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Lorie Smith: Let’s stand together now

Another election cycle is now completed. The voices of the people who voted have been heard. It is now time to move forward


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


Smith receives Police Benevolent Association endorsement

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 […]


Therese Rodammer: Why I’m voting for Lorie Smith

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, 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 […]


Smith announces candidacy for Waynesboro City Council

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 […]


Lorie Smith: Thanks!

Letter from Lorie Smith Submit letters: freepress2@ntelos.net   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 […]


Education group announces Waynesboro endorsements

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   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.


Phil Winter: Zero-based budgeting debate

Letter from Phil Winter Submit letters, guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   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, […]


City Council candidates meet at forum

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


Smith to host roundtable discussion

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   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.


Smith to host get-together in Ward D

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


Smith to host get-together at Fairfax Hall

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


Smith to hold meet and greet on Wednesday

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   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.


Lorie Smith: Moving forward with a tourism strategy

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 […]


Harris, Freeman: It’s their election to lose

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


Smith to host tourism summit

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


Two approaches to Moving Waynesboro Forward

Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    “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 […]


Smith to hold town-hall meeting Wednesday

Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net 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 […]


Smith: Rebate?

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


Friendly fire

Citizens group hears from City Council candidate Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net 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 […]


Downtown revitalization: Time for action

   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 […]


Harris announces challenge in Ward D race

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net 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.