Peter Shankman travels a lot; two weeks ago, he decided to shed those miles — for people who can’t afford to fly home for the holidays. Shankman has 25 round-trip tickets to give away. The application deadline is Sunday night. Those interested in applying can leave a comment on Shankman’s blog post, explaining why they should get a ticket. http://shankman.com/do-you-want-to-go-home-for-the-holidays/
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Blackstone’s longest serving full time police officer is retiring. Friends gathered to bid Larry Chumney adieu, Friday night at a surprise retirement dinner thrown in his honor. 75 well wishers gathered at the Herb Cottage banquet room where a slide projector showed 100 various photos of Chumney’s work with the department through out the years. Coworkers say they’ll miss, Blackstone Officer “104.”
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:20 am – Testimony from family helped a convicted Appomattox drug dealer when he was sentenced lastThursday (12/5). The Times Virginian reports that after 32 year old Tyrone Dillard’s wife and mother testified about his character, Circuit Court Judge Kimberley White said she was taking into account the positive aspects they mentioned such as being a good father, husband, and worker as she determined how much prison time to give him. Dillard was arrested in 2012, after law enforcement officials found cocaine, marijuana, and $2,600 at his home. He was sentenced to 10 years and six months for possession of drugs with the intent to sell, the minimum sentence allowed, the judge said, for this offence.
The investigation continues in the death of Liberty University student Joshua Hathaway. The Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office released a statement Thursday (12/12) stating they are working with Lynchburg police to determine exactly what happened that fateful night on Nov. 20 when the 19 year old was shot by a LU armed security officer at an off-campus women’s dorm. According to reports Hathaway attacked the officer with a hammer. The officer fired two shots, one of which struck Hathaway.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is expected to release their findings when the case closes.
Winter weather posed a problem for Appomattox County School officials. Monday morning, ice and rain coated the roadways in the region and school officials had to determine whether or not to delay classes or close schools altogether. Appomattox County Public Schools Transportation Supervisor Matt Lair explained it’s a decision they don’t take lightly, as he has to consult with the sheriff’s department, VDOT, and other transportation departments. Lair says the safety of students and staff is their main concern.
Movie goers got quite a scare when the theater at the River Ridge mall was evacuated Tuesday night. Police were called to the Regal Cinemas River Ridge Stadium 14, after theater employees got a tip that a group of people were planning to attack a patron. Police have not identified any suspects or potential targets. Regal management made the decision to evacuate the theater, as a safety precaution. No one was injured.
Farmville is gearing up for the 3rd annual Jingle Bell Run. Participants are encouraged to wear holiday attire to the race, December 14th. Run time is at 9 a.m. and registration begins at 7:30 at the First Avenue Field. Prizes will be given to the most festive runner and pet. Events will include a 5K run and a one mile run/walk.
Still no new information about a Liberty University student, shot and killed last month. Police said yesterday (Tuesday) the investigation into the shooting death of, 19 year old Joshua Hathaway, who was killed by an armed security guard at an off-campus women’s dorm near Odd Fellows Road, is still ongoing and they are not at liberty to release any details. The identify of the officer who killed Hathaway has not been released, and no word yet on whether the officer will face any charges. Liberty University hosted a memorial service for Hathaway on Dec. 3 at Williams Stadium.
December 16-20, 2013
LYNCHBURG – Highway work requiring road/lane./structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting. Traffic may be restricted. Items in italics contain new/updated information. For up-to-date information, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
Amherst County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
Route 29 North and South over Buffalo River (739 – 151) –All traffic using southbound lanes; speed limit reduced to 50 mph. Detour has a lane width of 12 ft with 16 ft between the median curb and bridge parapet northbound and 19 ft between the median curb and bridge parapet southbound. Est. comp. – 4/29/14.
Route 60 over Buffalo River (716-802) – Bridge reconstruction with detour. The detour is 22 ft-wide with a temporary signal and 25 mph speed limit. Est. comp. March 2014.
Route 659 over Rutledge Creek – Road will be closed from Jan. 6, 2014 until late-March 2014 from Route 606 to Route T-1109 for bridge maintenance work. A signed detour will be in place.
Appomattox County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
Buckingham County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Various – Crews will brush cut, boom axe, work surfaces and shoulders and respond to customer concerns.
Campbell County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
Route 705 over Swan Creek – Bridge maintenance will require a temporary road closure between Route 824 and Route 821 beginning Sept. 9 and ending 12/13/13. Signed detour will be in place.
Charlotte County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Route 47 over Roanoke River – Bridge deck repairs with alternating lane closures. Est. comp. 12/20/13.
Phenix area – Crews will be straightening and increasing visibility of signs on primary routes.
Various – Crews will perform shoulder and surface work, boom axe, cut brush, clean ditches and pipe and respond to customer concerns.
Cumberland County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Route 60 – Crews will be making shoulder repairs.
Various – Crews will work surfaces, cut brush, clean pipe and ditches and respond to customers.
Halifax County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator
Route 58 (Cluster Springs) – Crews will work shoulders. Be alert.
Bethel area – Crews will check pipe, repair potholes and cut for sight distance.
Paces area – Cluster Springs and Volens – Crews will chip brush at various locations.
Various – Crews will respond to customer concerns.
Nelson County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
Route 29 South over Rockfish River – Bridge reconstruction will result in a temporary detour via Routes 6 & 6Y using signage, flaggers, temporary traffic control and temporary signal. The detour will have 12-ft wide lanes with a temporary signal. Est. comp. 12/20/13.
Pittsylvania County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator
Route 605 over Pigg River – Dec. 9-20, contractor will be using a crane to remove debris from around the bridge piers. Traffic will be controlled using signage, flaggers and temporary traffic controls.
Various – Crews will perform surface, shoulder, ditch and pipe work, trim trees, boom axe, clean roadsides and respond to customer concerns.
Prince Edward County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Route 460 East over Bush River –Emergency railing repair with temporary traffic controls. Signage in place. Est. comp. 12/18/13.
Route 460 – Crews will boom axe. Use caution and be alert.
Route 658 – Crews will replace a pipe. Delays are possible.
Route 659 over Spring Creek – Beginning 12/2, the road will be closed due to a structure replacement. Motorists will use a signed detour (Route 658 to Route 664 and back to Route 659). Est. comp. 3/21/14.
Various – Crews will work surfaces, cut brush, pick up trash, and respond to customer concerns.
City of Lynchburg: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
Route 29 South (Wards Road) and North at Rangoon St. – Lane closures will take place during contractor work.
District-wide Bridge activities:
Bridge and guardrail maintenance – Crews will perform bridge and guardrail maintenance at various locations. Signs, flaggers and other safety devices will be used to alert motorists to these operations.
Line painting – Crews will be painting lines at various locations on primary and secondary routes. Traffic control will be in place.
About 1.6 million people visit Appomattox every year, and that could make the area a hot spot for visitors
About 1.6 million people visit Appomattox every year, and that could make the area a hot spot for visitors. At last nights (mon.) city councilmeeting, members were told that a new study shows the town of Appomattox could compete with Lynchburg as a tourist destination. The study looked at whether Appomattox could support national tourism retail and hospitality developers, such as hotels, restaurants and outlet malls. Town officials now must determine how to attract national developers’ attention.