Archives for July 2017

Homecoming At Antioch Christian Church

The annual homecoming of the Antioch Christian Church on Big Ridge happens August 6th. This year, the event is being started off with Sunday school at 10am, then gospel singing at 10:30. There’s an 11am morning worship service and the guest speaker will be Sebastian Stone Hernandez, recent graduate from Liberty University. Any musicians who would like to contribute to the services are encouraged.

Fewer Gun Sales In VA

Fewer people are buying guns in Virginia. The Daily Press reports gun sellers have conducted 10 percent fewer background checks so far in 2017 compared to the same time period last year.
Experts say the decline follows a Republican being elected to the White House opposed to a Democrat. Johns Hopkins public health professor Cassandra Crifasi said fears have fallen over whether gun regulations will increase.
The 12-month period leading up to the 2016 presidential election was a different story. Federal background checks jumped about 20 percent in Virginia.
Gary Dohey, owner of Hilton Sport & Hobby Shop in Newport News, said few gun owners, if any, are surprised. He told the newspaper that “it’s hardly worth writing about.”

Loan for Wastewater Infrastructure

Clifton Forge Town Council agreed to get a loan to upgrade wastewater infrastructure, according to the Virginian Review. There has been problems with the inflow and infiltration into the town’s sewer line. Unfortunately, when that happens it causes sewage overflows. So, the Virginia Resources Authority offered the town just over 2 million dollars with 700 thousand principal forgiveness. The remaining 1.3 percent will be financed at zero percent interest rate for 20 years.

Virginia Annual Sales Tax

The Virginia Sales Tax Annual Holiday is coming up August 4-6th. According to the Virginian Review, folks can buy school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense Products without payiing a sales tax. Some eligible items listed, include: 20 dollars or less on school supplies, per item, Cothing and Footwear, 100 bucks or less per item, and portable generators are included, with up to one thousand dollars per item, among several other items.

Passenger Numbers at Aiport

Passenger numbers at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport are up. June passenger traffic was up three-percent compared to June of last year. It’s the ninth month in the last ten that the airport has seen an increase.

Man Faces Charges for stealing two vehicles

A Lynchburg man is facing multiple charges after allegedly stealing two vehicles and being involved in two crashes. Lynchburg Police say 38-year old Christopher Lance Houston stole a car from the Auto Connection on Lakeside Drive around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Around 2:30 that afternoon Houston was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Virginia Beach. Houston allegedly stole a second vehicle that was involved in another crash after which he was arrested.

Owner of School Violates Court Order

The owner of a former Madison Heights school is being fined for violating a court order. An Amherst County judge slapped a 25-hundred-dollar fine on Phelps Road Development LLC Wednesday. The company was ordered in October of last year to fix issues on the property. The property has been declared a “hazard” by the county and a lawsuit has been filed over public safety of the structure.

Clifton Forge To Do Wastewater Treatment Repairs

Clifton Forge’s wastewater treatment infrastructure will get an upgrade after council members, this week, approved taking on debt to do so. There have been issues with inflow and infltration of the the town sewer line and run off happens when it rains. Those types of problems eventually lead to higher costs for treatment at the plant near Iron Gate. The debt the town will take on involves a $2 million loan from the Virginia Resoures Authority with $700,000 of it forgiven.

Missing Teen

Roanoke Police are looking for a missing 15-year old girl. Authorities say Emily Helena Belcher was last seen Tuesday afternoon in Southeast Roanoke and is believed to be with an older man. The girl is five-feet six inches tall and about 155 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Upgraded Equipment

Some customers of Appalachian Power are getting some upgraded equipment. Crews are installing new advanced meters in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Lynchburg and Lovingston. The new meters will allow for remote reading. There’s no charge for the installation of the new meters.