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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 [...]

Fears surround Fort Ward plans

Fears surround Fort Ward plans

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) City councilors unanimously passed a plan for the preservation of Fort Ward Park last month, over the objections of residents and descendants in the storied West End community. The document [...]

Glover family files lawsuit against Metro

Glover family files lawsuit against Metro

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) The sons of the Alexandria woman who died near the L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station during an electrical failure last month filed a $50 million wrongful death suit against the [...]

Old Town Theater could become retail space

Old Town Theater could become retail space

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Einstein apocryphally said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. And after three attempts to run a theater have failed in [...]

Police convene with residents to improve relations

Police convene with residents to improve relations

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Alexandria residents and law enforcement officials sparked renewed conversations on how to improve interactions between officers and civilians at a community meeting last week at the Durant Center. Billed [...]

Local author takes Drue Heinz prize

Local author takes Drue Heinz prize

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) As a young girl, local author Leslie Pietrzyk always walked to school with her face in her book. She loved to hear her teacher read aloud. In junior high, [...]