3 of 6 husky puppies stolen from Va. pet salon found

AP-VA–Puppies Stolen Jan 23, 2022 12:50 PM HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Three of the six newborn huskies stolen from an eastern Virginia pet salon have been found and reunited with their mother. The dogs’ owner revealed the news as police announced Saturday a homeless man was arrested and charged with breaking into the business and […]

Woman found seriously injured in roadway; Lynchburg Police investigate cause

The Lynchburg Police Department is asking the public for assistance with an investigation involving an injured woman.     On January 21, 2022 at 7:38 p.m., the Lynchburg Police and Lynchburg Fire Departments responded to the 1400 block of 10th Street for a woman lying in the roadway. A 24-year-old female was located and transported to […]

Masks will be optional for students in Bedford County Schools beginning Monday Jan. 24th

After voting last week to make masks optional for students beginning February 1st, the Bedford County School Board voted 4-3 last night to change that date to Monday, January 24th. The move follows Governor Youngkin’s executive order to allow masks to be optional for students.  Some Bedford County parents have responded with a petition asking the […]

Centra officials say Omicron may be peaking

Centra Health officials say cases of the Omicron variant of COVID may be peaking in the area. Lynchburg General Hospital currently has 138 COVID patients,  more than the previous high of 131 in January of 2021. But they say while the numbers are straining their system, there are early indicators that this may represent the peak of […]

Local school systems respond to Youngkin’s order on optional masking in schools

Governor Youngkin’s executive order allowing parents to opt out of classroom mask mandates is set to take effect Monday, but school systems in Virginia are responding in different ways. Campbell County superintendent Bobby Johnson told the Morning line:   The Bedford County School Board had already voted last week to make masks optional. Lynchburg City says […]

Lynchburg holds virtual MLK Jr. Day Commemoration

The Martin Luther King Lynchburg Community Council hosted a virtual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life yesterday.    The ceremony featured an actor reading the speech King gave when he visited EC Glass High School in 1962.  Here’s an excerpt:    Meanwhile, the first Annual MLK Jr. Celebration and Walk for Unity which was scheduled […]

American Red Cross in Lynchburg makes appeal for blood donors

There’s an urgent need for blood right now:  The American Red Cross says it’s facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.   Laura Dooley is with the Lynchburg chapter:   Two blood drives have been set up in honor of an 11-year-old boy in Lynchburg who was burned in a fire before Christmas. One […]

Winsome Earle-Sears makes history presiding over Virginia Senate

Republican Winsome Earle-Sears has taken her seat for the first day presiding over the Virginia Senate as the state’s first woman to serve as lieutenant governor and the first Black woman to hold statewide office. Earle-Sears is a former member of the state House who last year returned from a nearly 20-year absence from elected […]

Storm Update: Road conditions, power outages, trash service

  UPDATE: City of Lynchburg Public Works crews say all primary and secondary streets are clear with a few snowy spots. Trash service will continue its regular Tuesday schedule in the morning. Tomorrow, crews will continue to work on residential roads as well as addressing intersections and any other travel areas that remain snow-covered.  All three Lynchburg […]

Youngkin issues executive orders on masks in schools, Critical Race Theory

School districts across Virginia are reviewing Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order on masks in schools.  Youngkin’s order ends the statewide COVID-19 mask mandate in K-12 schools beginning Jan. 24.   The governor’s order was getting pushback from some school districts and some Democrats who say state law requires Virginia to follow federal guidance that recommends masks […]