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Past articles by Caren:

Mixed reactions after Gov. Northam signs bill banning people under 21 from buying tobacco

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Buying tobacco products is about to get harder for teens. Governor Northam signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying products with tobacco and nicotine. Dr. John Salmon has spent two decades working to help people stop smoking. A pathologist at Centra Hospital, he helped to roll out a city wide anti-smoking program and is is part of a steering committee for… → Read More

The Bean Tree Cafe is moving to Walmart on Wards to give you a boost of energy

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Soon you'll be able to get a boost of energy before you shop. The Bean Tree Cafe is opening up their third location, in Walmart on Wards Road in Lynchburg.The coffee and tea shop also has sandwiches and baked desserts. Co-owner Jos → Read More

Former Bedford Co. Deputy Superintendent files charges for employment discrimination

BEDFORD Co. (WSET) -- The former Bedford County Schools Deputy Superintendent is filing charges for employment discrimination.Dr. Cherie Whitehurst filed a complaint against the Bedford County School Board with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. → Read More

Accidental ashes: Human ashes dropped off at local Goodwill

CAMPBELL Co., Va. (WSET) -- Loved ones will soon be reunited with human remains that were accidentally dropped off at a Goodwill in Lynchburg.The store on Timberlake Road gets nearly 100 donations every single day, but in the six years since Denise Keen ha → Read More

Parents beware: Scorching temperatures make for even hotter playground equipment

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- With these scorching temperatures, surfaces outside may be more dangerous than you think. Experts say that any object that can reach 120 degrees can burn a child quickly. Tonya Freitas made sure she brought extra water for her four → Read More

Officials share the latest on the feral cat caught in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Authorities are making sure animals in our area don't have rabies. That's after a feral cat recently tested positive for the dangerous disease. Police say the cat attacked a man, a dog, and a puppy on Langhorne Road on Friday. Auth → Read More

Local 92 year old barber is a cut above everybody else

VINTON, Va. (WSET) -- Luther Pagans has been cutting hair in Vinton for 64 years; he still has the magic touch. You just have to keep doing the best you can with what you got to do with, said Pagans. A warm personality, and a $14 hair cut has his clients c → Read More

Man who traveled to Bedford Co. to meet 16-year-old pleads guilty to child porn charges

BEDFORD CO. (WSET) -- A Chesapeake man pleaded guilty to child porn charges today in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Michael Bowser pleaded guilty to 10 felony charges and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Bowser → Read More

Miss Lynchburg believes Miss America made the right choice with new judging criteria

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Bathing suits and the Miss America pageant have been companions for 97 years.Now organizers say they want to focus on brains over bodies.Rachel Distefano, the current Miss Lynchburg, performed in a bathing suit competition to get h → Read More

What do you hear? The internet debate: Yanny Vs. Laurel

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Yanny or Laurel? An audio recording has friends, family, and even co-workers questioning each other's hearing.Most believe they are hearing it crystal clear.Dr. Kara Martin, and Dr. Danny Gnewikow, audiologists at Audiology Hearing → Read More

Buckle Up: Seatbelt use brought to the forefront after six ejected in Bedford Co. crash

FOREST, Va. (WSET) -- One teenager involved in the Bedford County Crash early Sunday morning is fighting for his life.A family member of Cade Bailey posted a message on Facebook said that he's in a coma after he and six other people under the age of 21 wer → Read More

Neighbors of new Forest restaurant concerned about people parking on street, property

FOREST, Va. (WSET) -- Parking is a premium at a new restaurant in Forest, but it's creating some issues for residents who live in the area.East Coast Wings and Grill opened Monday, May 7 where the new Starbucks also just opened.Cars are lining up across th → Read More

2 E.C. Glass students, 4 others ejected during crash in Bedford Co. this weekend

BEDFORD Co., Va (WSET) -- Six people are recovering after being ejected from a car early on the morning of Sunday, May 6 in Forest. Police say the crash happened in the 4400 block of Thomas Jefferson Road, close to Smoketree Road.The Forest Volunteer Fire → Read More

330+ buildings damaged in Lynchburg, 32 condemned; volunteers available to help clean

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The City of Lynchburg is offering help to those who need it for bringing in brush and/or storm debris after Sunday's tornado.City staff volunteers will be able to help out on Saturday, April 21 between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.They said tha → Read More

'Working for Jesus;' Appomattox woman spends 2 decades helping out those in need

APPOMATTOX Co., Va. (WSET) -- To some, taking time out of our day to help others in need may not always come naturally, but to Shirley Walker, it's just common sense.In 1994 she was working at a drug store during the day and each night she would think of h → Read More

LU to build new 125,000-square-foot arena next to the Vines Center

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Liberty University is building a new 125,000-square-foot arena.The new arena will provide additional space for sporting events, concerts, and other events that don't require venue as big as the Vines Center. The Liberty Arena will → Read More

Lynchburg City Manager asks 15 departments for submissions to reduce budget by 2%

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Budget season is here and some departments were taxed with making some tough considerations, including Lynchburg's City Manager, who asked 15 city departments for a submission of ways to reduce budgets in their departments by two p → Read More

Need to get rid of your Christmas tree? Local winery is feeding them to their goats

BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- It's the gift that keeps on giving.Christmas is over, but what are you doing with your tree?The owners of Peaks of Otter Winery are giving you a different kind of option to get rid of your tree, but feeding them to their goats.Da → Read More

Local artist couple picks up and moves to Prague

BEDFORD Co. (WSET) -- A local couple is heading to the Czech Republic.Susan Loy and Ron Ayers own Literary Calligraphy and have been working together for nearly 30 years.It's the best job, explained Ayers, Working for yourself, working with your wife.I tak → Read More

Bill Gates invests $50 million of his own money to fight Alzheimer's Disease

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Bill Gates announced he's investing $50 million of his own money to fight Alzheimer's Disease.According to the Alzheimer's Association, people have a 50 percent chance of developing the disease after the age of 85.Currently, there i → Read More