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Embattled used car dealer to remain open

Embattled used car dealer to remain open

By Erich Wagner (File photo) In March 2014, city councilors gave the owner of A&B Auto Finance Co. one last chance. He had six months to wrap up operations and find a new site for his [...]

Alexandria resident named a finalist for Mars voyage

Alexandria resident named a finalist for Mars voyage

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Being an Internet nerd sometimes can have its upsides. Sometimes you can win free stuff or trips. But it’s not a T-shirt or a trip to the Caribbean that [...]

School board proposes raises for members next year

School board proposes raises for members next year

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Amidst the small tweaks and adjustments made to Alexandria City Public Schools’ fiscal 2016 operating budget during the school board’s final work session on the issue last week, board members [...]

West Potomac’s Colin O’Grady falls short in ‘Jeopardy!’ semi-finals

West Potomac’s Colin O’Grady falls short in ‘Jeopardy!’ semi-finals

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) West Potomac High School has earned more national acclaim over the past two weeks, but in a slightly different way than normal, as 10th and 12th grade English teacher Colin O’Grady [...]

Astronaut encourages Jefferson-Houston students to reach for the stars

Astronaut encourages Jefferson-Houston students to reach for the stars

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Astronaut Charles Bolden visited more than 400 enthusiastic students and guests last week in the Jefferson-Houston School gymnasium. Sharing his experiences working for NASA as an astronaut and administrator, [...]

Local Dems line up to challenge mayor

Local Dems line up to challenge mayor

By Susan Hale Thomas and Erich Wagner (File photo) Rumors are flying around the Port City about the mayoral and city council races like toilet paper off the shelves before a winter storm. Mayor Bill Euille [...]

Local couple hopes to bring beer garden to Old Town

Local couple hopes to bring beer garden to Old Town

By Susan Hale Thomas (Courtesy photo) Beer connoisseurs will be licking the froth from their lips when they hear that plans for a beer garden are underway across from the King Street Metrorail station. Brew enthusiasts [...]

Planning commission approves controversial assisted living facility

Planning commission approves controversial assisted living facility

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Several dozen residents addressed the Alexandria Planning Commission last week to oppose a plan to rezone and grant a development special use permit for a 75,000 square foot three-story [...]

T.C. Williams principal to retire

T.C. Williams principal to retire

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) “It’s the quiet moments that bring me to tears,” said T.C. Williams principal Suzanne Maxey. He was a difficult student from last year. She was his mentor. He always [...]

Outgoing city manager reflects on his tenure in Alexandria

Outgoing city manager reflects on his tenure in Alexandria

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Former City Manager Rashad Young said he will always look fondly on his time in Alexandria, where he was often the face of difficult changes, both in city government and for [...]