Amherst CountyOrganizers of a petition drive are hopeful that one day the Amherst County School Board will be an elected body. The deadline is fast approaching for the Amherst Education Association to turn in signatures from 10 percent of registered voters in Amherst County by the end of the month–The association began circulating petitions last summer acquiring between 12-hundred and 15-hundred signatures, but the minimum is 2,100 in order to have the referendum placed on the November ballot. Some petitions have not been returned; and organizers are optimistic they’ll have the numbers once all are in. Outstanding petitions should be returned before February 28th.