Tuesday 26 May 2015

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Churches express mixed opinions on same-sex marriage policy

At least four churches in the Shenandoah Valley are considering leaving their Presbyterian Church denomination if it adopts a change in policy regarding same-sex marriage.
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Natural Bridge Zoo misses opening day, awaits license

The Natural Bridge Zoo missed its opening day after the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries suspended its license. The zoo’s owner refutes the agency’s finding of repeated violations of standards for veterinary care, sanitation and animal enclosures.
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Buena Vista stocks Maury River with trout for fishing season

People who fish the Maury River in Buena Vista can expect a bonus now. The city has begun stocking its stretch of the river with trout.
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Lexington

Students, faculty recognize Professor Brian Richardson

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Prof. Brian Richardson is preparing to retire from his alma mater, where he has taught journalism for the past 25 years. Students and colleagues share their tributes and stories.

Big construction projects continue at local universities

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Lexington’s two universities are at work on multimillion-dollar construction projects. The most visible to local residents is along North Main Street, where Virginia Military Institute is building a state-of-the-art indoor training facility.

Exile, immigration at heart of theater symposium

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A recent symposium about theater in academics at Washington and Lee University reflected the life experience of the professor who organized it: Displacement and immigration.

100 letters from famous poet are now a part of W&L

100 controversial letters from famous poet Ezra Pound are now being added to Washington and Lee's special collections. Photo by Bentley Boldt.
Washington and Lee University has added another treasure to Leyburn Library. It’s a collection of 100 letters the controversial poet Ezra Pound wrote to an alumnus of the class of 1954.

Timber Framers Guild expands Project Horizon’s headquarters

Rob Geoghegan-Morphet measures a slab of timber.  Geoghegan-Morphet drove 700 miles from Ontario, Canada to help out with the project. Photo by Charlie Klingenberger.
More than three dozen volunteers from the Timber Framers Guild have descended on Lexington to help expand Lisa’s House, the headquarters of Project Horizon. Many of them were also on hand 16 years ago to build the original structure, which serves victims of domestic violence.

Rockbridge

Local tourism spending saw 5-percent increase in 2013

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Tourists visiting Lexington and the surrounding area spent more than $33 million in 2013. Experts call tourism a direct contributor to economic development locally.

Four arrested on methamphetamine-related charges

Suspects were pulled over as a part of a traffic stop on Central Road.
A routine traffic stop near a county school yielded a surprise, sheriff’s deputies say: A mobile meth lab in the back seat of the car.

Electric company pushes county to approve solar panel array

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A local electric company says it can lower residents’ electric bills if Rockbridge County officials approve plans for a solar panel array on the site of the old Highland Belle School. Not everyone is happy about the proposal.

Parents question board’s decision to extend school hours

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Rockbridge County parents and teachers are less than thrilled at the school board’s decision to lengthen the school day for the rest of the year. The board added almost a half hour to help make up the 11 snow days missed this year.

Buena Vista

Buena Vista stocks Maury River with trout for fishing season

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People who fish the Maury River in Buena Vista can expect a bonus now. The city has begun stocking its stretch of the river with trout.

BV School Board approves next year’s $10.7 million budget

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The Buena Vista City School Board has recommended a $10.7 million budget for the 2015-16 school year. The budget is $500,000 smaller than this year’s, but it calls for employee raises and two new teaching positions.

Proposal would reduce Buena Vista school budget by $500,000

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Buena Vista plans to spend $500,000 less on its schools next year. But the superintendent says two new teaching positions and a raise for employees are still in the proposed budget.

Regional

Lawsuit, accountant’s report put Sweet Briar under scrutiny

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Sweet Briar College’s president and board continue to face challenges to their decision to close the school this summer. Amherst County has filed suit, and this week another group claimed the school’s finances don’t warrant closing it.

Cline faces opponent for first time since 2009 election

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Delegate Ben Cline will have an opponent for the first time since 2009. He was first elected in 2002. Local attorney Ellen Arthur says it’s time for a change so she will run against him for Virginia’s 24th District seat.

Rockbridge storage units burglarized, firearms taken

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A series of burglaries of self-storage sites has Rockbridge County sheriff’s deputies worried. Among the items stolen are firearms.