TRBC dazzles

Thousands enjoy holiday spectacle Every year around Christmastime, Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) hosts the Virginia Christmas Spectacular, a holiday event that brings a taste of Broadway to Lynchburg, Virginia. “We begin auditions in August,” show director Lorie Marsh said. “Rehearsals begin in September, but we work on the show …

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Student tragically killed

joy — Friends remember senior’s upbeat personality. Facebook photo

Senior Jon Gregoire dies after being struck by train on restricted trestle Jon Gregoire, a 21-year-old Liberty University senior, died Saturday, Nov. 8 around 4 p.m. after being struck by an oncoming train on a trestle behind Riverside Park in Lynchburg. Gregoire, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, was majoring in business administration-marketing …

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Trespassing: train tragedy

TRESTLE — Approximately 1,800 feet of Norfolk Southern train track runs above the James River, and pedestrians are banned from the track. Photo credit: Alyssa Bockman

Death of Jon Gregoire marks third fatality on James River trestle in three years The death of Liberty University senior Jon Gregoire, 21, Saturday, Nov. 8 marked the third train-related death at a trestle in downtown Lynchburg in the past three years. Gregoire was pronounced dead at the scene of …

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City Council denies plea

danger — Students regularly have to cross two lanes of traffic by intersection where Kung Jin Oh was hit in order to get to their destination. Photo credit: Josh Janney

Proposal for a crosswalk near the Annex shot down despite recent accident The Lynchburg City Council has rejected Liberty University’s pleas for a crosswalk to be installed at the intersection of Odd Fellows Road and Albert Lankford Drive, despite growing concerns that the intersection is a safety risk for pedestrians …

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Academy of Fine Arts updates

The Academy of Fine Arts, which has programs that allow individuals to excel in the areas of performing and visual arts, is currently working toward restoring the historic theater that has been closed since 1958. Formerly owned by Liberty University, the school never met their goal of restoring the historic …

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Zombies roaming free

undead — Zombies and other creative costumes invaded downtown Lynchburg over the weekend. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Lynchburg Zombie Walk encourages people to donate and help community Hundreds of zombies, consisting of moms, doctors, scarecrows, nuns, scientists and just about any kind of zombie imagineable, crept their way into the Lynchburg Community Market Saturday night, Oct. 18. Surprisingly, these zombies were not at the Community Market looking …

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Registration approaches end

LUXURY — Students enjoy convenience of voting in Vines Center. Photo credit: Joel Coleman

Efforts made to avoid low student voter turnout on election day During the 2014 Lynchburg City Council race, several people, including Montgomery Pace, chairwoman of the College Republicans of Liberty University, sacrificed much of their time to motivate students to vote. When only 198 showed up at the Liberty precinct, …

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Alumna pursues music

farewell — Liberty alumna Jane Marczewski sang at the Canvas in Lynchburg and said goodbye to her fans before leaving Lynchburg for Nashville, Tennessee. Photo credit: Lauren Adriance

Marczewski performs final concert in Lynchburg to thank fans for support It is hard for Jane Marczewski to walk through the Liberty University campus without being recognized. For the Liberty alumna who graduated in 2013, these last moments in Lynchburg are more than simple hellos or a stroll through campus. …

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Prepare to scare

message — Scaremare enlists student volunteers every October to create a haunted trail and house in order to present the gospel. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty will host annual Scaremare event to reach community Scaremare is slinking back into action Thursday, Oct. 9 and will continue to run every Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-25. Scaremare takes attendees on a journey, passing through creepy trails, dark woods and eventually entering the houses. According to Scaremare’s official …

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Eating on the go

menu — Datz “A” Bagel & Coffee offers coffee, smoothies and a variety of quick meals. Photo credit: Lauren Adriance

New food trailer offers big selection of breakfast and lunch items Recently rolling into Lynchburg, Datz “A” Bagel & Coffee is one of the newest food trailers in the local area offering a wide variety of coffee drinks and breakfast foods. According to Datz “A” Bagel & Coffee’s Facebook page, …

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Venture off campus

hike — Students relax and enjoy the view . Photo credit: Christieanna Apon

Students can explore many parks and trails around the area Lynchburg, Virginia, is home to more than just Liberty University. Beyond the bounds of campus, recreational activities abound. The James River Heritage Trail network, described by lynchburgva.-gov as the city’s “greatest asset,” is a 10-minute drive from campus, and offers …

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Festival heads to Lynchburg

activity — Downtown will be filled with food and entertainment. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Get! Downtown offers a variety of music and vendors for locals to enjoy For the past five years, six blocks in downtown Lynchburg have been closed off for a single day to make room for the annual Get! Downtown Street Festival. The sixth annual event will take place Sept. 12 …

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A taste of New York

fresh — A new bagel shop opened in Lynchburg, offering a variety of doughnuts, bagels and sandwiches. Photo credit: Ellie Fraser

Blue Ridge Bagels and More opens on Leesville Road, bringing deli-style food to Lynchburg Every morning at 3 a.m., Barry and Cheryl Kane get up and begin baking the doughnuts for the day. Blue Ridge Bagels and More is hard to miss on Leesville Road. At first glance, the store …

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CSER begins

Students serve community There are many new and exciting ways to serve the city of Lynchburg this fall. The Center for Christian/Community Service (CSER) is offering a variety of opportunities to fulfill students’ CSER requirements. CSER not only allows students to work in the city of Lynchburg, but all around …

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Election impacts

Falwell encourages students to vote With Lynchburg City Council Elections approaching May 10, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell said he would like to encourage students to participate in the local political process. “It only takes a small turnout to make a difference during these off-season elections, 3,000 votes is all …

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