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Online Schedule: March 30-April 3, April 6-10, April 13-17
Weekly Schedule for Jim Bresnahan’s Online, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-Noon on WREL. March 30-April 3 Monday: Easter Recipes with Mary from the Egg Council Tuesday: Virginia Sports with Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press Wednesday: The... more >>
Town Hall Meetings in Virginia
The Virginia Cyber Security Commission is hosting town hall meetings throughout the state over the next few months. The meetings are being held to gather public input and will focus on issues like cyber crime and cyber security programs. The next... more >>
Dominion Resources' New Power Plant
Dominion Resources has unveiled plans to build a 1,600-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Southside Virginia. The plant would be the state’s largest fueled by natural gas. It would be built on property that straddles the... more >>
Botetourt County Highway Contract Awarded
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded a contract to Branch Highways of Roanoke for a project to improve traffic flow and eliminate congestion at I-81’s exit 150 in Botetourt County. The project will create a dedicated exit 150B... more >>
ABC Offering Community Grants
Applications are now being accepted by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for community grants to combat underage drinking. The deadline for grant applications will be April 25. The grants are available to law enforcement... more >>
Great Strides April 18 in Lexington
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold its Great Strides fundraiser April 18 at Jordan’s Point Park in Lexington. The event will include a 2-mile walk, food, music, awards and kid’s activities. In 2014 nearly $26,000 was raised to support... more >>
Jobless Rate Drops in January
Virginia’s unemployment rate declined slightly in January to 4.7 percent. The January jobless rate is at its lowest level since October 2008. The 4.7 percent rate was down from 4.8 percent in December and 5.3 percent in January... more >>
Governor's Executive Order for Virginia ABC
Governor McAuliffe has signed an Executive Order to improve law enforcement in the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The order requires more training for all ABC special agents in the areas of use of force and effective interaction... more >>
UVa Goes With New Pricing Model
The University of Virginia will go with a new pricing model over the next two academic years. The new model is expected to raise tuition for in-state students. Families will have the option to pay a premium in exchange for the guarantee of a flat... more >>
Bull and Oyster Fest April 4
The Rockbridge Area Health Center is holding its Bull and Oyster Fest April 4 from 1 until 5pm at Devils Backbone in Lexington. Tickets are $40 per person. The admission price includes oysters, barbeque, live entertainment and a beverage ticket. ... more >>
Governor Signs Budget Bill
Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed the Fiscal 2015-2016 Budget Bill, without adding any amendments or line-item vetoes. Governor McAuliffe said the budget closes Virginia's revenue shortfall and avoids cuts to core programs like education.... more >>
July Conference at Longwood
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is making plans for its Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project summer leadership conference. The five-day event will be held July 20-24 at Longwood University in Farmville. Virginia... more >>
Rockbridge County School Days Lengthened
Due to days missed because of winter weather, students in the Rockbridge County School division will need to attend classes on Memorial Day, May 25. The school day will also be extended by nearly a half an hour Monday, March 30 through June 5.... more >>
Wine Grape Harvest Rises in 2014
Virginia’s wine grape harvest in 2014 rose by just over 17 percent from the previous year’s harvest with 8,039 tons. State officials say the 2014 wine grape harvest in Virginia is second only to the 2009 harvest, when just more than 8,600 tons... more >>
Distracted Driving Big Concern
Distracted driving remains a serious problem. New research has found that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration previously estimated that distraction was a... more >>
Former Teller Sentenced for Embezzlement
60-year-old Teresa Humphries, former head teller of the Lynrocten Federal Credit Union, was sentenced Tuesday to three years and four months in federal prison after being convicted of embezzlement. The branch manager, Linda Sue Newcomb, pleaded... more >>
Kemper St. Bridge Closing April 14
The Kemper Street Bridge over Route 29 in Lynchburg will be closed for structural repair work in April. The bridge will close for repairs April 14 through September 2016. A detour will be set up but traffic delays can be... more >>
Investigators Unable to Confirm 2012 Rape Occurred
Charlottesville Police have not been able to confirm that a gang rape occurred at a UVa frat in 2012 as outlined in a Rolling Stone article last year. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo says police can not confirm that a rape occurred at any... more >>
Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Established
Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an Executive Directive to establish the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice to better coordinate behavioral health and justice services. Governor McAuliffe says the Center will help achieve better... more >>
5% Pay Hike Planned in Campbell County
The Campbell County school board has decided to go with a 5 percent teacher pay raise in the budget for the 2015-16 school year. School officials need to determine how much local funding will be required to go with the 5 percent pay hike, rather... more >>
Bedford County Sheriff Battles Cyberbullying
Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and several other agencies have launched a new program aimed at combating cyberbullying. Brown is a co-founder of an internet safety nonprofit group. He says his group, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, has joined... more >>
Lee Chapel Reopens March 30
Lee Chapel and Museum will reopen to the public on Monday, March 30. The historic building closed last December for the installation of a fire suppression system. New smoke detectors were added to the auditorium. The hours of operation for Lee... more >>
Lynchburg Council Approves Financing
Lynchburg City Council voted Tuesday to give its backing to plans to provide part of the financing for the restoration of an historic downtown building, The Virginian, into a hotel. Council voted 6-1 in favor of supporting the plan to allow the... more >>
Car and Train Involved in Montgomery County Accident
An accident involving a train and a car Wednesday in Montgomery County injured four people. A car attempted to cross railroad tracks on Reese Mountain Road near Elliston Wednesday around 6 p.m. but was hit by a Norfolk Southern train. Three... more >>
Tax Period Extended in Rockbridge County
The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to extend the previously approved additional one percent of the local occupancy tax to the Virginia Horse Center three more years, extending the tax to cover a total of 5 years overall. ... more >>
Missing 5-Year-Old's Body Found
The body of 5-year-old Noah Thomas, the Pulaski County boy missing since last Sunday, was found Thursday in a septic tank on property owned by the family on Highland Road. Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis says no one has been arrested thus far in... more >>
Former W&L Student's Lawsuit
A former Washington and Lee University student who said he was kicked out of school on the basis of a false rape charge and is suing the university has asked that he be reinstated at the university as part of a final decision in the lawsuit. The... more >>
No Resignations at Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar College administrators will not resign, despite a call for resignations from the group, Saving Sweet Briar. The group accused school administrators of breaking Virginia law in deciding to close the school next August. Sweet Briar... more >>
 

 

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