Archives for November 2016

Tractor Trailer Crash

A tractor-trailer accident had a stretch of I-64 East shut down in Rockbridge County, yesterday morning. The Big Rig was hauling 48 hundred pounds of flour. No injuries were reported.

Ridenhour Music

Ridenhour Music is closing its doors after 74 years. The owner is retiring. The company, with one remaining store on West Main Street in Salem, has been selling off its deep collection of instruments over the past month. The last day of sales is December 17th.

Cruise lights

The Danville Police Department is implementing “cruise lights” in a move to deter crime and to help residents easily locate an officer. Officials say the lights also help to identify police vehicles in situations where officers may be conducting investigations without causing too much attention with flashing lights. The department says the lights can be switched off when an officer is conducting surveillance or enforcing traffic laws.

Teen that was locked in closet case

The grandmother and father of a 13-year-old girl who was locked in a closet and starved in Bedford County are going to prison. The judge sentenced Shirley Venable yesterday to one year in jail and Arsean Hobbs to three years for their roles in the abuse of the girl in their Mount Airy Road home. The teen’s mother 39-year-old Yvette Hobbs is scheduled to be sentenced December 9th after also pleading guilty in the case.


The Monelison Volunteer Fire Department says the wildfire in Amherst County is 90 percent contained. The fire has burned more than eleven-thousand acres in the mountains and has forced road and trail closures across the Appalachian Trail between Road 507 and Cow Camp Gap.

House Fire

An investigation is underway into a house fire in Franklin County Monday morning that left a person dead. It took crews about an hour to put out the fire inside the home on Crafts Ford Court in the Wirtz community. It was hours later that officials say firefighters discovered the body of the victim.

Coach Remembered

The Alleghany High girls basketball team was suppose to kick off its season Monday, but instead the team and school remembered their coach Danny Keene, who was killed in a two car accident Sunday in West, Virginia. Keene was a teacher at Alleghany for 29 years, and coached the girls varsity basketball team for the last 24 years. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

Holiday Incidents

Virginia State Police say seven people died in car accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday in the Commonwealth. That’s down from nine deaths last year and eight on the roadways in 2014. Among the seven killed, two were pedestrians. Officials say of the five drivers and passengers who died, four were not wearing seatbelts. The deaths happened in several counties and two cities across Virginia, including Loudoun, Norfolk, Campbell and Buckingham.

Danville Water no Longer smells

The city of Danville says its water is no longer smelly so it’s going to stop using carbon to treat it. Officials began treating the water with the chemical at a cost of up to $500 a day after residents complained of an odor coming from it. But after receiving no recent complaints of foul smelling drinking water, officials say the carbon is no longer needed.

VA Economy improving

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state’s economy is improving and he won’t have to cut as much from the state budget as previously thought. McAuliffe told reporters Monday that he and other state officials are “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of the state’s economy, in part because payroll tax revenues have grown in recent months