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Another election cycle is now completed. The voices of the people who voted have been heard. It is now time to move forward
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
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At-Large candidate Lorie Smith has received the endorsement of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association. “We will ask our members, their friends and families, and all citizens who respect the strong and efficient enforcement of our laws, to cast their ballots in the upcoming election in your favor,” wrote Michael W. Wells, the president of the […]
Arriving in Waynesboro for the first time in the 1990s, I was fortunate to meet Lorie M. Smith in Waynesboro Junior Woman’s Club, an energetic and enthusiastic leader. From the moment I first met her, it was clear that she was eager to serve not only our club but also the community with all she […]
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 […]
Lorie M. Smith announced on Sunday her candidacy for the At-Large seat for Waynesboro City Council currently held by Mayor Frank Lucente. “Our citizens deserve the expectation of quality services for the taxes they pay. Further, in this difficult economic climate, there is a critical need to have strong leadership in economic development and job […]
Letter from Lorie Smith Submit letters: firstname.lastname@example.org As my tenure on Waynesboro City Council comes to an end, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the citizens of Waynesboro for allowing me to serve on Council, as well as the School Board. There is truly no higher honor than to serve as […]
Story by Chris Graham email@example.com The Waynesboro Education Association announced today its endorsements in the upcoming May 4 city elections – giving its nod to Lorie Smith and Robert Johnson for City Council and Kathe Maneval and Jeremy Taylor for School Board. Free read from AFPTheMagazine.com. Includes a story and video interviews.
Letter from Phil Winter Submit letters, guest columns: firstname.lastname@example.org The News Virginian’s April 24 article about “zero-based” budgeting brought back memories of the federal government’s use of this approach more than 15 years ago. It proved then to be a quickly passing, inefficient, and ineffective, fad. Current City Council member, and candidate for reelection, […]
Coverage by Chris Graham email@example.com The four candidates for Waynesboro City Council met today in what will be their only joint appearance in advance of the May 4 city elections. The candidates forum at the Waynesboro Senior Center put on display the contrasting styles and visions of the candidates for the open Ward C […]
Edited by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org Waynesboro City Council candidate Lorie Smith will host an informal get-together at the Waynesboro Public Library on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Smith, the incumbent in Ward D, has held three roundtable-style discussions with citizens within the last two weeks. Light refreshments will be served, and children are welcome.
Edited by Chris Graham email@example.com Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith will host an informal get-together today at 6:30 p.m. at the Waynesboro Country Club. The get-together is part of a series of events that Smith is hosting to talk with voters across the city. Smith is running for re-election to City Council in the […]
Edited by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org Waynesboro City Council candidate Lorie Smith will hold an informal get-together at Fairfax Hall, 1101 Reservoir St., today at 6 p.m. The event is one in a series of ward meetings that Smith is hosting to obtain feedback from citizens. The get-together will be a relaxed, roundtable discussion with […]
Edited by Chris Graham email@example.com Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith is holding a meet and greet with city voters at the Rosenwald Community Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Smith is running for re-election in Ward D in the May 4 city elections. The Rosenwald Community Center is located at 413 Port Republic Road.
Column by Lorie Smith www.loriesmith.com I’m happy to report that last week’s Tourism Summit was a tremendous success! Approximately 35 business representatives and interested citizens came out to show support for a strategic tourism initiative in Waynesboro. All in attendance agreed that city officials, business owners and residents must partner and collaborate to aggressively […]
Column by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org All I wanted to be able to do, I told myself throughout my 2008 campaign for Waynesboro City Council, was to think at 7 p.m. on Election Night that I’d done everything I could do to put myself in a position to be able to win. Win or lose, […]
Edited by Chris Graham email@example.com Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith is hosting a Tourism Summit tonight at 6 p.m. at the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building. The summit is bringing together local leaders and residents to begin work toward developing a plan to promote Waynesboro as a tourist destination. The meeting is open to […]
Report by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org “The budget for each department would have a starting point of zero, and then you start with your essential needs, paper, electricity, water, labor, as an example.” That was Ward D candidate Mike Harris, as quoted in a NewsVirginian.com story reporting on Harris’ proposal on Wednesday to have the […]
Staff Report News tips: email@example.com Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith will hold a town-hall meeting with city residents on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A in the Waynesboro Public Library. The event, “A Conversation with the Citizens of Waynesboro,” is open to the public. Smith is running for re-election to City Council in […]
Story by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org It was so quick that the newspapers and TV missed it, but Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith raised an interesting idea at last week’s City Council meeting as to what the city could decide to do with the $560,000 in found money coming from a year-end budget surplus. “I’ve […]
Citizens group hears from City Council candidate Story by Chris Graham email@example.com Ward D Waynesboro City Council candidate Mike Harris introduced himself to a friendly audience Tuesday night, speaking at a meeting of the Waynesboro Citizens for Responsible Spending at the Waynesboro Public Library. Harris, 62, is a Virginia State Police and military veteran who […]
Column by Lorie Smith www.loriesmith.com Two weeks ago, Waynesboro held a downtown planning session. The city engaged the Redevelopment and Housing Authority to assist in creating a Downtown Revitalization Plan. Over the coming months, this plan will be formally developed and submitted for approval to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Waynesboro […]
Story by Chris Graham firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Harris announced yesterday that he will be challenging incumbent Ward D Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith in the May 2010 city elections. Harris, 62, made the announcement in front of a group of supporters in the Waynesboro City Council chambers Wednesday morning.
Story by Chris Graham With AFP Video A campaign website to rival that of any statewide candidate. A ground operation that pledges to knock on thousands of doors and make as many phone calls. Lorie Smith is ready for May 2010. “I feel so strongly about the message that I carry, and I feel so […]
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 […]
Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith is the guest on today’s edition of “The Chris Graham Show.” Lorie and Chris talk about the ongoing budget deliberations in City Hall, discuss efforts in city government to go green and go over the delay in getting a new economic-development director on the job. Length: 9:45.
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 […]
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, […]
“I don’t want to be the Grinch That Stole Christmas,” City Councilman Bruce Allen said Monday night, as he proceeded to Grinchily steal Christmas Eve from city employees. On the table was a proposal from Councilwoman Nancy Dowdy to give city employees a half-day off on Christmas Eve, which this year falls midweek on a […]
“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.
Story by Chris Graham email@example.com The Wayne Theatre project seems to have cleared what had appeared to be a substantial political hurdle. “This is an important occasion that marks the beginning of hard work and determination coming to fruition. The Wayne Theatre has become an example of the effectiveness of public-private relationships and has been […]