Campbell County Secondary Schools Future Unclear

Campbell CountyThe future of Campbell County’s secondary schools is still unsure. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday failed to reach a consensus. The presentation touched on the costs of the two main options either to create an east/west campus system in lieu of the current middle and high schools or renovate the existing schools. Supervisors also discussed three scenarios on how to construct the new schools if the consolidation option is chosen. The school board still has time to come up with another alternative before the January deadline.

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Blue Ridge Optics Named Technology Company of the Year

Town of BedfordOn Tuesday the Region 2000 Technology Council named Blue Ridge Optics “Technology Company of the Year.” Blue Ridge Optics, is the only manufacturers in Virginia making their specific product attracting business from across the country, all while being headquartered in Bedford. WDBJ-7 reports, 80 percent of its workforce is made up of people from the town. The low cost of doing business in Bedford, combined with the town’s skilled workforce, has committed the owners to staying in our region as they grow.

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Fairfax gets warrant for UVa abduction suspect

Jesse Matthew, Jr.

Jesse Matthew, Jr.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ A judge in Fairfax County has issued a bench warrant to bring the man accused of abducting a missing University of Virginia student to Fairfax to face charges in a separate crime. Fairfax County prosecutors sought and received the bench warrant Thursday for Jesse Matthew. He’s charged with attempted capital murder and other charges in a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax City. Matthew is currently being held in the Charlottesville area on charges of kidnapping University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Officers searching for Graham found human remains on Saturday. The remains have not yet been identified. It’s not clear when Matthew will make an initial appearance in Fairfax. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh has indicated he will cooperate with prosecutors in the Graham case.

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All Hallows’ Eve Service To be Held at Old City Cemetery

All Hallows’ Eve Service

Friday, October 31, 2014

5:30 p.m.

 

Old City Cemetery Chapel

401 Taylor Street

Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

www.gravegarden.org

 

 

The annual All Hallows’ Eve service will be held in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. on Halloween, Friday, October 31.   The evening prayer service commemorates the dead and serves as a precursor to All Saints’ Day on November 1.  That ancient Celtic holiday celebrated the first day of the year, the end of the harvest, and the beginning of winter.  The All Hallows’ Eve service itself is spiritual and yet quirky with its elements of religious humor.

 

Coordinated by The Rev. Catharine W. Montgomery, Rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, the service is from the Book of Occasional Services and will be presented by Clergy of the Lynchburg Convocation of Episcopal Churches.

 

Following the service, refreshments will be served by the candlelight of jack-o-lanterns outside next to the Chapel.  The service is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Attendees are welcome to come in costume.

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Goodlatte Staff to Hold Open Door Meetings in Amherst County

WASHINGTON, DC – A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold open door community office hours next month in Amherst County. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to discuss any problems they might have with the federal government and hear their views on current issues before Congress.

 

Amherst Open Door Meeting          

November 4, 2014 – 1st Tuesday

9:00-10:30am

Amherst Co. Administration Building

Small Conf. Room

153 Washington St.

Amherst, VA

 

Madison Heights Open Door Meeting

November 4, 2014 – 1st Tuesday

11:00am-12:30pm

Goodwill

174 River James Shopping Center

Madison Heights, VA

 

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Campbell County Recreation Department Activities & Events – November/December 2014

A Christmas Day Camp for the kids, is one of many activities being offered through the upcoming Holiday Season:

Cultural Arts Programs and Activities

 

Strike a Pose: Yoga for Beginners

Instructor: Kelly Lutes

Rustburg Elementary School

Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

& Saturday Mornings 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

November 11/20, December 4, 6, 11, 13 and 18, 20

Fee: $20.00

Deadline to register: Tues, November 18, 2014

 

Christmas Day Camp

Instructor: Jennifer Fitzgerald

Saturday, December 13, 2014

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Brookville Middle School

Ages: 5-12

 

Do you need to finish your holiday shopping, but your kids want to have some holiday fun instead?  No problem, we’ve got that covered! Register them for our Christmas Day Camp and they will enjoy an entire day of holiday activities, make cookies and crafts, and more! For more information, call 434-332-9570.

 

Holiday Acrylics

Instructor: Heather Schmitt

Ages 13+

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Painting: Holiday Boots

Fee: $27.00

Supplies are not included in the cost of the class. Please call 434-332-9570 for more information.

Knitting for Beginners

Saturday, December 6, 2014 and December 13, 2014

Instructor: Morgan Marple

Ages: 13+

10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Project: Holiday Scarves

Fee: $10.00 per participant (includes both sessions)

Supplies are not included in the cost of the class. Please call 434-332-9570 for more information.

 

Santa Mail

Would you like to write to Santa? If so, please mail your letters for Santa Claus to: CCRD Attn: Santa Claus PO Box 369 Rustburg, VA 24588. Since Santa is busy this time of year, all letters must be postmarked by December 5, 2014. Of course, if you’d like to e-mail Santa instead, please e-mail him at recreation@campbellcountyva.gov. Be sure to include your return mailing address so his elves can make sure he writes you back!

 

 

Special Events

 

5th Annual Empty Bowls

Join us at this special fundraiser and help end hunger in Campbell County.  All proceeds raised benefit the Rural Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) Food Pantry.

Rustburg Ruritan Club

Thursday, December 11

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fee: $10.00 per handmade bowl or donation for a non-handmade bowl (includes unlimited soup, bread and dessert).

For more details, please call (434) 332-9570 or 283-9570, or 592-9570.

 

Christmas in the Courthouse Square

Historic Courthouse Square, Rustburg, VA

Thursday, December 4

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a tree lighting service, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa Claus! Free to the public. Light bulbs may be purchased for $5.00 in honor or memory of someone. For more details, please call (434) 332-9570 or 283-9570, or 592-9570.

 

Athletics

 

KARATE CLASSES – Campbell Co. School of American Karate

The Campbell Co. Recreation Department is sponsoring the School of Karate.  Students taking the classes listed below can take a single session or they can continue on until they reach higher belt ranks.

Current students MUST register for the up-coming session by the last class date of the current session or come by the recreation office to register for upcoming classes. New students must register at the Campbell County Parks & Recreation office.  Those whose names do not appear on the class roll will not be allowed in class.

 

RUSTBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL

Instructor: Rufus Rice

Class Days: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 p.m.

*October 30 – December 4, 2014

Class fee: $40.00 per student 6 years and up per 5-week session.  Class fees are due at the time of registration.

TOMAHAWK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Instructors: Ronnie Scott and John Pascale

Class Days: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00 p.m.

*November 23 – January 6, 2015

Class fee: $40.00 per student 6 years and up per 5-week session.  Class fees are due at the time of registration.

 

*THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER OR SCHOOL FUNCTIONS. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE

 

2014 Youth Basketball Registration

 

Fee:       (for ages 5 through 17)

$55 for the 1st child;

$50 for the second child;

and $45 for each additional child.

 

You may register at the Parks & Recreation Office in Rustburg Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m. through Friday, October 31, 2014.

 

Please note: The Recreation Department can longer honor requests to be on a certain team or with a certain coach.

 

After Hours Registration Dates & Sites:

 

Rustburg- Parks & Recreation Office (37 Rails End Lane, Rustburg)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

The Recreation Department will likewise be scheduling registrations on Saturday’s during the youth football games at the following dates, times and locations:

 

Age Groups:  Age cut-off date is October 1, 2014                             Teams

5 and 6 years                                                                                                     Mixed

7 and 8 years                                                                                                     Mixed

9 and 10 years                                                                                                  Boys/Girls

11 and 12 years                                                                                               Boys/Girls

13 and 14 years                                                                                               Boys/Girls

15 and 17 years.                                                                                              Boys/Girls

*Drafts for each age group will be announced.

*In an effort to have girls ages 13 years and up participate, the style of play may be revised to a 3-on- 3 league.  Game kick-off is slated for December this year, so please register early.

Youth Wrestling

 

Rustburg Youth Wrestling Club

Fee: $25 per child (ages K through 8th Grade)

Registration: Rustburg Middle School (New Gym)

Monday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 29

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Practices will be on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, beginning November 3rd at Rustburg Middle School through March 2015.  Participants will learn wrestling techniques used at the high school level.  They will wrestle in several tournaments on Saturdays.

For more information, please contact Ron Reynolds at 434-821-8854.

 

Bees Youth Wrestling Club

Fee: to be announced (ages K through 8th grade)

Registration: Brookville Middle School Gym (320 Bee Drive, Lynchburg)

Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Practice dates and times will be announced.  Participants will learn wrestling techniques used at the high school level.  They will wrestle in several tournaments on Saturdays.                                                                       For more information, please contact Brook McDonald at 434-258-2082.

 

Co-Ed Open Gym – Volleyball

Location: William Campbell Combined School (474 William Campbell Drive, Naruna)

Ages: 18 & over

Time: 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

Mondays, October 2014 through March 2015.

Fee: $25 per person

 

 

Senior Center Programs

Join the Campbell County Recreation Department Senior Programs Staff for various activities and events, all geared towards older, active adults.

 

Altavista Community Senior Center

CVAAA Satellite Site                                                      

Mondays

12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

104 Avoca Lane, Altavista, VA 24517

Coordinator: Rose Epperson

 

Brookneal Community Senior Center

Brookneal Community Center

Wednesdays

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

239 Main Street, Brookneal, VA 24528

Coordinator: Debby Snell

Concord Community Senior Center

Concord Ruritan Club

Wednesdays

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

327 Midget Farm Road, Concord, VA 24538

Coordinator: Brenda Walsh

 

Gladys/Long-Island Community Center

The Serenade Center

Wednesdays

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3070 Long Island Road, Gladys, VA 24554

Coordinator: Marilyn Bryant

 

Gladys Community Senior Center/Goodtimers Band

Every Thursday

1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Performances & Practices

 

Rustburg Community Senior Center

Rustburg Ruritan Club

Tuesdays

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

200 Colonial Highway, Rustburg, VA 24588

Coordinator: Rose Epperson

 

Timberlake Community Senior Center

Grace Church

Tuesdays

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

21129 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Coordinator: Brenda Walsh

 

 

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Goodlatte: non-citizens should be denied U.S. entry for 30 days after leaving Ebola-stricken countries

EbolaCongressman Bob Goodlatte wants the Obama administration to implement a 30-day waiting period before a non-citizen can enter the U.S. after leaving one of three Ebola-stricken countries.  Goodlatte calls it a common-sense precaution in efforts to help limit the deadly disease from spreading in our country. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Governor Terry McAuliffe still paying off campaign debt

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe is continuing to pay off campaign debt from last year’s expensive gubernatorial contest. McAuliffe has transferred $250,000 from his political action committee to his gubernatorial campaign account since September. His campaign account also took in a $12,500 donation earlier this month from Tim Finchem, the Florida-based commissioner of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The campaign reported having $375,000 in unpaid debt in June. Michael Halle, an adviser to the governor’s political action committee, says it’s normal for campaigns to pay off debts after an election. He noted that McAuliffe spent heavily during last year’s race to help bolster turnout for all state Democratic candidates. McAuliffe is one of the Democratic Party’s premiere fundraisers and is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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AAA urges motorists to stay alert for deer

AAA Mid-AtlanticRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Motorists are being urged to stay focused and alert as deer mating season is creating deadly road hazards in Virginia. AAA Mid-Atlantic says thousands of deer-related crashes take place across the state each year, resulting in fatalities, injuries, and costly vehicle damage. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles more than half of all deer-related vehicle crashes happen between the months of October and December. Last year, the most Virginia deer-vehicle crashes occurred in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.The auto club is telling motorists to buckle up and reduce speed, be alert and observant, and be on the lookout for groups of deer. AAA also says to slow down and brake instead of swerving.

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Overnight Fire Destroys Home

amherst county logoAn overnight fire has destroyed an Elon home. Fire officials say crews from multiple departments were dispatched around 1 a.m. to 555 Montrose Road, where they found the house fully involved with the fire being fueled by winds. Authorities say county water does not run in the area, the houses are supplied by wells instead. Therefore, the water supply had to be shuttled to the scene. Sources say firefighters fought the blaze for nearly two hours before it was extinguished. Neither of the two people inside the house were injured. The fire is under investigation by Amherst County Public Safety.

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