Monday 22 September 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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County Board of Supervisors considering paid emergency workers

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.

Horse center leaders depart; budget shortfall remains

Officials attending a city-county work session Monday were surprised to learn that Katharine Truitt is stepping down as executive director of the Virginia Horse Center and the board has a new president.

Winter storms and consolidation put snag in Rockbridge County Schools transportation

The Rockbridge County School district educates just over 2500 students who are spread out across 600 square miles. Winter weather, a lack of drivers, and student misbehavior on buses are just a few issues transportation coordinators tackle daily.

County weathers winter’s wrath

Repeated snowstorms have hit the Rockbridge area over the past few months. Lexington Police Captain Bucky Miller says being prepared helped Rockbridge County stay safe this winter despite the unusual weather.
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County schools propose 7.5 percent budget increase

Higher health and retirement costs are contributing to a nearly $2 million growth in the proposed 2014-15 budget for the Rockbridge County Schools.

Emergency communication upgrades remain static in Rockbridge

Rockbridge administrators are eager to finalize plans for upgrades to the emergency communications system. But several factors are getting in the way of the project’s completion.

Farms provide bright spot for area economy

Growing markets for both crops and livestock are giving a boost to Rockbridge County farmers.
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State legislature working out details of Creigh Deeds’ mental health bill

The Virginia legislators are making progress on state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ bill to reform the state’s mental health procedures. One of the main proposed changes is an increase in the amount of time people with mental illness can be held in emergency custody.

Communities coped well with recent winter storms

Two major snowstorms hit the Rockbridge Area this winter, causing one serious car accident, as many as 10 lost school days and about 22 total inches of snow on local roads.