After operating for 70 years, the VFW in Altavista has given up its charter. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4165 had served numerous veterans and their families over the years; but was returned to the state chapter on May 28. According to an article in the Altavista Journal this week, the post couldn’t get enough members to fill the 10 officer positions; it had 48 members when it folded…most of whom were life members. American Legion Memorial Post 36 in Altavista will carry out the military display at funerals.
The transformation of the former Amherst County Jail is undergoing its finishing touches. The building, which once housed more than 100 inmates, has been repurposed. Once construction is completed, it will serve as additional office space to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office… in addition to providing emergency shelter needs for the county’s residents. The $2.5 million project is expected to be completed at the end of the month; and will likely serve the law enforcement needs for the next 40 or 50 years.
Beginning on Monday, one lane of the U.S 460 Appomattox bypass will be closed…and delays are likely for about a week. According to VDOT, The right lane and shoulder of the bypass around the Town of Appomattox will be closed between the Virginia 24 bridge and the Virginia 26 bridge, while crews work to remove and replace a concrete slab on the westbound part of the highway. It is anticipated to reopen by Monday, July 28… however, that deadline is dependent upon weather and other conditions.
The American Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood to help prevent a blood shortage. Due to summer vacations and activities, regular donors may not find time to give. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days. All blood types are needed. For more information or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
One of the men found guilty of assaulting a man who was found dead in his car is appealing the judge’s decision. Devin Daniel appeared in Pittsylvania County General District Court Tuesday. A judge found him along with Brandon Walker and Corey Holt guilty. Daniel was sentenced to two months in jail, but is appealing. Walker received a one month sentence and Holt will spend five days behind bars. A juvenile was also charged in this case. 19 year old Charles Michael Abbott was found dead in his car after a party in Blairs last August. The Medical Examiner later ruled his gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
Lynchburg native has been nominated for a federal judgeship on the U.S. Tax Court. 47 year old, Cary Douglas Pugh appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance for a confirmation hearing Wednesday. The committee did not act on the nomination Wednesday…but, according to the News & Advance, if appointed, Pugh would be the second person with Lynchburg ties to serve on the court; and would serve a 15-year term.
The sentencing for the man convicted of murdering his mother-in-law in her Lynchburg home has been delayed. Fifty-year-old Scott Miles was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday … but has been postponed until September 12th. A jury convicted Miles in March for fatally beating 86-year-old Lynda Slocum. A jury recommended Miles face a sentence of 35 years for the crime. A judge can impose a lower sentence than the jury’s recommendation but cannot exceed it.
One of the eight people in Lynchburg facing murder charges in last month’s drive-by shooting death of Lawrence Giusto .. has been denied bond. The News & Advance reports prosecutors called 18-year-old Jakiel Benson a risk to the community. The judge agreed on Wednesday and denied bond. Benson faces first-degree murder and firearms charges.
Belk is offering free mammograms to women through mobile screenings in Lynchburg and Roanoke. To be eligible, women have to be 40 or older, have no breast concerns, have not had mammogram in the last year and must have a primary care doctor. To schedule an appointment, call 855-655-BMMC (2662). The screenings are from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 29th at Lynchburg’s River Ridge Mall and on July 31st at Roanoke’s Valley View Mall.