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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library commemorates 100th Anniversary of WWI

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum presents a new exhibit, Soldiers’ Stories: World War I Through American Eyes to commemorate the World War I Centennial.

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Flashing yellow arrow signals installed at intersections in Greene, Fauquier during next two weeks

Traffic signals with flashing yellow left turn arrows will be installed at five intersections on Route 33 and Route 29 in Greene County during the next two weeks. One intersection in Fauquier County will also be outfitted with the new signal heads.

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Beverley Street Studio School to open new Janly Jaggard exhibit on March 2

Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton will open a new exhibit from Janly Jaggard, Statement, on Friday, March 2 from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm with an artist’s talk at 6:00 pm.

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Researcher, activist finds a new avenue for advocacy through her future role as a physician

Prior to her start in medical school at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Diana Zychowski’s life revolved around statistics and research, fueled by a desire to give back to her community.

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Arts Council of the Valley, WMRA to co-host Bethany Yarrow, Rufus Cappadocia at Court Square Theater

On Saturday, March 10th, Arts Council of the Valley will join with local radio station WMRA to host a unique concert experience at Court Square Theater featuring global sensation Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia.

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Raymond Barfield completes W&L Questioning Intimacy series

Raymond Barfield, associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy at Duke University, is the final speaker in the 2017-18 Questioning Intimacy seminar series. Barfield’s talk is March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.


Transportation Safety Awards recognize crash reduction efforts

The outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations to change the behaviors of Virginia’s motorists leading to crash, injury, and fatality reduction may be nominated for the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Transportation Safety Awards.

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Staunton District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 19-23

The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks. The Staunton District consists of 11 counties from the Alleghany Highlands to the northern Shenandoah Valley.

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Shenandoah Valley Art Center schedule for March 2018

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of March, in the Cabell/Arehart Gallery is presenting 40 UNDER 40, the sixth annual exhibit for Virginia artists aged 40 and under.

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Eastern Mennonite Seminary conference gives space to brokenness, ‘kintsugi clergy’ and ministry in a polarized society

The Reverend Meredith McNabb is director of the United Methodist Church Virginia Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, and she isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at the grandiose-ness of that title.

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Off-ramp closure at Exit 213 on Interstate 81 on Feb. 20

An off-ramp closure is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, on northbound Interstate 81 at exit 213 (Route 11/Greenville) in Augusta County. The off-ramp closure helps ensure motorist safety during blasting operations at an adjacent construction site.

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A graduate student, a crash test dummy, and building safer cars

Devon Albert, a fourth-year doctoral student in the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech, spends a lot of her time with a crash-test dummy.

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Robert Macfarlane to give Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee

Author Robert Macfarlane will deliver the Shannon-Clark Lecture in English at Washington and Lee University on March 1 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 19-23

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones.


Farmers warned invasive pest could damage crops

A new invasive pest, the spotted lanternfly, was discovered in January in a stone yard in Frederick County.


Farmers happy with recent rainfall, but need more

More than 5 inches of rain in parts of western Virginia the weekend of Feb. 10 led to muddy conditions but happy farmers.

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Lynchburg District Traffic Alert: Feb. 19-23

Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting. 


Aviation license plates fund Virginia education programs

The Virginia Department of Aviation is transferring more than $60,000 to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to support aviation education in Virginia.

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Forbes Center musical brings American historical case to life

A large cast of 28 theatre, music and musical theatre students will bring the true story of Leo Frank to life in the James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance’s production of Parade, a Tony Award-winning “musical that dares to be serious” (Evening Standard, London).

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Northam announces 2018 Outstanding STEM Award recipients

Governor Ralph Northam and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti announced the 2018 Outstanding STEM Award recipients.

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Virginia Tech Black Alumni Reunion set for April 13-15

Registration is open for Virginia Tech’s biennial Black Alumni Reunion on April 13-15. The reunion is chance for alumni to celebrate with friends and faculty and staff, while commemorating university milestones and connecting with students.

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VDOT prepares weekend winter weather response

While everyone has enjoyed 60 to 70 degree temperatures this week, the weekend will another round of wet and, possibly, wintry weather to portions of the state. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are preparing for whatever comes their way.

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Community Foundation scholarship deadline approaching

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is currently accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors and adults seeking new skills and higher education.

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Allegheny Mountain Institute, Augusta Health collaborate to address community health needs

The Augusta Health campus sits on some of Augusta County’s most fertile soil. Now, thanks to a new partnership with Allegheny Mountain Institute, what was historically farmland will be cultivated once again to provide food for the hospital and for the community. 

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Augusta County Library displays local students’ artwork for Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month, and the Augusta County Library will be celebrating with two different opening art receptions and a month-long display featuring the work of local students.