From the City of Lynchburg: Point of Honor, one of Lynchburg’s most historic homes, has a new roof. Built in 1815 by Dr. George Cabell, Point of Honor’s original roof was made of wood shingles known as shakes. In 1991, shakes made of white oak were installed but had begun to fail in recent years. The potential for serious and expensive damage required a new roof which was completed on March 13. Century Slate, Inc. of Raleigh, NC won the bid for the project to replace the roof on both the main house and hearth kitchen. Architectural Partners of Lynchburg provided the design and construction administration for the project. Several types of wood shakes were investigated and yellow cedar was selected as the material that would provide the longest life, expected to be 20-30 years. Gutters and flashing were also replaced using lead coated copper products.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The governor of Virginia is calling for an investigation into the arrest of a college student who was shown in a photo with his face bloody as he was held down by an officer. Charlottesville General District Court records show that Martese Johnson is charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing or intoxication. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agent who made the arrest, listed in court records as J. Miller, said in the arrest report that Johnson “was very agitated and belligerent.” A statement from a group calling itself “Concerned Black Students” claims the arrest of Johnson was unprovoked. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office issued a statement asking state police to investigate “the use of force in this matter.”
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A newly released court document describes what former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell would have said had she testified in her husband’s public corruption case. The affidavit from her lawyer says she would have testified that she hid vitamin executive Jonnie Williams’ gifts from her husband because she figured McDonnell would make her return them. The affidavit was filed under seal last year and was made public Wednesday. It outlines how Maureen McDonnell would have testified in her husband’s defense had their trials been severed. After a judge refused to allow separate trials, she declined to testify at their joint trial. The McDonnells were convicted of taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his products.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Emergency officials say Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill drew nearly 1 million participants. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says Fairfax and Loudon counties, and the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond had the highest number of registered participants. The agency says registrant data shows private homes and schools were the leading participants. Tuesday’s drill was sponsored by the agency and the National Weather Service.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Employment Commission says the state’s jobless rate fell in January to 4.7 percent, the lowest rate in more than six years. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 4.8 percent in December 2014 and down from 5.3 percent a year ago. The commission says January’s rate was the lowest rate since October 2008. Industries seeing employment increases included private education and health services, construction and manufacturing. Job decreases were seen in trade and transportation, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, government, information and mining. The national unemployment rate increased to 5.7 percent.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ The builders of a proposed natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina have the green light to survey a 12.6-mile slice of the George Washington National Forest. The Forest Service announced Tuesday it is issuing a temporary special use permit for the survey. The survey will assess soils, federally listed threatened and endangered plants and animals and cultural resources. The Forest Service stressed that the survey approval does not clear the way for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Resources is partnering with other energy companies to build the $5 billion, 550-mile pipeline. It would deliver natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to the Southeast. Dominion said the survey is key to finding the best pipeline route with the least environmental impact.
The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a series of larcenies from vehicles. They happened at local YMCAs and other gym parking lots on January 28th and February 9th and 10th. The suspect is a black male and is believed to have been driving a 2005 silver Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Washington DC personalized license plates displaying STLBOSS. Police say the suspect will break out a car window and grab purses and bags. He keeps gift cards, glasses, sunglasses, and anything else that does not have person information on it. The bags are typically discarded once he is done looking though them. Anyone with information regarding these incidents or has seen this vehicle is asked to call Detective C.A. Ball at 434-455-6180 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Efforts to increase the number of school systems using Virginian-grown products in school menus are the focus of a conference in Charlottesville. The Virginia Farm-to-School Conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore is among the scheduled speakers. The conference will provide educational programs aimed at bringing homegrown foods to schools. It also will examine food safety, school gardens and nutrition education. The conference is being funded by a $20,750 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Thousands are expected to visit Lynchburg and the region to attend the sesquicentennial events in Appomattox. To help visitors get around the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Appomattox County to provide free shuttle service during the busiest times of the sesquicentennial festivities. The buses will run from 7 a.m. into late evening Thursday through Sunday, April 9th-12th. The LRCVB is asking for volunteers to help give those using the shuttles a positive experience. Volunteers will help people find shuttle stops and get them acclimated to the Appomattox schedule and locations. Other volunteers will ride the shuttles and highlight downtown amenities. Shifts will be 4 hours each and there will be a brief volunteer training on Tuesday April 7th from 11 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Council Chamber on Church Street. For more details about volunteering contact Sue Downs-Loyd at sue.downs-loyd@Lynchburgva.gov or 434-485-7296.