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Online Schedule: June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31
Weekly Schedule for Jim Bresnahan’s Online, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-Noon on WREL. June 29-July 3 Monday: 4th of July Balloon Rally Tuesday: Virginia Sports with Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press Wednesday: The Political Hour, featuring... more >>
Blood Donations Needed
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets during the summer months. Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are urged to schedule an... more >>
Community Festival August 29
Plans are underway for the Rockbridge Community Festival coming up in August. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on August 29 in downtown Lexington. The downtown arts and crafts festival also includes food, music, vendors and... more >>
New Traffic Laws in Virginia
New traffic laws took effect July 1 in Virginia. That includes a provision that vehicles that help with traffic issues have to have flashing or blinking amber warning lights as part of the “Move Over” law. The law requires drivers to use caution... more >>
Rockbridge Regional Fair July 15-18
The Rockbridge Regional Fair will be held at the Virginia Horse Center July 15-18. Highlights on Wednesday, July 15 include a karaoke contest and a lip sync contest. Highlights on Thursday, July 16 include the Southern States Horse Show in the... more >>
Work on Route 39 Alternate in Goshen
Route 39 Alternate in Goshen in Rockbridge County will be closed on Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15, to allow for the replacement of a railroad crossing between Route 39 and Route 42. VDOT says home and business owners will be able to... more >>
Trial Date for Jesse Matthew
Jesse Matthew will stand trial in the death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham on July 5, 2016. The four-week trial will be held in Albemarle County. Albermarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins refused to recuse herself from the... more >>
Stolen Inspection Stickers
Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate the recent theft of inspection stickers from auto shops in Nelson County, Buckingham County and Page County. Authorities say the stolen stickers are showing up in northeastern Virginia and sell... more >>
Clark Asks for Change of Venue
Former pastor Larry Clark, already sentenced for molesting a teenage boy and facing another trial, has asked that his next trial in Rockbridge County be moved to another location. Clark’s attorney says publicity about Clark’s case makes it... more >>
Welch Waives Preliminary Hearing
Patricia Welch on Monday waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Bedford County after she was arrested last December and charged with perjury. Welch is accused of lying to a Bedford County grand jury, which is looking into the disappearance of... more >>
19th Annual Balloon Rally
The VMI Parade Ground is the location for the 19th annual Lexington Sunrise Rotary and Cornerstone Bank Balloon Rally July 2 through July 5. Admission to the event is free. The Balloon Rally includes hot air piloted and tethered balloon rides,... more >>
Concerns About Summer Travel and Fireworks
The summer driving season is the most deadly on Virginia roadways each year. AAA officials say there were nearly 9,500 motor vehicle accidents in Virginia in July of 2014, 5,400 of which resulted in injuries. 58 people were killed on Virginia... more >>
Fatal Accident in Botetourt County
Authorities continue to investigate a fatal accident Tuesday on Route 220 in Botetourt County that claimed the lives of two Clifton Forge men, 26-year-old Justin Brandt and 21-year-old Ronald Puller. The Virginia State Police say a vehicle heading... more >>
GOP Opts for Primary in 2016
The Republican Party of Virginia decided this past weekend to hold a statewide primary next March to select a presidential candidate. The statewide primary, which will be open to all voters, will be held on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016. By a 42-39... more >>
Reward Offered in Hayleigh Wilson Case
The search continues in Smyth County and Grayson County for a missing 14-year-old, Hayleigh Wilson. The Virginia State Police issued an endangered child alert late Saturday for Wilson, who went missing last week after she met with a man that she had... more >>
Centra's Lynchburg Medical Center
Centra's new Lynchburg Medical Center opened to the public on Monday. The facility’s staff includes seven physicians, two physician assistants, a nurse practitioner and three physical therapists as the center consolidates primary care and physical... more >>
Homicide Investigation in Roanoke
Roanoke Police continue to investigate a possible homicide at the Rodeway Inn on Orange Avenue. A man’s body was discovered at the motel Monday morning. Roanoke Police have not released the identity of the victim. The body was taken to the... more >>
Slightly Higher AAA Travel Projections
AAA expects 1.2 million Virginians to travel during the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, a slight increase compared to last year. AAA officials say rising income, driven by a strong employment market, is prompting more Americans to take a... more >>
New Hunting Regulation in Virginia
A new regulation takes effect Wednesday that will prevent hunters in Virginia from using natural deer urine attractants to attract deer. Under the new rule, hunters are no longer able to possess or use the substance. Hunters can still use synthetic... more >>
Man Drowns in James River Sunday
A 51-year-old man died Sunday in a boating accident on the James River, just north of Buchanan. Two boats were going through rapids in an area known as the Quarry Rapids when one of the boats capsized. The body of the victim, identified as... more >>
Gas Price Update, June 29
After the national gas price average hit a new high last week for the year at $2.80, the national average dropped slightly to $2.78 per gallon Friday, $2.58 on average in Virginia. AAA officials say the national average is four cents higher than one... more >>
Donations for Sweet Briar College
Supporters of Sweet Briar College handed over $5 million in donations to the school on Tuesday as part of a deal to end litigation regarding the planned closing of the college in August. As part of the deal, the group Saving Sweet Briar will need to... more >>


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