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Renovations at Lynchburg’s Shalom Apartments complete

Mixed into the sedate browns and grays that decorate Sherika Poindexter’s home are four pops of eye-catching blue — new placemats the mother of two bought to celebrate their new apartment.

“I want to get some curtains, too,” she said as she sized up the living/dining room. “I need to get some more blue.”

Poindexter and her daughters, ages 5 and 8, for years have lived at Shalom Apartments, an affordable housing complex owned by local nonprofit Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship.

This year, the 46-unit development underwent a top-to-bottom renovation — its first in decades. The $3.5 million overhaul brought in new roofing, wiring, floors, windows and all new energy-efficient fixtures.

“Everything is new,” said Connie Snavely, associate director of Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship.

The renovation is...

Story behind the viral video: Lynchburg boy walks into a bathroom stall asking for help washing his hands

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)– In Lynchburg, one little boy got pretty friendly in a Chick-Fil-A bathroom. You may have seen the video online- it’s everywhere.

4-year-old Levi Stevens needed help washing his hands, so he went under a stall and asked. The man in the stall took a video and it now has over 11 million views on Twitter alone.

Stevens is the kind of kid who gives hugs to anyone. He has a lot of love inside.

“He is a sweet soul,” said his mother, Melissa Stevens.

He’s also pretty trusting.

Monday night, just before his dinner arrived his mom said it was time for them to wash their hands.

“And he took off running,” said Stevens.

“She said, ‘Levi! Come in the girl’s room.’ And I said, ‘Noooo.’ I want to go to the boy’s room,” said Levi.

Levi’s plan was foolproof, except for the fact that ...

Individual Tickets on sale now

By Lynchburg Hillcats | March 19, 2018 10:11 AM ET

Lynchburg, Va. — The Lynchburg Hillcats have announced that Individual Tickets are now on sale now for the 2018 season!

Fans who purchase their tickets in advance of the game will receive $1 off per ticket compared to buying on the day of the game. Pre-sale prices include $7 for General Admission, $10 for Reserved and $13 for VIP seats. Fans will also be able to purchase tickets directly from their mobile devices by texting "LynHillcats" to 70875 or using the QR codes located near the box office.

Opening Day is Thursday, April 5th at 6:30 p.m. against the Down East Wood Ducks, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

For information about tickets for the 2018 season to watch the Hillcats defend their Carolina League Championship, fan...

Aria Legacy Group acquires Roanoke apartments for $5.9 million

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Aria Legacy Group (ALG) has acquired West Creek Manor Apartments in Roanoke from the Virginia Housing Development Authority for $5.9 million. The purchase is the Lakewood, N.J.-based firm’s second multifamily investment in the state and its first in the Roanoke Valley region.

“We are particularly excited about Roanoke,” Joe Novoseller, managing principal of ALG, said in a statement. “It is positioned among the nation’s leading mid-sized communities for economic growth and offers exceptional quality of life in terms of its location, outdoor and cultural activities, burgeoning food and music scene, and more.”

Located on Westside Boulevard, the 25-building, 197-unit, garden-style community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments...

James a power in the post, Liberty wallops High Point 65-45

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James scored 21 points, 15 after halftime, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots as Liberty dominated inside and clobbered High Point 65-45 on Saturday, pulling even with Panthers in the Big South Conference.

The four blocked shots is a career best for the 6-foot-7 sophomore. His presence at the low post, and 9 of 11 shooting, helped Liberty to a 34-22 scoring edge in the paint, 11-4 on second-chance points. The Flames (18-13, 9-9) had eight steals and scored 18 points off 14 high Point turnovers, while committing just five themselves.

Elijah Cuffee added 11 points for Liberty, which shot 45 percent from the floor (25 of 56) and made seven 3-pointers...

Pacific Life to invest $4 million, bring 300 jobs to Lynchburg

Pacific Life Insurance Co. will invest nearly $4 million to open a business center in Lynchburg, creating 300 new jobs, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Friday.

The move marks the completed acquisition of business assets from Genworth Financial and will expand Pacific Life’s products and services , a news release said.

“Pacific Life is looking forward to launching our new term life insurance operation in the city of Lynchburg,” Pacific Life President and CEO Jim Morris said in a news release from the governor’s office. “The diverse and educated workforce of Virginia will allow us to continue providing superior customer service to our policy owners as we expand into new markets.

“And Lynchburg’s vibrant downtown is the ideal place for our employees to work...

Miriam’s House works to end homelessness by connecting families with affordable housing

Tashama Carter, of Miriam’s House, loads a basket of household supplies into her car for a client in need Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Lynchburg, Va.

She moved from North Carolina to Virginia, where she was promised a place to stay, but it didn’t work out.

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The two older kids went to live with their father, but she and her 20-month-old daughter lived at the shelter for a few weeks until she moved into Miriam’s House.

“I never thought I’d be homeless,” she said. “I was facing a lot of boundaries at the time.”

With the help of Miriam’s House, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness by connecting families with affordable housing, Cobbs and two of her children now have their own home, near Dearington Elementary Schoo...

McAuliffe announces $1.1 million in homeless reduction grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $1.1 million in Homeless Reduction Grants through the state’s Housing Trust Fund for 13 projects in Virginia. The selected projects will result in targeted efforts to reduce homelessness. Governor McAuliffe awarded grants to eight rapid rehousing projects and five projects that will provide support services in existing permanent supportive housing.

“Over the past four years we have significantly reduced homelessness in the Commonwealth by targeting our funds toward proven methods of reducing homelessness, such as rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing,” said Governor McAuliffe...

Staging Your Home For The Lynchburg VA Real Estate Market

When it comes to selling a home, there are some things you can do to make it look as attractive as possible to potential buyers. There are many different things that you can do to get the look that your buyers desire. Continue reading this helpful article for advice that you can use when you want to make your home look great to sell fast.

First of all, you should make any necessary repairs or improvements. This doesn’t include giving your home a huge makeover, but it does include doing things that will make your home look a bit better. You should make any small repairs, such as a leaky faucet. Also, putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls may help.

Then, you should clean your home from top to bottom and remove the clutter...