From the City of Lynchburg: Beginning Tuesday, October 27 and continuing through Friday October 30, 8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. daily, the north and south bound lanes of the Lynchburg Expressway (Route 29) will be closed in the vicinity of the Kemper Street Bridge. Both directions of traffic will be detoured to single lanes via the on and off ramps near the bridge. This road closure is necessary to accommodate the installation of the waterline on the bridge that crosses over the Lynchburg Expressway. Motorists should expect delays while traveling through the area and are reminded to be alert to the traffic pattern changes and temporary construction signs. Emergency vehicles must follow the posted detour routes.
The family of slain photojournalist Adam Ward is thanking the Salem community for contributing more than $40,000 to the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association in Adam’s honor. The money will fund a scholarship in his name.
Statement from the Ward Family: Please know how much we appreciate your support. The last several weeks have been very difficult, but we are so grateful for your help in finding an appropriate way to honor Adam. The prayers, respect and expression of love we have received from people around the world, many of whom we will never meet, have been incredibly humbling. We are overwhelmed by the generosity so many of you have displayed in honoring Adam’s memory through the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association Scholarship that was established in his name. We are incredibly thankful for the kindness the community has shown.
Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb says he’s fed up with both his own party and the current two-party system, and he will measure how much support there might be for him to run for president as an Independent. Webb had been running as a Democrat, but he never seemed to gain much traction in any of the polls. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
The Virginia Department of Elections is offering a new way to apply for an absentee ballot — on line through the department’s web site. You have until a week from tomorrow to do so, and you must still meet one of the qualifying requirements to be eligible for an absentee ballot. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.
Click here for full information from the Virginia Department of Elections
Macel Falwell, the widow of the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., has died. at age 82. The Falwell family announced her death Thursday on social media, and in a statement released Friday, it said Macel Falwell “passed away peacefully last night at her residence after a lengthy illness.” Macel Falwell was a lifelong Lynchburg resident; she and her husband were married for 49 years. Jerry Falwell, Sr. was an early conservative cultural warrior and founder of the Moral Majority. He died in May 2007. The Falwells had three children: Jonathan, the pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, where his father preached for 51 years; Jeannie Savas, a surgeon; and Jerry Jr., the president of Liberty University, the private Christian university also founded by Falwell Sr.
(Associated Press contributed to this report.)
A federal grant will help Goodwill Industries offer training for health care care jobs to people who might not otherwise be considered — more than 100 a year in central and southwest Virginia. One focus will be on people currently on public assistance, and another is on those in workforce who don’t earn a lot, but make too much to meet the usual assistance eligibility guidelines. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.
The region can now begin drying out after a week and a half of almost steady rains — with some astonishing totals of up to 24 inches. The National Weather Service is reporting rainfall amounts for the 11-day period through yesterday, and they include:
Lynchburg Airport: 7.23″
Mabry Mill, Floyd County: 24.11″
(Continue reading to see the full list of rainfall totals)
A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect through Saturday evening, and now, a High Wind Watch is also scheduled to take effect Friday evening and continue through Sunday morning. A watch means a potential exists for severe weather; it is different from a warning, which means a severe condition is either imminent or occurring. The High Wind Watch is in effect because expected speeds may be enough to uproot trees in ground already saturated.
A Bedford County area woman is charged with fatally shooting her brother early today County, the apparent result of an lengthy late-night dispute in the Chamblissburg area. The Sheriff’s office says 54-year-old Vicki Clarke faces a second degree murder charge. Deputies say her brother, 55-year-old Paul Thomas was dead when they arrived around 2:00 am. The sheriff’s office says the victim had twice damaged Vicki Clarke’s private road in the hours immediately before, once in a car, the second time in a tractor.
(Continue reading for the full Bedford County Sheriff’s Office news release.)