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Does the sun seem a little brighter in Waynesboro today? Yes, it does! The flowers are brighter, perkier. The birds are singing beautiful melodies.
Waste companies are a business, and businesses have to make profits; whereas cities offering public services don’t have a profit motive.
Waynesboro leaders voted four years ago to pay $3.475 million for what is now 177 acres of scrub brush located off Exit 96. And it will remain scrub brush if Waynesboro City Council member Frank Lucente gets his way.
On a perfect day for golf, with temperatures in the mid-80s, and a limitless sunny sky, 20 teams took the course for the 2014 Merv Wooten Invitational at the Waynesboro Country Club on July 11, raising more than $10,000 for the Waynesboro Family YMCA.
Waynesboro City Council stopped short of disciplining City Councilman Mike Harris in the aftermath of a controversy that erupted over a letter to the media from Harris that alleged secret dealings by Mayor Frank Lucente
The move, to say the least, is not wise, in that it basically confirms the substance of what City Councilman Mike Harris had had to say about Lucente
Mayor Frank Lucente, Vice Mayor Bruce Allen and City Councilman Tim Williams swept to victory in contested races for seats on Waynesboro City Council Tuesday. Lucente’s win over former City Council member Lorie Smith in the At-Large race was something of a surprise. Smith, also a former School Board chair, had the backing of several […]
We have, unfortunately, experience with losing elections – we being progressives in Waynesboro, loosely defined. And I say loosely defined because the word progressive means something very different in Waynesboro than it does just about everywhere else in the country
The quickest way to lose 50 pounds is to cut off a limb. Thwack. Right there, you’ve cut 25 percent off the top without having to do more than get anethesized
Is the 2012 city election going to be about a long-dormant downtown-development issue, or about the current City Council’s decision to roll the dice on a $3.5 million parcel of land that Mayor Frank Lucente hopes will appreciate in value for resale in 20 years? That is the question heading into the home stretch toward […]
Mayor Frank Lucente was on the defensive at a Thursday night candidates forum on the issue of the controversial $3.5 million land deal that his City Council agreed to with two former political supporters. “I think in the long run we made a good deal. If I was doing a business deal, I would do […]
Frank Lucente will tell you ’til he’s blue in the face that he’s for the little guy. And then there’s the truth. The little guy doesn’t have thousands to give to his re-election campaign, and that’s what Lucente and his cronies on City Council have their focus on, getting re-elected. And why not – because […]
Waynesboro City Council will vote next week on whether or not it will pursue a $3.475 million deal to purchase approximately 170 acres of land adjacent to Exit 96 off Interstate 64 to create a business park. If it does so, it will take a big step to sealing a deal with a key contributor […]
“Government isn’t designed to do a whole lot. It’s working the way our founding fathers planned for it to.” At least Tim Williams is being honest about where he’s coming from. The quote is from a story in the News Virginian on Sunday looking at the long-delayed South River Greenway, which I’ve been writing about […]
The recent New Yorker story on the Koch brothers has folks in Waynesboro musing aloud about the influence of the libertarian scions on the political scene in the River City, where the biggest employer, Invista, is a subsidiary of the privately-held Koch Industries. At first glance, it’s … interesting … to note a couple of […]
First off, Waynesboro progressives are interesting progressives. I count as key members of the progressive base several people who I know (from having looked ‘em up online!) give money regularly to not only Emmett Hanger but also Steve Landes and Bob Goodlatte when they’re running for re-election. That’s an indication of how far to the […]
Column by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org First off, Waynesboro progressives are interesting progressives. I count as key members of the progressive base several people who I know (from having looked ’em up online!) give money regularly to not only Emmett Hanger but also Steve Landes and Bob Goodlatte when they’re running for re-election. TheWorldAccordingToChrisGraham.com […]
Waynesboro’s vice mayor seems to be able to cue the tears as political circumstance deems appropriate. AFP editor Chris Graham tries to match him in considering Waynesboro’s alarming rate of free and reduced lunches in the city public-school system. The tears here are more tears of frustration and upset, of course. AFP Video. Length: 3:40.
You’re Frank Lucente, and you’re having a bad day. Maybe you’re losing an argument on live TV. You know you’re not making any sense, but that TV has been your friend. You’ve fake-cried into it enough the past couple of years that you should get nominated for an Emmy. You can’t risk having it turned […]
I give the News Virginian hell often enough that it is only fair of me to give kudos to the paper when deserved, and it’s deserved in the matter of the call in a Wednesday editorial for somebody on Waynesboro City Council to step forward and take the lead on downtown. I’ll take their call […]
A “Fractious Faction”? Or just good politics? The News Virginian raised the issue in a story-editorial package in its July 1 edition, a year to the day that Tim Williams was elected by his peers on City Council to serve as mayor and head up what we all assumed then was going to be a […]
Looks like Frank Lucente has cornered himself back into being the minority again. “If we don’t get ourselves under control with spending, we are going to pay our price, and I am saddened that we are going to raise your taxes,” the singularly focused vice mayor said after Tuesday’s 3-2 City Council vote to maintain […]
“This is definitely no time,” said Stewart Hall of 891 Kent Road at Monday’s public hearing on the city tax rate, “to tighten the financial noose with further increases in taxes and fees.” Hall must have been speaking metaphorically, because his taxes and fees will be heading in opposite direction of an increase. According to […]
You might think that any credit being given out for the Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. fundraising effort that met with such success as to preclude the need for an infusion of city funds to keep it afloat would go to, well, the folks at Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc.
Interesting move initiated by Lorie Smith to forego her 2009-2010 City Council salary. It won’t be easy personally for Smith or Nancy Dowdy, who joined Smith Friday in agreeing to return her take-home salary of $5,100 for fiscal-year ’09-’10 to city taxpayers, but it’s the right thing to do given the tenor of the times.
Nancy Dowdy was surprised, to say the least, to hear that the not-anywhere-close-to-being-shovel-ready Shenandoah Village Drive extension had made its way into the package of proposals for federal stimulus money up approved by Waynesboro City Council last week. She has an idea as to why it ended up in the submission to the state for […]
Waynesboro does have a vision, to hear Frank Lucente tell it. “Speaking only for myself as a council member and a citizen of Waynesboro, I have always felt there was a plan, and have always consistently worked toward it: ensure that the city provides the services of government in the most effective and efficient way […]
It’s going to be a tough budget year. We can all agree on that. So … who do you want making the tough choices about spending priorities? “I have a lot of faith and trust that you and staff can come up with a budget that we can live with,” Vice Mayor Frank Lucente said, […]
We all knew that we were on the verge of an economic downturn. I was selling one approach to dealing with what was to come – redoubling efforts in the economic-development sphere with an eye toward working to attract new industry in recognition of the apparent fact that the plant on the South River overlooking […]
Five sentences, and so much contained therein. It’s not Christmas yet, but Reo Hatfield is doing his part to play Santa. “They will NOT vote for an increase,” the former Waynesboro vice mayor declared in a letter to the editor published in the News Virginian today, referring to political allies Frank Lucente and Bruce Allen, […]
“What are you doing, Bruce? Are you daydreaming?” Waynesboro Vice Mayor Frank Lucente asked City Councilman Bruce Allen during a break in Friday’s City Council planning session as Allen gazed out a window from the council chambers in the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building toward the corner of Main Street and Wayne Avenue. “Thinking,” Allen […]
Waynesboro City Council discussed Monday night the West End Fire Station project and technology that would improve access of emergency vehicles to city intersections. AFP editor Chris Graham reports on this installment of AFP News. Length: 2:33.
Waynesboro City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to institute a 45-day hiring freeze in City Hall. AFP editor Chris Graham reports on this installment of AFP News. Length: 2:42.
Column by Chris Graham email@example.com I wrote earlier – and facetiously – about Jim Gilmore’s good timing regarding his visit to Waynesboro to talk with the editorial staff at The News Virginian on Monday hours before Waynesboro City Council voted 3-0 to pass the Gilmore no car tax buck on to city taxpayers. And now […]
Column by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Gilmore spent two hours in Waynesboro on Monday visiting with the editorial staff at The News Virginian. His timing could have been better, given what happened later Monday in the River City. “The thing that I have a dilemma about this is I don’t like to raise taxes on […]