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Past articles by Courtny:

E.C. Glass football player squeezes dad's hand, breathing on own after shooting

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- One of the victims of a deadly shooting last week in Lynchburg is recovering and showing signs of getting better. A family friend said Justin Barnett is off a ventilator and breathing on his own. Barnett was one of two senior E. C. Glass football players shotThursday night. Around 7:30 p. m. Lynchburg Police responded to the 2300 block of Yorktown Ave, at The Meadows… → Read More

Experts: mild winter in Virginia causes uptick in ticks

It's that time of year where you have to watch out for ticks. Extension agents explain that there is an uptick in ticks in Virginia this year due to the mild winter. "The tick population has really exploded early," Appomattox County Extension Agent Bonnie Tillotson said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there were nearly 60,000 cases of tickborne disease reported to them… → Read More

Neurologists: more and more young people are suffering from strokes

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- It was news that surprised many people earlier this week - actor Luke Perry passed away. He was just 52-years-old, and died after suffering a massive stroke. Centra Medical Group Neurologists state that they are seeing more young people suffer from strokes. "It's a tragedy that we lost Luke Perry," Centra Medical Group Neurologist Dr. Suman Nalluri said. Dr. Nalluri said… → Read More

Lock'n Festival founder looks to create music venue in Downtown Lynchburg

LYNCHURG, Va. (WSET) -- A new music venue is in the works in Downtown Lynchburg thanks to Lock'n Festival founder Dave Frey. Frey says he and two others are in the process of buying the City Auditorium Building on Main Street. The building was built in 1909 and may now be getting new life. Frey says their company feels like there is a thirst for live music downtown and they want to be the ones… → Read More

Streak of wet weather creating muddy lawns

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- With all of the rain and wet weather that has hit Virginia, most homeowners lawns look rather muddy lately. Many yards across the area have thinned patches of grass surrounded by mud and puddles. Blaine Martin with Lawn Doctor of Central Virginia said that some rain is ideal, but not in the amounts that we've gotten in the past 12 months. Martin said you'll more than… → Read More

Flu cases jump from 285 to 345 in just one week in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- It's that time of year again and viral infections are on the rise in the area, and that includes the flu. There is a lot of illness spreading around at the moment, but Central Medical Director Doctor Chris Thomson says it's nothing to worry about. "The number of influenza cases that we're seeing is about average, about an average year," said Dr. Thomson. "It's actually a… → Read More

Police: 2 dead after 2 vehicles crash on Route 60 in Nelson County

UPDATE: Virginia State Police have released the names of the victims of the crash. They say Rodney L. Blair, 52, of Shipman, was driving a 1996 Chevroley pickup truck westbound on Route 60 when it crossed the center line and hit an eastbound 2004 GMC Envoy. They say Blair was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. Mellissa M. Ellis, 39, of Gladstone was driving the GMC and died at the… → Read More

'Skunk friend': Teachers feed skunk that roamed around local school, preventing recess

BEDFORD CO. Va. (WSET) -- Teachers at Big Island Elementary School found a skunk roaming around the school the past few days.But now some teachers are upset over the skunk's fate. Teachers and staff at the school grew attached to the skunk after only four → Read More

Wells Fargo enacts new policy preventing cash deposits in certain accounts

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- We have been getting calls from viewers having issues depositing cash money into accounts at Wells Fargo banks in our area.So we got to the bottom of the issue.Wells Fargo implemented a new policy in May to prevent non-account owne → Read More

Former Danville Mayor and longtime attorney dies at 81

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A former Danville Mayor, council member, and longtime attorney has died.Ronald Williams Senior died this past Saturday at the age of 81.He practiced law in Danville and Pittsylvania County for over 50 years.He was also active in ser → Read More

New and improved Tiny Town Mini Golf reopens in Danville

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- There's some new fun for the whole family headed to Danville.Tiny Town Golf on Arnett Boulevard in Danville is open again after eight years of being closed. They now offer food and drinks to enjoy at the course.Families say they are → Read More

Arrest warrants shed new information on Ringgold man shooting father

RINGGOLD, Va. (WSET) -- ABC 13 has new information after investigators say a man shot and killed his own father in Ringgold over the weekend.According to newly obtained arrest warrants, Zackary Long shot his father, David Christopher Long, multiple times.T → Read More

Henry County car fire possibly started accidentally from exhaust system

FIELDALE, Va. (WSET) -- For the first time we are seeing what's left of the car where Henry County deputies found a body.This comes after a man found a burning vehicle with a body next to it in the backyard of his Fieldale home Wednesday.Investigators said → Read More

Inspiring: Local business installs A/C unit for elderly woman living with a broken one

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A woman in Danville is living a bit more comfortably thanks to a local business.GoDocs Mobile Practice, a walk-in medical clinic that also provides house calls, mobile x-rays, and ultrasounds, said their staff went to see a homeboun → Read More

Martinsville Mayor decides not to run for re-election to city council

Martinsville Mayor Gene Teague said Wednesday he will not be running for re-election this fall.There are two seats available on city council in the November election, but Teague said he has decided to give someone else a chance to be on the board.He's been → Read More

Dedicated election workers continue to volunteer

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) Working the polls can be a long day for volunteers, but their job is important!And it is a job many dedicated volunteers keep doing year after year.They have to be ready to go at their polling places by 5 a.m. and they work until at le → Read More

Danville Utilities refunds 10 churches after overpaid utility bills

Churches on the Southside will be refunded thousands of dollars after leaders overpaid on their utility bills over the past several years.Danville Utilities Director Jason Grey said 10 churches in the area are receiving $200,709.72 combined for the error. → Read More

Friends, family still searching for answers one year after grad party shooting death

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- It has been one year since recent George Washington High School graduate Tion Burton was shot and killed at a graduation party in Axton.His murder is still unsolved and his cousin Marlo Burton said their family needs answers.We knew → Read More

Walking Marine on sixth walk to D.C. to raise awareness for veteran suicides

Terry Sharpe is a Vietnam Veteran and is walking to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about veteran suicides.There's 22-plus veterans committing suicide everyday the more people's aware of it, maybe we can save one, Sharpe said.Sharpe started his 300 mile → Read More

Danville boy hoping to raise money for local tornado vicitms with lemonAID

You may be asking yourself how you can help local tornado victims affected from the April15 storms across our area.Danville's Silas Zeidler may be able to help you out. He is turning a sour situation into a sweet one by raising money for tornado victims th → Read More