What's News Today: December 21, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


The Celebration of Lights continues at Riverside Park in Lynchburg with carriage rides tonight.  Take a stroll or ride through the park, looking at displays that were put up by local organizations.  Carriage rides are $6.  In addition to the lights, there will be coffee, hot chocolate and donuts.

The Transportation Security Administration says today and tomorrow will be the busiest travel days of the Christmas Season.  More than two million people are expected to fly each day.  TSA says it will have 1,400 additional officers working at the top 50 airports.  

The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and community volunteers will pack boxes full of food today.  People from the community, businesses and organizations have donated money to the Community Christmas Food Fund, which allow for food to be bought for the boxes.  Those will be packed tonight and given out on Sunday to families in need.

Foster families will begin picking up animals at the Roanoke Valley SPCA as part of the Home for the Holidays program.  The animals that are living in the shelter will have a place to call home for the Christmas season, which gives workers at the shelter a break, so they can spend time with their families.  If you signed up to volunteer, you can pick up your foster today, tomorrow or Saturday morning.

Virginia Tech holds its fall commencement this morning at 10:30 a.m.  More than 2,400 students will get their degrees.  The most popular major is electrical engineering, followed by business information technology and finance.

Lynchburg City Schools holds a special meeting tonight.  The board will make a "special" announcement.  The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the School Administration Building.

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