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Loans available for victims of tornado damage

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Victims of a tornado that ripped through parts of central Virginia earlier this year can now apply for low-interest loans to help them rebuild.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that the U.S. Small Business Administration loans are available to help residents and business owners in Lynchburg.

Businesses and nonprofits may borrow up to $2 million to replace or repair real estate, machinery and equipment.

Homeowners can borrow loans up to $200,000.

The National Weather Service estimated the tornado’s top wind speeds were 130 mph (210 kph) when it struck Lynchburg in April.

The tornado cut a path about six football fields wide in places for 20 miles (30 kilometers) as it tore through Campbell and Amherst counties...

Harvard Corporation elects two new members

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Penny S. Pritzker ’81, former U.S. secretary of Commerce and past Harvard Overseer, and Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin, president of Amherst College and former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will become the newest members of the Harvard Corporation in July.

In accordance with Harvard’s charter, they were elected today by the President and Fellows, with the consent of the Board of Overseers. They will fill vacancies created as Boston business executive Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71, completes his Corporation service, and as President Drew Faust steps down from the Corporation and Lawrence S. Bacow, J.D./M.P.P. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, a fellow since 2011, assumes the presidency.

“Biddy Martin and Penny Pritzker will be outstanding new members of th...

GO Virginia to create Roanoke-Blacksburg-Lynchburg economic council

Founding leadership of the GO Virginia initiative named 28 people to form a Roanoke-Blacksburg-Lynchburg economic development council.

GO’s board plans to approve the names Tuesday.

GO stands for Growth and Opportunity, a 2016 initiative to promote economic and workforce development. Coalitions of business, education and community leaders will operate in nine parts of the state. The state will budget for region-specific economic and workforce development projects that the regional groups endorse under the plan.

The local council plans to schedule its first meeting in late March and could receive proposals for funding consideration this fall, said John Provo, director of the office of economic development at Virginia Tech. Tech has offered to provide staffing for the local council.

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VA: Lynchburg Regional Airport Commission Recommends One-Year Lease for Operator

The Lynchburg Regional Airport Commission unanimously voted to recommend a one-year lease agreement renewal with the airport’s sole fixed-based operator during a special meeting Monday.

Aviation Resources Inc., which is owned by a Liberty University subsidiary, has provided aeronautic services such as fueling and aircraft maintenance at the airport since September 2015, when Lynchburg City Council authorized a three-year lease with the operator.

While that authorization included a five-year renewal option, commissioners decided Monday to recommend a one-year renewal while also favoring a provision to submit a request for proposals for other potential FBOs in addition to Aviation Resources.

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Loyalty to Trump key focus of Virginia GOP Senate debate

Republican primary senatorial candidate Corey Stewart, right, gestures as E. W. Jackson, left, Del. Nick Freitas, center, listen during a debate at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump was a central focus of the hour-long debate, which pitted a polished young up-and-comer who has the backing of the establishment wing of the state party against an ultra-Trump supporter whose bomb-throwing style mirrors the president’s.

Stewart was fired from the Trump campaign in 2016 for leading an unauthorized protest at the Republican National Committee headquarters, where Stewart complained that national GOP leaders were not properly supporting Trump after a video surfaced in which he was heard bragging about groping women.

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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...