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Now-local dogs go from Seoul to soul mate

Now-local dogs go from Seoul to soul mate

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Somewhere on a farm just outside of Seoul, South Korea there is a dog meat farmer who gave up his trade to grow blueberries. After compensating the farmer to [...]

Local civil rights leader Ferdinand Day dead at 96

Local civil rights leader Ferdinand Day dead at 96

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Ferdinand Day, local civil rights leader and the first black school board chairman in Virginia, died last Friday at the age of 96. An Alexandria trailblazer, Day guided Alexandria City Public [...]

Former corporate executive, Alexandria resident dead at 79

Former corporate executive, Alexandria resident dead at 79

By Times staff (Courtesy photo) Billy Joe Garner, 79, formerly of Alexandria, died early Saturday morning, December 13, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He had advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Garner was born June 10, 1935 in Haralson [...]

Maury parents call for new playground

Maury parents call for new playground

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Maury Elementary School second grader Jack Estabrook, dressed in a suit and tie, hair combed neatly to the side, climbed onto a chair, placed behind the podium just for [...]

City council examines borrowing policies

City council examines borrowing policies

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City staff urged city councilors to reduce the amount of money Alexandria pays up front for capital projects to help deal with a projected $16 million budget deficit. City budget director [...]

Hammond boat-building class draws national interest

Hammond boat-building class draws national interest

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Sixth graders in Matt Cupple’s Introduction to Technology class at Francis C. Hammond Middle School got a surprise visit from Aneesh Chopra, President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer last [...]

Child sex trafficker sentenced to 11 years

Child sex trafficker sentenced to 11 years

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) An Alexandria man was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week, after he pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking. “You might as well get paid for something most [...]

Changes afoot in grant funding process

Changes afoot in grant funding process

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Organizations making funding requests from the Alexandria Fund for Human Services will notice a few changes next month when they prepare to write their grant proposals. Kate Garvey, director of [...]

Mark Jinks appointed acting city manager

Mark Jinks appointed acting city manager

By Erich Wagner (Photo/City of Alexandria) City councilors voted unanimously last weekend to appoint Mark Jinks as acting city manager following the news last week that City Manager Rashad Young would leave Alexandria at the end [...]

ODBC moves closer to new clubhouse

ODBC moves closer to new clubhouse

By Susan Hale Thomas (Image/City of Alexandria) Preliminary designs for the Old Dominion Boat Club were well received by the members of the city board of architectural review during a work session on the project earlier [...]