Friday 31 October 2014

A commercial rocket containing tens of thousands of dollars worth of items exploded on Virginia's coast Tuesday night.
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Crews rifle through rubble of rocket explosion on Virginia coast

The search is still on to find out why a commercial rocket exploded off the coast of Virginia Tuesday night. The rocket containing over two tons of cargo exploded seconds after lifting off for the International Space Station. Officials say they are concerned about hazardous debris washing to shore.
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Local kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes early for a school event.
Photo by Zebrina Edgerton-Malloy

Rockbridge area prepares for Halloween events

Decorations are up. Downtown Lexington merchants are getting ready to give away candy to eager trick or treaters again this year. Yes, it’s Halloween. We have the details on what you need to know to prepare for the holiday.
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W&L hopes to add required on-campus housing for third-year students within the next few years.

Rockbridge County Planning Commission delays W&L housing plans

Washington and Lee University’s plan to build housing for third-year students is on hold. The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Monday to delay approval of the university’s proposal for another 30 days. The board wants a clearer explanation of how the construction will affect parking and traffic.
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Lexington

Rockbridge County Planning Commission delays W&L housing plans

W&L hopes to add required on-campus housing for third-year students within the next few years.
Washington and Lee University’s plan to build housing for third-year students is on hold. The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Monday to delay approval of the university’s proposal for another 30 days. The board wants a clearer explanation of how the construction will affect parking and traffic.

Lexington City Council race down to the wire

Lexington Residents show their support for all four City Council candidates. Only three will secure seats on Election Night.
Photo by Samantha Yates
Lexington City Council candidates will be in a tight race Tuesday as two incumbents and two newcomers campaign for three seats. Mary Harvey-Halseth and Chuck Smith are running for reelection. They are joined by new candidates David Sigler and Patrick Rhamey.

U.S. Justice Alito presides over W&L Law’s Moot Court

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito came to campus Tuesday to judge mock legal arguments by Washington and Lee law students. Students said they were impressed with Alito's preparation for the competition and how he challenged the finalists.

Rainy weather dampens support for local artists

Two hundred locals supported Lexington Artists last week despite rainy weather.
Photo by Sammy Yates
About 200 Rockbridge area residents braved bad weather to attend the Arts of Lexington Block Party last Friday evening. Organizers believe the crowd would have been bigger if it weren’t for the rain.

Rockbridge

Rockbridge area prepares for Halloween events

Local kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes early for a school event.
Photo by Zebrina Edgerton-Malloy
Decorations are up. Downtown Lexington merchants are getting ready to give away candy to eager trick or treaters again this year. Yes, it’s Halloween. We have the details on what you need to know to prepare for the holiday.

Rockbridge County not ready for emergency response drone

Rockbridge County considered using a drone to help with emergency response. Drones -- formally called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- are remote-controlled and can fly hundreds of feet in the air.
Photo by Rachel Adams-Heard
​​The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted to hold off on deciding whether to buy a drone to help with emergency response. Privacy concerns led to the county's decision to revisit the topic next year.

Rockbridge area officials spend a night out to educate local kids

With help from Officer Wheeler, Lilly Taylor, 7, puts on a bullet proof vest and helmet.
Photo by Linsay Cates
Firefighters, police and other law enforcement officials gathered in Glasgow Saturday night. But there was no emergency. The occasion was the Rockbridge area’s National Night Out, and kids got the chance to meet Smokey the Bear and don emergency gear.

Election 2014

Identification required at Virginia polls

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Voters headed to the polls in Virginia on Tuesday need to bring an acceptable form of photo identification in order to vote.

Lexington City Council race down to the wire

Lexington Residents show their support for all four City Council candidates. Only three will secure seats on Election Night.
Photo by Samantha Yates
Lexington City Council candidates will be in a tight race Tuesday as two incumbents and two newcomers campaign for three seats. Mary Harvey-Halseth and Chuck Smith are running for reelection. They are joined by new candidates David Sigler and Patrick Rhamey.

Regional

Crews rifle through rubble of rocket explosion on Virginia coast

A commercial rocket containing tens of thousands of dollars worth of items exploded on Virginia's coast Tuesday night.
Photo by Associated Press
The search is still on to find out why a commercial rocket exploded off the coast of Virginia Tuesday night. The rocket containing over two tons of cargo exploded seconds after lifting off for the International Space Station. Officials say they are concerned about hazardous debris washing to shore.

Virginia gas prices continue to drop

Drivers are seeing low gas prices across the state. In Lexington, gas was $2.72 at  a Main St. station.
Photo by Barbara Bent
Drivers are seeing lower prices at the pump throughout the state. Gas prices nationally are the lowest in four years. We have a list of Virginia gas prices.