The winner of this year’s State Fair of Virginia giant pumpkin competition broke his own record. Hank Houston of Spotsylvania County grew the largest entry, a pumpkin that weighed in at 1,340.7 pounds.
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- Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists take first up-close look at activity in human breast cancer cells
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- Letter: Deputy backs Donald Smith for Augusta County sheriff (1852)
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- The Waynesboro Police Department has made arrests in two separate, felonious assaults on Waynesboro women this past Wednesday, September 30.- President Obama told reporters on Friday that he will not sign another stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government running in 10 weeks, raising the stakes on congressional Republicans to put an end to internal in-fighting over funding for Planned Parenthood and other budget priorities.
- The National Weather Service is projecting the South River to crest in Waynesboro Saturday well below flood stage.- Gas prices have remained relatively stable over the past week, driven by relatively low crude oil prices, declining domestic demand for gasoline following the end of the summer driving season, and the switch to cheaper-to-produce winter-blend gasoline.- Ed Gillespie confirmed in an email to The Washington Post on Friday that he plans to run for governor in 2017.- Ellen Arthur, the Democratic Party nominee for the House of Delegates seat in the 24th District, is tired of deferring to those who get defensive when the talk after a mass shooting turns to ideas for how to implement sensible gun control measures.
Augusta County Sheriff Race
- Driving around Augusta County, you might have noticed some sign that there is a sheriff race on the ballot in November. Highways and back roads across the 971-square-mile county are dotted with the colorful signs promoting the candidacies of three county sheriff’s deputies – Derek Almarode, Todd Lloyd and Donald Smith – and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conservation officer Neil Kester.- Spoiler alert: We’re not going to tell you to vote for a specific candidate among the four-man field vying for the Augusta County sheriff job.- It’s time for change in the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, and Neil Kester, one of the four candidates for the open Augusta County sheriff position in the Nov. 3 general election, doesn’t feel that the necessary change can come from within.
Smooth transition: Augusta County sheriff candidate Derek Almarode promises no need for learning curve- If you pick up a telephone to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency situation, you expect somebody to be there. To Derek Almarode, whoever is elected Augusta County sheriff on Nov. 3, there is no time for a learning curve or on-the-job training.- Donald Smith knew from an early age that he wanted to work for the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, and he’s not good at sitting back and waiting for things to just happen.- Todd Lloyd has seen a little bit of everything in his 19 years as an Augusta County sheriff’s deputy. Lloyd, the son of former Augusta County sheriff Glenn Lloyd, who died after a battle with cancer in 1998, began his career in law enforcement working at the Augusta County Jail.
- Kirk Cousins connected with Pierre Garcon on a 4-yard TD pass with 26 seconds left to lift the Washington Redskins to a 23-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at FedEx Field.- Max Scherzer finished out his first season in Washington with his second no-hitter in 2015, striking out 17 New York Mets in a 2-0 win Saturday night.
- Brendan Motley was sacked seven times and threw three interceptions, and Pitt limited Virginia Tech to 100 yards of total offense, as the Panthers topped the Hokies, 17-13, Saturday in rainy Blacksburg, Va.- Virginia Tech is leading a $3.3 million, multi-center, five-year study that will track head impact exposure in children — the largest and most comprehensive biomedical study of youth football players to date.- The UVA basketball team had its first practice for the 2015-2016 season on Friday at John Paul Jones Arena. Video from VirginiaSportsTV.- A Justin Tucker 52-yard field goal completed an improbable comeback as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-20, in overtime on Thursday.
- Reporters from several local news organizations were on the scene within minutes of police being called to Cherry Hill Drive in Staunton Wednesday night to investigate reports of a double shooting.
- The Waynesboro Rotary Club reports Thursday on a successful project to help improve the delivery of medical care in Malawi.- Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham reports on the potentially dangerous mix of storms - a coastal low developing in the Southeast and Hurricane Joaquin - that could wreak havoc on Virginia this weekend.- Who could get the boot first - UVA football coach Mike London, or Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer? Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham answers that question and talks NFL and MLB pennant races with host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450 in Lexington, Va.- I never thought I'd get a tattoo. But last week, on the anniversary of my twin sister's suicide, I found myself working with an artist on a design that incorporated the word ditto, a semicolon and a heart.
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