge for freed slaves during Reconstruction. The buildings no longer exist, though local historians had to provide extensive documentation with each application; the markers are expected to be up before the fall of the year.

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