Taking Note of the Lynchburg Music Scene

Interest in concerts and musical performance has been increasing for the past few years in Lynchburg. Hill City is alive with the sound of music as the local band and music artist scene has been thriving for the past few years. Since 2012, the Lynchburg music culture has been growing. Locals are involving themselves in producing, promoting and curating a scene that attracts outsiders to … Continue reading Taking Note of the Lynchburg Music Scene

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Confederate Flag at Jefferson Forest Sparks Outrage

Parents took to social media to protest the display of Confederate flags on school grounds by students. Students and parents at Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County have expressed outrage over photos posted on social media that showed a group of students brandishing Confederate flags on campus, Monday, Feb. 4. The school’s “Country vs. Country Club” spirit day encouraged students to attend school dressed … Continue reading Confederate Flag at Jefferson Forest Sparks Outrage

Small Business, Big Outreach

Downtown Lynchburg outlets reach out to locals in a variety of ways Small businesses live and die by community. For a small business to be deemed successful, it must find a need in their community and reliably meet that need. Forbes posted a list of what local businesses need to be successful, and for the most part downtown Lynchburg’s host of shops and restaurants fit … Continue reading Small Business, Big Outreach

Opinion: Liberty University’s CIO Needs to Resign

John Gauger has been accused of rigging polls for the 2016 Presidential Election. If Liberty University wants to retain Christian credibility in the academic field, their Chief Information Officer John Gauger needs to resign. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, The Wall Street Journal released a report detailing how former attorney Michael Cohen paid off Gauger to rig poll data in favor of Donald Trump for the … Continue reading Opinion: Liberty University’s CIO Needs to Resign

Students: Let Your Voice be Heard

The Lynchburg Torch has many opportunities for students of all majors and interests.  Christmastime is here, and with it comes the end to another semester at Liberty. This semester, The Lynchburg Torch has gone from a lofty idea to an established student project. We’ve been enormously blessed by the student interaction we’ve received, and we are enormously thankful for the interest all of you have … Continue reading Students: Let Your Voice be Heard

Slipping Away: Who is the LU Banana Vandal?

Local vandal completes phase three of his pranks, but the question remains: who is the yellow campus crusader?  The LU Banana Vandal’s three phases of bringing about the Banana Republic have come to an end, and the culprit seems to have slipped away. On Nov. 29, the Banana Vandal posted a video on his Instagram which showed him drilling a hole into a banana, rolling … Continue reading Slipping Away: Who is the LU Banana Vandal?

Ripping Up the Road: An Update on 5th St. Construction

Road closures slow down traffic and businesses.  Lynchburg is hitting the road. Downtown Lynchburg has been getting a major renovation as multiple construction projects are modifying, renovating and refurbishing the roads and walkways around the city. According to Lynchburg’s city website, downtown has 11 construction projects in progress. While not all the projects are currently active, the ones that are have been affecting local businesses. … Continue reading Ripping Up the Road: An Update on 5th St. Construction

2040 Plan Sets Stage for Lynchburg’s Future

An overview of the blueprint for the next 22 years of city construction. Downtown is looking to the future as the Lynchburg City Council adopted the 2040 Plan, a document tracking growth, development and renovations around the city for the next 22 years, on Nov. 13. Some of the biggest renovations would be the conversion of Church and Main streets to two-way roads, improving pedestrian … Continue reading 2040 Plan Sets Stage for Lynchburg’s Future

Special Report: How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Local Counties

Virginians have been heavily affected by the opioid crisis. How can the community rally around this problem? How long can someone watch an epidemic before they feel compelled to take action? For Don Holman, the breaking point was when his son was found dead. Garrett Holman died Feb. 9, 2017, after he overdosed on heroin laced with the super-drug fentanyl, which according to the Drug … Continue reading Special Report: How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Local Counties

The LU Banana Vandal Strikes Again!

Campus miscreant vandalizes Freedom Tower. Early Wednesday, Nov. 29, the LU Banana Vandal struck again. Flags displaying giant bananas hung from the top of the Freedom Tower on Liberty’s campus. Underneath the bananas was the Vandal’s Instagram tag, @lubananavandal.   View this post on Instagram   They told me I couldn’t put bananas on the roof of the rot… but is it cool if I … Continue reading The LU Banana Vandal Strikes Again!