Rockbridge County has been in severe drought all month, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Local farmers say the growing season is over, so no amount of rain will help them now.
Several Lexington hotels are now refusing to accept homeless guests. This comes at a time when demand for local housing assistance has increased. Local advocates say that building more affordable housing is their primary focus in alleviating homelessness.
Nationally, food tourism is on the rise. Local businesses are working to draw in this niche group of tourists to the county.
Documents obtained by the Rockbridge Report reveal Virginia State Police spread across Lexington after Washington and Lee University received an email threat and a UPS driver reported possible shots fired near downtown.
Police Chief Angela Greene says body-worn cameras can instill a greater sense of trust in the community by creating more transparency and trust in the police department. The cameras could be in use within the next few months.
The “Matt’s Creek Wildfire” is spreading across much of the Jefferson National Forest. It has burned over 2,700 acres so far with no end in sight.
Professors say they felt unprepared to keep their classrooms and students safe. Parents and students say they are still frustrated by the lack of details released about the Nov. 1 threat and lockdown.
After 15 years, the Red Hen restaurant is closing at the end of the year for an overhaul that will feature a new name and menu. But the owners aren’t offering any additional details about when it will open.
Established businesses are taking advantage of open retail space in downtown Lexington as many local shops make the move to larger storefronts to better accommodate their customers.
Lexington City’s School Board chair, Tim Diette, has accepted a job at Hampden Sydney College and will begin in January.