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Church where Robert E. Lee declared himself a sinner. Should it keep his name?

By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

As recent years engulfed America in intense debate about race, the genteel Gothic stone parish in little Lexington, Va., quietly debated its name. Could “R.E. Lee Memorial Church” commemorate the postwar fence-mender who had led their church and city out of destitution? Or could it only conjure the wicked institution of slavery for which Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee fought?

VaNews August 23, 2017

Lexington City Council votes to remove dam on Maury River

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

A dam on the Maury River that is both a death trap and a Lexington landmark should be destroyed, the city council decided Thursday night. A 3-0 vote to move forward with a demolition proposal from the Virginia Department and Game and Inland Fisheries came after more than 75 people jammed a public hearing to debate the fate of the low-head dam at Jordan’s Point Park.

VaNews June 16, 2017

State police asked to investigate Rockbridge Regional Jail

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

The commonwealth’s attorney of Rockbridge County and Lexington has asked for a state police investigation of the regional jail. Christopher Billias announced in a news release late Friday afternoon that he is calling for the investigation in collaboration with the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office. “Information has been gathered by my office through an initial investigation of a complaint filed by an inmate at the Rockbridge Regional Jail,” Billias wrote.

VaNews March 13, 2017

Marchers in Lexington hold anti-racism parade, displacing Confederate event

By LAURENCE HAMMACK , Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Waving rainbow flags and holding up placards promoting diversity, more than 500 people marched through downtown Lexington Saturday — commandeering a parade route that in the past was marked by Confederate flags. “No hate! No fear!” they chanted. “Everyone is welcome here!” It was a Martin Luther King Jr. parade, a banner at the head of the procession proclaimed. But for many participants, the event was just as notable for what it was not: The usual parade, held this time every year in Lexington, that celebrated two Confederate generals and the flag they fought for.

VaNews January 16, 2017

Anti-racism, pro-Confederate groups plan dueling parades in Lexington

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Two parades to celebrate two disparate causes — one fought by a famous civil rights leader and the other defended by two Confederate generals — will occupy the streets of downtown Lexington this weekend. The occasion is a four-day holiday weekend, starting Friday with Lee-Jackson Day and ending Monday with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

VaNews January 13, 2017

Confederate veterans group granted permit for Lexington parade

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

After being displaced by an anti-racism group, a Confederate historical organization has settled on a new day for its traditional parade through downtown Lexington to celebrate Lee-Jackson Day. At a meeting Thursday night, the Lexington City Council granted a permit for the Stonewall Brigade Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to hold a parade on the Sunday afternoon of Jan. 15, two days after the Lee-Jackson Day state holiday on Friday.

VaNews December 5, 2016

Confederate flag group seeks permit for parade on MLK Day in Lexington

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

It has come to this in Lexington: A group that venerates the Confederate flag is seeking a city permit to hold a parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Virginia Flaggers don’t really want to march through the streets of downtown on Monday, Jan. 16, though. Instead, they have offered to trade dates with an anti-racism group that obtained its own parade permit for the previous Saturday, the day that traditionally has been reserved by a local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans for its celebration of Lee-Jackson Day.

VaNews November 2, 2016

Anti-racism group to displace Confederate parade in Lexington

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

For the first time in at least 15 years, a parade through downtown Lexington that features Confederate flags and a celebration of Lee-Jackson Day will be marching to a different beat. An anti-racism group has obtained a parade permit for Jan. 14 — taking the date and route that traditionally has been claimed by a local Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter.

VaNews October 27, 2016

VMI tracking down computers that may still hold data

By LUANNE RIFE, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Some Virginia Military Institute computers sold at surplus auctions last month contained hard drives that were not wiped clean, in violation of procedure. About 50 of the 369 computers sold during auctions on Oct. 5 and 26 could contain sensitive information, though spokesman Stewart MacInnis said VMI is fairly certain records considered protected information are not on any of the computers.

VaNews November 5, 2013

W&L to waive tuition at $75,000 family income

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Washington and Lee University will not charge tuition beginning next fall to undergraduate students whose annual family income is under $75,000. With the W&L Promise, the university joins other wealthy schools ranging from Harvard to the University of Richmond that are trying to become more inclusive despite increasingly exclusive tuition rates.

VaNews October 16, 2013