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New VCU report shows death rates are rising in Virginia’s white population

Societal issues are driving an increase in death rates among Virginia’s white population, according to a new report from the  VCU Center on Society and Health. Stress-related conditions—including unintentional drug overdoses, suicides, alcoholic liver disease and alcohol poisonings—are killing white Virginians ages 25-54 at increasing rates.

Northam introduces new budget for April 11th special session

Governor Ralph Northam today unveiled the budget that he will be proposing to the Virginia General Assembly as they prepare to return to Richmond on April 11 to finish their work on the Commonwealth’s biennial spending plan.

Health officials investigating mumps outbreak at JMU

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Health Department continues to investigate an ongoing mumps outbreak at James Madison University. To date, mumps infections have been confirmed by lab testing in five staff members and 14 students. Lab results are currently pending for three additional students.

Waynesboro man charged with rape, abduction

A Waynesboro man is being held on rape, abduction and malicious wounding charges in connection with a Sunday incident. Cory Michael McCreary, 20, was arrested as a result of an investigation that began early Sunday morning.

Staunton: Lot improvements help environment

Work is set to begin this week on a grant-funded project that will affect parking at the Wharf Parking Lot in Staunton as well as the environment.

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of Augusta Free Press, and an award-winning journalist and editor, has covered Virginia politics since 1997, conducting interviews with governors George Allen, Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Bob McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, and political newsmakers including UVA political-science professor Larry Sabato, ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and Fox Business host Lou Dobbs.

Other notable interview subjects have included author John Grisham, ESPN TV personality Dick Vitale, sportswriter and author John Feinstein, Weather Channel anchor Stephanie Abrams and musician Bruce Hornsby.

As a sportswriter, Chris is a credentialed member of the press box and press row at University of Virginia football, basketball and baseball games, covering the ACC Tournament, the NCAA Tournament and Virginia’s run to the Sweet Sixteen at Madison Square Garden in 2014, and also covering the UVA baseball team in the ACC Baseball Championship, and the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals.

As a broadcaster, Chris is the former play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, from 2009-2014, has been the host of two TV talk shows, is in his third season as a color commentator for ESPN3 college baseball broadcasts, and this fall will begin his third year as the radio play-by-play voice for VMI football.

Can Virginia land Dawn Staley to head women's basketball program?

The attention of UVA basketball fans turns to the women's program, as the retirement of Joanne Boyle opens the door for new AD Carla Williams to try to make the home-run hire with former Virginia legend Dawn Staley. Chris Graham and Scott German break down the coaching search from just about every possible angle.

My Name is Mud: And how my life turned out differently

The reason I’m not a lawyer today: I couldn’t get the song “My Name is Mud” by Primus out of my head.

Daniel Bryan returns to WWE: Chris Graham breaks down how things will play out

The breaking news from #WWE today has Daniel Bryan cleared to return to the ring. Chris Graham leads a discussion of what it will mean as we get closer to WrestleMania 34.

Jinxed: The hard knock life of being a UVA sports fan

UVA basketball had Ralph Sampson for four years, and has one Final Four appearance to show for it, with seasons ending prematurely due to a charley horse, a missed foul-line jumper and errant pass, Al Wood going bonkers.

Backstage at the 2018 ACC Tournament

What’s it like being backstage at something like an ACC Tournament? You remember those “This is SportsCenter” commercials from back in the day. Like that, on steroids.

Augusta Free Press Bookshelf

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and The Rock ‘n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

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Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall, by Chris Graham and Patrick Hite, is a look at the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. From Barry Parkhill’s last-second shot to knock off No. 2 South Carolina to the struggles faced by coaches Barbara Kelly and Dan Bonner in the early years of UVa. women’s basketball to the excitement of the early 1980s in the House that Ralph Built to the move to JPJ – it’s all here.


Ridin’ the Pine, a collection of literary short stories by AFP editor Chris Graham, is the first ebook from Augusta Free Press. The stories in Ridin’ the Pine include a tale of a little-league baseball game, a young romance gone up in flames on a night at the park and the humorous story of a self-absorbed newspaper columnist’s interaction with a crazed fan.

Judge Not, Chris Graham’s first novel, fleshes out the details of the macabre happenings in Ruetown. The political thriller follows reporter Andrew Floyd as he blazes a trail into the parlors to ferret out the identity of the real killer – before he himself meets his own final judgment.

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AFP: Your Portal to the Valley, Central Virginia

waynesboroAugusta Free Press launched on July 2, 2002. The site serves as a portal into life in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia – in a region encompassing Augusta County, Albemarle County and Nelson County and the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton and Waynesboro, at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail.

Our part of the Valley and Central Virginia is served by four world-class hospitals – Augusta Health, Sentara-RMH, Sentara-Martha Jefferson and the University of Virginia.

The local area is also centrally located to a number of colleges and universities – including the University of Virginia, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, James Madison University, Mary Baldwin University, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University and Blue Ridge Community College.