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Facebook release of content guidelines a step in the right direction, Virginia Tech expert says

Facebook this week for the first time released their internal enforcement guidelines that determine what content can stay on the platform and what can’t, in a move the company said “will help people understand where we draw the line on nuanced issues.”


National Drug Take Back Day locations

Three drop-off locations will be open locally in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County for the National Drug Take Back Day event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Tallest drone park in the U.S. opens at Virginia Tech

The tallest drone park in the United States officially opened Thursday on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.


Video: Waynesboro City Council candidates participate in forum

Candidates for the Ward C and Ward D seats on Waynesboro City Council took part in a candidate forum sponsored by the Wayne Theatre and The News Virginian, and moderated by Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham, on Thursday.

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Saturday at EMU: Iron Composer contestants have five hours to create music that includes ‘secret ingredient’

This spring’s first-ever Iron Composer competition at Eastern Mennonite University is less about proving who’s “best of the best” than it is a life lesson reflective of the demands a real-world career composer/arranger might face.

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The Travelin’ McCourys kick off Lime Kiln Theater season on May 4

The Lime Kiln Theater Summer 2018 concert series will begin on Friday, May 4, as The Travelin’ McCourys take the stage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8.

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Communication studies, theater awards presented at Bridgewater College

Kirsten Lambert and Philip Meador were presented the Outstanding Senior Award from the department of communication studies and Angela Tolomei received the Outstanding Theatre Artist Award at Bridgewater College during the college awards ceremony on April 22.

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VCU Health to host 10th annual Shining Knight Gala

VCU Health will honor the emergency medicine first-responders, doctors, nurses and others who save trauma patients’ lives at the 10th annual Shining Knight Gala.

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Wildlife Center of Virginia presents Birds of Prey program at Riverfest

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will present an education program on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Constitution Park in Waynesboro. 


Crowdfunding project aimed at creating autism-friendly environments

When her children were young, Amy Azano avoided most events because her son, as a child with autism spectrum disorder, found them too loud and bright and crowded.

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UVA earns national recognition for support of LGBTQ patients, team members

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has named University of Virginia Medical Center as a Top Performer for its equitable treatment of LGBTQ patients and team members.


Virginia hospitals, Virginia Department of Health partner on new population health effort

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) have formed a new partnership to improve population health in the Commonwealth.

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Wayne Theatre to host screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect

​The Wayne Theatre in downtown Waynesboro will screen a new documentary film titled Suicide: The Ripple Effect on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Admission is Pay What You Will.

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Bridgewater College Alumni Association awards scholarships

The Bridgewater College Alumni Association recognized a number of students in the campus community at the annual college awards ceremony on April 22.

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EMU earns Climate Leadership Network Mark of Distinction

Eastern Mennonite University is among those signatories of the Climate Leadership Network that earned an “On Track” Mark of Distinction.

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UVA improves recovery, slashes opioid use for thoracic surgery patients

A special recovery program for thoracic surgery patients developed and implemented at the University of Virginia Health System is getting patients home sooner while decreasing both healthcare costs and opioid use, a review of the first year of the program shows.


Researchers awarded $1.7M to support fast, effective responses to biological attacks

When Americans hear the word bioterrorism, they may be reminded of the series of anthrax attacks that followed in the wake of 9/11, infecting 22 people and killing five.


Arbor Day Celebration at Venable Elementary on Friday

The Charlottesville Tree Commission and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards invite the public to celebrate Arbor Day this Friday, April 27. This year Charlottesville officials and guests will be celebrating at the large southern red oak in the front of Venable Elementary School at 406 14th Street NW.


Central Virginia Manufacturing to expand metal fabrication operation in Bedford County

Central Virginia Manufacturing (CVM), a sheet metal fabricator, will invest $300,000 to expand its operation in Bedford County. The project will create nine new jobs.

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Center for Coldwaters Restoration, Virginia Museum of Natural History partnering in STEM initiative

The Center for Coldwaters Restoration and the Virginia Museum of Natural History have established a fund to support STEM education in Waynesboro and Augusta County schools. 

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Bridgewater College students receive business scholarships

The George S. Aldhizer II Department of Economics and Business at Bridgewater College recognized students for excellence during the annual college awards ceremony on April 22.


Underwater grass abundance breaks records in Chesapeake Bay for third year in a row

In 2017, an estimated 104,843 acres of underwater grasses were mapped in the Chesapeake Bay: the highest amount ever recorded by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the first time in our decades-long history of monitoring this critical habitat that the total abundance surpassed 100,000 acres. 

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Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA, Club at Ironwood announce summer partnership

The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA and the Club at Ironwood have announced a swimming partnership agreement for the summer of 2018.

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Local high school students explore driving safety at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Earning a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many American teenagers, and while this can be an exhilarating time for young drivers, it is also a dangerous one.


Northam urges Virginians to buy flood insurance by May 1

Governor Ralph Northam is urging Virginians to purchase flood insurance or renew their policies on or before May 1, a month before the official start of hurricane season.