Lexington, Va.

April 05, 2018

Rockbridge County Schools are spending up to $141,000 for new school-safety projects, including the addition of a shatter-proof glass wall in the high school’s library.

Three schools are getting improvements that will be paid for with surplus funds that the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors told school officials last summer could be spent on safety, said Randy Walters, the director of transportation and maintenance for Rockbridge County Schools.

School officials are not tying the increased focus on safety to...

March 1, 2018

Markus Ruley, a volunteer firefighter in Rockbridge County, is one of only three adults in the county currently seeking basic certification as an emergency medical technician.

 

The county is struggling to get enough EMTs to respond to 911 calls partly because of what Ruley and the other two people have to go through to earn certification.

Twice a week, they drive to Clifton Forge for a four-hour class at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. By the time they finish the course..."

December 7, 2017

Buena Vista mayor-elect Bill Fitzgerald is ready for a new city manager.

In an interview on Wednesday, Fitzgerald said that it is time “for the city to move forward,” suggesting several changes, including the replacement of Jay Scudder with a new city manager.

“I really feel now is the time,” Fitzgerald said.” When the Rockbridge Report asked him in a video interview if those changes start with a new city manager, Fitzgerald nodded yes, saying..."

September 21, 2017

Serving as Rockbridge County’s Clerk of Court for 39 years, Bruce Patterson has seen vast changes in his work.

“The biggest change is technology,” Patterson said. “When I first started, we didn’t even have electric typewriters in the office.” Since then, his office has seen the introduction of word processors, computers and digital scanners..."

Rapidly changing technology is just one of the challenges that will soon fall upon a new clerk of court. Following Patterson’s retirement...

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