Thursday 05 March 2015

Photo courtesy of Jim Gathany / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials: Vaccinations important in combatting flu

Rockbridge area residents continue to battle the flu this winter. And even though the influenza vaccine is only 25 percent effective this season, health officials are still urging people to get a shot.
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Lexington struggles with snow, then frigid temperatures

Lexington was hit with snow and freezing temperatures this week. The city’s public works department has been de-icing roads and plowing, but colder temperatures in the forecast could pose challenges.
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Chamber, governments, colleges create plan to bring jobs

The Rockbridge area is struggling to attract young entrepreneurs and working retirees. So the Chamber of Commerce, four local colleges and three area governments are launching a regional marketing plan to change that.
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Lexington

Lexington struggles with snow, then frigid temperatures

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Lexington was hit with snow and freezing temperatures this week. The city’s public works department has been de-icing roads and plowing, but colder temperatures in the forecast could pose challenges.

Waddell set to raise $10,000 for Jump Rope for Heart

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For the fifth year in a row, Lexington’s Waddell Elementary will raise about $10,000 for Jump Rope for Heart. Students celebrated their hard work this week with a special party.

Actor/Expert: We can still learn from James Baldwin’s writing

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A secret meeting in 1963 between then-Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy and author James Baldwin to discuss race relations in the United States was the focus of a recent Black History month lecture at Washington and Lee University. Charles Reese, an actor and expert on Baldwin, told his audience there is much we can learn from the meeting more than 50 years ago.

Local doctor loses license for minimum of two years

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The Virginia Board of Medicine suspended a local emergency room doctor’s license after he prescribed painkillers to two women with whom he had intimate relationships. Stanley Heatwole will be unable to practice medicine in the state for at least two years.

Rockbridge

County begins paying EMS workers in Fairfield, Glasgow

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Glasgow and Fairfield rescue squads have begun paying their first responders. County officials hope response times will improve for the formerly all-volunteer units.

Wildfire season starts; fines, burning restrictions imposed

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Virginia’s riskiest season for wildfires has begun. That means that outdoor fires are legal only between 4 p.m. and midnight.

Student, community volunteers needed at The Magnolia Center

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Students at Washington and Lee University deliver meals twice a week to Rockbridge area adults with developmental disabilities. But many locals aren’t aware that they can help, too. help.

USDA investigates abuse claims at Natural Bridge Zoo

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Last week, the Humane Society released results of its investigation of the Natural Bridge Zoo. Now, the USDA has released its own citations after a January investigation. The feds cited the zoo for multiple animal welfare issues.

Buena Vista

Southern Virginia builds as campus plans growth

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Southern Virginia University is on a building binge. The college in Buena Vista recently finished an early phase of new athletic facilities. Now it is planning a $2.5 million men’s dormitory.

Buena Vista votes to return budget surplus to schools

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Barely a month after voting to default on its golf course loan, Buena Vista City Council decided to return a $112,000 budget surplus to the city’s schools. Superintendent John Keeler says he wants the money on hand in case aging buildings need emergency repairs.

Buena Vista company taps into recycling business

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Buena Vista company Auto Recyclers has found a way to pulverize glass to help landscaping.

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Health officials: Vaccinations important in combatting flu

Photo courtesy of Jim Gathany / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rockbridge area residents continue to battle the flu this winter. And even though the influenza vaccine is only 25 percent effective this season, health officials are still urging people to get a shot.

Murder indictment returned in UVa sophomore’s death

In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr., right, looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. New information is coming in the case against Matthew Jr., linked to two Virginia college students who disappeared and were later found dead. Matthew, 33, is charged with abduction with intent to defile in the case of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

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Jesse Matthew was charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in the death of UVA student Hannah Graham, the commonwealth’s attorney announced Tuesday morning.

CBS ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon dies in car crash

In this March 24, 2010 photo released by CBS, "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon, speaks with a news producer at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. 

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His colleagues and competitors are paying tribute to veteran CBS Correspondent Bob Simon, who died Wednesday in a New York car crash. One called him a "reporter's reporter."