Saturday 20 December 2014

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Local landlords most affected by third-year housing

Some local landlords say Washington and Lee University’s plans to require third-year students to live on campus could cost them a lot. But merchants and restaurateurs don’t seem as concerned.
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Local colleges take policy stance on sexual assault

College campuses in the Rockbridge area are taking a closer look their policies on sexual assault and misconduct. Although the spotlight has been focused on the University of Virginia, local experts say the story is not unique.
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Buena Vista votes to default on golf course loan

With $15 million in debt payments to make, Buena Vista will seek a negotiated settlement with the insurer ACA on the loan.
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Lexington

Judge denies motion to open plea agreement

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A judge decided to keep a rejected plea agreement sealed in the case against former Washington and Lee student Nicholas Hansel until the case is resolved.

Retail combines with marketplace in new Lexington store

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Old Lex Mercantile puts a new twist on the retail store format, as Lai and Betsy Lee take old department store idea and bring it to downtown Lexington.

New principal named for Waddell Elementary School

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Timothy J. Martino succeeds Dr. Lisa Clark as principal. He previously worked in the Loudoun County Public School system for 17 years.

Rockbridge

College construction projects alter traffic now, campuses later

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Local colleges are taking on extensive renovation and new construction, causing noise and traffic around the building sites. Both colleges say the facelifts will improve and enhance their campuses.

No wasting allowed: RARA provides solution for food leftovers

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Two local agencies help to bring leftover food from big events and groceries to households throughout Rockbridge County.

Same-sex marriage legalization draws mixed local opinions

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe hopes the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia will be an economic boon for the state. Locally, gay couples and others are celebrating the decision, and some churches now perform or bless same-sex unions. But others cite the Bible in maintaining their opposition to gay marriage.

Buena Vista

Buena Vista votes to default on golf course loan

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With $15 million in debt payments to make, Buena Vista will seek a negotiated settlement with the insurer ACA on the loan.

Small city, big debt

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As Buena Vista struggles to pay off almost $23 million in debt, the city’s morale is as high as ever.

Regional

Local colleges take policy stance on sexual assault

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College campuses in the Rockbridge area are taking a closer look their policies on sexual assault and misconduct. Although the spotlight has been focused on the University of Virginia, local experts say the story is not unique.

Two VMI professors named 2015 outstanding faculty

The VMI honor system is as old as the university, which opened in 1839. File photo.
Professors James Turner and Tim Moore were two of 13 Virginia professors to receive the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award.