Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

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Sen. Joe Manchin's maneuvers for Mountain Valley Pipeline not necessarily certain to succeed

An attempt to legislate which federal court will decide challenges to the Mountain Valley Pipeline, included in the Inflation Reduction Act to secure the centrist senator's support, does not necessarily → Read More

Judge to decide insurance dispute in hepatitis A outbreak at Roanoke restaurants

More than 50 patrons of two Famous Anthony's locations were sickened by the virus, and four of them died. → Read More

Mountain Valley Pipeline asks for another four years to complete the project

The company says ongoing lawsuits were the reason for its request made Friday to federal regulators. → Read More

Chris Kavanaugh appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Virginia

The U.S. Senate confirmed the former assistant U.S. attorney Tuesday. → Read More

Protester who blocked work on pipeline gets suspended jail sentence, probation

A man who chained himself to an excavator, preventing construction workers from using it to work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline for half a day, was placed on probation Tuesday. → Read More

Stop-work order does not go far enough, pipeline opponents say

A stop-work order on a 2-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline doesn’t stop the widespread environmental problems along the remaining 301 miles of the project, opponents said Tuesday. → Read More

State regulators question Roanoke Gas Co.'s need for new pipeline

Potential new business for Roanoke Gas Co. is not strong enough to support an investment by its sister company in the Mountain Valley Pipeline, an analysis by state regulators has → Read More

Former VMI employee charged with possessing child pornography

The former military store manager at Virginia Military Institute has been charged with storing images of child pornography on his school-issued computer. → Read More

Child abuse reports ignored by Rockbridge social services, report finds

Reports of child abuse and neglect did not just fall through the cracks at the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services, an internal review has found. Some of the reports were fed into a paper shredder, never to be investigated by the agency. → Read More

Former Rockbridge Fire and EMS director indicted on fraud charges

A grand jury has added new fraud and forgery indictments to the list of charges in two states against the former director of Fire and EMS in Rockbridge County. → Read More

W&L graduate shaped by what she learned off campus

LEXINGTON — When Emma Swabb is handed a diploma on Thursday, it will document far more than what she learned within the white-columned, picturesque campus of Washington and Lee University. → Read More

Dinosaurs make a comeback at Rockbridge County amusement park

NATURAL BRIDGE — These dinosaurs obviously are not real. For one thing, they evolved. → Read More

Charges of fraud, forgery and a missing Porsche confront Rockbridge Fire and EMS head

LEXINGTON — Since authorities began looking into the personal finances of Rockbridge County’s director of Fire and EMS a month ago, their investigation has spread like wildfire. → Read More

Hot air balloons over Lexington to be grounded this July 4

For the first time in 20 years, hot air balloons will not take to the skies above Lexington this Fourth of July holiday weekend. → Read More

10-year-old neighbor to the rescue in fire at Lexington bed and breakfast

LEXINGTON — Living next to a bed and breakfast, 10-year-old Ashton Dunford often befriended his temporary neighbors. → Read More

Foul play not suspected in fire that destroyed B&B near Lexington

Foul play is not suspected in a fire that destroyed a Rockbridge County bed and breakfast Saturday night, displacing nearly 40 people who were staying there as part of a wedding party. → Read More

Conviction of ex-VMI cadet who falsely reported being strip-searched upheld on appeal

An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Virginia Military Institute cadet who falsely accused a campus police officer of strip-searching her during a theft investigation. → Read More

Roanoke company Associated Asphalt fined for spill into creek

State regulators have fined a paving company $18,000 after one of its tanker trucks overturned and spilled nearly 5,000 gallons of liquid asphalt into a Rockbridge County creek. → Read More

Alleghany County's 'Granny' and general store icon dies at 109

Of the 109 years that Alpha Averill had on this earth, she spent more than half of them behind the counter at Averill’s Country Store. → Read More

Professor of journalism ethics at W&L remembered as a trailblazer

Louis “Lou” Hodges, who explored the murky depths of ethics in journalism and religion as a longtime professor at Washington and Lee University, died Monday. He was 83. → Read More