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Virginia strawberry harvest right on track

- Spring may have been a little late this year, at least according to the thermometer, but strawberry growers say 2018 is a return to normal compared to the last few years, with a ripening date around May 1.
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One dead in Augusta County car crash

- A Stuarts Draft woman is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Augusta County on Wednesday. Rochelle A. Vaughn, 28, died at the scene of the accident on Route 919 in the Spottswood area reported at 6 p.m.


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HHS provides states second installment of grant awards to combat opioid crisis

- The Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue the nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
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Alon Ben-Meir: Sisi’s socioeconomic agenda and human rights

- The re-election of Egypt’s President Sisi came as no surprise. Despite irregularities at some polling stations, President Sisi won handedly because he remains the most popular president, and perhaps for good reason.


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Save energy, stay safe this Earth Day and Arbor Day

- Columbia Gas of Virginia offers these important tips for saving energy and staying safe during this month’s Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations.

Four overlooked business opportunities that can benefit every professional

- The modern marketplace is more cluttered today with new ideas, technologies, concepts, strategies, tips, and trends than ever before. Indeed, given the sheer amount of competition in just about every field, it can be difficult for young entrepreneurs to get a foothold in a new industry.


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Potomac Nationals earn extra innings walk-off win

- The Potomac Nationals (9-6) saw the new extra innings rule for the first time, as they defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats (7-7) 5-4 in 10 innings.
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Liberty basketball hires Joe Pierre as director of player development

- Liberty men’s basketball head coach Ritchie McKay has announced the hiring of Joe Pierre III as director of player development.



AFP Editor Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of Augusta Free Press, and an award-winning journalist and editor, has covered Virginia politics since 1997, conducting interviews with governors George Allen, Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Bob McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam.

As a sportswriter, Chris is a credentialed member of the press box and press row at University of Virginia football, basketball and baseball games, covering the ACC Tournament, the NCAA Tournament and Virginia’s run to the Sweet Sixteen at Madison Square Garden in 2014, and also covering the UVA baseball team in the ACC Baseball Championship, and the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals.

As a broadcaster, Chris is the former play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, from 2009-2014, has been the host of two TV talk shows, is in his third season as a color commentator for ESPN3 college baseball broadcasts, and this fall will begin his third year as the radio play-by-play voice for VMI football.


Books by Chris Graham

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and The Rock ‘n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

Read for free: click here.

Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall, by Chris Graham and Patrick Hite, is a look at the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. From Barry Parkhill’s last-second shot to knock off No. 2 South Carolina to the struggles faced by coaches Barbara Kelly and Dan Bonner in the early years of UVa. women’s basketball to the excitement of the early 1980s in the House that Ralph Built to the move to JPJ – it’s all here.



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