BRAFB receives record setting donation

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The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank received a record donation today through a partnership between Perdue Farms and Feeding America.

A ceremony was held at 10 am this morning at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank headquarters in Verona to announce the donation of 80,000 pounds of frozen chicken breasts to the food bank and their partner agencies throughout the region.

During the donation, the organization highlighted the heightened need for food, especially in a Leap Year.

The food bank reports that 1 in 12 people, including 1 in 12 children, in the Blue Ridge area experience hunger and on a Leap Year, that creates another day families will need to put food on the table.

Across the country, Perdue Farms and Feeding America are donating over 70 tractor trailer loads of No Antibiotics Ever chicken totaling over 3.3 million pounds or roughly 2.75 million servings.

This is Blue Ridge Area Food Banks second large donation over the past month.

In February, the food bank received a donation of 30,000 meals from Food Lion’s Score to Give More program during James Madison University’s basketball games.

All season long, Food Lion donated 100 meals for each free throw made by the Dukes.

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VSP issues Senior Alert for Albemarle County man

Virginia State Police issued a senior alert for Lawrence Gaines Thomas of Scottsville, Virginia.

Thomas suffers from a cognitive impairment and his disappearance poses a threat to his health and safety.

Thomas is a 78 year old, 5’5”, 130 pound male with brown eyes and gray hair.

It is unknown what clothes he was last seen wearing. Thomas was last seen at 5pm yesterday at the Scottsville Food Lion.

He is possibly driving a 2016 Nissan Rogue with Virginia plates VLP-1923 with a bumper sticker that says “Blessed.”

If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-977-9041.

A link to the missing person’s post with a picture can be found here.

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Stanley Police arrest a suspect in a case of threats

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Stanley Police report the arrest of Arthur Weber in a case of  threats being made against a Food Lion store.

Weber is facing charges of  threatening to bomb or damage buildings or giving false information endangering a building.

Weber also faces charges of a crime of harassing another person over the phone or other electronic media which is a class 1 misdemeanor.

The accusations against Weber stem from allegations of threats made Sunday morning.

Weber is currently being held without bond.

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Mount Jackson 5k and Festival

Mount Jackson Hometown Partnership is hosting a day full of activities to support local charities and the improvement of Mount Jackson.

The action gets started this morning with a 5k run from Triplett Tech Vocational School to Food Lion and then downtown for the rest of the day’s events.

From 9 am- 4 pm, there will be a Battle of the Bands as well as local food and craft vendors.

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