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Augusta County

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office investigating stolen vehicle

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a stolen vehicle.

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Autism risk determined by health of mom’s gut, UVA research reveals

The risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders is determined by the mother’s microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that naturally live inside us – during pregnancy, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.


Report: More problems with Sentara/Optima Health Charlottesville premium rates

This week, local advocacy group Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance challenged the Virginia Bureau of Insurance on Sentara/Optima’s 2019 rate filings for the Charlottesville area.

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What has Augusta Free Press been up to lately?

Augusta Free Press LLC recently completed two graphic design projects for clients.

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Waynesboro YMCA board member, volunteer honors her late husband through service

As a retired schoolteacher, Liza Scallet isn’t a philanthropist in the traditional sense, endowing her favorite charity with gobs of money.


Update: Arrest in investigation of shots fired at Staunton motel

Jeremy Shifflett, 34 of Stuarts Draft, has been arrested in connection with the June 11 shooting at the Sleep Inn, according to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

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Beverley Street Studio School presents Cleveland Morris

Beverley Street Studio School will host Cleveland Morris’ show, More Fun than Fun, at its Staunton gallery.

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Thirty new Girl Scout badges now available to power girl leadership in key 21st century issues

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and Girl Scouts of the USA revealed 30 new badges now available exclusively for girls ages 5–18.


Broadway’s Showalters build family legacy at AAEC

At first take, John Showalter of Broadway, Virginia, is a soft-spoken 17 year-old following his parents’ Hokie footsteps.

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Expect congestion, delays on Route 250 at Ivy due to culvert deliveries at Ivy Creek bridge project

Motorists traveling west from Charlottesville on Route 250 this afternoon may encounter congestion and delays as they approach the Little Ivy Creek bridge replacement project.

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Chesapeake Bay restoration targets exceeded for phosphorus, sediment

Today, the Chesapeake Bay Program announced the partnership has exceeded its pollution reducing targets for phosphorus and sediment.

Update: Virginia State Police locate convicted sex offender

Thanks to tips from the public, Christopher J. Mixell, 38, has been located and taken into custody. He was apprehended July 10, 2018, by the U.S. Marshals Service without incident at campground in Botetourt County.

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Shenandoah National Park selects Artist Malia Furtado for July Artist-in-Residence Program

Shenandoah National Park has selected Staunton bluegrass artist Malia Furtado as its July Artist-in-Residence.

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Summer of Savings begins for State Fair admission, premium parking

Summer of Savings discounts on tickets to this year’s State Fair of Virginia are now available.


Excivity to expand software operation in Fairfax County

Excivity, a developer of custom software and hardware technologies, will invest approximately $392,000 to expand its operation in Fairfax County.

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Proposed changes to Staunton historic district guidelines to be presented July 24

Architectural and planning firm Frazier Associates will present a final draft of proposed revisions to Staunton’s historic district guidelines at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at City Hall during the Historic Preservation Commission’s regular monthly meeting. 

Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley

Nonprofit changes name to Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley

Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley, Inc. is the new name for Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery.

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CURED Bacon Festival in Charlottesville Saturday, July 21

Bacon lovers, rejoice! Next weekend, Charlottesville welcomes the return of CURED Bacon Festival and Chef’s Competition at Sprint Pavilion on Saturday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m.

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UVA Health System earns three national awards for quality heart attack care

UVA Health System has received three national awards from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology for providing fast, quality care for heart attack patients.


Is Waynesboro going to do this history museum thing, or not?

The ground work continues for a $10.4 million Virginia Museum of Natural History Waynesboro branch campus, with three possible locations still under consideration.


VDOT sets public hearing for Waynesboro Southern Corridor project

VDOT will hold a public hearing concerning the proposed location and design of the Waynesboro Southern Corridor in the city of Waynesboro.


GasBuddy Virginia weekly gas price update, outlook

Gas prices in Virginia have risen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday, according to the GasBuddy daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.

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Perfect Saturdays at WTJU’s Freefall Music & Art Festival at IX Art Park

The perfect Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville’s beautiful autumn? It’s the Freefall Music & Art Festival – presented by WTJU 91.1 FM and the IX Art Park every Saturday from September 1 through October 27.

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Engineering students take lifesaving concept to market with help from university environment, donors

A little seed money and a lot of advice goes a long way for a budding entrepreneur. Take it from the two Hokie engineering student founders of Park & Diamond, a young startup that makes collapsible, sleek bike helmets.

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Forestland transfer workshops help sustain Virginia woodlands

Virginia forestland is a valuable asset to society, providing clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities and renewable wood resources for all Virginians.