Long-time Amherst Town Manager resigns

Jack Hobbs (Madison County photo)

Long-time Amherst Town Manager Jack Hobbs is leaving his position next month. Jack Hobbs has led the town since November of 19-92. The town says in a news release has accepted a position as County Manager in Madison County, which is north of Charlottesville. Hobbs leaves Amherst after the Town Council meeting September 13th.

From Madison County: The Madison County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce that on August 8, 2017 it selected Jack Hobbs as its County Administrator. Hobbs has served as the Town Manager for the Town of Amherst, Va., since 1992 and has over three decades of local government experience. He succeeds Dan Campbell, who will retire on September 1. Hobbs was chosen following a statewide search that resulted in a pool of well qualified applicants. “The Board is excited about welcoming Mr. Hobbs to Madison County,” stated Clay Jackson, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are confident that his combination of knowledge and experience will support and reinforce the board’s vision to maintain the historic beauty and quality of life that is at the heart of Madison County.”

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Liberty University student to drive at NASCAR’s top level

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A Liberty University student will drive in NASCAR’s top level next season, and Liberty will become one of his primary sponsors. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it’s part of a growing relationship between the university and one of NASCAR’s elite teams.

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Adult suspect named, sought in Lynchburg Arms break-in and gun thefts

La’John LaPrade

The Campbell County Sheriff’s office is looking for an adult suspect to go along with all the juveniles already charged with last month’s break-in and gun thefts from Lynchburg Arms. La’John LaPrade faces seven charges, including grand larceny of firearms, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit larceny, breaking and entering, and, wearing a mask in commission of a felony. Anyone with information about LaPrade’s whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Tracy Emmerson at (434) 332-9078 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-57900.

 

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Suspects in series of recent break-ins, gun thefts now charged with Madison Heights attempt

The five juveniles already charged with recent break-ins and gun thefts in Lynchburg, Bedford County and Campbell County now face similar charges for an attempted gun store break-in in Madison Heights. The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says it occurred almost two weeks ago at Amherst Arms, where the would-be thieves tried to force their way in but were unsuccessful. Officials say the five range in age from 15 to 17 years old.
From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office. The office has made arrests related to the attempted break-in of Amherst Arms in Madison Heights on 07/27/2017. Deputies responded to the business for an alarm call around 3:00 a.m. and discovered damage from attempted forced entry. The subjects were not able to take any items from the location. Charges have been obtained for five (5) juveniles ages 15 – 17 for their roles in the incident. These are the same suspects recently arrested for similar break-ins in Bedford County, Campbell County, and Lynchburg.  All of the juveniles are being held in the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
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New E.C. Glass principal: Communication a big way to address racial achievement gap

Jeffrey Garrett

The new principal at E.C. Glass High School says communication with students is one of the most important ways to help address the achievement gap between students of different races. Jeffrey Garrett met with parents and other members of the E.C. Glass community Friday, and he spoke with Reporter Andre Whitehead:
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Garrett says becoming principal at Glass is a dream come true.

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Manhunt for William Roberts now in fourth day

William Roberts

A manhunt continues in Botetourt County and elsewhere for a man considered armed and dangerous — one who has already eluded law enforcement efforts to capture him here, in Colorado and in Kansas.  State Police, the Botetourt County Sheriff’s office and others have been searching since Friday for William Roberts. The search has been centered in the Dagger Spring Road area of the county north of Eagle Rock. Officials say Roberts is wanted in Colorado for severely injuring a woman in a domestic violence incident. Police believe he stole a pickup truck in Botetourt County, and his credit card has been used in the region.

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New hotel coming to Wards Crossing West area

A new hotel is coming to the Lynchburg area. Campbell County officials say a “Tru by Hilton” is set to go up on Simons Run, across from CarMax, at the Wards Road West development area. The hotel is designed to appeal mainly to millennials. It is expected to open in the fall of next year.

From Campbell County: The Campbell County Board of Supervisors, Campbell County Department of Economic Development, Tru by Hilton, and J & N Hotels, LLC are pleased to announce the construction of an 82 room Tru by Hilton in Campbell County on Simons Run. he property will be conveniently located in the Wards Crossing West development area on Simons Run across from CarMax. The hotel will offer quick access to outlets within the Wards Crossing West Shopping Center and the Route 460 and Route 29 travel corridors, with close proximity to the Lynchburg Regional Airport, Wards Road, and Liberty University. The hotel is expected to serve cross-generational travelers visiting the area for both business and leisure.

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AAA: gas prices likely to extend recent upward trend into Labor Day

Gas prices have been heading up since mid-July, and experts expect that trend to continue the rest of this month. AAA Mid-Atlantic says prices have risen six cents a gallon in the last month, but region’s average price of $2.05 a gallon is the lowest in Virginia. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Five charged with Bedford Pawn break-in; four are connected to Lynchburg Arms burglary

Five juveniles were charged today with breaking into a Bedford pawn shop last week, and authorities say four of them were also involved with Monday morning’s burglary at Lynchburg Arms. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office says burglars broke in the front door at Bedford Pawn last Thursday, but they didn’t take anything before leaving. The five are now in juvenile detention.

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Tuesday August 2, 2017. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators charged five Lynchburg juveniles with the burglary of Bedford Pawn that occurred on Thursday July 27, 2017. The juveniles are being held in the Lynchburg Detention Center. Four of the five individuals were involved in the Lynchburg Arms burglary that occurred on Monday morning.

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Four arrested after second burglary attempt at Lynchburg Arms & Shooting is thwarted

Four juveniles face multiple charges after law enforcement agencies thwarted the second larceny attempt in 11 days at Lynchburg Arms and Shooting Range. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says the second attempt took place around 5:00 am Monday. Responding deputies and state troopers nabbed three juveniles running from the business, and two others in a nearby vehicle that had been stolen. Authorities say two of those arrested were involved in both break-ins. The sheriff’s office says more arrests are expected.

(Continue reading for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office news release.)

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