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NEW AMHERST COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR BEGINS SERVICE

Effective in August 2014, Dean C. Rodgers began serving as the new Amherst County Administrator.

Most recently employed as the General Manager for the Louisa County Water Authority, he was able to increase the operating budget with community buy-in, complete multi-million dollar system upgrades to comply with more stringent environmental standards, settle long-standing citizen lawsuits, and develop and implement a strategic plan to guide the Water Authority to self-sufficiency. Prior to joining the Water Authority, Mr. Rodgers served for 28 years as a Judge Advocate, United States Air Force, during which time he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and served in diverse communities throughout the world.

Mr. Rodgers holds a business degree from Baylor University, a law degree from the University of Utah School of Law, and a Master of Environmental Laws degree from George Washington University.

Asked what he likes best about Amherst County, Mr. Rodgers replied, “my most favorite aspect of Amherst County is how friendly and helpful the people are. There is a culture of graceful living here.”

CENTRA HEALTH BUILDING NEW FACILITY IN TOWN OF AMHERST

Centra Health, of Lynchburg, recently announced that a new medical facility is planned to open in the Town of Amherst in September, 2016.

The 17,500 sq. ft. ambulatory care center will be built behind the Ambriar Shopping Center. Centra expects to spend at least $9 million on the facility.

As an urgent care center, it will function for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses. The facility also would provide primary care services, X-rays including digital X-rays, laboratory services and physical therapy. Patients would not need to have an appointment to be seen.

According to Centra spokeswoman Diane Riley, the Amherst facility will address a shortage of primary care providers in central Amherst County. An older population requires more medical services, and Centra expects the demand for doctors to increase as the population of Amherst County continues to age, based on census data.

While Riley was unsure as to how many physicians would be housed at the Amherst center, she wrote that because of its size, the new facility potentially could house multiple physicians.

“Our commitment to this region is to provide access of care to our neighbors,” Riley said.

“We will work closely with the physicians already in the area to help address the [community’s] unmet medical needs due to the shortage of

NEW AMHERST TOWN HALL OPENS

The new Amherst Town Hall, located at 174 S. Main St., less than one block away from the old location, recently opened. The 3,000 sq. ft. building, purchased by the Town in August 2013, accommodates the Amherst Police Department, Town office staff, and chambers for the Town council.

The same building (located next to the Bank of the James) once housed a donut shop and, most recently, a chiropractic office. The old Town Hall building will be for sale.

AMHERST TRAIN DEPOT WORK PROGRESSING

Outside renovations on the Amherst Train Depot (as of August 2014) was going through Phase II, including new wooden siding and clay tiles for the roof, according to Zoning and Planning Director Jeremy Bryant.

Historically accurate windows now stand in the place of old, boarded up ones. With the second phase almost complete, the third and last stage, the interior renovation, is still preliminary. Although Amherst County was awarded a $618,671 grant from the federal Transportation Alternatives program to complete the project, it has still not been determined what organizations will locate there, and exactly how the 2200 sq. ft. of space will be utilized.

So far (as of 8/20/14) both the Amherst County Chamber of Commerce and Amherst County Economic Development Authority have requested space, but no definite plans have been made as to when Phase III will begin. Part of the space allotted to the ACCC would be used as a Visitor’s Center. For more information, call Jeremy Bryant at 946-9303.

AGE OF JAZZ HONORED IN DOWNTOWN AMHERST

Thanks to a collaborative effort between Amherst County High School art teacher Maryellen Barron, a group of 11 students, Amherst Town Council, arts promoter Suny Monk and others, a large mural honoring the Age of Jazz was constructed in Oct. 2013 on the building where Traveler’s Restaurant is located.

More murals are planned in the future!

SHEILA’S PET GROOMING RELOCATES

Sheila Justice opened her grooming facility in the Town of Amherst, across Rt. 60 from the Food Lion shopping center, in Nov. of 2013. A groomer for20 years, she started her business in the basement of her home in 2005.

Sheila graduated from Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming, and is certified in Terriers (Schnauzers) and Non-Sporting Breeds (poodles).

NEW MADISON HEIGHTS RESTAURANT OFFERING LIVE MUSIC & FAMILY ATMOSPHERE

The Old 97 Restaurant opened in November of 2013. Life-long Amherst County residents and successful business owners Matthew Cox and Tracy Sprouse have transformed this landmark into a quality restaurant where one can relax with a nice meal and entertainment without being afraid to bring the whole family.

Live music, including bluegrass, classic country, blues and jazz, is featured at least weekly, and there is also a weekly family-friendly karaoke night. A favorite place for Amherst County High School class reunions, The Old 97 is a popular venue to celebrate birthdays for the young and old alike. For more information, see the ad on page 36.

HARMAN EYE CENTER MOVING

After having served Amherst and the surrounding communities for 18 years from their present S. Main St. location, the Harman Eye Center will be relocating to 204 Ambriar Plaza in December 2014.

The same staff, led by Tabitha Combes O.D., will continue offering their professional services from a larger, more convenient and patient-friendly space, across from What A Blessing Bakery. For more information, see the ad on page 5.

TWEEDY’S PRODUCE RELOCATES

Tweedy’s Produce, originally located behind the Apple Market shopping center at the corner of Rt.s 151 and 29N., moved to the other corner of the same intersection in January of 2014. Owned and operated by Amherst natives Brenda and Ricky Tweedy, their floor space is now doubled, allowing them to become a country store.

Besides their fresh local produce, they now offer country hams, rolled bologna, salt fish, cheeses, jams, jellies, spices, Atkinson’s Milling Products. See their ad on page 57.

PLAQUE & TROPHY SHOP RELOCATES & EXPANDS

Tim and Joyce Boggs started Virginia Plaques and Trophies from their home, back in 2009.

Business was so good that they moved it to a location on Rt. 29 in Madison Heights the following year, and again in 2013 to their present location at 3690 S. Amherst Hwy., Madison Heights. They have quadrupled their workspace from their previous Rt. 29 shop. They now have a larger showroom and capacity for all services and products, including uniforms and Dixie Outfitter shirts. See the ad on page 7.

NEW PET GROOMING BUSINESS OPENS

River’s Edge Pet Grooming opened March 1, 2014, at 4124 S. Amherst Hwy., near Rt. 130 and the pawn shop. Affordable and compassionate care in a convenient location is offered, along with skilled breed-specific dog grooming, basic shave downs, baths and nail trimming.

Owner/groomer Jennifer Sigmon has over 20 years of experience working with animals, and a Bachelor’s of Science, Equestrian Science degree. She is an Amherst County resident and 1987 graduate of ACHS. For more information, see the ad on page 55.

Service & Retail Directory

Learn more about Amherst businesses below, or simply flip to their indicated page in the guidebook to the left! To learn more about a business below, simply click on the business names in blue to go directly to their website, and/or flip to the indicated page in the new www.AmherstCountyGuidebook.com graphic to the right. We currently don't have website information for the businesses listed in black, but you can find these businesses by going to the same graphic to the right and flipping to their page!

ACCOUNTANTS
Douglas Eubank Jr. CPA 845-2301 see p. 51

APPLIANCES - SALES & SERVICE
Burch-Ogden 946-7505 see p. 52

ANTIQUES/HANDCRAFTED ITEMS
Ware House Antiques 942-1426 see p. 52

AUCTIONEERS
Blue Ribbon Auction Services 660-4326 see p. 33

AUTO BODY SERVICE

Thompson's Auto Body  528-0900 see page 53

AUTO DEALERS - USED
Regional Auto Sales 845-5515 see p. 23

AUTO PARTS
Virginia Auto Parts & Recycling 845-8076 see p. 61

AUTO REPAIR SERVICE
All-American Transmissions Inc. 845-3272 see p. 25
Cash Alignment 845-2486 see p. 25
L.C.'s Auto Repair 841-0056 see p. 53

Paige's Auto Repair 942-7837 see p. 23

BUILDERS
Coleman-Mays Building Inc. 929-4017 see p. 47
CHIROPRACTORS

Mock, Dr. Sally DC,PC 946-0796 see p. 14

CLEANING SERVICE
Pink Ladies Cleaning Service 401-6428 see p. 53

COMMUNITY CENTERS
Madison Heights Community Center 660-1672 see p. 20

CONFERENCE CENTER/CATERING & MORE

Elston Inn & Conference Center at Sweet Briar College see p. 6 sbc.edu/elston-inn

CREDIT UNIONS
Central VA Federal Credit Union 528-9016 see p. 50

DANCE SCHOOLS
Amherst Dance Academy 946-7340 see p. 39

DENTISTS
Dr. John Dean DDS 946-7507 see p.53
JohnCDeanDDSpc.com
Dr. Kelly Golden, DDS 846-1981 see p. 54

ELECTRICIANS
Cash Electric Co. 384-5012 see p. 41

EXTERMINATORS
Specialty Exterminating 929-0314 see p. 61

EYE CARE
Dr. Kristy Robinson. 846-7822 see p. 44
Dr. Katherine See 846-7822 see p. 44
Harman Eye Center 946-2020 see p. 5

FLOOR COVERINGS SALES & INSTALLATIONS

Michael's Carpet Word 929-1616 see p. 39 MichaelsCarpetWorld.com

FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Tharp Funeral Home 929-0055 see p. 29

GAS/WOOD STOVES

AM FM Energy LLC 946-2626 see p. 55 AMFMenergy.com
GROCERY STORES
Anderson's Country Market 528-9393 see p. 42

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE
VANS-SALES & RENTALS

Independent Lifestyles 846-7510 see p. 45

HEALTHCARE
Centra Health's Fairmont Crossing 946-2850 see p. 4

HEALTH FOOD/CENTER
Natural Health Center 845-8113 see p. 54

HEATING & A/C
Goin Heating & Air Conditioning 845-7505 see p. 41

HOME HEALTH CARE
Centra Health 877-635-4651 see p. 8

HOME IMPROVEMENT
HOSPICE CARE
Centra Hospice 1-877-635-4651 see p. 8

INSURANCE/FINANCIAL SERVICES
Allstate Insurance 946-5550 see p. 15
Amherst County Farm Bureau 946-5336 see p. 50
Massie Insurance 946-7181 see p. 9
State Farm-Richard Buck 946-7660 see p. 35
State Farm-Kim Gardner-Ewell 528-2845 see p. 56

INVESTMENTS
Edward Jones Investments 946-7778 see p. 2

LANDSCAPING

Ellis Landscapes & Garden Designs (434) 941-0773

LAWN & GARDEN EQUIPMENT/SALES & REPAIR
Amherst Lawn & Garden 946-7433 see p. 21
MEDICAL CARE
Blue Ridge Medical Center (434) 263-5953 see p. 19

MORTGAGES
Summit Mortgage Corporation 237-1027 see p. 43

MOTELS
Knight's Inn 929-6506 see p. 36

MUFFLERS
Wes' Muffler & Custom Pipe 528-0474 see p. 31

PET GROOMING

River's Edge Pet Grooming (434) 660-5810 see p. 55

Sheila's Pet Grooming 946-0823 see p. 13 SheilasGrooming.com

PLUMBERS
Sullivan Plumbing Express 946-0850 see p. 67

PORTABLE RESTROOMS
Discount Portable Restrooms 929-2323 see p. 56

PRODUCE/COUNTRY STORE

Tweedy's Produce & Country Market 946-5822 see p. 57

REAL ESTATE
Century 21 All-Service Realty  946-0580 see p. 15
C21All-Service.com
Montaque-Miller & Co. Realtors 946-5522 see p. 43
United Country Wingfield Real Estate 929-1623 see back cover

REHABILITATION SERVICES
Centra Rehabilitation Services 1-877-635-4651 see p. 8
RESTAURANTS/CATERING
El Mariachi 946-0004 see p. 37
Koto Grill 455-1577 see p. 34

Original Italian Pizza & Restaurant  929-0244 see p. 37 EatOIP.com

The Old 97 Restaurant  (434) 473-0173 see p. 36

Vito’s Pizza, Bar & Grill 381-6030 see p. 3
What A Blessing Bakery 946-0330 see p. 35

SEPTIC SERVICES
Discount Septic Service 929-2323 see p. 56

SIGNS
McBride, I.H. Sign Co. 847-4151 see p. 57

STORAGE

Stow Away Self Storage 929-1623 see p. 33

STORAGE BARNS
The Amherst Corner 942-2994 see p. 57

SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE

Pool Doctor LLC 929-4099 see p. 48 PoolDocLLC.com

THRIFT SHOPS
A & J Treasures 946-1212 see p. 57

TIRES/SALES & SERVICE
Lynchburg Tire 847-7735 see p. 31
Powell's Tire Service 847-5882 see p. 58

TITLE COMPANY
Main Street Settlements 946-1090 see p. 58

TREE SERVICES
Gordon Sellick Tree Service 946-2453 see p. 59

TROPHIES, PLAQUES & AWARDS

Virginia Plaques & Trophies (434) 401-0021 see p. 7

VETERINARY HOSPITALS
Amherst Veterinary Hospital 929-1010 see p. 46
Monelison Animal Clinic 929-1322 see p. 59

WOOD PRODUCTS
Wright Wood Products 944-5207 see p. 21