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Proposed changes to Staunton historic district guidelines to be presented July 24

Architectural and planning firm Frazier Associates will present a final draft of proposed revisions to Staunton’s historic district guidelines at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at City Hall during the Historic Preservation Commission’s regular monthly meeting. 

VDOT sets public hearing for Waynesboro Southern Corridor project

VDOT will hold a public hearing concerning the proposed location and design of the Waynesboro Southern Corridor in the city of Waynesboro.

Is Waynesboro going to do this history museum thing, or not?

The ground work continues for a $10.4 million Virginia Museum of Natural History Waynesboro branch campus, with three possible locations still under consideration.

AAA: Gas prices back on the rise?

Drivers throughout the Mid-Atlantic saw gas prices take an upward tick in the last week.  Across the region, prices have increased slightly, rising by at least a penny in many areas around Virginia.

If you want to 'Save the Name,' just own it already

I saw the first “Save the Name” sign in a front yard in Waynesboro a few weeks ago, and wondered to myself why someone here would care what Staunton called its high school.

Local/State News

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Excivity to expand software operation in Fairfax County

- Excivity, a developer of custom software and hardware technologies, will invest approximately $392,000 to expand its operation in Fairfax County.
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Proposed changes to Staunton historic district guidelines to be presented July 24

- Architectural and planning firm Frazier Associates will present a final draft of proposed revisions to Staunton’s historic district guidelines at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at City Hall during the Historic Preservation Commission’s regular monthly meeting. 

Politics

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Warner, Collins introduce legislation to boost retirement saving plans for small businesses

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the SIMPLE Plan Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to provide small business employers and employees greater flexibility and access to the popular SIMPLE plans as an option for retirement savings.
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Don Beyer amendment would bar secret schedules for EPA Administrator, Interior Secretary

- Rep. Don Beyer filed an amendment that would prohibit the EPA and Department of the Interior from using federal funds for multiple calendars to conceal details of meetings, calls, and travel from the public.

Sports

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SeaWolves top Flying Squirrels in pitchers’ duel, 2-0

- Detroit Tigers No. 2 prospect Alex Faedo one-upped talented Richmond lefty Conner Menez in a memorable 2-0 pitcher’s duel on Monday at the Diamond.
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Lynchburg Hillcats complete series win over Mudcats

- The Lynchburg Hillcats took three of four games in their series against the Carolina Mudcats, beating the Milwaukee Brewers affiliate, 7-5, in the finale on Monday.

Business

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Five Office Design Ideas That Will Increase Your Productivity

- Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their office. That’s especially the case if you’re working in an office where you don’t have a lot of control over your space.
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4 ways to boost your e-commerce business without breaking bank

- For large business with marketing budgets that are in the six figures, online advertising is an easy and useful tactic in their marketing arsenal. 

AFP Editor Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of AugustaFreePress.com, will mark his 23rd year in the media industry in 2018. An award-winning journalist and editor, Chris has also hosted local TV news programs, a syndicated sports talk show and worked as a commentator on ESPN3 college football and baseball broadcasts.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, Chris has covered Virginia politics actively since 1997, conducting interviews with governors George Allen, Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Bob McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, and political newsmakers including UVA political-science professor Larry Sabato, ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and Fox Business host Lou Dobbs.

Other notable interview subjects have included author John Grisham, ESPN TV personality Dick Vitale, sportswriter and author John Feinstein, Weather Channel anchor Stephanie Abrams and musician Bruce Hornsby.

An author of six books, Chris also co-wrote a book on the history of University of Virginia basketball, Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, which was published in 2006.

Chris has covered University of Virginia sports since 1995, and is a credentialed member of the press box and press row at UVA football, basketball and baseball games, covering the ACC Men’s Basketball 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, Regionals and Super Regionals.

From 2009-2014, Chris was the play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, a premier college summer baseball league affiliated with Major League Baseball and the NCAA.

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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