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

Women’s March Attracts Crowd in Support of ERA

Local rally draws hundreds for equal rights legislation. The city of Lynchburg held a rally alongside various cities across the United States as a part of a national Women’s March on Jan. 19. Despite the threat of rain, nearly 200 people gathered on the sidewalk near the Lynchburg Community Market for their own Women’s March rally, many wearing pink hats and toting protest signs. Men, … Continue reading Women’s March Attracts Crowd in Support of ERA

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?

Liberty Hires Hugh Freeze as Football Coach

Divisive hire comes days after former coach Turner Gill’s resignation.  On Nov. 7 Liberty University announced Hugh Freeze would be taking over as head football coach just days after former coach Turner Gill announced his retirement. Freeze accepted the position a year after he resigned from his previous position as the Ole Miss head coach due to a scandal concerning personal and professional misconduct. But … Continue reading Liberty Hires Hugh Freeze as Football Coach

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

Opinion: Patrol Rifle Purchase Best Option to Protect Lynchburg

Officer injury leads to city council approving rifle purchases.  The Lynchburg City Council recently voted to purchase 43 semi-automatic rifles in order to “fully outfit the department’s patrol division,” according to the News & Advance. The vote came just weeks after a Lynchburg police officer was shot in the line of duty. While the officer has been released from the hospital, the incident caused Lynchburg … Continue reading Opinion: Patrol Rifle Purchase Best Option to Protect Lynchburg

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

Liberty Needs Freedom of Speech on Campus.

Liberty claims to be a big proponent of free speech, but is it really? Liberty University prides itself on being  one of the largest Christian universities in the world, one that trains students to be “Champions for Christ.” But Liberty has had a mixed history in regard to freedom of speech and expression on campus. While public universities are required to allow free speech on … Continue reading Liberty Needs Freedom of Speech on Campus.