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VMI Ranks High In Money Magazine's New List

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Virginia Military Institute was ranked 18th out of the 665 colleges and universities listed in a new national best colleges ranking released this week by Money magazine, Money’s Best Colleges. Money’s ranking system took into account education quality, affordability, and post-graduation outcome in determining the rank of each institution.

Noting the rewards of a VMI education, Money magazine stated, “VMI alumni report earnings averaging about $54,000 within five years, about $16,000 more than schools with similar student populations.”

VMI’s 18th-place ranking was second in the state, with only University of Virginia coming in higher, at 16th. Other Virginia schools in the top 50 were Washington and Lee University at 39th and Virginia Tech at 42nd. The rankings did not include the service academies because of the requirement to serve after graduation.

In addition, the institute was ranked fourth in the liberal arts category, higher than any other liberal arts college in the state. W&L was the only other Virginia school among the top 25, ranking ninth.

VMI placed fourth in the public school category, behind the University of Virginia, University of California – Berkley, and Maine Maritime Academy. Virginia Tech was also among the top 25 public schools, placing 12th.

Annual YMCA Golf Tourney Aug. 15

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The Rockbridge Area YMCA will hold its third annual “Tee Up for the Y” golf tournament, Friday, Aug. 15, at the Lexington Golf & Country Club with a shotgun start at noon with registration beginning at 10:30.

To provide more fun and team excitement, mulligan packages will be sold. Participants will have a fun day playing golf, while providing needed funds for the local YMCA, said a spokeswoman.

Lexington Golf & Country Club's new PGA head golf professional, Andy Stelten, will be offering a complimentary golf clinic to all tournament participants from 10:30 to 11:30, enhancing "FUN"damentals for the full swing at 10:30 and simplifying your short game at 11. Golfers of all ages, skill levels and with any questions are encouraged to attend. Donations will be welcomed, as they will directly benefit the Rockbridge Area YMCA.

This year’s golf tournament success will benefit several programs. Funds raised will allow the YMCA to offer financial assistance for children in-need for many of the youth programs. Youth summer camp is one of the programs that will benefit. The summer camp curriculum includes the Camp Reader program where every child reads for 30 minutes each day. There is also a reading/math readiness component, in addition to swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, and other fun activities. Programs such as this provide a safe, nurturing, fun and educational place for children to spend their summer days while parents are working, the spokeswoman said. Many families in this county depend on some financial assistance for this service, and the YMCA wants to make sure all children are served.

The YMCA also serves a large number of older adults, offering group exercise classes, including aquacize, that address range of motion, muscle strength and flexibility. Cooking classes that focus on good nutrition and easy preparation are also provided.

Another upcoming project of the YMCA is replacing the outdated circuit room equipment with state-of-the-art pieces that offer better ergonomics and are more user-friendly.

The YMCA mission is strengthening the foundation of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

This year’s event is sponsored by Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital and the VMI Keydet Club. Other sponsorships and team entries are still available.

For more information, go online to or contact Vickie Black at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-0296 or the Lexington Golf & Country Club Proshop.

Protesting W&L's Flag Decision

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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.


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.



Underground Conduit Work Planned In Lexington

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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

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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.