Archives for April 2017

Report: Shenandoah River Has Unsafe Bacteria Levels

A new report has some bad news concerning the Shenandoah River. The waterway, which runs partially through Augusta County, was found to contain unsafe levels of bacteria, according to the Environment Integrity Project. Its report shows more than 90 percent of the water-quality monitoring stations along the Shenandoah River have reported unsafe levels of fecal bacteria. The culprit is largely livestock manure runoff which comes about due to a lack of streamside fencing and because of farmers over applying manure. The report also says state officials have failed to warn recreational users of the river about the risks.

Staunton Man Charged In Sex Assaults

A Staunton man is under arrest after police say they received a complaint regarding sexual assaults that occurred between 1993 and 1998. 74 year old William Kerr was arrested this week on a total of eight felony counts; four for Forcible Sodomy and four felony counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery. The investigation is still ongoing.

Tai Chi Day in Covington this Saturday

This Saturday, The Highlands Tai Chi Club and the Alleghany Highlands YMCA Tai Chi Class will join together to celebrate International Tai Chi Day. They will gather at the Jackson River Sport Complex Amphitheatre, in Covington at 11:30 am. According to the Virginian Review, there will be demonstrations and reshreshments served.

Kolakowski Resigning

Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski is resigning. Kolakowski, who has been town manager for eleven years, made the announcement at last night’s meeting. His last day on the job is today. Assistant Town Manager Brat Warner will take over Kolakowski’s duties.

More Apartments at Daleville Town Center

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors is giving the go-ahead for more apartments at the Daleville Town Center. The project on U.S. 220 already has 120 apartments and last night’s approval allows for the construction of two four-story buildings with 95 additional apartments. The Town Center is designed as a walkable neighborhood, with office and retail space, restaurants, a bank, a medical clinic and an outdoor music venue.

Deputy On Mend After Cruiser Crash

An Augusta County Sheriff’s Deputy is on the mend after crashing his cruiser on Monday. The sheriff says at about 4am, Deputy Joe Sholes was traveling west on Rt.-250 when two deer entered the roadway. He applied the brakes and attempted to swerve to avoid hitting them. It was raining heavily at the time, and the cruiser began to hydroplane then tailspin into a road sign and utility pole. The deputy was taken to Augusta Health by law enforcement where he was treated and released.

VA Teacher Shortage Lies Largely In Special Ed

A new report from Virginia Department of Education says the biggest shortage of teachers is in special education.
The department recently released a report to state lawmakers saying the biggest critical shortages include special education teachers, elementary school teachers and middle school teachers.
The report did not say how many teachers were needed fill the shortages.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state lawmakers have tried to retain teachers by increasing pay. Last year the governor asked retired teachers to consider coming back to work to help fill critical teaching gaps.

Power Restored

Power has been restored to over 2 thousand folks in the Mount Cross Road area from the city limits to Silver Creek Road in Danville. WSLS TV reports that a tree fell over a power line, which resulted in a feeder lockout a the Westover substation. Crews came in and removed the tree and repaired the line.

Robbery at 7 11

Roanoke County Police are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store. Authorities say the robbery happened early Sunday morning, at the 7-Eleven on Peters Creek Road when a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a gun demanded money. The suspect ran from the store with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was hurt.

Fire in Rockbridge Co

One person is dead after a fire in Rockbridge County. The fire happened around 10 a.m. Monday at a home in the 600 block of Bells Valley Road. The body has been sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.