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Online Schedule: Dec 22-26, Dec 29-Jan 2 and Jan. 5-9
Weekly Schedule for Jim Bresnahan’s Online, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-Noon on WREL. Dec 22-26 Monday: Mary with the Virginia Egg Council/Holiday recipes Tuesday: Virginia Sports update with Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press. Wednesday:... more >>
Enrollment in Prepaid College Tuition Program
March 31 is the deadline for Virginians to enroll in the state's prepaid college tuition program. The annual enrollment period for the Virginia529 prepaid program started on Monday. The enrollment allows families to purchase future in-state tuition... more >>
Flu Shot Still Recommended
State health officials say as long as flu viruses are spreading, it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. The Virginia Department of Health says flu season typically peaks in winter, but can extend into the spring months. The flu vaccine is... more >>
New Market Battlefield Closed
The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War is closed for the next month. The park is closed to allow for the removal of asbestos. New carpet is also being installed in the museum. The park will be... more >>
Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations
The Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to donate blood during the holiday season. To encourage donations, all those who donate blood December 24 through January 4 will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Eligible... more >>
Governor's Proposed Budget Changes
Governor Terry McAuliffe has released details about his proposed changes to the state’s biennial budget. The governor wants to increase the money that is spent to attract businesses to Virginia. Governor McAuliffe also still wants to expand... more >>
Online Survey in Lynchburg
Lynchburg officials are seeking public input on city services. The city has set up an online survey in order to get citizens’ input on education and economic development. Lynchburg residents will be able to fill out the online survey through... more >>
State Grant for Poplar Forest
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Bedford County has received a state grant to help design a new entrance way. The state grant, of just over $132,000, will pay for extra personnel to survey the grounds where the entrance parkway will be located,... more >>
Open Enrollment Deadlines
Monday, December 15 was the last day to apply to qualify for health insurance by January 1 through the Affordable Care Act. Open Enrollment will continue for the next few months. You have until February 15, 2015 to sign up for health care coverage... more >>
New VMI Football Coach
Scott Wachenheim has been named the new head football coach at VMI. A 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and veteran coach with over 25 years of experience in the college ranks, Wachenheim comes to VMI from the University of... more >>
200 New Jobs for Henry County
Some positive economic news for Henry County. A processed meats manufacturer, Monogram Food Solutions, will invest $36 million to expand its meat snacks production facility in Henry County. The expansion will result in 200 new jobs. ... more >>
News and Sports Updates with Jim Bresnahan
Tune in weekday mornings on Classic 96.7, 3WZ and AM-1450 for Jim Bresnahan's news and sports updates! (Jim pictured below broadcasting RCHS Wildcats state tournament basketball at JMU in... more >>
Salem Detective Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge
Salem police detective Kevin Moore pleaded guilty to bribery Tuesday in Roanoke federal court. The 42-year-old Moore pleaded guilty to eliciting sexual favors from a defendant and two witnesses by telling them that he would help them avoid charges... more >>
ACA Disappointed in Buena Vista's Decision
ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation, the insurance company handling Buena Vista’s debt payments on the Vista Links Golf Course, says it’s disappointed in the recent decision by Buena Vista City Council to stop the city’s debt payments on the $10... more >>
Lexington Woman Sentenced for Embezzling
Rockbridge County Circuit Court Judge Michael Irvine has sentenced Marilyn Dudley of Lexington to three years and eight months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from her church, Collierstown Presbyterian. Dudley had entered guilty pleas to... more >>
Dominion's Alternate Route
Dominion has released details about an alternate route for its Atlantic Coast pipeline, which would bypass Nelson County. Dominion's preferred route for the pipeline would run through Highland and Nelson counties. The alternate route would take... more >>
House Fire Tuesday in Lynchburg
A fire in Lynchburg on Tuesday displaced a family of five. The basement fire in a home on Hawthorne Road was called in to firefighters just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday. No word yet on the cause of Tuesday’s... more >>
Concerns with Pertussis
Much of Central and Southside Virginia has seen an increase in cases of pertussis. State health officials say pertussis, also known as whooping cough, can be fatal for infants. Officials with the Virginia Department of Health advise people who work... more >>
Venison Donations Down This Year
Donations of venison to the Hunters for the Hungry program are down. The Hunters for the Hungry program provides venison to hungry families through food banks. Donations of venison to the program are at a 17-year low. Last year, Hunters for the... more >>
Certification for Liberty's Simulator Program
The aviation program at Liberty University has received a national simulator certification from the FAA as part of the National Simulator Program. Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics received the FAA certification. Only six other... more >>
Former W & L Student Files Lawsuit
An former Washington and Lee student has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming he was unfairly expelled from Washington and Lee for having consensual sex with another student who later claimed she was raped. The former student claims that Washington and... more >>
New Law for Older Drivers
Starting January 1, drivers 75 or older will have to renew their driver’s license in person every five years, as opposed to the current eight-year period. AAA recently released a report that found that nearly 80 percent of drivers 75 or older... more >>
Rejected Plea Deal Remains Sealed
A plea deal for Nicholas Hansel that was rejected by a judge will remain sealed. Hansel, a Washington and Lee student, is charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident that claimed the life of another W & L... more >>
Foster Named Director of Emergency Services in Lynchburg
Melissa Foster has been named the new permanent Director of Emergency Services in the city of Lynchburg. Foster, who has been with the department for 15 years, had been serving as the acting director of emergency services. Foster has been working... more >>
Sheriff's Office Investigating Burglaries
The Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a number of recent burglaries. That includes the theft of custom-made Christmas wreaths from Herman’s Produce on Route 60 East. Investigators are also looking into other... more >>
$17.5 Million for Preschool Programs
Virginia will receive $17.5 million in federal grant money to expand preschool programs. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will help support and expand Virginia Preschool Initiative programs in 11 school districts in... more >>
Rockbridge Area Christmas Basket Program
Baskets of food and toys for the Rockbridge Christmas Basket program will be packed Saturday, December 20 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Howard P. Anderson Arena at the Virginia Horse Center. The Rockbridge Christmas Basket program, which is in its... more >>
Gas Price Update, Dec. 15
Gas prices continue to drop across the country to the lowest levels in four years. The national average price of regular grade gasoline dropped to $2.71 Friday and $2.43 in Virginia. The national average is down 25 cents in the past month and 54... more >>


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