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The Lee-Jackson Day parade was held on Jan. 13 in downtown Lexington.

Conflicting legacies: a closer look at Lexington’s dual celebrations

Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day are recognized in Lexington just days apart — evoking reactions from the community
Claire Hamlet
January 22, 2024

Localization changed W&L sorority life

A reflection on the five-year anniversary of the Delta sorority’s localization
Georgia Bernbaum, Opinions Editor
November 15, 2022
Owner Trevor Stores mixes drinks on a hectic Friday night at SkyBar. Once a bartender at the Southern Inn, he bought the space for SkyBar in May 2021. Photo by Jess Kishbaugh, ’24.

SkyBar joins Lexington’s bar scene

The speakeasy-style bar has attracted students and other community members seeking a new form of late-night entertainment.
Liv Ullman
March 29, 2022
The new Walker Program office will make it easier than ever to reach out and provide resources to people of color interested in starting a business, board member Sascha Goluboff said. Already, the program has helped seven businesses. Photo by Elena Lee, ’25.

Entrepreneurship training program for people of color expands

The Walker Program, established in August 2020, has helped jumpstart several successful POC-led businesses.
Catherine McCurdy
March 29, 2022
 The potential for additional traffic on roads like Nelson Street has been a focal point in past public debates regarding housing development on Spotswood Drive. Developers have contended that the uptick in traffic will be minimal. Photo by Jess Kishbaugh, ’24.

Development talk for Spotswood re-launch

Two competing proposals to build multi-family housing in Lexington have been submitted to City Council
Shauna Muckle
March 15, 2022
Owner Trevor Stores was born and raised in Lexington. Though this is his first time owning a business, he brings years of bartending experience to the venture. Photo by Jess Kishbaugh, ’24.

SkyBar brings a new aesthetic to Lexington

SkyBar, a speakeasy-style bar in the basement of Blue Sky, opened to the public Feb. 18.
Shauna Muckle
March 15, 2022
Sydney Brun-Ozuna, ‘24L, plays Eighteen Wheeler American Pro Trucker at Tommy’s Arcade. She visited the arcade for the first time to compete in a Smash Bros. tournament. Photo by Shauna Muckle, ’24.

Downtown Lexington gains its first arcade

Lexington’s newest entertainment option offers a community spot to play retro and modern games
Shauna Muckle
February 1, 2022
Members of Washington and Lee’s Chanoyu Tea Society prepare matcha tea to serve at their MLK Day ceremony. The event was part of a larger slate of activites the univeristy held in honor of MLK. Photo by Janet Ikeda Yuba.

MLK Day and Lee-Jackson Day celebrations coincide

Different events supporting Lee-Jackson Day and MLK Day struck a contrast over MLK weekend.
Luke Fountain
February 1, 2022
The Bookery is a brief walk away from Washington and Lee’s campus, sitting in between Lexington Pet Place and The Palms. It’s been a community staple for 34 years. Photo by Lilah Kimble, ’23.

A life of “organized chaos” in The Bookery

Lexington’s downtown bookstore, headed by Marysue Forrest, holds not only 50,000 books, but just as many artifacts of the past.
Julie Ham
October 26, 2021
Dear Evan Hansen, a movie adaptation of a Broadway musical, was released to theaters Sept. 24. Photo by Lilah Kimble, 23.

Dear Evan Hansen shines from Broadway to box office

Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical now available in Lexington theaters.
Emma Malinak
October 12, 2021
Local political organizations have pivoted their campaign tactics due to the coronavirus pandemic and connecting with voters virtually.

Local candidates pivot campaign tactics amidst coronavirus pandemic

Local Republicans and Democrats are using different strategies than usual to reach voters
Shauna Muckle
September 10, 2020
Washington and Lee still recycling after Lexington ends curbside services

Washington and Lee still recycling after Lexington ends curbside services

The program is fighting to survive alongside the global recycling industry
Jack Eason
September 10, 2020
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