Thursday 24 July 2014

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Area construction slow to rebound

Contractors in Rockbridge County say the local construction industry is slowly rebounding. But officials say the number of building permits issued in 2013 declined by about 7 percent from 2012. Lexington saw a similar decrease in permits.
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Teitlebaum on a trip to Jerusalem last year. Photo courtesy of Drew Teitlebaum.

W&L student plans to fight for Israel

Drew Teitlebaum, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has always seen himself strapping on a military uniform. But when he does that after graduation, it won’t be for the United States; it will be for Israel.
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A slew of recent projects has Lexington's expenses rising. Chart by Athena Cao

Property taxes likely to rise to cover increased expenses

The proposed Lexington city budget for the coming fiscal year includes expenses for the new Waddell Elementary school and other long-term projects. To balance the budget, City Manager Jon Ellestad has suggested a 13 percent increase in property tax rates.
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Lexington

Lexington recognized as safe place to live

The City of Lexington boasts low crime rates and safe streets. Officials and Washington and Lee students say that Lexington is a great place to live, but they recognize problems in the city as well.

W&L taking steps to curb stomach illness

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The Student Health Center reported more than a dozen ill students in the past few days but says the cause is still unknown.

Construction bringing upgrades to Kroger

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Store manager Scott Leonard says the renovations, scheduled to be complete by the end of July, will bring a new layout, products and equipment to the East Nelson Street supermarket.

Rockbridge

New owner promises sweeping renovations for Natural Bridge

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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

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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.

Laying down the law: Maury River Middle School educates students on Virginia code

School Resource Officer Chris Norris teaches a weekly class about Virginia laws and how those laws apply to students at Maury River Middle School. Photo by Krysta Huber.
Officer Chris Norris, a school resource officer at Maury River Middle School, began teaching “Virginia Rules” this month. The class is an extension of the state Attorney General’s effort to help students understand how Virginia laws apply to them.

Buena Vista

Two leaders step down from BV police department

The city announced last week that Chief Darrell Slagle and Assistant Chief Jay Patterson’ will retire from the force.

BV strives to keep new budget in line

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After years of financial challenges, Buena Vista is doing its best to preserve its bare-bones budget. City Manager Jay Scudder says he is keeping an eye on costs so the city won’t have to increase taxes.

Regional

Former city council member discovers Lee’s little-known religious past

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The Rev. David Cox has spent three years looking at the personal records and correspondence of Robert E. Lee. Cox found there is more of an overlap between Lee’s actions and religious beliefs than previously realized. He hopes to publish a book with his new insights within the year.

Several hundred local residents sign up for Obamacare

Part of the website for HealthCare.gov. President Barack Obama says more than 7 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul. Monday was the deadline to enroll in the new insurance exchanges. (Photo by Associated Press).
Monday marked the deadline for Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Rockbridge Area Health Center volunteers helped more than 300 residents navigate the Marketplace, a federal exchange to compare and shop for a particular insurance plan, before the deadline. But thousands in the area remain uninsured.