VaNews for Nelson County
Anyone in the Thomas Jefferson Health District should now be able to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are symptomatic of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The health district, which covers Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties and Charlottesville, is running multiple upcoming testing clinics and plans to add more in the near future.
Months after it first was uncovered as part of a renovation project, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors decided publicly Tuesday to cover temporarily historic lettering with religious connotations inside the Nelson County Circuit Courtroom.
Controversial words part of a centuries-old courtroom in Nelson County soon could be covered temporarily in an attempt to find a solution that would satisfy supervisors, the judge and residents and avoid litigation.
With panoramic views of Nelson County’s mountainous skyline, it’s not the potential marring of the scenery that is a concern for Janice Jackson and Chapin Wilson but rather the environmental impact following construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
“Just because you’re not on the route, it affects our community significantly,” Jackson said. “It affects the entire county.”
More than a year after lawsuits were filed, Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC is close to wrapping up surveys in Nelson County.
Following months of arguments by lawyers for the pipeline and dozens of landowners in the county, a ruling by Nelson County Circuit Judge Michael Garrett last month allowed Dominion Resources, the company leading the proposed project, to enter properties for surveying purposes. Within about a month of the ruling, which affirmed Dominion’s surveying rights under Virginia law, surveys for almost all Nelson properties had been completed.
Citizens groups have filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission calling for the rescinding and revision of the draft environmental impact statement on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The groups are also asking FERC to extend or suspend the current public comment period on the controversial project.
The three groups — Friends of Nelson, Wild Virginia and Heartwood — argue that the draft DEIS "lacks meaningful analysis of the project’s environmental impacts."
Valley citizens flooded the Holiday Inn in Staunton Thursday night to give their thoughts on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The event was one of many official listening sessions the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding to receive feedback on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project. ... "A lot of the information we get is from people who show up at sessions like this," said David Swearingen, the FERC branch chief for the Division of Gas-Environment and Engineering.
They had 162 people show up at a session in Nelson County on Wednesday night, he said, and 116 people had already submitted or signed up to submit comments about an hour and fifteen minutes into the four-hour session Thursday night.
Following the release of a draft environmental impact statement in December 2016, area residents had the chance to voice their thoughts on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline during a comment meeting Wednesday at Nelson County High School.
After about three hours, more than 100 people made verbal comments while dozens more entered written comments about the draft statement,
A Nelson County judge overruled a motion Tuesday from 35 Nelson landowners seeking to dismiss a surveying lawsuit from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC.
The landowners’ motion was on the grounds that an amended notice of intent to enter property to survey for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline was legally insufficient. At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Michael Garrett disagreed in ruling the notices now are legally sufficient, saying revised notices issued to landowners now comply with a Virginia state statute.
Nearly a year after leaving office, former Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks was convicted in a Lynchburg courtroom Monday of two misdemeanors stemming from an illegal recording of an ex-political rival in the fall 2013.
Brooks, 54, who retired at the end of last year after serving as Nelson’s sheriff from 2008 to 2015, entered Alford pleas Monday in Lynchburg Circuit Court to one count each of unlawful dissemination of images of another and malfeasance.