Local/State News


GasBuddy Virginia fuel price update, outlook

Average retail gasoline prices in Virginia have risen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.67/g yesterday, according to the GasBuddy daily survey of 4,081 gas outlets in Virginia.

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Lime Kiln Theater presents Acoustic Syndicate in concert

The Lime Kiln Theater Summer 2018 concert series will continue on Saturday, May 19, as Acoustic Syndicate takes the stage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8.


Winter wheat production expected to rise 23 percent from 2017

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the results of the Agricultural Yield Survey conducted at the beginning of month by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Charlottesville Reading Series announces authors, musicians for June event

The Charlottesville Reading Series will host a prose reading and musical performance on Friday, June 15, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Dominion Bookshop (404 East Main St).


Crozet Toastmasters Club founder achieves ‘Advanced Communicator’ award

Christina Brown of Crozet has achieved the Toastmasters International Advanced Communicator Bronze award. The ACB is the first of three levels of recognition in Toastmasters’ Advanced Communication Series.

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Independent biology research takes EMU junior to Guatemala to collaborate with alumna

Planes, buses, and taxis, sure – but the connections that landed Eastern Mennonite University junior Maria Yoder in Guatemala for a spring break research project were also of a different kind.

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U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen Margaret O’Meara to serve as goodwill ambassador to Japan

With just a spin of a roulette-style wheel, Margaret O’Meara has been selected to represent the United States on a goodwill trip to Japan.

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Going green with acoustic guitars

Dear Earth Talk: I’m in the market for a new acoustic guitar and I’m wondering what are my options if I care about its impact on the environment?

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SPI Horizons luncheon speakers offer perspectives on peacebuilding, from Hollywood to the KKK

Once each session, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute community at Eastern Mennonite University gathers together for lunch and to hear from a guest speaker. Lunches are open to the community for a small fee.


All American Honor Guard Military History Weekend June 23-24 in Waynesboro

Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro will be host to All American Honor Guard Military History Weekend June 23-24. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. 


AAA: Gas prices packing punch for motorists heading toward Memorial Day

Local drivers are getting pinched at the pump as gas prices continue their climb. In Virginia, most regional prices are about 50 cents higher than they were at this time last year.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to speak at Bridgewater College May 18

Gregory Pardlo, who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will speak at Bridgewater College May 18 at 8 p.m. in Cole Hall as part of the Bridgewater College International Poetry Festival.

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Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Pike Farm Market July 21

Valley Pike Farm Market will host a Virginia Cider Festival featuring 17 Virginia craft cideries with more than 50 individual ciders on Saturday, July 21st at Valley Pike Farm Market in Weyers Cave to benefit Mercy House.

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JMU hosts free Concerts on the Lawn Series

James Madison University once again presents its annual Concerts on the Lawn series between May 20 and June 24 on the Lawn at the Music Building or at Memorial Hall.


Virginia Environmental Endowment awards $284K for natural resource initiatives

The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced grant awards of $284,612 to 14 organizations dedicated to protecting and improving the Commonwealth’s natural resources and environment. 


Prepare your home for destructive summer storms

The South Carolina-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center cautions homeowners not to underestimate the destructive and deadly force of summer storms.


Wealthier Americans know less than they think about food

While socioeconomics play a significant role in Americans’ opinions about food safety and in their purchasing decisions, higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices.

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Madison Heights man held after assault on law enforcement officer

A Madison Heights man was arrested in Augusta County after attacking an Amherst County deputy transporting him to a mental-health facility in Harrisonburg.


Virginia wheat growers have new marketing option

Virginia wheat growers pride themselves on raising a top-quality crop, and now they have a new buyer. Ardent Mills’ Culpeper Mill has been producing a wide variety of flour products from hard winter wheat since 1970.

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Plastic alternative? Virginia Tech researchers discover path to sustainable, biodegradable polyesters

There’s a good chance you’ve touched something made out of the polyolefin polymer today. It’s often used in polyethylene products like plastic bags or polypropylene products like diapers.

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Two STAB Destination Imagination teams heading to Global Finals

Two St. Anne’s-Belfield Destination Imagination teams will be traveling to Knoxville, Tenn. to compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament from May 23-26.

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Charlottesville Parks & Rec opens Spray Grounds on Saturday

Charlottesville Parks & Rec will open its three spray grounds on Saturday, May 12th at 10 a.m. for the 2018 season.

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Parking restriction on portion of Central Avenue in Staunton begins May 14

With the renovation and temporary closure of the Johnson Street parking garage, the City of Staunton must relocate all police department vehicles normally housed in the parking garage.

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Dominion Energy awards $1 million in grants to improve environment, encourage stewardship

Whether it’s rescuing sea-turtles, recycling school paper or exploring the great outdoors, Dominion Energy’s Environmental Education and Stewardship grants support a variety of initiatives that benefit schools, organizations and communities across the country.

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Virginia Tech funds 12 sustainability projects through the student Green RFP Program

As a part of the Green RFP Program managed by the Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability, 12 sustainability proposals from eight student organizations will receive $125,410.