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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 21, 2013
When you think of personal trainers, people like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper may come to mind. How about Ben Crosswhite? His name may not be familiar, but he's earning a reputation for helping some of Lynchburg's most well known people slim down. "Since I was younger, I have loved it," Crosswhite said of his chosen career.  "I love the results it brings. " Results are something he's becoming known for.  His clients are dropping pounds, lots of pounds, and they're doing it fast.
NEWS
June 7, 2010
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY 3:18 p.m. Roanoke County Police have released the name of the woman murdered by her boyfriend earlier this week. Officers say Diamond Underwood died at the hands of 30-year-old Kenny Whitt. The 33-year-old mother was shot to death. Her body was found in a parking area off Route 220 across from the new Walmart Monday morning. Police have confirmed her killer, came from a troubled past. Whitt's mother, Nellie Sue was sentenced to 40 years in prison for running over and killing her boyfriend in order to cash in on a $100,000 insurance policy.
NEWS
Joe Dashiell and Reporter | September 3, 2010
Witnesses to a fatal incident in May say they saw Kimberly Eide behind the wheel, and they heard the engine rev and the tires spin before she drove the vehicle into Tara Rooksbury-Tyree. Tyree died from her injuries three days later.  The two women had been drinking along with Eide's son at the El Rodeo Restaurant near Cave Spring Corner. During Friday's preliminary hearing in Roanoke County General District Court, witnesses said the women were involved in a loud argument as they left the restaurant and got into an SUV. Rooksbury-Tyree and Eide's son were walking back toward the restaurant, witnesses said, when Eide got into the driver's seat, backed up the vehicle, and then drove forward, pinning Rooksbury-Tyree against another vehicle.
NEWS
David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | September 7, 2012
It's a sign the economy still isn't what it used to be -- a Roanoke institution is going out of business. Tudor's Biscuit World in Downtown Roanoke will close for good next Friday. Everybody we spoke with at the restaurant was shocked and disappointed. We even spoke with two people who were in the restaurant for the first time Friday morning and they certainly regretted not going down sooner since Tudor's will be closing its doors a week from Friday. The lines at Tudor's Biscuit World have been long for a long time, but times change, and now their lines just aren't long enough.
NEWS
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | May 2, 2013
Our next story is about a place that used to be called "Mountain Lake Hotel.”  It is probably best known for the film "Dirty Dancing. " For lots of folks around Southwest Virginia, the new Mountain Lake Lodge in Giles County is best known as the place where "Dirty Dancing" was filmed. The former Mountain Lake Hotel couldn't survive the economic collapse, nor a disappearing lake. "It just got to the point where it needed some help," general manager Jeff Burrell said. The new Mountain Lake Lodge, surrounded by more than 2,500 acres and owned by an endowment, now boasts a new restaurant, tavern, updated rooms and a much more down to earth style, after a multi-million dollar renovation.
NEWS
Web Staff | May 20, 2011
The Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested 17 people on Thursday, May 19 after a year and a half long drug operation in cooperation with the Virginia State Police, Martinsville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Investigators are still looking for eight more suspects on a variety of charges in connection to the drug operation. The investigation resulted in a total of 79 felony and 2 misdemeanor criminal charges being issued on 37 adults. Known drug areas of Henry County were the focus of the operation.  Undercover drug purchases, search warrants and vehicle stops occurred in the following areas of Henry County: Ridgeway, Axton, Collinsville, Bassett and Horsepasture.  Authorities purchased or seized quantities of cocaine ranging from one gram to 12 kilograms with various values ranging from $100 to $396,000.  Quantities of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone were purchased with values ranging from $5 to $20 per pill.  Quantities of marijuana ranging from one ounce to 28 pounds were seized with various values ranging from $100 to $84,000.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEWS RELEASE FROM HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Drug Investigation May 19, 2011               The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Virginia State Police, Martinsville Police Department and the Drug...
NEWS
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
A new shuttle bus connecting riders from Roanoke to the Amtrak train in Lynchburg debuts on Tuesday. The Smart Way Connector will run twice a day departing from the Roanoke Civic Center.  One-way tickets are $4.  Click here for additional pricing and parking information. Eventually, the connector buses will be 16-seaters and Amtrak passengers will have priority.  Soon, train riders will be able to reserve their seat on the bus online when booking their train tickets.  For now, it's first come first serve.
NEWS
Kimberly McBroom and REPORTER | November 2, 2011
If you're a working parent, you know that quality child care doesn't come cheap. As if you need more proof of that, a new study from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies found that in most states, the average yearly cost for an infant in daycare is higher than a year's tuition and fees at a four year public college. In Virginia, the cost is about even.   For nearly 30 years, the Northwest Child Development Center has been meeting the need for affordable and dependable childcare in the Roanoke Valley.
NEWS
April 23, 2012
Two men are dead after a car accident early Saturday morning in Lynchburg. The accident happened just after 2:00 a.m. Saturday in the 7200 block of Timberlake Road. The two vehicles collided going at a high rate of speed. One was driven by Amy Phillips of Bedford. She has been charged with DUI and two counts of manslaughter and is currently being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond. The other was driven by John Hawkins of Lynchburg. Garry Moore of Spout Springs was a passenger in the front seat of Hawkins' vehicle.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | June 27, 2012
A person's backyard temperature may be significantly different from that reported through the television weathercast. Here's a few reason's why. WHERE IS THE TEMPERATURE DATA COMING FROM? When you hear the high temperature of the day from your local TV meteorologist, that information came from an Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) machine from your local airport. ASOS is installed at more than 900 airports across the country, where they make observations. Federally funded, ASOS is a joint program of the National Weather Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Defense.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and WDBJ7 Reporter | December 6, 2012
Smith Mountain Lake residents came out in force Wednesday night, and they wanted answers about why the lake's level is so low. It was a packed house at Trinity Ecumenical Church tonight -- but not for worship --- it was filled with Smith Mountain Lake residents concerned about the lake's current level.       Right now, the lake's elevation is just around 790 feet.  It's normal elevation is 795 feet, and business owners here are feeling...
NEWS
Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | July 31, 2012
The cost of living keeps going up and for minimum wage workers it's tough to make ends meet. Now one Virginia lawmaker wants to change that. Sen. Jim Webb is co-sponsoring legislation to raise the federal minimum wage by two dollars. Right now minimum wage is $7.25/ hour. That equals a yearly salary of $15,080. The proposal seeks to raise it to $9.80/ hour.  That translates to an annual salary of 20,384 dollars.   People who live on minimum wage say it's tough. They live paycheck to paycheck and some rely on welfare to get by. "Sometimes I don't have very much left just not really to buy food with or anything like that," says Beth Howard who has lived on minimum for several years.
NEWS
Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 4, 2013
Gayle Goodson Butler helps set the standard for modern day decorating and gardening. Millions of people take her advice every month. But did you know the editor in chief of Better Homes and Gardens is from Danville?    However you like to "express your style" or if you're curious about "simple makeover secrets" then chances are you've passed by page eight in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. You're greeted by the smiling face of Gayle Goodson Butler, the powerhouse behind home style and the prize of Danville.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 26, 2013
What's next for the 145 Norfolk-Southern employees laid off yesterday? Managers met with the workers and their families Tuesday morning. Our cameras weren't allowed in the meeting and no one from Norfolk Southern was willing to speak on camera. We did talk to an employee who's worked with the railroad for 16 years.  He gave us some insight as to what was said. "A lot of questioning.  Everybody was wanting to know what's going to happen. Especially the younger guys: Where am I going to be?
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