VMI assault case ends
with plea, not trial

Former VMI Cadet Stephen Lloyd accepted an agreement that defers a jail sentence. His trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday. (Courtesy of Rockbridge Regional Jail)

A former Virginia Military Institute cadet who faced a jury trial on felony rape and sodomy charges pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of sexual battery.

Stephen Lloyd, 22, won’t face sentencing on the misdemeanor conviction for three years. If he stays out of trouble, he most likely won’t serve any jail time, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Bucky Joyce.


W&L Safe ride bus strikes student
Washington and Lee Sophomore Liz Blackwood was struck by a Traveller bus on Furrs Mill Road Friday night. The student returned to her Maryland home after being hospitalized in Roanoke. Traveller continued operating normally Saturday, and anticipates no immediate service changes. FULL STORY

Residence halls used to house 71 youth, but they were moved out in September. (The Rockbridge Report/BRETT HOLTON)

Community hit
by Center closing

Natural Bridge Juvenile Corrections Center closed its doors Friday after 55 years of serving and rehabilitating Virginia youth. The closing displaced 71 youth and 87 employees. The Governor's office said the closing was just another unfortunate casualty of necessary budget cuts.

Students at Waddell sort and bag recyclables Wednesday mornings. (The Rockbridge Report/CAMERON DEWING)

students keep up with U.S., go green
Students at Waddell Elementary School have taken recycling to a new level. At McCormick's Mill a birthday celebration has its green elements. The area's intensified "go green" effort matches current U.S. trends in recycling and green energy efforts.


Budget Travel calls Lexington a "cool" small town. (The Rockbridge Report/HARRY ST. JOHN)

Lexington heats up over "cool" status
Budget Travel magazine put Lexington in the top 10 coolest small towns in America. And the local tourism board is doing its best to prove them right. See Lexington's reaction to being dubbed "right out of a Norman Rockwell..."

Lexington hires
first Fire Chief

YMCA plans expansion,
asks for money

Get outdoors
this weekend

Health care bill would reduce deficit

Swine flu vaccine released

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