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Local Man Killed In Crash On LU’s Campus

A car ran off the road and down an embankment into Williams Stadium on the campus of Liberty University around 8:30 on Saturday night. It happened in the 1900 block of University Blvd.

Lynchburg Police say the driver, 61-year-old, James R. Dowdy of Lynch Station was pronounced dead at the hospital around 9:05 p.m.

Police are investigating this crash. If you have any information please call the Lynchburg Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (434) 455-6047

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The donated “The Plaza” may be sold

Less than five months after The Plaza was donated to Liberty University, the property may change hands again.

The school may sell the $11.7 million shopping center to a “reputable developer” who has made an offer on the property.

A draft contract is in the works, and the school is probably a few days away from signing.
That would begin a 90-day closing process, anytime during which the potential buyer could back out.

Because of a confidentiality agreement, Falwell JR. could not name the potential buyer or disclose the proposed amount of the sale.

In September, the Arizona-based Sandor Development Co. donated the 42-acre, 467,000-square-foot shopping center to the university.

Located off Memorial Avenue near E.C. Glass High School, the center is home to a Carmike movie theater, outsourcing firm StarTek and a variety of stores.

The Plaza was once the hub of Hill City shopping, but River Ridge mall, and later the Wards Road corridor, hurt its popularity. For years, Lynchburg officials have planned revitalization efforts around The Plaza.

Falwell previously had looked into the possibility of locating the school’s Distance Learning Program offices to The Plaza.
With this new development, the school may instead consider purchasing portions of the old Thomas Road Baptist Church for offices that don’t need to be on the main campus.

Currently, the old church property is used for youth athletic leagues and some other church services.

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Ron Paul at Liberty


It was a good stump speech, his points were good and well presented. Paul spoke for about an hour to a mostly enthusiastic crowd.  He brought his message of small government and fiscal responsibility, while adding references to his Christian faith and pro-life stance on abortion.  He suggested the U.S. withdraw from the United Nations, and abolish both the Department of Education and national income tax.

Afterwards many students that I spoke with were confused as to why the MSM characterizes him as a lunatic, because they found him to very likable and intelligent. Also, his staffers were collecting signatures for a Ron Paul presidential run in Virginia. They talked as if he will be on the ballot no matter what.

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GLTC to give us old buses

The people who provides us bus shuttles, the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, will gives us old buses because they’re getting new “hybrid” buses. The buses, which use a hybrid combination of diesel and electric power, were unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday and are now in service along some of the city’s busiest routes.

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Liberty University and Virginia School of the Arts join for wireless venture

Liberty University and the Virginia School of Arts have created a joint venture called the Lynchburg Education Broadband Joint Venture with the goal of developing a wireless broadband internet service to the Lynchburg region.  This effort has resulted in an Request for Proposal to develop four EBS license channels into a WiMax broadband service.  The Joint Venture has secured the services of Airewire, a management consulting and engineering firm, to coordinate the RFP.

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