The Lynchburg Symphony has a new conductor, and he’s from Farmville. Dr. Christopher Swanson, associate professor of music at Longwood University, replaces longtime conductor, Bruce Habitzruther, the LSO’s only conductor since its formation in 1983, who retired in May 2013. Swanson will conduct the orchestra for the first time on Oct. 26 in the E.C. Glass High School auditorium in Lynchburg. He says he is not leaving Longwood, however, where he has taught since 2003, and will stay connected to his roots. Swanson has affiliations with the Summer Garden Opera, and is the music director at Johns Memorial Episcopal Church, both of which are in Farmville.
Supervisors in Appomattox County have voted to contribute 3-thousand-dollars toward a regional agricultural building in Buckingham County. The project is called the Buckingham Agriculture Resort Network, BARN for short. The BARN structure will be located east of Route 56 near Duck’s Corner. It will be a home base for the Buckingham Cattlemen’s Association, and will also be used for education, festivals, banquets and catering. It’s expected to produce as many as 25 jobs in the area. Cumberland’s Board of Supervisors has also agreed to contribute 3-thousand-dollars toward the project.
A local organization has sent a shipment of food and water to Texas to help the immigrant children who are coming across the border. Gleaning for the World is a non-profit group that sends supplies around the world to those in need. In addition to food and water, the group also sent about 2-thousand teddy bears and other stuffed animals to churches that are helping the immigrant children. It’s estimated that about 52-thousand children crossed the border into the U.S. during the past year.
The cost of sports physicals for Appomattox County High School students is being lowered. Rehab Associates of Central Virginia (Appomattox practice) and Appomattox Medical Center, is offering $20 physicals for the boys, this Friday (July 25th).
The athletes will need to show up at ACHS first with pages 1, 2 and 4 of their VHSL physical form completed to be examined by members of the Rehab Associates staff. The final testing and sign off on the physicals will then be done at Dr. Smith’s office at the Appomattox Medical Center. Student’s must pick up a parental consent forms in the ACHS main office and have fill it out and sign it.
Speaking of those Crewe police officers, not everything they do is life threatening. Yesterday’s duty was probably actually kind of fun. They helped the local All Stars with a fundraiser to help pay the kids’ way to the World Series in Tennessee. Officers directed traffic at the intersection of Tyler and Carolina while the players approached cars to ask for donations. They collected 370 dollars in just one hour. A police spokesperson says the young women on the All Stars are very talented, and the department was glad to support them.
The officers in one area police department will be safer,thanks to the delivery of new bulletproof vests. The Crewe Police Department has gotten 7 of the ballistic vests through a program called “Protect the Protector.” Police Chief A.A. Booth says officer safety is paramount, and the new vests will provide officers with some extra protection in dangerous situations. The chief says that because of budget restraints, some officers in Crewe have been wearing expired vests or no vests at all. Thanks to the generosity of Moose International, a grant from the VA Attorney General’s Office, and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, officers are now equipped with some of the highest quality ballistic protection available and at absolutely no cost to the Town of Crewe.
The Randolph-Henry Class of 1974 is having their 40th reunion. You must RSVP by August 23rd to Alan Mason at 434-391-4786. The catered cookout is scheduled for September 6, at Roxabel in Charlotte Court House.
The Randolph-Henry Athletic Boosters’ 2014-2015 Season Pass is now available. The R-H Athletic Boosters is a non-profit organization that provides concessions for all home athletic events, scholarships for college-bound R-H seniors, and sports equipment. Families can pay a one-time fee and agree to work several concessions for a chance to get into all regular season home games free for the entire school year. Contact Roxie Johnson at (434)547-6040 for more information.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thunderstorms Likely Temp: 66 °F
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. North wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunny Temp: 85 °F
Sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Mostly Clear Temp: 66 °F
Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Calm wind.
Mostly Sunny Temp: 90 °F
Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 5 to 9 mph.
Mostly Cloudy Temp: 70 °F
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Chance Thunderstorms Temp: 93 °F
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Chance Thunderstorms Temp: 71 °F
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Chance Thunderstorms Temp: 90 °F
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Chance Thunderstorms Temp: 67 °F
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 40%.