Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall stepping down after bowl

AP-FBC-Virginia-Mendenhall, 3rd Ld-Writethru Dec 2, 2021 8:20 PM Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is stepping down after the Cavaliers play their bowl game. Mendenhall’s tenure at the school will end after six seasons. The surprising announcement came in a news release Thursday afternoon. Mendenhall said in a hastily organized conference call that he needs “to step […]

Three charged in connection with shooting at Wards Road Walmart

Lynchburg Police have arrested two men and a woman in connection with a shooting at the Wards Road Walmart late on the evening of November 21st.   Nobody was injured in the shooting but two vehicles were hit.   27-year-old Kendall Dean Simonton of Madison Heights is charged with Armed Robbery as well as numerous gun and drug charges.   23-year-old Mackenzie Taylor Brannan of Madison Heights is charged […]

Liberty University Professor charged with sexual battery of a student

A professor at Liberty University has been arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and abduction of a student.  William Atwell is an associate professor of American Sign Language. Atwell was arrested by Liberty University police on November 20 and charged with sexual battery and abduction by force or intimidation related to an incident on Sept. 15.    Liberty said in […]

UPDATE: Missing man found safe

UPDATE: Virginia State Police say Bernard Thomas has been located safely. ORIGINAL: The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to locate a missing elderly male from the Forest area. Bernard Thomas, 77 yoa, B/M, 5’8”, 181 lbs., Brown Eyes, Gray Hair. He lives in the City of Lynchburg. He was last seen leaving […]

Virginia Tech hires Penn State DC Brent Pry as head coach

Virginia Tech has hired Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry as its head coach. The school made the announcement Tuesday. Pry has been with Penn State since 2014, first as co-defensive coordinator before becoming the defensive coordinator in 2016. Penn State has ranked in the top five in defense in the Big Ten every season […]

20 Years and Counting: Monument Terrace Troop Rallies hit milestone

It was 20 years ago today that veterans and patriots first gathered at Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace to support American troops in the War on Terror.  The first rally happened on November 30, 2001 after the September 11th attacks. WLNI and the Morningline helped organize the event, which was attended by about 200 people.  Veterans have been meeting each Friday ever since.   They marked the 1000 weeks milestone earlier […]

String of violent incidents in Lynchburg Sunday and Monday

Lynchburg Police are investigating several shootings and malicious woundings over the past couple of days.  On Sunday, officers found a man on Greenfield Drive who apparently had been shot as he drove along Campbell Avenue.  38-year-old Lynchburg Lashonna Moore of Lynchburg was charged with malicious wounding for stabbing her boyfriend on Kemper Street.   Police say shots were fired after a family fight in the […]

Honoring Veterans: Lynchburg’s Presbyterian Cemetery participates in Wreaths Across America

Veterans who are buried in Lynchburg’s Presbyterian Cemetery are being remembered this holiday season through Wreaths Across America.   The Cemetery is one of 2800 nationwide placing wreaths at the graves of veterans.  Lisa Edmunds heads up Friends of the Presbyterian Cemetery:    Edmunds_wreaths :23  To sponsor a wreath, visit  You’re also invited to a ceremony at the Presbyterian Cemetery on December 18th at noon to help lay the wreaths.   

Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run on Langhorne Road

Lynchburg police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck a man on his bicycle yesterday – then fled the scene. It happened about 4:45 in the 2200-block of Langhorne Road near the CVS.   The bicyclist was seriously injured.   Police say the vehicle involved may be damaged.  They’re asking anyone who was in the […]

Virginia Tech hangs on in wild finish at Virginia, 29-24

Nov 27, 2021 8:41 PM CHARLOTTESVILE, Va. (AP) — Braxton Burmeister threw for one touchdown, caught a pass for another and Virginia Tech ran for 320 yards and beat Virginia 29-24. The Hokies also stopped Virginia on a fourth-down play from the Virginia Tech 14 with just over 30 seconds left, and their fans stormed […]