Water advisory to remain in effect until lab tests can be completed

wlni-defaultLynchburg and state health officials are advising some city residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for safe drinking and cooking. It’s the result of a water line break on U.S. 460 near Falwell Airport affecting  Pleasant Valley, Tyreeanna, and U.S. 460 east of the Campbell Avenue interchange. Lynchburg Director of Water Resources Tim Mitchell tells Reporter Andre Whitehead the problem started when a VDOT contractor broke a service line Wednesday evening. He says the order is precautionary:

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Mitchell says the advisory will not be lifted until satisfactory lab tests come back:

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Until then, boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink

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Amherst man charged with child porn; investigators say more charges are expected in ongoing probe

Timothy Rinker

Timothy Rinker

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On 06/28/2016 investigators from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Brian Rinker, 42, of Amherst without incident on (8) counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Rinker was transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that is being conducted with the assistance of the Lynchburg Police Department. More charges are anticipated.

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Svrcek names interim Deputy City Manager and Interim HR Director

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: Bonnie Svrcek, Lynchburg’s new City Manager (effective July 1, 2016) announced the appointments of an Interim Deputy City Manager and Interim Human Resources Director to assist in the transition of the City’s leadership. Lynchburg City Council appointed her to the position in May.  She succeeds former City Manager L. Kimball Payne, III, who retired on June 30.  Svrcek was hired as the Deputy City Manager in 1999.  Svrcek’s appointment has left the Deputy City Manager position vacant, and a nationwide search was conducted to fill the vacancy and over 50 individuals submitted applications.  In order to ensure continuity of service while the selection process continues for a new Deputy City Manager, Human Resources Director Margaret Schmitt has been appointed to the position of Interim Deputy City Manager.  Heather Brown, currently serving as a Senior Human Resources  Manager, has been appointed to the position of Interim Human Resources Director. Both appointments will be effective beginning July 5, 2016. Schmitt has served as the City’s Human Resources Director since 1999 and Brown has been employed in the Human Resources Department for approximately five years.

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Liberty students who train in advance for disaster relief head for West Virginia

Liberty University logoLiberty University is sending a student disaster relief team tomorrow to hard-hit Greenbrier County West Virginia. The LU Send NOW program is one in which qualified students sign up in advance, go through training and be ready for deployment whenever needed. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for full LU Send NOW program information.

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McAuliffe in Gretna as Pittsylvania County Is Named Virginia’s Third Certified Work Ready Community

wlni-defaultFrom Governor McAuliffe’s office: RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Pittsylvania County has been designated as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). The nationally recognized designation by the Commonwealth and American College Testing (ACT) will help Pittsylvania County attract new businesses and jobs as it signifies job ready skill sets of the county’s high school students, job seekers, and incumbent workforce. Speaking about the announcement, Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Developing core workforce development skills is an essential component to building a world-class economy. I applaud Pittsylvania County for its leadership and continued efforts to prepare local workers for innovative, high-tech jobs. This certification is the foundation to attracting private sector investments that contribute to our efforts to build a new Virginia economy in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

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Denton: Supreme Court decision says McDonnell conviction was politically-motivated witch hunt

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Virginia Tech professor and WLNI Political Analyst Bob Denton says yesterday’s Supreme Court decision overturning former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictions should be welcomed by any and all elected officials. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Denton did not spare his words for federal prosecutors:

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