Saturday 01 November 2014

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Rockbridge County considered using a drone to help with emergency response. Drones -- formally called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- are remote-controlled and can fly hundreds of feet in the air.
Photo by Rachel Adams-Heard

Rockbridge County not ready for emergency response drone

​​The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted to hold off on deciding whether to buy a drone to help with emergency response. Privacy concerns led to the county's decision to revisit the topic next year.
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With help from Officer Wheeler, Lilly Taylor, 7, puts on a bullet proof vest and helmet.
Photo by Linsay Cates

Rockbridge area officials spend a night out to educate local kids

Firefighters, police and other law enforcement officials gathered in Glasgow Saturday night. But there was no emergency. The occasion was the Rockbridge area’s National Night Out, and kids got the chance to meet Smokey the Bear and don emergency gear.

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.

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.
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

Virginia Horse Center holds event despite financial troubles

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.

Man dies after catching fire at interstate rest stop

The Rockbridge County Sheriff's office conducted a preliminary investigation into how an employee at an Interstate 81 rest stop caused an explosion and caught himself on fire. The man died one week after the incident. The sheriff's office said the employee was trying to make methamphetamine.

Brandon Mitchell starts as County Director of Fire and EMS

Brandon Mitchell started his new role as Rockbridge County’s director of fire and emergency services this week. First on his agenda will be leading the county to a paid ambulance service in Glasgow and Fairfield.

Rockbridge Area Health Center improves and expands its services

The Rockbridge Area Health Center has expanded its healthcare services to serve low-income residents whether they have health insurance or not. The center has already seen an increase in patient visits since it re-opened in early September.

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.
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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.