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Madeline Martin Ward, 70, of Buena Vista died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Madeline Martin Ward, 70, of Buena Vista died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Born May 5, 1944, in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late Pooley Black and Vivian Martin. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Buena Vista.

Surviving are her husband, James Ward; children Sharon Richardson, Paula Hubbard, Nadine Richardson (Louis Watson), Cindy Fisher and husband Willie, and Patrick Richardson; step-children Shemecka Ward and James Gregory Ward; grandchildren Marcus Tyler, Keshawn Fisher and Tameah Fisher; and one step-granddaughter, Aleah Ward.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Green Hill Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

First Day For County, Lexington Students

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Central-prinicpal-bussWednesday - Students across Rockbridge County and Lexington went back to school today - or, in the case of kindergartners, went to school for the first time. Here are some first day photos taken at Central and Mountain View this morning taken by Kit Huffman.










Plane Crash Reported In Augusta County

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At 9:06 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, Virginia State Police were
notified of a plane crash in the Deerfield community of Augusta County.

A crash site has been visually located due to heavy smoke coming from
the side of a nearby mountain. State police, with the assistance of the
Augusta County Sheriff's Office, are working to reach the crash site at
this time.


There have been no reported injuries on the ground - meaning no local
residents have been injured as a result of the crash.


VSP is not confirming the type of aircraft until crews reach the


Buena Vista Man Killed In Crash

  • Written by Roberta Anderson

A Buena Vista resident was killed in a motor vehicle accident Saturday evening shortly after 9:30 on Timber Ridge Road (Va.716) approximately one mile north of Forest Grove Road (Va. 703), according to a report from the Virginia State Police.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1994 Chevrolet model 1500 truck that was being operated by Stuart Wayne Fitzgerald, 48, was traveling northbound on Timber Ridge Road when it ran off the left side of the roadway striking several trees before overturning.

Fitzgerald was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Judge Rejects Plea Deal In W&L Student's Death

  • Written by Roberta Anderson

An effort to reach a plea agreement in the case of a former Washington and Lee University student facing multiple charges resulting from a fatal motor vehicle accident last December was rejected Thursday by Judge Michael Irvine in Rockbridge County Circuit Court.

Attorneys for Nicholas Perry Hansel, 22, of New Orleans, La., and Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney R.N. “Bucky Joyce met in the judge’s chambers for several hours to discuss the terms of the agreement. Irvine referred to the necessity of a closed process because the evidentiary material being presented could influence a jury if the case should go to trial.

Irvine said that although he appreciated the efforts to resolve the case, “the agreement does not serve justice.”

With Irvine’s rejection of the plea agreement, the case must now be heard by a different judge.

Hansel was the driver of an SUV Dec. 3 that ran off the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned on Turkey Hill Road. Hansel has been indicted on felony charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter relating to an automobile accident, driving while intoxicated causing maiming and assault and maiming while driving under the influence. He was also indicted on misdemeanor reckless driving and DUI, first offense; and on a civil charge of refusing to take a breathalyzer test, first offense.

There were 10 people in the vehicle, including the student, Kelsey Durkin, 21, of New Canaan, Conn., who was killed. Two of the other students were seriously injured.