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Karen Rosasco

Waynesboro artist’s work on exhibit in Staunton’s CoArt Gallery

Every day we see, hear, smell and process the world around us. But Karen Rosasco takes her observations and immortalizes them in art. Her work is on exhibit this month at CoArt Gallery in “Kaleidoscope.”


Staunton businesses affected by August flood rise above devastation

A summer night in early August brought too much rain in too brief of an amount of time. The night of Aug. 8 will never be forgotten by downtown business owners and the Staunton community.

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Waynesboro’s Virginia Museum of Natural History branch stalled by pandemic

In a land not so far away, but a time before a world-wide pandemic, discussion began for a branch of the Virginia Museum of Natural History in the River City.

Gypsy Hill Park

Gypsy Hill Park remains safe haven for residents and visitors

Two juveniles hold four at knife point and rob them. A month later, three teenagers are arrested for armed robbery. Just before Christmas, several juveniles are caught on video vandalizing a holiday lights display. Crime stories like these are expected in big cities, but these all happened at Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park.

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Staunton’s Celebration of Lights carries on ‘joyful’ tradition

Area residents know what the week before Thanksgiving means at Gypsy Hill Park. The community will begin to assemble the city’s Celebration of Lights and Field of Deer.

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Tchaikovsky’s music to be livestreamed in this year’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’

Last year, audiences enjoyed four live performances of “The Nutcracker” at Wilson Memorial High School. This year, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Shenandoah Civic Dance Company’s 38th annual “The Nutcracker” will be livestreamed on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Blue Ridge Bucha

Waynesboro’s Blue Ridge Bucha passion brews in new owner

Original Ginger, Jasmine Grape, Elderflower Sunrise, Bluegrass Bucha, Black Raspberry or Wild Pear, whatever your poison, Blue Ridge Bucha has a flavor for it.

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Waynesboro Schools plan to tip off winter sports Jan. 7

The game plan is simple this winter for sports at Waynesboro Schools. Athletes will play sports and follow VHSL guidelines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which interrupted spring sports more than six months ago.

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Amazon coming to Waynesboro: Using former Kmart as delivery station

Amazon confirmed today that it will be using the former Kmart on West Main Street in Waynesboro as a delivery station, as Augusta Free Press first told you was going to happen way back on Oct. 8.

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Waynesboro history uncovered in renovation of building on North Avenue

Being No. 1 is good in many circumstances in life, and when you are the site of the first Waynesboro Fire Department you definitely stand out.

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Santa Claus will make early appearance in Waynesboro

Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday evening. He will participate in Zeus Digital Theaters’ Christmas Drive Through event from 5 to 8 p.m. for one night only.

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Waynesboro parade cancelled: Holiday light tour will still brighten the season

The city of Waynesboro had decided on a reverse parade instead of its traditional annual Christmas parade. Then the pandemic struck the Christmas season another blow, and the reverse parade was also cancelled.

Staunton Mall

Staunton Mall tenants receive unexpected early Christmas surprise

The news came on Black Friday. Notices from Staunton Mall management that the mall, built in 1969, had been sold and that the new owners required all tenants vacate within 30 days.

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Turkey Trotters will line up at Waynesboro YMCA in spite of pandemic

The Waynesboro YMCA’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 2020 is an opportunity this year for participants to have a sense of normalcy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, however, some changes will be in place.

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Economy during pandemic serves up fair business for local restaurants

Gov. Ralph Northam’s state-mandated lockdown placed restrictions on all kinds of businesses and encouraged residents to stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but perhaps no industry was as affected as local restaurants.

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Two $300K grants will enable Waynesboro Schools to implement new programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, Waynesboro Schools received two $50,000 Extended Year Planning Grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia for the planning of programs at Waynesboro High School and Kate Collins Middle School.

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Habitat for Humanity hopes to reopen Staunton ReStore in six months

The smoke is clear, but the damage and the cause of arson remain for Staunton’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Kate Collins Middle School

Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro receives item belonging to namesake

A piece of the woman for whom Kate Collins Middle School was named was donated to the school in October.

Valley Mission

Community rallies to support Valley Mission after kitchen fire

A small kitchen fire ignited a big community response to help Valley Mission provide meals for its 50 residents.

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Community refuses to allow veterans to go uncelebrated

On Wednesday, a parade of vehicles from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force recruiters and vintage military vehicles will ride around Gypsy Hill Park, through downtown Staunton, and then by assisted living facilities in honor of Veterans Day.

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Waynesboro: New traffic light finally goes up at Rosser-Tiffany intersection

A crew was hard at work installing a pole and traffic light at the intersection of Rosser Avenue and Tiffany Drive in Waynesboro on Thursday.

Waynesboro Public Schools

Waynesboro Schools meals debt is forgiven with generous donation

Thanks to a Waynesboro couple, the meals debt of Waynesboro Schools students is completely paid off.

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Zeus Digital Theaters remains open despite city-ordered removal of ‘Now Open’ flags

Movie goers are still welcome to take in the latest from Hollywood at Zeus Digital Theaters.

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Mural on Poplar Avenue creates safer pedestrian crosswalk

A new mural made possible by a grant from the Virginia Department of Health on Poplar Avenue in front of Waynesboro High School is an example of tactical urbanism.

Waynesboro Public Library

Waynesboro Public Library remains curbside only

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life in 2020, Waynesboro Public Library continues to provide curbside service for patrons.

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Finally! Rosser-Tiffany traffic light set for installation

The City of Waynesboro expects a new pole and support beam to arrive in time for installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Rosser Avenue and Tiffany Drive “as early as next week.”

Waynesboro Public Schools

Partnership raises the roof on Waynesboro Schools solar project

One year ago in February, the installation of solar panels on four Waynesboro Schools was complete.