Sunday 26 October 2014

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Some local churches now welcome same-sex marriages

Several Rockbridge area churches are now willing to conduct gay marriages or bless same-sex unions. In the two weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow several states to continue banning those unions, local government offices have issued at least four marriage licenses to gay couples.
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Planning boards review new housing for W&L

Lexington’s Planning Commission Thursday night echoed an earlier action by Rockbridge County planners in recommending approval of a construction proposal that would keep juniors at Washington and Lee University in campus housing. The recommendation now goes to elected officials from both governments.
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Lexington hotels profiting from influx of visitors

In Lexington, the newly-opened Robert E. Lee Hotel and The Georges prospered during Parents Weekends at two local universities this month. It’s not yet clear whether the small town can attract enough visitors to sustain those hotels year-round. But the owners are optimistic and the Chamber of Commerce expects the new properties to boost downtown’s economy.
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Lexington

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.

New options open for downtown Lexington diners

Diners test out one of the new downtown Lexington hot spots, Haywood's.
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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.

Rockbridge

New judge appointed for Hansel case

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Retired Judge Jay T. Swett has been appointed to take over the case of Nicholas Hansel, the former Washington and Lee University student charged in the traffic death of a W&L student in December 2013. The first judge in the case rejected a plea agreement between Hansel and prosecutors over the summer.

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.

Virginia Horse Center holds event despite financial troubles

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
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.

Election 2014

In Virginia U.S. Senate race, final candidate forum

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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican rival Ed Gillespie made their final joint appearance Thursday, focusing on issues largely related to Hampton Roads.

Virginians to weigh amendment for veterans’ spouses

Voters will find a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot. If it passes, the spouses of soldiers killed in action will receive a property tax exemption.

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Confederate flag to remain on Danville museum lawn

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Danville Councilman Buddy Rawley calls removing the flags a "non-issue."

Virginians to weigh amendment for veterans’ spouses

Voters will find a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot. If it passes, the spouses of soldiers killed in action will receive a property tax exemption.