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Chinquapin Olympic pool dead in the water?

Chinquapin Olympic pool dead in the water?

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) The results are in on the estimated cost to construct a new indoor Olympic-sized pool at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, and they’re not looking good. At $30.7 million, the [...]

Silberberg announces mayoral run

Silberberg announces mayoral run

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Braving streets and sidewalks glazed with ice, more than 100 residents came out to support Allison Silberberg as she announced her candidacy for mayor at Los Tios in Del [...]

NBA trailblazer, Alexandria legend Earl Lloyd dead at 86

NBA trailblazer, Alexandria legend Earl Lloyd dead at 86

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Alexandria native Earl Lloyd, who broke professional basketball’s color barrier more than 60 years ago, died last Thursday in Crossville, Tenn., at the age of 86. Lloyd played basketball [...]

No new taxes in city budget proposal

No new taxes in city budget proposal

By Erich Wagner and Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Despite facing a $31 million budget gap as recently as December, Acting City Manager Mark Jinks proposed a balanced budget that not only keeps tax rates flat [...]

City council approves King Street assisted living facility

City council approves King Street assisted living facility

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) With an impending snow storm threatening to disrupt last weekend’s city council hearing, 50 resolute supporters and opponents of the proposed Alexandria Memory Care project waited more than seven hours [...]

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, [...]