• Feds investigate possible thefts at Va. hospital pharmacy

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating possible thefts at Lynchburg General Hospital’s pharmacy. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a warrant at the pharmacy on Wednesday. Special agent in charge Gregory Cherundolo tells The News & Advance ( ) that the warrant is related to an investigation of possible prescription drug thefts. He…

  • Virginia military family gets holiday home makeover

    A military family in Alexandria is getting a big surprise ahead of
    Christmas. Before their father deploys, Operation Homefront is giving them
    home makeover.

  • Consignment store owner accused of burglaries in 3 Va. localities

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The owner of a consignment store in Lynchburg is accused of burglarizing multiple homes in three localities. Media outlets report that 38-year-old Katie Carico Hyatt faces breaking and entering and grand larceny charges in Appomattox and Campbell counties, and in Lynchburg. She also is charged in Campbell County with one count…

  • Former Va. senator donates personal papers

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former state senator from Lynchburg is donating his personal papers to the Virginia Historical Society. Democrat Elliot Schewel served in the Senate from 1976 to 1995. He served on the Historical Society’s board of trustees for six years starting in 1998. The organization’s president and CEO, Paul Levengood, says the…

  • Woman who defaced Va. memorial punished anew

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge has added to the sentence of a woman who broke off the bayonet of a Lynchburg statue paying homage to World War I veterans. Under a plea deal, Jessica McCrickard was to spend four Fridays downtown with veterans during weekly rallies for defacing the landmark Doughboy Statue downtown. But…

  • Va. transgender woman wins name change on 2nd try

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A 24-year-old transgender woman in Lynchburg has won a second bid to legally change her name after a judge rejected her initial request. Joseph David Fialkowski had sought to have her name changed to Julianna Tourmaline Fialkowski. She told The News & Advance ( ) that she has been receiving hormone…

  • Va events aim to introduce women to aviation

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Organizers of a series of events are hoping to introduce women and girls to aviation. The “Women Can Fly” events are set for May and June at various airports in Virginia, including an event Saturday at Lynchburg Regional Airport. Officials said events held last year introduced more than 370 women and…

  • New Centra building in Lynchburg to open in 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Centra is building a new $13 million building in Lynchburg that will consolidate patient services in the area. The building is scheduled to open in early 2015. It will include occupational health, rehab and primary-care services, and a new urgent-care center. Centra spokeswoman Diane Riley tells The News & Advance (…

  • Veterans networking site focuses on jobs

    After spending time serving their country, many
    veterans face difficulty finding a job and
    adjusting to normal life back at home. A new
    social networking site aims to help connect
    veterans with peers and employers.