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VaNews for Amherst County

Amherst County Public Schools employees to receive bonus

By NICOLE STEENBURGH, Amherst New Era Progress

The Amherst County School Board unanimously approved a bonus Thursday for all contracted full- and part-time staff in the division, $500 for full-time staff and $250 for part-time staff. “Whether we do a bonus or a raise, I think it shows our employees that we are making an effort to appreciate [them],” Chief Finance Officer Teresa Crouch said.

VaNews December 10, 2016

Amherst wildfire spreads to 6,500 acres

By TOBI WALSH, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Crews are working through Thanksgiving to contain a forest fire that has spread through 6,500 acres in Amherst Country, according to officials. The fire, which started in the Mount Pleasant area Saturday afternoon, is now 10 percent contained and more concentrated on the north side of the mountain as of Wednesday night, officials said a public meeting at Central Baptist Church Wednesday.

VaNews November 24, 2016

Write-in candidate elected to Amherst Town Council

By NICOLE STEENBURGH, Amherst New Era Progress

After election workers sifted through write-in votes for Amherst Town Council Wednesday, Renell Meeks emerged as the winner of the fifth seat on council. Meeks received 84 votes to win the seat, according to the Amherst County Registrar's Office.

VaNews November 10, 2016

Lynchburg-area zip codes in top 25 for air pollution

By ALEX ROHR, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Four Lynchburg-area zip codes rank in the top 25 statewide for industrial air pollution discharged from just a few large manufacturers, according to Environmental Protection Agency data. The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club report released Thursday ranks Bedford County, Amherst County, Lynchburg and Campbell County zip codes as 18, 19, 20 and 25 respectively for air pollution statewide. The report uses EPA Toxic Release Inventory data from 2014, the most recent year available.

VaNews July 29, 2016

Amherst officials ponder fate of CVTC campus after 2020 closure

By NICOLE STEENBURGH, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

As 2020 and the anticipated closure of the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights draws closer, the Amherst County Board of Supervisors has expressed interest in what will eventually happen to the property. County Administrator Dean Rodgers said the county’s main interest is being able to play a part in what becomes of the 391-acre campus.

VaNews January 25, 2016

FOIA timeline discussed among officials

By NICOLE STEENBURGH, Amherst New Era Progress

The Amherst County Board of Supervisors and school board were united in discussing the timetable of Freedom of Information Act requests at a recent joint meeting. As written, the agency must respond to a request within five days.

VaNews January 1, 2016

Amherst to sell WWII-era submachine gun

By NICOLE STEENBURGH, Amherst New Era Progress

An old Thompson submachine gun is nearing the end of its days as property of the town of Amherst. At this month’s meeting, Town Council members discussed the avenues by which they can “dispose of” the gun as well as how resulting funds would be distributed. ...The 1940s gun came into the care of the Amherst Police Department in 1961 via a Virginia ABC Board program.

VaNews December 25, 2015

Write-in candidate sweeps to victory in Amherst

By NICOLE STEENBURGH, Amherst New Era Progress

A day after Amherst County voters went to the polls to pick a new sheriff, election officials announced L.J. “Jimmy” Ayers won the District 3 seat on the Board of Supervisors in a write-in campaign. The numbers that showed Ayers’ sweeping victory rolled in at 6 p.m. Wednesday after a long day of waiting for results.

VaNews November 6, 2015

Countywide no-shoot zone proposed

By NICOLE STEENBURGH, Amherst New Era Progress

A no-shoot ordinance that aims to enact restrictions throughout all of Amherst County was presented to the Board of Supervisors in draft form last Tuesday. The newly proposed ordinance comes directly on the heels of the board’s last meeting when members passed an ordinance, designating a portion of the Sage Lane Community in Madison Heights a no-shoot zone.

VaNews October 15, 2015

Amherst sheriff announces write-in bid for supervisor seat


Amherst County Sheriff Jimmy Ayers announced his intent to run as a write-in candidate for the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. “Since there are no candidates on the ballot for District 3 Supervisor, I have been urged by numerous citizens to run as a write-in candidate for this open seat,” said Ayers, 52, in a news release.

VaNews October 8, 2015