Trio buys boyhood home of ‘Waltons’ creator to keep it open

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SCHUYLER, Va. (AP) _ Three longtime fans of the popular TV show “The Waltons” have purchased the Virginia childhood home of the show’s creator in an effort to keep it open to the public. Ray Castro, one of the buyers, tells The News & Advance he was worried someone would buy the Schuyler home of Earl Hamner Jr. and use it as a private residence. The home on the Virginia Landmarks Register was the basis for the show, which drew upon Hamner’s Depression-era upbringing. The new owners are instituting a few changes, including the hiring of a full-time docent who will conduct guided tours. Hamner, a prolific writer, died in March 2016 at 92. His show aired for nine seasons and won more than a dozen Emmys.

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Post Traumatic Growth noticed in survivors of tragedies like Hurricane Harvey

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There’s plenty of negative effects in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey — like the extensive physical damage and the loss of loved ones — but a Virginia Tech Professor says there’s also a positive mental phenomenon. WLNI’s Ian Price has that story:

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Gas Buddy: pump prices may not return to normal levels until mid-October

If you had to fill up over the weekend, you know how much prices have risen in the last week or so. Experts say it may take more than a month before those prices return to levels we have seen for most of the year. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Lynchburg College is going solar

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Steve Bright explains:

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Mike Tilley’s Friday Sports Report

Football is in the air with the Mike Tilley Sports report this week.

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Gulf gasoline pipeline shuts down; may impact prices here

One of the major pipelines that sends gasoline to our region from the Gulf Coast has temporarily shut down because of disruptions created by Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. The Colonial Pipeline extends from Houston to the New York area, and includes the terminal at Montvale. But as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, there is no indication yet that our region will encounter any gasoline shortages.

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Rescuers start block-by-block search of flooded Houston

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HOUSTON (AP) — Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone – alive or dead – who might have been left behind in Harvey’s fetid floodwaters, which have now heavily damaged more than 37,000 homes and destroyed nearly 7,000 statewide.

More than 200 firefighters, police officers and members of an urban search-and-rescue team fanned out across the Meyerland neighborhood for survivors or bodies. They yelled “fire department!” as they pounded with closed fists on doors, peered through windows and checked with neighbors. The streets were dry but heaped with soggy furniture, carpet and wood. “We don’t think we’re going to find any humans, but we’re prepared if we do,” said District Chief James Pennington of the Houston Fire Department.

The confirmed death toll stood at 31, though it is expected to rise. But by midday, the temporary command center in a J.C. Penney parking lot had received no reports of more bodies from the searches, which are expected to take up to two weeks.

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Parents could cause or prevent PTSD in their kids after Hurricane Harvey

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Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real concern for anyone involved with Hurricane Harvey, but a Virginia Tech professor says its likely to trigger in children. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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Lynchburg radio, TV stations team up for Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief effort

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From Wheeler Broadcasting at WFXR-TV: (Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA)  Thursday morning on WFXR News Good Day Virginia, on WWCW and K92, Star Country, Q99, the Vibe, WFIR, and WLNI as well as the teams community online and social media networks will present the Virginia Gives Back a 26- hour Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Community phone, online and in person fund raising drive to raise critical funds for ongoing American Red Cross Relief efforts in Texas.  Starting at 7am, the combined power of the broadcasters and their digital properties will engage the public to make a contribution.  The Red Cross, Chambers and other community organizations will also join forces to help raise dollars for relief efforts.  Donations can be made in person, by phone, by text or through various online websites.

The community is encouraged to help:

  • Visit: Red Cross Virginia Gives Back Donation Sites
  • Call: 540-512-9099 from 7am-11pm on Thursday 8/31 and 7-9am Friday 9/1 and a member of the phone bank can take your donation
  • Click: virginiafirst.com, k92radio.com, 949starcountry.com, q99fm.com,virginiagivesback.com or redcross.org to make a donation of any size
  • Text: REDCROSS to 90999 and donate $10 through your wireless provider

According to recent updates, the threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as rescue and relief efforts will be a long term Red Cross commitment that started last week before the first drop of rain from the storm.  Getting help in some areas will be challenging for some time due to devastating floodwaters and closed roads. This is a heartbreaking and challenging situation for those in the storm’s path and the American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. The Red Cross has mobilized hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies as well as tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals to support this response effort.  Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets—enough to support more than 20,000 people have already arrived in Texas.

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Our gasoline comes from Gulf Coast refineries, so much disruption may Harvey cause here?

Virginia does not appear to face any potential gasoline disruptions from Hurricane Harvey — that from the organization representing the state’s petroleum industry. But it presumes things don’t get any worse along the Gulf Coast. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones:

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