Wednesday 22 October 2014

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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.
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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.

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.