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Waynesboro YMCA raises money with golf fundraiser

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.


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City Council responds to Harris

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


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Chris Graham: Not the wisest political move, Mr. Mayor

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


Incumbents sweep in Waynesboro

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 […]


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Chris Graham: Medicine

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


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Chris Graham: Can’t cut your way to prosperity

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


Gloves come off at candidates forum

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, incumbents put on defensive on land deal at forum

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 […]


Chris Graham: Three-point-five million reasons to vote da bums out

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 […]


City ready to close deal on business park

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 […]


If it’s broke, fix it

“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 Koch-Waynesboro connection

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 […]


The World According To ChrisGraham.com: No I in team

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 […]


Chris Graham: No I in team

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   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 […]


Daily Rant | Cue the Tears

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.