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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.


Fluvanna Sheriff's Office Investigating Disappearance Of Janet Field

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Janet Field


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.


Small Business Seminars Planned For Area

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 A series of workshops entitled “Business Smarts - Lexington” will start in May for business owners and managers and leaders of nonprofit organizations.

The series of six workshops is sponsored by Virginia Small Business Development Center – Shenandoah Valley, Main Street Lexington, the Chamber of Commerce serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The workshops will be held the third Friday of every month from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the boardroom of CornerStone Bank in Lexington. The cost is $10 per session.

The sessions are as follows:

“Business Life-Cycle Stages,” May 16;

“What, If Anything, Is Special About Your Business?” June 20;

“Getting The Most Value Out Of Your Accountant,” July 18;

“Having The Right Employees Who Do Right By Your Business,” Aug. 15.

“What Will Your Business Be Worth When You Want Out?” Sept. 19;

“Business Storytelling Is The ‘New Marketing,’” Oct. 17.

For more information, visit Register by calling the Shenandoah Valley SBDC at (540) 568-3227 or by visiting



Cathaline Crawford Kesler, 81, of Lexington died July 29

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Cathaline Crawford Kesler, 81, of Lexington died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at home.

Born Feb. 27, 1933, in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late Ott and Hattie Crawford.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Owen Kesler Jr.

Mrs. Kesler's passion was hunting deer and fishing.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Theodore S. "Peppy" Kesler and wife Patricia; and one granddaughter, Catherine Ann Kesler.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with Rev. Derryl LaFave officiating. Burial will follow in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Larry Wayne Stuart, 54, of Fairfield died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson


Larry Wayne Stuart, 54, of Fairfield died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 13 1960, in Rockbridge County, a son of Annie Lee McNeil and the late Glen Green. Larry enjoyed football, racing and listening to music.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah Stewart; daughter Bettie Sierra Stewart, step-mother Kathrine Green; siblings Peggy McNeil of Christiansburg, Kenneth Stewart of Buena Vista, Luciane Green of Philadelphia, Pa., Osaoldo Green of Philadelphia, Pa.; nieces Jessica McNeil of Vinton and Larissa Lucas of Philadelphia; nephews Julian Green of Philadelphia, Pa., and Antwon Toliver; also survived by special extended family Josie Fauber her daughters Brittany and Kayla and special friends at Washington and Lee.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Lee Chapel by the Rev. Nathaniel Perkins. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge A.R. Presbyterian Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Bolling, Grose and Lotts funeral chapel.

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