Local/State News

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National firefighter competition to be held during the State Fair

Firefighters from communities across the commonwealth will hoist hoses, climb towers and carry mannequins to safety during the Firefighter Combat Challenge at the State Fair of Virginia.


Waynesboro to host Dr. Vincent Magnini for downtown business seminar

The City of Waynesboro will host Dr. Vincent Magnini, author and associate professor at Virginia Tech, who will lead a seminar focused on “Delivering Memorable Experiences Downtown” on August 20 at 9:00 AM at the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building.

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Mary Baldwin University welcomes students for Virginia Private College Week

Prospective undergraduate students are invited to visit Mary Baldwin University with their families July 23–28 for Virginia Private College Week 2018.

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Staunton District Traffic Alert: July 23-27

The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks.

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I’m With Her to visit Lime Kiln Theater on Sept. 14

Lime Kiln Theater has announced an addition to its 2018 schedule, as I’m With Her will perform on Friday, Sept. 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.


ShenanArts presents Newsies

ShenanArts Theater presents Disney’s Newsies. August 3-5 and 10-12 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm, with Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alert: July 23-27

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week.


Speyside Bourbon Cooperage to establish operations in Smyth, Washington counties

Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. will invest $26 million to establish a bourbon barrel cooperage in Smyth County and $9 million in a new stave mill facility in Washington County.

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VCU Health Pauley Heart Center appoints its first director, opens Cardiovascular Imaging Suite

William Gregory Hundley, M.D., has joined VCU Health Pauley Heart Center as its inaugural director.

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Lynchburg District Traffic Alert: July 23-27

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

Eastern Mennonite University

EMU to host prospective students during Virginia Private College Week July 23-28

Eastern Mennonite University is inviting students to discover the educational opportunities available in Virginia.

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Poets Lisa Russ Spaar, George David Clark to read at New Dominion Bookshop on August 17

New Dominion Bookshop (404 E Main St.) will host a book reading and signing with UVA professor Lisa Russ Spaar and UVA alum George David Clark on Friday, August 17, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.


Interfaith immigrant-solidarity service at Temple Bet on Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av

An interfaith coalition of local houses of worship and other groups are coming together for a special immigrant-solidarity observance of the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av on Sunday, July 22.

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Coming to Altria Theater: Eddie Izzard on Oct. 6

Eddie Izzard is making a stop on his Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour at Altria Theater in Richmond on Oct. 6.

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Share your input on Route 726 bridge replacement project

VDOT is hosting an upcoming design public hearing on the proposed replacement of the Route 726 (James River Road) bridge over Totier Creek in Albemarle County.

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Forecasting growth of pine trees through first half of 21st century

The ability to predict weather patterns has helped us make clothing choices and travel plans, and even saved lives. Now, researchers in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment are using similar predictive methods to forecast the growth of trees.

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Virginia unemployment rate holds at 3.2 percent

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in June at 3.2 percent, but was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.

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Narcan saves Augusta County woman from overdose

Augusta County sheriff’s deputies responding to a call in Mount Sidney on Thursday were able to save a 52-year-old woman found unresponsive due to a possible overdose.

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UVA to host ‘The Hope that Summons Us: A Morning of Reflection and Renewal’ on Saturday, Aug. 11

On Aug. 11, one year after national white supremacist groups staged violent demonstrations on the Lawn and in downtown Charlottesville, UVA will host “The Hope that Summons Us: A Morning of Reflection and Renewal,” bringing together members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities.


Westmoreland County arson suspect in custody: Man linked to missing Pamplin teen

A King George man is now behind bars after being apprehended by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office early Friday (July 20) in the county.


Commonwealth Transportation Board highlights innovation

As part of its July meeting, the Commonwealth Transportation Board and the Virginia Department of Transportation hosted the new SmarterRoads Hackathon series to highlight innovation in transportation. 


Blue Ridge Optics to invest in new product line in Bedford County

Blue Ridge Optics, an industry leader in the fabrication, polishing and coating of optical components, will invest $750,000 to develop a new product line in the Town of Bedford in Bedford County.


Waynesboro man arrested on drug charges

A Waynesboro man was arrested Wednesday after police found drugs and a stash of cash while executing a narotics-related search warrant.


Shots fired in domestic violence incident in Charlottesville: Man in custody

The Charlottesville Police Department was called around 8:15 a.m. Thursday to a report of domestic violence and shots fired at 112 Lankford Ave.

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Augusta County Sheriff’s Office investigating stolen vehicle

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a stolen vehicle.