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Charlottesville seeking Grand Illumination Tree

The City of Charlottesville is asking for the donation of a large tree for Grand Illumination, the City’s annual holiday celebration.

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Freefall concerts bring in the funk this Saturday

Bring your dancin’ shoes and a rump to shake! This Saturday’s Freefall Music & Art Festival is turning up the funk!

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Center for Autism Research reaches out to New River Valley with community, campus events

The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research is embodying the spirit of Ut Prosim by working to make events friendlier for youth with sensory challenges.

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UVA study: Inpatient satisfaction improved by five-minute intervention

As hospitals seek to improve inpatient satisfaction, one effective way takes only a few minutes and no expensive equipment.

Waynesboro man wanted after crashing car into home in domestic dispute

The Waynesboro Police Department is seeking the public’s help to apprehend John McShane Strother, 53, a city resident involved in a domestic dispute on Sunday.


Traffic safety advocates hold interactive teen driver safety event in Roanoke

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States.

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Study highlights conservation needs of fish species recently discovered in Southwest Virginia

Named for the upper Clinch River basin where it was discovered, the Clinch dace has been extensively studied since 2005.

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Brain tumor treatment for dogs may soon be used in human patients

Data from a clinical trial at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech to treat brain tumors in dogs may eventually be used to help humans.

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BRCC hosting Community Criminal Justice Days

Community Criminal Justice Days has been designed to share information about local, state, and national criminal justice issues, activities, programs, and legislation.


Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley announces Read For The Record

Smart Beginnings has partnered with Jumpstart to Read for the Record.


Agriculture in the Classroom accepting Teacher of Year applications

The Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program plans to recognize Virginia teachers who successfully incorporate agriculture into their core lessons.

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McAuliffe announces commonwealth leader cultivation program developed with Virginia Tech

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the opening of applications this week for the first Virginia Management Fellows class.

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Lane closures on Interstate 81, Interstate 64 in Rockbridge County Oct. 18-19

VDOT has scheduled overnight pavement repairs on portions of Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County during the night of October 18-19.

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Harvard’s T.M. Scanlon to speak at W&L

T.M. Scanlon, professor-emeritus at Harvard University is the third speaker in the W&L 2017-18 Equality and Difference series.


Fall ’17 Washington Community Scholars find insight, wisdom, inspiration

Eight  students are gaining experience through internships in fields ranging from music therapy to journalism to immigration law through an EMU program.

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Virginia celebrates National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month, and Virginia farmers are supplying locally produced foods for schools in their communities.

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UVA’s Pancakes for Parkinson’s set for Oct. 21

Team Fox’s Pancakes for Parkinson’s will be hosting its 14th annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the University of Virginia.

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Mixing of farmed fish and their wild relatives could have adverse impacts on environment

In Ghana, experts suspect that some fish farmers have started to raise unapproved, controversial strains of the Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus.

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Editor of Georgia Review to speak at Bridgewater College

Stephen Corey, author of 10 books and editor of The Georgia Review, will speak on “Writer and Editor: at Odds and in Cahoots,” at Bridgewater College.

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Staunton District Traffic Alerts: Oct. 16-20

The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks.

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Interstate 81 lane closures in Augusta County Oct. 16-20

Overnight lane and ramp closures are scheduled for October 16-20 on northbound Interstate 81 at exit 213 (Greenville) in Augusta County.

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Stuarts Draft Library Station holding Sneak-A-Peek

Soon to open, the Stuarts Draft Library Station will be holding a Sneak-A-Peek on Tuesday at 2 p.m. 

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You hear a lot about greener cars these days, but what about airplanes?

While it may be the fastest and most convenient way to go long distances, air travel remains the most environmentally-unfriendly mode in our mix of transportation options.

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Blackfriars Conference to feature Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Bill Rauch

The American Shakespeare Center will host the ninth biennial Blackfriars Conference in Staunton October 25-29.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Oct. 16-20

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week.