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.
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.
The Lexington City School Board opted to postpone a vote on a new book selection and removal policy at its latest meeting. But the board added more books to the list of those banned from the middle school library.
The case against former W&L first-year Ricardo Vergara will move forward. Lexington police arrested Vergara in February for allegedly sexually assaulting a fellow student a month earlier.
Storefronts on Magnolia Avenue, which sat empty for decades, are now providing space for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
A Pilot Travel Center in Raphine and a new Tru by Hilton Hotel in Lexington will soon have electric vehicle charging stations. But electric vehicle owners say the region needs far more chargers to support longer drives through rural areas.
Republicans swept two state House races and one state Senate race in Rockbridge County, but the Democrats managed to take control of the legislature.
Students describe a chaotic day, but school officials maintain that all was calm. Meantime, the school says it will install a new public address system soon.