2023 has been laden with natural disasters, both in the U.S. — Maui and northeastern fires — and abroad — Libya flooding, among many others. The United Nations weather agency forecasts that natural disasters aren’t going anywhere, and the need to address climate change is urgent as ever.
The truce between Israel and Hamas has been extended another day. But the exchange of prisoners from both sides will likely not free everyone. And fighting will resume soon.
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.
Three incumbents hoped to be reelected this year, but only Council Member Steve Webb maintained his position.
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.
Senate Democrats selected Scott Surovell, an attorney from Fairfax County, to serve as majority leader. Senate Republicans tapped Ryan McDougle of Hanover to serve as GOP leader.
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.