Tuesday 30 September 2014

Noah Simon, Lexington’s new city manager, watches with Mayor Mimi Elrod and City Attorney Larry Mann as Clerk of Council Brenda Doyle signs his contract documents. Council unanimously appointed Simon Thursday night to succeed Jon Ellestad, who is retiring.

City Council appoints new city manager

For the first time in 24 years, Lexington will have a new city manager. The City Council held a special meeting Thursday night to introduce Noah Simon to the job held by retiring city manager Jon Ellestad.
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The Robert E. Lee Hotel opened for guests this moth after three-years of construction.
Photo by Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy

Renovated Lexington hotel opens for business

It's been talked about for years but this month, it's a reality. Downtown Lexington has a new hotel that happens to be 88 years old. The Robert E. Lee opened its doors this month with a "soft opening" but it is already booked for some major weekends in the city.
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Teachers and parents alike say the module buildings are an improvement from the old Waddell Elementary building.

Photo by Sammy Yates

Modular buildings exceed expectations during Waddell’s construction

Conditions of the Waddell Elementary School’s temporary modular classrooms are better than at the old school. Faculty members confirm a smooth transition as the 16-month construction period begins.
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Lexington

City Council appoints new city manager

Noah Simon, Lexington’s new city manager, watches with Mayor Mimi Elrod and City Attorney Larry Mann as Clerk of Council Brenda Doyle signs his contract documents. Council unanimously appointed Simon Thursday night to succeed Jon Ellestad, who is retiring.
For the first time in 24 years, Lexington will have a new city manager. The City Council held a special meeting Thursday night to introduce Noah Simon to the job held by retiring city manager Jon Ellestad.

Renovated Lexington hotel opens for business

The Robert E. Lee Hotel opened for guests this moth after three-years of construction.
Photo by Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy
It's been talked about for years but this month, it's a reality. Downtown Lexington has a new hotel that happens to be 88 years old. The Robert E. Lee opened its doors this month with a "soft opening" but it is already booked for some major weekends in the city.

Modular buildings exceed expectations during Waddell’s construction

Teachers and parents alike say the module buildings are an improvement from the old Waddell Elementary building.

Photo by Sammy Yates
Conditions of the Waddell Elementary School’s temporary modular classrooms are better than at the old school. Faculty members confirm a smooth transition as the 16-month construction period begins.

W&L public safety department first alerts university of suspicious sighting, then says “no credible evidence” of it

The Public Safety department posted this notice in various locations around the W&L campus following the email sent out to members of the university. 
Photo by Lindsay Cates
Washington and Lee Public Safety sent out an email notice Sept. 16 about a possible sighting of a man connected to the abduction and murder of a Virginia Tech student visiting the University of Virginia in 2009. But on Thursday evening another email went out saying the sighting was a false alarm.

Rockbridge

Maury River bank project saves fish and farms

The trouble began with Hurricane Camille in 1969 but for the past 30 years, erosion along a stretch of the Maury River near Glasgow has worsened. It had hurt fish, mussels and a nearby farmer's fields. But that all changed when the state decided to re-route the river.

Moore steps down as Rockbridge area Chamber of Commerce director

Sammy Moore will end his twenty-year stint as the executive director of the Lexington and Rockbridge County Chamber of Commerce at the close of this year.
Photo by Neil Haggerty
Sammy Moore, the Lexington and Rockbridge County executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, will retire at the end of this year. Moore looks back on his expansive career with the organization.

New owner promises sweeping renovations for Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge
Changes to the property include new trails, an artifact museum, a new energy program at the hotel, and updated technology. Owner Tom Clarke said the transformations are part of preparing the area to become a state park.

County Board of Supervisors considering paid emergency workers

ambulance
One big new item in the proposed Rockbridge County budget is for paid emergency workers to fill gaps in the current all-volunteer service. The change is intended to reduce emergency response times.

Buena Vista

Buena Vista pastor’s trial date set

Larry Clark is scheduled to appear in Rockbridge Circuit Court on Oct. 7.

Photo by Lindsay Cates
Larry Clark, a Buena Vista pastor, is scheduled to appear in Rockbridge Circuit Court on Oct. 7. Clark was indicted earlier this year on multiple counts of carnal knowledge and indecent liberties with minors.

Regional

Suspect held in custody as search continues for missing UVA student

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo announces that Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. has been arrested in Galveston, Texas during a news conference in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was apprehended in Texas Wednesday afternoon after police charged him with the abduction of a missing UVA sophomore. The search for the missing Hannah Graham continues in Virginia and has now expanded to Texas. Police say Matthew is expected to be transferred back to Charlottesville from Texas within the next few days.