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Protesting W&L's Flag Decision

  • Written by Roberta Anderson

confederatesConfederate flags were out in force at Hopkins Green Saturday afternoon during a rally protesting Washington and Lee's decision to remove the replica Confederate flags from around Robert E. Lee's statue in Lee Chapel.  The sentiments expressed at the rally expressed the determination of participants who came from South Carolina to Ohio to honor ancestors who had fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

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At a subsequent forum at the Holiday Inn Express, a strategy to restore not only the familiar "soldiers' flag" or Confederate battle flag as well as other historic flags related to Lee and the Confederacy to Lee Chapel was discussed.  An effort to engage W&L officials in a public debate on the issue was proposed.

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South River Fireman's Carnival This Weekend

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

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The South River fireman’s carnival got under way Thursday night in Fairfield with new rides, games, food and music.

The carnival continues today, Friday, with barbecue chicken sales starting at noon, food at 6 p.m. and the parade at 7. SaraJane McDonald will also be performing tonight.

On Saturday, chicken sales will resume at noon, and the rides, food and games at 6. Dennis Thorne and Steve Hoke will provide the music.

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Underground Conduit Work Planned In Lexington

  • Written by Roberta Anderson

July 24 - Underground conduit will be installed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week by CenturyLink on East Washington Street between North Randolph and North Main streets in Lexington.

The work will be done by Lambert Construction between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day. Parking will be prohibited on the south side of East Washington Street to accommodate two-way traffic.

A boring machine will be stationed at the intersection of Randolph Street and Washington streets. A second crew will be at the intersection of Main Street and Washington streets to monitor the boring progress.

The conduit will be used to house new fiber optic lines. Construction workers will provide traffic control throughout the entire project at each intersection.

The start of this work could be delayed by weather. If this occurs, the city will inform the public of the new schedule.

Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are advised to exercise care and caution in this construction area and use an alternate route if possible. This work is necessary for the Corps Physical Training Facility for the Virginia Military Institute.

City Manager Jon Ellestad noted this week that all of the underground work under way in the city, including the work being performed by Columbia Gas on Myers and White streets, is putting even greater pressure on the city to make major street repairs. However, Ellestad noted, it makes no sense to begin such repairs until these projects have been completed. In all likelihood, additional street maintenance funding above and beyond the Virginia Department of Transportation funding will be required to complete the projects, Ellestad said.

 

Lee Chapel To Close This Weekend Out Of Safety Concerns

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Thursday, July 24 - Washington and Lee announced today that Lee Chapel and Museum will be closed this weekend during the rally and protest against the school’s decision to remove the replica Confederate flags from around Lee’s statue in the chapel.

“This unscheduled closing is based on concerns for the safety of the facility and its staff on the day that the Sons of Confederate Veterans have scheduled a rally in Lexington,” the statement on the Lee Chapel Web page reads. “We must take this unfortunate precaution because of the inflammatory and threatening letters, emails and phone calls the university has received in response to the removal of reproduction battle flags from the statue chamber in Lee Chapel and the decision to bring authentic battle flags to the Lee Chapel Museum. We apologize for this inconvenience.”

The chapel and museum will be closed starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 25, and remain closed on both Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27.

The Stonewall Brigade of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is planning a rally at Hopkins Green Saturday afternoon, followed by a talk and open discussion at the Holiday Inn Express.

The organization posted the following response to the decision to close Lee Chapel on its Web site today under the headline, “Lee Chapel to be Closed- due to What????”

It reads, “Today, Washington and Lee announced that Lee Chapel would be closed on the weekend because they feel ‘threatened’ by the presence of those who will come to peacefully protest the removal of Confederate flags from Robert E. Lee's grave. All scheduled events are not even near W&L or Lee Chapel, so this is obviously a PR stunt contrived by W&L to make it appear as if we intend harm to Lee Chapel or its staff. The last people on earth that would cause any harm at Lee Chapel would be those of us trying to oppose the university's actual desecration of it.

“This is reminiscent of Mayor Elrod calling in the State Police Swat team to point rifles at participants in a similar gathering in 2011 in which there was not a single incident. It is also an intimidation tactic. However, just at the civil rights leaders had to be harassed by the powers that be, degraded, and attacked, I think we can survive this quite well.”

Fluvanna Sheriff's Office Investigating Disappearance Of Janet Field

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

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The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of a Scottsville woman who is originally from Lexington.

Janet Renee Field, age 49, of Hickory Hill Road in Scottsville, was last seen on July 2 by her husband at their dwelling, according to the sheriff’s department’s Web site.

Field's car was located July 4 at the Zion's Crossroads Park & Ride. The car is a 2010 burgundy Subaru Forrester, with Virginia registration WNP259.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office at (434) 589-8211.