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T.C. Williams student to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

T.C. Williams student to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Katie Callahan (Photo/ACPS) T.C. Williams student Maddy Dooley is preparing for the performance of a lifetime. The sousaphone player has performed on a big stage before, but this one comes with an audience of about [...]

New Jefferson-Houston principal stresses individual academic growth

New Jefferson-Houston principal stresses individual academic growth

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Christopher Phillips, the incoming principal of Jefferson-Houston School, believes there is more to education than preparing for standardized tests. “If you teach them to the master the material, they can take [...]

U.S. 1 Metroway already a boon for business

U.S. 1 Metroway already a boon for business

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Business leaders already are touting the region’s first bus rapid transit service as a driver of economic activity and redevelopment. Known as Metroway, the service connects Braddock Road Metro station with [...]

Alexandria library sit-in’s 75th anniversary commemorated

Alexandria library sit-in’s 75th anniversary commemorated

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, did not mince words when it came to famed Alexandria attorney Samuel W. Tucker and the five young black men [...]

ACPS stagnates on state test scores

ACPS stagnates on state test scores

By Erich Wagner (Image/Ashleigh Carter) While schools like Patrick Henry Elementary School made sharp gains on newly released Standards of Learning test results, many schools stagnated or saw their test scores drop. Alexandria City Public Schools [...]

Retired planning director looks back: Controversy ‘just comes with the territory’

Retired planning director looks back: Controversy ‘just comes with the territory’

By Erich Wagner (File Photo) If you ask retired planning director Faroll Hamer about the controversies surrounding two recent major redevelopment proposals — along the waterfront and in Beauregard — she’s quick to argue that not [...]

What are the issues in the race for the 8th District?

What are the issues in the race for the 8th District?

By Erich Wagner (File Photo) Party leaders and political experts say issues like the economy and foreign policy will be at the forefront of the campaign to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) this [...]

Samuel W. Tucker: A man ahead of his time

Samuel W. Tucker: A man ahead of his time

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) In 1939, quietly reading a book in a city public library meant risking arrest, depending on the color of your skin. One young, black Alexandria attorney pressed it to his advantage. [...]

By Derrick Perkins City scientists detected West Nile Virus in area mosquitoes last month, but say it’s a regular occurrence and not at a level they find concerning. Those tasked with keeping tabs on the local [...]

Officials: Valid photo ID needed to cast ballot in November election

Officials: Valid photo ID needed to cast ballot in November election

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) City officials are reminding local voters they need valid photo identification if they plan on casting a ballot at November’s general election. The notification came after the state Board of Elections [...]