Wednesday 22 October 2014

Photo courtesy of Margaret Voelzke

County recommends W&L’s new housing plan to board

The Rockbridge County Planning Commission approved plans for additional housing and the indoor swimming pool at Washington and Lee University. W&L's plan to require three-year housing for all students now requires an affirmation from the County Board of Supervisors and Lexington's planning commission, before moving on to the Lexington City Council.
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Everything appears to be business as usual from the exterior of the Virginia Horse Center, despite numerous financial troubles occurring behind the scenes. 
Photo by Rachel Adams-Heard

Virginia Horse Center holds event despite financial troubles

The Virginia Horse Center has served as a destination for horses and riders alike for more than 25 years. But as the horse center faces a mountain of debt, many wonder whether its financial troubles will threaten its future.
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Larry Clark was sentenced to 35 years in prison at his Oct. 8 trial.

Photo by Lindsay Cates

Former Buena Vista pastor headed for prison

Former Buena Vista pastor Larry Clark was found guilty Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in his congregation. The jury recommended Clark serve 35 years in prison and pay a fine of $107,500.
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Lexington

New options open for downtown Lexington diners

Diners test out one of the new downtown Lexington hot spots, Haywood's.
Photo by Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy
Rocca and Haywood’s are two of downtown Lexington’s newest restaurants. Their chefs say additional places to eat should bring more visitors to the city.

Main Street closure to interrupt traffic Thursday night

The portion of North Main Street in front of VMI will be closed Thursday night.
Photo by Jenna Faude
Officials say a portion of N. Main Street will be closed Thursday night for construction at Virginia Military Institute. Detours around the construction will be in effect during this time.

Server shortage plagues Lexington restaurants

Restaurants like Bistro on Main are struggling to keep up with crowds. 
Photo by Blair Tynes
With an increase in Lexington dining options over the summer, restaurants are facing new challenges. Both existing restaurants and new spots are struggling to find enough servers to keep up with the crowds.

Lexington celebrates career of Jon Ellestad

Former Lexington City Manager Jon Ellestad
Rockbridge area residents and public officials gathered Friday night to pay tribute to Lexington City Manager Jon Ellestad, who retired this week after 24 years on the job.

Rockbridge

County recommends W&L’s new housing plan to board

Photo courtesy of Margaret Voelzke
The Rockbridge County Planning Commission approved plans for additional housing and the indoor swimming pool at Washington and Lee University. W&L's plan to require three-year housing for all students now requires an affirmation from the County Board of Supervisors and Lexington's planning commission, before moving on to the Lexington City Council.

Man dies after catching fire at interstate rest stop

The Rockbridge County Sheriff's office conducted a preliminary investigation into how an employee at an Interstate 81 rest stop caused an explosion and caught himself on fire. The man died one week after the incident. The sheriff's office said the employee was trying to make methamphetamine.

Brandon Mitchell starts as County Director of Fire and EMS

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Brandon Mitchell started his new role as Rockbridge County’s director of fire and emergency services this week. First on his agenda will be leading the county to a paid ambulance service in Glasgow and Fairfield.

Rockbridge Area Health Center improves and expands its services

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The Rockbridge Area Health Center has expanded its healthcare services to serve low-income residents whether they have health insurance or not. The center has already seen an increase in patient visits since it re-opened in early September.

Buena Vista

Former Buena Vista pastor headed for prison

Larry Clark was sentenced to 35 years in prison at his Oct. 8 trial.

Photo by Lindsay Cates
Former Buena Vista pastor Larry Clark was found guilty Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in his congregation. The jury recommended Clark serve 35 years in prison and pay a fine of $107,500.

Regional

Campuses raise safety awareness in wake of UVA disappearance

The Public Safety department posted this notice in various locations around the W&L campus following the email sent out to members of the university. 
Photo by Lindsay Cates
Local college students have been making sure to lock their doors and walk with a buddy since University of Virginia student Hannah Graham disappeared on Sept. 13. Campus safety officials say the recent events have raised awareness of student safety in Lexington and Buena Vista.