Some Lynchburg precincts are part of special State Senate election – see the list

From the City of Lynchburg: On Tuesday, January 10, a special election will be held for the purpose of electing a candidate for the office of Senate of Virginia (District 22).  The only City of Lynchburg precincts included in this election are: Ward I, Precincts 2-5; Ward II, Precincts 1-4; Ward III, Precinct 1 and Ward IV, Precincts 2-3. This election is not city-wide and includes only certain polling locations.

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Denton: with Perriello running, governor’s race shapes up even more as early Trump referendum

It looks like this year’s race for Virginia governor is being shaped even more as a referendum of sorts on the early Trump presidency. Especially now that a second Democrat is in the running. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Business personal property filing due February 15th

Lynchburg Commissioner of the Revenue reminds local business owners of paperwork and deadlines for the new year.  WLNI’s Janet Rose has more. 

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Results from Parking Pilot Program for Downtown Lynchburg will be revealed soon

Lynchburg Parking Manager David Malewitz shares information on 2017 plans for Downtown parking.  WLNI’s Janet Rose has more. 

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Two charged with overnight home break-in, knifepoint robbery

Quincy Hairston

Trevor Calloway

From Lynchburg Police: On January 5, 2017 at 1:37 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a Burglary in the 900-block of Perrymont Avenue. The victims reported that they were asleep in their residence when two black males entered the residence demanding money. The suspects robbed the victims at knifepoint of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then fled the area in a vehicle. With information obtained on possible suspect and vehicle information, officers located the suspects a short time later and took them into custody. They were identified and charged as follows: Quincy Scott Hairston, a 33 year old resident of Lynchburg, Va and Trevor Lamont Calloway, a 24 year old resident of Lynchburg, Va. No one was harmed during the incident and this was an isolated event, not a random act.

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Ceremonial “valve-turning” today marks approach of new water service to Bedford County

You’ve heard of groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, but how about a valve-turning? There’s one today in Bedford, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it marks what will soon be a new level of water service to Bedford County.

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Campaign surprise: Perriello enters race for Virginia governor

Tom Perriello

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello is making a surprise entrance into the Virginia governor’s race. Perriello announced his plan to seek the Democratic nomination Thursday morning on his Twitter account. The former one-term congressman from Charlottesville and State Department official’s decision to enter the race shocked Virginia’s political class late Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has long been considered the presumptive Democratic nominee and Perriello’s kept a tight lid on his interest in running. A spokesman for Northam did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Perriello faces an uphill climb. The primary is in June and Northam has effectively been running for nearly two years, raising more than $1.5 million and locking up key endorsements of party leaders like Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

 

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Macy’s to close River Ridge store; 60 workers impacted

Macy’s announced today it will close 68 stores nationwide, including its store at River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg. Macy’s says about 60 Lynchburg workers will be impacted. The company says final clearance sales will begin next Monday and last up to 12 weeks before the stores close their doors. The River Ridge Macy’s has been an anchor at the mall since opening in 1980.  The closures are part of a company-wide plan to close about 100 stores in the next two years in response to slowing sales and increased on-line competition.

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UPDATE: Driver of Halifax County crash that killed two teens is identified, speed determined a factor

UPDATED January 4 — From State Police: Based on the extensive investigation conducted by Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Williamson into the Dec. 22, 2106, fatal crash in Halifax County, the driver of the 2008 Honda Civic has been identified as Casey N. Pulliam. Also, it has been confirmed that excessive speed was a factor in the crash. The crash investigation remains ongoing. Pulliam, 16, of South Boston, Va., was one of two killed in the crash that occurred at 10:47 p.m., Thursday (Dec. 22), on Bethel Road less than a mile east of Route 626 in Halifax County. The Honda was traveling west on Bethel Road when it ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail. The vehicle continued and then struck several trees. All three occupants were ejected from the car. Pulliam and Olivia G. Noblin, 16, of Scottsburg, Va., were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. A third occupant, a 16-year-old male of Scottsburg, Va., was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He was then transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was treated and released.

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Roanoke College expert weighs in on Trump’s cybersecurity comments

David Mulford

Comments made by President-Elect Donald Trump over the weekend that no computer is safe have some residents wondering if their computer is at risk of being hacked. WLNI’s Ian Price discussed this with a local expert:

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