As part of the First Fridays series, The Lynchburg Museum is exhibiting a number of objects from the Point of Honor Collection. The items belong to Katharine Garland Diggs. Upon her death in 1971, Miss Diggs donated money for the establishment of a public museum in Lynchburg. The money she left was used to begin the restoration of Point of Honor and to establish a trust fund for its future. She also bequeathed many of her personal and family belongings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s those items that will be on display for the First Friday of March. The collection includes jewelry, family photographs, glassware, a family cookbook, and a portrait; the items will remain on display through the weekend. The collection can be viewed free of charge on Friday, March 7 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Ceramic pottery made by local artisans has been donated! The Academy of Fine Arts is partnering with the Daily Bread to present the Empty Bowls benefit on Saturday. The Empty Bowl project is an international program that raises money to feed the poor. Millions have been raised in events worldwide. Donated hand-crafted bowls will be sold; participants purchasing a ticket to the event will receive meal of soup and bread for their bowl. The event will be held at the Academy of Fine Arts on March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To purchase tickets online, visit: www.academyfinearts.com.
Fostering resilience in children following a trauma or loss will be the focus of a two day event in Lynchburg that begins tonight. Kid’s Haven invited a nation expert to host the two day discussion on helping kids cope with loss. The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families is a peer-support program for those who’ve experienced the death of a family member or friend. Founded in 1982 in Oregon, the DougyCenter provides support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. A free community talk will be held at 7pm evening at Presbyterian Homes and Family Services. A full-day seminar is planned for Friday. To learn more visit: www.kidshavenlynchburg.org
A logging accident in CampbellCounty on Wednesday afternoon sent one man to the hospital. Authorities say a group was cutting down a pine tree deep in the wood in the Gladys community around 12:30 when the tree struck one worker breaking his leg. The injured logger did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
According to preliminary findings release on Tuesday, The James River is violating legal bacteria levels. Now the Department of Environmental Quality is asking for public comment in redeveloping a study on sources of the pollution. The river’s 19 sections and its tributaries have been examined; Violations were found in streams and other water bodies in Lynchburg and Amherst, Bedford and Campbell counties. According to the News & Advance, The total maximum daily load study, which examines the amount of bacteria a body of water can handle to meet standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency was last completed in 2007. It is being redeveloped to update combined sewer overflows strategy. The public comment period end on April 3; visit: www.region2000.org/environmental-services.
Lynchburg School officials are awaiting a ruling on their request for dismissal of a racial discrimination lawsuit against the School Board. A former maintenance worker filed suit in January, claiming that he was denied two promotions, in 2007 and 2009 because he is African-American. He alleges he was terminated in 2012 in retaliation for complaining that less-qualified white employees were being promoted ahead of him.
The Lima Company Memorial: The Eyes of Freedom arrives in Lynchburg Friday. The painting memorial depicts 23 fallen Marines from the Lima Company which faced high casualties during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The motorcade is expected to pass by the weekly troops support rally at Monument Terrace tomorrow, on its way to the CallahamBuilding on Commerce Street, where it will be on display from 5 p.m. Friday through noon next Thursday. To learn more about the memorial, visit: www.limacompanymemorial.org .
The Nelson County arson/murder trial continues today. Linda Campbell Blackwell is charged with multiple counts including first-degree murder in the death of a family friend. August of 2009 was the first fire at the home which left her husband with severe burns, and killed James Shelton. The same house caught fire in February of 2012 and again in May of 2013. Blackwell also faces three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and three counts of burning a dwelling; she pleaded not guilty to all seven charges. Prosecutors on Wednesday said the three fires in four years were intentionally set to collect insurance money.
A state-mandated stormwater requirements meant for construction and development projects has been implemented in CampbellCounty. The Board of Supervisors adopted the ordinance following a public hearing on Tuesday. The ordinance would place the stormwater management plan and corresponding permitting process under county management, as required by the state. Each Virginia locality is required to adopt an ordinance and fee structure by May 15 and assume management of the program July 1. Along with the erosion and sediment laws already in place, the mandate means higher fee structure and more stringent technical criteria for water quality and pollution reduction.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg is looking for SKYWARN® spotters to help identify and describe severe local storms. WLNI’s Velvet Hall has details:
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