Hurricane-prep sales tax break starts today in Virginia

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season will get a tax break starting Monday. A sales tax holiday will spare residents state and local levies for items priced at $60 or less, and bigger-ticket items such as generators priced at $1,000 or less. The tax holiday runs through May 31. For a full list of products eligible for the sales-tax break, go to www.tax.virginia.gov. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

 

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Traffic pattern changes coming to downtown Lynchburg

lynchburg logo - important announcementsBeginning this Wednesday and continuing through Friday, milling operations will be conducted on Seventh Street in downtown Lynchburg. Seventh Street from Church to Main Streets will be closed for the duration of the project. In addition, milling on Eighth Street will take place in a one block area from Church to Main Streets. The lower block from Main to Commerce Streets will be re-striped for two-way traffic. Stop signs and traffic signals will be changed to accommodate the new traffic patterns.

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Academy campaign announces $500,000 more in anonymous donations

Academy of Fine ArtsFrom the Academy of Fine Arts: The Academy has received two generous anonymous donations of $250,000 each toward the organization’s $16.6 million capital campaign to restore the historic Academy of Music Theatre. These gifts, along with others received recently, bring our total to $6.62 million. This expansion project will bring to life a nearly 800-seat performing and visual arts complex, purposed with serving our community through arts and culture. Just last month, the Academy announced a $1 million anonymous gift toward the campaign, one of the largest gifts ever made to the Academy. “Our momentum continues to build,” said George Dawson, the Academy’s chairman of the Capital Campaign. “This sets the stage for other big announcements in early June.”

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Airshow: 2016 show will feature Blue Angels, and it will be held in Lynchburg

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From the Lynchburg Regional Airshow: The Airshow proudly welcomes the Blue Angels back to Lynchburg for the May 21st-22nd 2016 Airshow. The 2016 Airshow will be a fun-filled, action packed weekend for the entire family to enjoy. The LRA is featuring high energy performers, both in the air and on the ground, along with a Red, White & Blue theme honoring our Military and their families.

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LCA Superintendent: move to VHSL will benefit school’s athletics and visibility — impact on enrollment less clear

Lynchburg Christian Academy Logo LCAThe Superintendent of Lynchburg Christian Academy says there was no intent to be any sort of trailblazer in the school’s now-successful efforts to join the Virginia High School League.  John Patterson says the move was intended to — and will have — a wholly positive impact on the school’s athletic program and visibility within the Lynchburg area. The impact, he says, in other areas like enrollment is not as clear. He spoke with WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Patterson says another major benefit will be reduced travel times for athletic teams, which have had to frequently take buses well out of town to compete with other schools. LCA joins the VHSL in August as the first non-public school to join the league in its 90-year history.

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On-line disruptions impact SOL testing; some students may qualify for retests as a result

Education-News1Computer problems have disrupted Virginia’s SOL tests three times in the last ten days. School officials say the impacts have been minimal, but some students may become eligible to take them again. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Expect delays on Boonsboro Road next week

lynchburg logo - important announcementsBeginning Monday, May 25, and continuing through Wednesday, May 27, crews will be milling and paving on Boonsboro Road, between Lin Road and Arrow Street. From 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily, traffic will be restricted to one lane. Motorists should expect minor delays and use caution when traveling through the work zone.

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Virginia counties near DC fuel population gain

Census-BureauRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ U.S. Census Bureau estimates for Virginia show healthy population increases last year in counties near the nation’s capital and in nearly all of the state’s largest cities. According to census estimates released Thursday, Fairfax County remains the state’s largest, gaining 3,100 residents to nearly 1.14 million in 2014. Loudoun County’s population jumped more than 12,000 to 363,000, and Prince William County had an increase of 5,900 residents to more than 446,000. Those areas near Washington, D.C., accounted for more than one-third of the state’s overall estimated gain. Virginia’s population rose nearly 56,000 last year to more than 8.3 million. Four of Virginia’s five largest cities gained residents. Virginia Beach is still the largest, growing by 1,672 residents to about 451,000. It’s followed by Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond and Newport News.

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Lumber Liquidators CEO quits, catching company off guard

WLNI-MTOANO, Va. (AP) _ Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. Shares tumbled more than 18 percent in premarket trading Thursday. The company earlier this month said that it had suspended the sale of all laminate flooring made in China after disclosing that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against it. The news show “60 Minutes” first reported that the Chinese-made laminate flooring contained high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc., based in Toano, Virginia, said that its founder, Thomas Sullivan, will take over as CEO while the company searches for a replacement.

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Lynchburg Museum announces free admission

lynchburg-museumBeginning Memorial Day, May 25, the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House will offer free admission through Labor Day, September 7. City and Museum officials agreed that making the Museum free and accessible to all has several potential benefits. Officials say free admission may also encourage out of town visitors to stay in Lynchburg. The second site in the Lynchburg Museum System, the historic home Point of Honor, will continue to charge an admission fee. Admission fees are one of several revenue streams that help support and maintain the 200 year old property. Additional information about the Lynchburg Museum can be found here. For information about Point of Honor click here.

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