The News & Advance
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|Founded||1866 and 1880(as separate newspapers The News and The Daily Advance)|
|Headquarters||101 Wyndale Drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
The News & Advance is the daily newspaper of record in Lynchburg, Virginia. Its circulation is approximately 35,600 on weekdays, 35,000 on Saturdays and 41,200 on Sundays. Its primary circulation area consists of the city of Lynchburg and the surrounding counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell.
The News & Advance is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Terry Jamerson is the publisher. Joe Stinnett is the managing editor. The newspaper uses articles from news services such as the Associated Press as well as former Media General-owned news organizations.
The News & Advance is now adding a new printing press, manufactured by KBA. Its last press was built in 1974, when the newspaper moved to its current building. Prior to 1974, the newspaper's headquarters were in downtown Lynchburg.
The News was founded in 1866, while The Daily Advance was founded in 1880. In 1888, Carter Glass bought The News. In 1893, he bought The Daily Advance and merged its business operations with The News, with news and opinion operations remaining separate. The Glass family continued to publish both papers (The News, every day; The Daily Advance, Monday through Friday) until 1979, when the papers were purchased by Worrell Newspapers Inc., which began publishing a merged edition, The News & Daily Advance, on weekends and holidays, with separate volume and edition numbers. In 1986, the Monday-Friday afternoon Daily Advance and the Monday-Friday morning News also were merged, and the paper became The News & Daily Advance, seven days a week. In 1991, "Daily" was dropped from the name and the paper assumed its current title. In 1995, Worrell sold The News & Advance to Media General, which sold the paper to Berkshire Hathaway in 2012.
Front and Local sections
The News & Advance covers local news of interest to Lynchburg and its surrounding counties, a combined metropolitan area of approximately 225,000 people. Topics commonly covered include development in and around the city; higher education, including Liberty University, founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and Randolph College, which until recently was a school for women only; nuclear technology, as the city is home to AREVA and BWX Technologies; as well as subjects covered by most American newspapers, such as local crime and politics.
The News & Advance covers Liberty University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech sports as well as those of more than 20 area high schools. It also covers the Lynchburg Hillcats, a minor-league baseball team that serves as a farm team for the Atlanta Braves.
The opinion section occasionally features commentary from local community leaders. Examples include Virginia Delegate Shannon Valentine and Ken Garren, president of Lynchburg College.
Columnists regularly carried include liberal investigative columnist Alexander Cockburn and left-of-center political commentator E.J. Dionne. They are complemented on the right by Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative writer Charles Krauthammer and Rich Lowry of National Review. Conservative commentator Cal Thomas has been featured in the section for almost a quarter of a century; he began his career in Lynchburg as a top adviser to Falwell Sr. and the Moral Majority.
Besides news stories and other items that appear in the newspaper, the newspaper's Web site features audiovisual slideshows, videos and reader feedback.
The News & Advance publishes The Burg, a free weekly arts and entertainment journal.