What's News Today: December 12, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


The Wythe County Board of Supervisors will discuss taxes at its meeting today.  It will talk about taxing admissions charged at the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center.  The rate would not exceed ten percent.  It will also talk about a tobacco tax, which would not exceed five cents a pack.

The city of Danville holds a luncheon today to honor police chief Philip Broadfoot.  He announced in September that he will retire at the end of the year, after leading the department for 14 years.  The city hopes to name a new chief by the end of the month.

The town of Vinton holds an open house today to talk about redevelopment of the Gish's Mill property.  The town purchased the property two years ago and has worked to preserve and protect it.  Plans for the property and possible future uses will be presented for feedback as the meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial.

A two day meeting, talking about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, continues today in Richmond.  The State Water Control Board will talk about the proposed pipeline and its possible affects on water quality in the Commonwealth.  The board will look at affects to stormwater runoff during construction and after the project is complete, as well as water protection, as it decides whether to issue a construction permit for the project.

The Salem School board will vote tonight on the calendar for the next school year.  School will start on September 4th and end on June 13th.  Due to public comments, a workday was removed from the calendar in January, and one added in March.  

A Franklin County P. E. Teacher, accused of aggravated sexual charges is in court today for a pre-trail motions hearing.  The sheriff's office says Clyde Timothy Smith as indicted by a grand jury for sexually assaulting a minor under the age of 13.  According to online court records, the alleged incidents happened between January of 2015 and August of 2016.  

The Lynchburg Fire Department will present a check today to Centra Foundation's Mammograms Annually a Must program and the Alan B. Pearson Center Center Patient Support Fund.  The money was during the department's 2017 cancer awareness t-shirt campaign.

The city of Lynchburg holds a public information workshop today about Graves Mill Road improvements.  You can stop by the session to learn about a reason study of the road, share concern and ideas for improvements.  The meeting takes place from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lynchburg Humane Society.

The founder of a Roanoke non-profit will be in court today after police say he texted a nude photo of himself to a local woman.  Shawn Hunter is the founder of the Roanoke Peacemakers.  He says he mistakenly sent the photo to the wrong person and immediately tried to apologize.  That person notified police.  Hunter is charged with misdemeanor harassment by computer.

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