As one era ends, another begins at WLNI

WLNI is changing hands. As of this weekend, local broadcaster James River Media will assume ownership and operation from Wheeler Media, which has owned WLNI since 2013.  The new owners include well-known Lynchburg broadcasters Mari White Smallshaw and Rich Roth, and they will continue to operate the station from its current Wyndhurst studios.

Bausch + Lomb expands in Lynchburg; more jobs on the way

NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health business of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC), will invest more than $35 million to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Lynchburg. In total, 79 new jobs will be created over the next five years. The company’s […]

VA Ready Initiative launches new unemployment program

The COVID-19 shutdowns have caused many to become unemployed, but a new non-profit organization has created a program to help people retrain and get new jobs. WLNI’s Rachel Meell has the story: 6-30 VA Ready Wrap-WLNI

Kroger to increase store hours Sunday

NEWS RELEASE: ROANOKE, Va. (June 11, 2020) – Starting Sunday, June 14, Kroger Mid-Atlantic will return to normal operating hours. Kroger Mid-Atlantic adjusted hours in mid-March to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Stores in Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes Virginia, West Virginia and parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, will open at 6 a.m. each day […]

Forest Farmers Market open – with precautions

The Farmers Market in Forest has opened for its 10th season, but with some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the market first opened for the year in April vendors could only sell pre-ordered items because of the pandemic restrictions. The Farmers Market is outdoors and won’t be requiring customers and vendors to wear masks […]

Venue Cinemas to show movies outdoors, starting with Wizard of Oz

Venue Cinemas in Lynchburg plans to start showing movies again soon — in their parking lot. First up: The Wizard of Oz. The movie house says it is still working through some technical issues with the outdoor screen they’re setting up along Lakeside Drive, so they do not have a confirmed start date. Once they […]

WLNI to be sold; Rich Roth, Mari White in buyer group

A radio trade magazine reports on line that two well-known former Lynchburg-area broadcasters are part of a company purchasing WLNI from Wheeler Media. On-line State Corporation Commission documents show that James River Media’s principal contact is Rich Roth, the former Sales and Marketing Executive with WIQO and Sportstalk host there. reports he and long-time […]

Northam says business reopenings at least two weeks away

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is still at least two weeks away from allowing nonessential businesses to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday during a news conference. The Democratic governor’s remarks come as some governors in other southern states take moves to reopen businesses and some Republican lawmakers in Virginia called […]

Now more than ever, why businesses need to communicate well with workers, customers

A Franklin County native who is now Government Affairs Director for Gentry Locke’s Richmond office says it is essential in these times for businesses to communicate clearly to their employees — and their customers. Matthew Moran says economic conditions being what they are, a business’s margin of error is all that much tighter, and communication […]