Mother Nature made her presence known in the 1990s, as the Lynchburg area dealt with a series of significant weather events, including a 1993 windstorm that caused widespread damage across the city and beyond. It ripped a hole into the back of the historic Academy of Music Theatre downtown, felled two church steeples and tore the 50-year-old cupola off the Central Virginia Training Center’s Bradford Building. In 1995, the Timberlake Dam burst after relentless rain pounded the area. In 1996, citizens endured a January blizzard that dumped more than 20 inches of snow onto the city, as well as flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Fran that September.
The decade also saw the groundbreaking of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the opening of Cinemark Movies 10 -- which later would become known as the “dollar theater” and has since closed -- President George Bush visiting Liberty University and numerous scenes of everyday life in Central Virginia, chronicled in the pages of The News & Advance.