Friday 28 November 2014

GWnationalforest

On the radar at the GW National Forest: fracking

The western Virginia forest sits atop a shale formation that if drilled for natural gas could earn billions for gas companies. However, many environmental organizations and local farmers in the Shenandoah Valley are opposed to fracking.
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Fire breaks out Wednesday at Lexington residence

A W&L employee's home was consumed by fire starting around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters worked for hours to put out the flames. No one was home at the time of the fire.
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Hockaday

Lexington retailers hope for holiday jingle

Stores in Lexington have varied outlooks on how their sales will measure up this holiday season. Local business owners say online shopping has hurt them and sales this season will depend on how many people stay in town.
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Lexington

Lexington City Council OKs W&L Housing Plan

City Council voted 4-0 to approve Washington and Lee University’s plan to build units for about 340 third-year students on campus. Rockbridge County supervisors are scheduled to vote on the proposal on Monday.

Local middle school girls learn to appreciate science

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Maury River Middle School girls teamed up with Washington and Lee University’s Women in Technology and Science this semester. WITS members help the girls conduct experiments, hoping to inspire a greater interest in typically male-dominated fields.

Lee Chapel closing temporarily for renovations

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One of Lexington’s most popular tourist destinations is closing for renovations. Lee Chapel on Washington and Lee University’s campus will stay shut from mid-December until the end of March.

Rockbridge

W&L Campus Kitchen cooks up a happy Thanksgiving for needy

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Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University hosted its eighth annual Turkeypalooza this week. Local residents donated turkeys so that the organization could prepare Thanksgiving meals for people who might not otherwise have them.

Uncertain future for local real estate market

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Home sales have increased in recent years since the late 2000s recession. However, local real estate agents are still being cautious about the housing market's near future.

Lexington halts glass recycling

Lexington residents no longer have the option of recycling glass, but Rockbridge County residents are not facing restrictions.
The city of Lexington asked residents and businesses to stop including glass with other recyclables, however, Rockbridge County is still collecting glass and taking it to Auto Recyclers.

Buena Vista

Fighting Blues prep for 2nd round playoff road game

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Parry McCluer High School has Buena Vista residents hoping for a state championship. In a town that has always rallied around its football team, the Fighting Blues finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in nearly four decades.

Former Buena Vista pastor headed for prison

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

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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

UVA asks police to investigate fraternity house rape

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After a UVA student told her story to Rolling Stone, the Charlottesville Police Department was asked to start an investigation into a fraternity house rape on UVA's campus.

U.S. government launches second wave of healthcare sign-ups

HealthCare.gov will launch its second round of enrollments on Saturday. Rockbridge County residents seeking healthcare will be able to go to the Rockbridge Area Health Center for help with enrollment.