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Issue: May 2013 by Suzanne Ramsey.
Overlooking Lynchburg’s historic riverfront, the Lower Bluffwalk is beginning to take shape. The project—a series of staircases, walkways and green spaces in the corridor between Ninth and Washington and Commerce and Jefferson streets—was fast-tracked last year and, according to city officials, should be finished in about 18 months. In mid-April, Cheree Taylor, the city’s project [...]
Issue: April 2013 by Suzanne Ramsey.
Anyone who travels has likely wondered, upon placing their toothbrush on a hotel sink top or pulling down an airplane tray table, “How clean is this surface?” That initial thought is likely followed by myriad conclusions, rational and irrational, about the invisible, biological horrors lurking thereon. On those occasions, one might also ponder, “What if [...]
Issue: March 2013 by Suzanne Ramsey.
In his past life, Mike Cundiff had a series of jobs that might seem worlds away from the peace-and-harmony atmosphere of his current trio of occupations: yoga instructor, massage therapist and proprietor of Lynchburg Real Foods. In the 20-plus years before opening Mind Body Studio in 2002, the Lynchburg native fought crime as a police [...]
Issue: February 2013 by Suzanne Ramsey.
When he first heard about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012—that 20 first-grade students and six educators had been killed by a gunman—the first thing Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) Superintendent John Patterson did was pray. “We initially started praying over here,” Patterson said. “I probably had the [...]
Issue: January 2013 by Suzanne Ramsey.
When you walk into Outdoor Trails, an outdoor apparel and gear shop located in Lynchburg’s Boonsboro Shopping Center, there’s a good chance you’ll be greeted by two not-so-ferocious creatures, Gizmo and Tigger. They’ll likely be wagging their tails to a soundtrack of Widespread Panic, or maybe Phish. The “Shop Dogs,” as they’re called on the [...]
Issue: December 2012 by Suzanne Ramsey.
On the back side of Candler’s Mountain—or “Liberty Mountain,” depending on who’s talking—is a 130-acre expanse of emerald green. Save for a smattering of paulownias, a funny-looking tree with dinner-plate-sized leaves, most of what one sees there are loblolly pines. The loblollies, sometimes called “southern yellow pines,” were planted by Liberty University (LU) as part [...]
Issue: November 2012 by Suzanne Ramsey.
Those who drive past the warehouses at the 1400 block of Kemper Street, specifically the odd-numbered side, might wonder what goes on there. A better question might be, “What doesn’t?” The complex is not only home to hundreds of people, but also an array of enterprises, among them a church, a coffee roaster and a [...]
Issue: October 2012 by Suzanne Ramsey.
Elliot Schewel doesn’t remember much about his grandfather, Elias Schewel, founder of Schewels Furniture Company. “I barely remember him,” Schewel, 88, said of his family’s patriarch, who died in 1932. “I sort of remember his funeral. He lived in Chicago at the time [of his death]. I remember his funeral here in Lynchburg. He’s buried [...]
Issue: September 2012 by Suzanne Ramsey.
Lynchburg’s Presbyterian Home has a long sporting history on its 160-acre campus. In the early 20th century, its “Shoeless Wonders”—called such because they played barefoot—dominated the city’s football league. Since then, “Pres Home,” now Presbyterian Homes and Family Services (PHFS), has hosted running events, camping and other outdoor activities. “We have lots of land here [...]
Issue: August 2012 by Suzanne Ramsey.
When she heard that The Fresh Market was rumored to be coming to Lynchburg, and not only that but that the high-end grocery store would be located not too far from her office at Lynchburg College, Deborah Blanchard had one word to say: “Whoopee!” Blanchard, a long-time resident of Memphis, admits to yearning for The [...]