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Crawley proposes $260.5 million schools budget

Crawley proposes $260.5 million schools budget

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley presented a $260.5 million fiscal 2016 budget to the city school board last week, a 2.5 percent increase from 2015’s $252.8 million approved [...]

Plans crawl forward for Robinson Terminal North

Plans crawl forward for Robinson Terminal North

By Susan Hale Thomas (Image/City of Alexandria) Members of the city board of architectural review praised the latest tweaks to plans for redevelopment of Robinson Terminal North at a work session last week, but some residents [...]

Gadsby’s Tavern suffers major water damage

Gadsby’s Tavern suffers major water damage

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) The historic Gadsby’s Tavern Museum suffered major water damage due to a ruptured sprinkler joint in the third floor attic dormer last week. Frigid temperatures in the region last [...]

Mixing strings with rock ‘n’ roll

Mixing strings with rock ‘n’ roll

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) With skin-tight black pants, a fitted silk shirt and brown hair down to his shoulders, the enigmatic Mark Wood delivered a dose of rock ‘n’ roll to 370 Alexandria [...]

Local cartoonist reflects on Charlie Hebdo killings

Local cartoonist reflects on Charlie Hebdo killings

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) One could say that ink runs in Alexandria resident Steve Artley’s blood. The son of an editorial cartoonist in Des Moines, Iowa, Artley, former Alexandria Times cartoonist, said he was [...]

Gun control, education dollars top agenda for local lawmakers in Richmond

Gun control, education dollars top agenda for local lawmakers in Richmond

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) The new session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, and could be one of the more contentious in recent memory. Gun control, education and tax reform legislation are [...]

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 [...]