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Wayne Theatre to host News Virginian City Council debate

The Wayne Theatre will serve as the venue for a News Virginian-sponsored Waynesboro City Council debate on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

Kathleen Kellett-Ward

Long & Foster’s Kathleen Kellett-Ward wins 2015 Valley Favorites Award

Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest family-owned residential real estate company in the United States, announced that Kathleen Kellett-Ward, a sales agent with the Staunton/Waynesboro office, has received the 2015 Valley Favorites award from the News Virginian.


Reporting the news, or sensationalism? Thoughts on coverage of the Staunton murder-suicide

Reporters from several local news organizations were on the scene within minutes of police being called to Cherry Hill Drive in Staunton Wednesday night to investigate reports of a double shooting.


Inside the Numbers: How many people still read the local paper?

It’s certainly not the good old days for newspaper publishers, when the biggest decision they faced was which big-money advertiser to play golf with on Wednesday and then which one had to get pushed back to Thursday or Friday.


The Secret Service used to value POTUS a little more

My first experience with the Secret Service came in 1998. A cub reporter for The News Virginian in Waynesboro, Va., I got the assignment to cover a visit by President Bill Clinton to Wintergreen, just down the Blue Ridge Parkway.


News Roundup: Military plane crash, Bob McDonnell trial, Labor Day in Buena Vista

A grim discovery last night in Deerfield, Va., as investigators discovered the remains of Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., the pilot on a routine flight from Massachusetts to New Orleans whose F-15C jet crashed in the mountains of western Augusta County early Wednesday morning.


It’s not just police: Waynesboro does everything on the cheap

There has been a good bit of attention the past couple of weeks on Waynesboro’s ongoing issues with an understaffed, underpaid police force, as if this is a new development.


Waynesboro Public Library to play Hollywood Squares with local celebs

When was the current Waynesboro Public Library building built? What was the original title of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? It’s questions like these that will challenge the Library Squares game show contestants at Waynesboro Public Library on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm.


Waynesboro Lions Club Supports DSMP

Don Short from the Waynesboro Lions Club presented a check from the Club to Disease Self Management Program leaders Brandy Wade, Sandy Ellinger, and Beth Scripps on April 16 to support their DSMP workshop being held at Waynesboro Senior Center.


Bert Carlson ‘Still Kickin’ and Still Pickin’ at the Gateway in Waynesboro

Bert Carlson was ready to return to Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway after his February 2012 performance, but his career was interrupted by a medical emergency. Now he is back and raring to go with a concert at WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.


Waynesboro Players at WTA’s Gateway

As the Waynesboro Players gear up for their fifty-second season, they decided to look back at some of their favorite musicals and original productions. They will share those memories in a special presentation at WTA’s Gateway on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26.


Waynesboro YMCA tabbed Best Gym, Childcare Facility in newspaper poll

Readers of The News Virginian selected the Waynesboro YMCA as the top gym/fitness center and the top childcare provider in the paper’s annual Valley Favorites poll.


SPCA, News Virginian sponsor Bark in the Park Night July 21

Man’s best friends will be among the fans rooting on the Waynesboro Generals in their regular-season home finale Saturday night, July 21

Crystal Graham: Join AFP at Taste of the Town

I got a feeling Jonathan Hunley does not know what I’m talking about. My friend Teresa and I have been busy prepping for the Taste of the Town benefit for WDDI on Tuesday night. We’ve been up to our elbows in garlic, onions, jalepeno peppers and green peppers for most of the morning. I even […]

AFP taking part in Taste of the Town

Augusta Free Press vice president Crystal Graham will square off with News Virginian editor/general manager Jonathan Hunley in a cook-off in the 13th annual Taste of the Town event on Tuesday, March 27. The event is sponsored by Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. Graham will pit her Moroccan White Bean Turkey Chili against Hunley’s Butternut Squash […]

Media General explores sales of newspapers

Media General announced on Wednesday that it is exploring the sale of its newspaper operations, including the Waynesboro-based News Virginian. The Richmond-based company said it has received inquiries from third parties regarding the potential sale of its newspapers. Media General’s newspapers include The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress and The (Lynchburg) News and Advance.

Blast from the past

Seeing the News Virginian series on the local Latino community reminds me of my early days in journalism. I was the ace cub reporter at the NV in 1996 when the editor assigned me to do some digging on the growth of the local Latino population. For two months I talked with new immigrants, church […]

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 World According To ChrisGraham.com: Keepin’ it real

I’m still here in Waynesboro playing journalist – and that suits me just fine. The good news for my fellow News Virginian alums who had inexplicably followed Todd Foster down to Bristol – dude has moved on, which I’m sure suits them just fine. Link to column on TheWorldAccordingToChrisGraham.com.

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, […]

Rose Bowl or Bust!

  Column by Jim Gordon Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, a young man who is a big sports enthusiast usually becomes an Ohio State football fan. I was no different and since my dad was a graduate of the OSU Law School, he was able to get tickets to the Buckeye […]

The Pulse | Did you read that endorsement of Landes?

It wasn’t the most ringing of endorsements, to say the least. “The preternaturally bland Steve Landes views his political career as that of a slogger trudging through legislative thickets whittling away tax and regulatory weeds. Accountants and morticians are peppier,” began the recommendation of the editorial board of the News Virginian in the 25th District […]

AFP InDepth | You’re going to make me pay now?

Local paper puts content behind pay wall Valley newspaper publishers are watching with great interest how the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg fares with its recent move to put its online content entirely behind a pay wall. “That’s a pretty bold move. It will be interesting to see how it works out. I think publishers everywhere […]

Landes: ‘The White House is checking on whether they support the president’

Is Steve Landes using your tax dollars to track down wild partisan allegations that the White House is tracking your blogs and comments? He told the News Leader for a story on the “Nazi” remark controversy published Friday morning that he has staff engaged in the pursuit of “information out there that the White House […]

Chris Graham | The Valley’s Favorite

“Congratulations on being named the Valley’s Favorite News Reporter.” “Huh?” Some news reporter I am. The announcement was in the Friday, Aug. 28 News Virginian, in the paper’s annual Valley’s Favorites section, and I find out about it today at the high-school cross-country meet at Augusta Expoland.

Stop the Presses | Stuff

A lot going on today, requiring a better attention span than I have access to given my recent battles with summer allergies. (Blame it on the rain. And being outside most of the weekend.)

In search of a leader on development

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 new political calculus in Waynesboro

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 […]

Their dirty work done for them

Is that reputation repair work that my friends at the News Virginian are doing for Vice Mayor Frank Lucente and City Councilman Bruce Allen on their op-ed page? “Officials like (Lucente) and Allen, who are willing to plunge into the books looking for savings, are rare to the point of vanishing. Government needs more leaders […]

Newspaper numbers continue tumble

Local newspaper circulations are continuing their downward trend, based on my analysis of the most recent report of data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The News Leader saw its Sunday circulation drop 1.8 percent in the six-month period ending March 31, 2009, from where it was for the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 2008. […]

The tea party that happened, not the one they told you about

The tax day tea party at Augusta Expoland in Fishersville turned into conspiracyfest lowlighted by a rambling speech about black helicopters and unmanned drones used by the federal government to take down the Twin Towers on 9/11 and additional such nonsense.

Half-Truths and No-Truths

Saxman reading Drudge It’s in a video produced by the Capital News Service at Virginia Commonwealth University showing state legislators from both sides of the aisle goofing off on the Internet during the 2009 General Assembly session. See the video for yourself below.

False alarm, or, no, nobody is being laid off

The bad news – at 10 a.m. Friday it appeared that the hard decisions being made at Invista regarding its future in Waynesboro were getting harder, with a Breaking News Update from TheNewsVirginian.com blaring the headline “Invista lays off 250.” The good news came in a followup e-mail sent at 10:32 a.m. “The message sent […]

Yep, even more bad news

Media General has cut 90 jobs from its flagship newspaper, the Times-Dispatch in Richmond, according to a story on the paper’s website Thursday. Twenty-eight of the positions were in the newsroom, according to an Associated Press report. The rest were scattered throughout the production, circulation, marketing, business, advertising, operations, facilities, prepress design and targeted solutions […]

The Rumor Mill Says …

– That Reo Hatfield is going to run for City Council. – That Cory Alexander is going back to the UVa. bench. – That a local paper is going online-only.

News Virginian latest to furlough employees

The tough times being faced in the news-media industry are now hitting home to Waynesboro. The News Virginian announced in today’s edition that it will be implementing a series of unpaid furloughs for employees in line with a fulough program being implemented by its corporate parent, the Richmond-based Media General.

News Leader cuts 15 positions

One blog is calling it the “biggest mass layoff in newspaper industry history,” and part of it is ongoing in the Valley. The News Leader cut 15 job positions on Tuesday as part of a move initiated by its corporate parent Gannett Co. Inc. that will result in 10 percent of the Northern Virginia-based media […]

Waynesboro: River City 2020

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Lee Wolverton and I don’t agree on much, so when we agree, that means something. And we agree that Waynesboro is facing a critical challenge. Lee has seen what we both think is happening to Waynesboro happen elsewhere. A small town struggles with its identity when the factories close up […]

Waynesboro: Gilmore’s good timing

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

Waynesboro: We need to get things moving

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net News Virginian editor Lee Wolverton and I agree on two things – well, maybe three. I’m adding one that I hope we’d assent to – that it was a pleasure to sit down a few months back and talk issues. Of the other two, I am certain – that we […]

Progress, NV shift printing to new, more distant locations

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Media General apparently isn’t making enough money at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville to justify spending the “several million dollars of repairs, refurbishing and rewiring” needed to continue long-term operations at its printing plant on West Rio Road. These can’t be good days at the Richmond-based Media General, the parent […]

Winners and Losers: June 26, 2008

Compiled by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net WINNER: I got free ice cream Kline’s Dairy Bar celebrated its grand opening in Downtown Waynesboro this afternoon. For whatever reason, I was there. OK, it was for the free ice cream. Ethics issue – I’m sure the free ice cream was meant at least in part to entice people […]

Guess I am competition

Fear and Loathing in Waynesboro column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I was supposed to interview a bestselling author in person here at the Augusta Free Press headquarters on Friday, but Ellis Nassour never showed. I chalked it up to his busy schedule. Nassour was in the Valley over the weekend for auditions for the upcoming […]