RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. George W. Huguely V of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is serving a 23-year prison term in Virginia for the May 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old from suburban Baltimore. According to court records, the justices refused without explanation to hear Huguely’s appeal Wednesday. The Virginia Court of Appeals previously declined to reconsider its decision upholding his conviction. In that appeal, Huguely’s lawyers raised issues involving jury selection and the absence of one of his attorneys when she fell ill during the trial.
Improvements are forthcoming for the Town of Appomattox. Officials are ready to make some changes and have already identified top major stepping stones for the economy such as enhancing shopping, downtown revitalization and developing the Route 24 corridor. Now Council members will direct their focus on objectives such as improving the esthetics of the town, enhancing overall tourism, and creating a “Welcome Center” on U.S. 460. According to the Times Virginian, Mayor Paul Harvey will present the council with a priority list of actionable objectives in January.
Lynchburg humane society has announce a challenge grant. More than 2,150 animals have come through the doors of the Lynchburg Humane Society so far in 2014 which means higher medical bills and food expense for the facility. An anonymous group of local professionals have pulled together resources to donate up to $11,000 matching dollar for dollar for any amount given funds that will be allocated for animal needs; the $22-thousand dollars when raised, will go directly into the operational budget. To learn how to help visit: www.lynchburghumane.org
The City of Lynchburg has posted holiday scheduling changes AND a notice for meeting cancellations for next week. Lynchburg City Council’s meeting set for Tuesday at City Hall has been canceled due to the of lack of agenda items. Council’s finance committee set for earlier in the day, also has been scrapped. Council is expected to hold its next regular meeting on Dec. 9. As far as holiday closings city Municipal Offices will be closed on November 27 and 28. Trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day but will be collected on Friday. To view the city’s calendar posted online visit: http://www.lynchburgva.gov
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The University of Virginia’s first choice as independent counsel to investigate how the school responds to rape allegations has been scuttled. Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that the university agreed to withdraw its appointment of former federal judge and prosecutor Mark Filip. In college, Filip was a member of Phi Kappa Psi – the fraternity named in a Rolling Stone article in which a U.Va. student described being sexually assaulted by seven men in 2012. Herring said another investigator will be chosen because “the independence and objectivity of the review must be unimpeachable.” University President Teresa Sullivan also has asked Charlottesville police to investigate the alleged rape at the Phi Kappa Psi house. The fraternity has voluntarily surrendered its fraternal agreement with the university and suspended all chapter activities.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A new report says public school enrollment has steadily increased in Virginia in recent years. But the growth is uneven. Between 2008 and 2013, the report says less than a third of Virginia’s school divisions saw enrollment increases. Overall growth during the period was fueled by enrollment increases in Northern Virginia. This enrollment pattern is expected to continue over the next five years. The report says a substantial increase in annual births is the primary factor in Northern Virginia’s enrollment growth. Annual birth rates declined in most other localities during the five-year period. Northern Virginia also saw a larger in-migration of families with school-age children during the period. The report was released Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new panel aimed at reducing childhood hunger while promoting proper nutrition and Virginia agriculture. McAuliffe signed an executive order Thursday establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide. He named his wife, Dorothy McAuliffe, as the new council’s chairman. The governor said the council will work to make sure that Virginia pursues every federal dollar currently available that promotes nutrition and healthy living. The council will serve an advisory role and meet at least four times a year.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia growers are preparing an abundance of fresh Christmas trees for the holiday season. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 500 Christmas tree farms located throughout the state. And to encourage the purchase a tree from the state, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed December as “Virginia Christmas Tree Month.”Officials say that choosing a Virginia-grown tree means purchasing a renewable, recyclable product that supports local economies and the state’s largest industry _ agriculture.While most of the choose-and-cut farms open after Thanksgiving, officials have published a guide so people can begin their search sooner. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics released in May, the Virginia Christmas tree industry ranks seventh in the U.S. by total trees harvested.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia roads could be a little more crowded this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The auto club says that’s an increase of 3.4 percent from last year. The holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 30. Nationally, AAA projects 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007. AAA predicts most U.S. and Virginia travelers likely will pay the cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in four years. Officials say that when comparing current prices to those from last Thanksgiving, motorists in Virginia are saving about 57 cents per gallon.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ State health officials say more than a dozen University of Virginia students that fell ill last weekend had norovirus. The Virginia Department of Health is still trying to seek the cause of the outbreak that hospitalized within a 24-hour period. More students also showed gastrointestinal symptoms. The Daily Progress reports that officials say the outbreak may have been caused by an infected food handler or through person-to-person contact. Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Beasley said seven of eight samples collected by the department have tested positive for the virus. Symptoms of norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, fever and body aches. Faculty, staff and students are being asked to practice good hygiene and avoid handling food if they think they are sick.