Pittsylvania County officials have planned a visit animal shelters in our area tomorrow. The Board of Supervisors and staff will be touring the Lynchburg Animal Shelter, which has not opened yet, on Old Graves Mill Road and the Amherst County Animal Shelter, to gather information and gain a better perspective on design elements to consider for a new facility in their county. Pittsylvania County Supervisors voted in September to pursue a long-term strategy to build a new animal shelter. Architecture consultants will present a report to supervisors in March, the board is expected to review the study before deciding on the matter.
The Centers for Disease Control released a warning today cases of the flu is spreading throughout the state. Flu cases continue to grow across the county and the flu season isn’t even close to being over yet. Health officials say the current flu vaccine isn’t working well against one common strain; so far this season, there have been 56 cases of child deaths; three have died here in Virginia. The CDC reports that flu in Virginia is now widespread – updated from about a month ago when it was just regional. Doctors say still get vaccinated, even though one strain isn’t working because there are still many other strains going around.
A local relator is looking for artistic tenants for a former factory in Bedford. Steve Drake is the real estate agent marketing the old Hampton Looms property; he says he sees the giant factory building as something different than what it housed in the past there are more than 100 working artists in Bedford County; .Drake says all he needs are creative ideas and people who could support things like galleries, museums, or perhaps a concert hall.
THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AND THE VIRGINIA MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE HAS ISSUED AN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD MEDIA ALERT ON BEHALF OF THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ON 1/28/15 AT 1145 HOURS. THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR AYSIA MONIQUE LEWIS, 16 YEARS OF AGE, HEIGHT 5’3, WEIGHT 155 LBS, WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAIR, WEARING: BLUE JEANS, BLACK FLEECE JACKET AND TAN MOCCASINS.
THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN AT CHRISTIANSBURG HIGH SCHOOL. THE CHILD MAY BE IN THE COMPANY OF DONALD QUESENBERRY. THE SUBJECT IS DESCRIBED AS, 33 YEARS OF AGE, HEIGHT 5’7 FEET, WEIGHT 195 LBS, WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAIR.
THE SUBJECT MAY BE DRIVING 2002 NISSAN ALTIMA 4D WITH ILLINOIS REGISTRATION V975074. POSSIBLY HEADING SOUTH TO FLORIDA
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
PLEASE CONTACT THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 540-382-3131 OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT 1-800-822-4453. (1-800-VACHILD)
He was in Lynchburg signing copies of his new book yesterday … you hear him every morning on the “Huckabee Report” … former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee also spoke to WLNI’s Gene Marrano yesterday:
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in December, marking the state’s lowest unemployment rate since October 2008. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 5 percent in November and down from 5.2 percent a year ago. The Virginia Employment Commission says job gains were seen in six major industries, including leisure and hospitality and total government. Job losses were recorded in five other industries, including construction. Virginia has seen jobless rates of 4.9 percent during several months over the last year. But the last time the rate went below that was in October 2008 when it was 4.5 percent. The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 42 states in December, rose in four states and were unchanged in four. The national unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.
The City of Lynchburg will hold a public meeting to discuss the upcoming renovations to the parking deck at the Lynchburg Community Market and to provide information regarding a pilot on-street metered parking program in downtown. The parking deck has deteriorated and the weight limit has been posted as three tons. To help enforce the lower limits, a new entrance will be built off of Main Street to separate heavier truck traffic from lighter automobile traffic. When it comes to the on-street metered parking, officials say the current one hour and two hour time limit parking sings in the Community Market and Main Street areas are not creating the vehicle turn over that is needed for retailers and merchants in the area. The program would implement meter pay stations similar to what is already in place on the Midtown Parking Deck and in the parking lot on the corner of Main and Commerce Streets. The meeting is at the Lynchburg Community Market on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. on February 5th.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Republican-led House committee has killed a proposal to raise Virginia’s minimum wage. The House Committee on Commerce and Labor voted Tuesday to table a proposal aimed at raising incrementally the state’s minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour by 2010. Proponents included liberal activists and labor officials. They said raising the state’s current minimum wage would help low-income workers escape poverty. But business groups said raising the minimum wage would result in higher unemployment and hurt Virginia’s business climate. The committee also tabled several other Democratic proposals, including a measure to ban pay discrimination based on sex and to enact new regulations for companies that provide short-term, high-interest rate loans.
LYNCHBUG, Va. (AP) _ Liberty University has named Ronald Hawkins as provost. Hawkins had served as interim provost since Ronald Godwin retired last fall. Liberty President Jerry Falwell announced Hawkins’ appointment in a news release. He says Hawkins has been a stalwart at Liberty for decades. Godwin has served in the provost’s office since 2006. He was vice president for academic affairs and vice provost prior to being named interim provost. Godwin also was the founding dean of the new School of Behavioral Sciences, which was created last fall. He served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 2000 to 2006. Falwell says Godwin was a professor at Liberty in the early 1980s when he was a student.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Senate has narrowly defeated a proposal to allow voter registration by political party. The measure was rejected Tuesday on a largely party-line 21-19 vote in the Republican-controlled chamber, with Republicans backing the bill and Democrats opposing it. Two moderate Republicans, Sens. Walter Stosch of Henrico County and John Watkins of Powhatan County, broke ranks and voted “no.” Both have announced they’ll retire at the end of this session. The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Mark Obenshain of Rockingham County, said it would bring Virginia into conformity with most other states, which ask people registering to vote if they’d like to state a party preference. He said the bill would give parties more control over their nominating process. Opponents said it would discourage voter participation and increase partisanship.