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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.


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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. 


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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.


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Virginia ABC accepting applications for alcohol education, prevention grants

In an effort to reduce underage and high-risk drinking, Virginia ABC is now accepting grant applications for the agency’s 2018-2019 Alcohol Education and Prevention Grant program.


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Virginia Museum of History & Culture: New name for one of Virginia’s oldest institutions

The Virginia Historical Society was established in 1831 and has operated as such for the past 187 years. But, this year marks a big change for one of the Commonwealth’s oldest cultural institutions. Moving forward, its Boulevard headquarters will be called the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. 


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Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation awards Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine $100,000 for pilot program

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation has awarded the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine $100,000 to start a new pilot program to promote integrated oral health care exams and fluoride varnishing for young children in local doctors’ offices.


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Couple accused of bilking Grottoes senior

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jennifer and Brian Shenk, a Grottoes couple, for alleged financial exploitation of a 72-year-old Grottoes senior.


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Craft beer, Facebook, personal destruction: A morality tale

The politics of personal destruction now define all manner of social interactions in the era of the right to be righteously outraged. And woe upon you if you happen to stray into the line of the rhetorical flamethrowers.


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New microgrid to boost electric utility cost savings and energy resilience

With a new microgrid for campus, Eastern Mennonite University is increasing its energy resilience and enhancing its sustainability culture.


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Ms. Virginia Senior America Pageant orientation set for April 20

The Ms. Virginia Senior America Pageant will be offering a free orientation for senior women interested in joining the life-enriching program in Falls Church on April 20.


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Fulbright seeks to minimize tsunami damage in Israel

Within minutes, tsunamis can claim tens of thousands of lives and destroy sites of archaeological, cultural, and socioeconomic importance.


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January 2018 Virginia state revenue collections up 5.1% from previous year

Governor Northam announced today that January General Fund revenues rose 5.1 percent from the previous January – largely due to payroll withholding.


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W&L Tea Society hosts Women and Girls’ Day Tea Ceremony

The Washington and Lee University Chanoyu Tea Society will host its third Woman and Girls’ Day Tea to celebrate International Women’s Month. It will be held on March 3 in the Japanese Tea Room, Senshin’an, located in the Watson Pavilion at W&L.


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Search underway for missing Augusta County juvenile

Augusta County authorities are searching for a missing teen last seen on Sunday at a family member’s residence in Churchville.


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Using artificial intelligence to hunt for slow zones in overcrowded networks

We’re all connected — and not just in a yogic sense. By 2022, there will be 29 billion connected devices across the globe, according to a forecast from the June 2017 Ericsson mobility report.


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Staunton man charged with solicitation to commit murder

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20 year old Staunton man, Devon M. Fauber, for three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. He is currently being held in Middle River Regional Jail without bond.


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February Writers Read to feature EMU alumna Patricia Grace King

Alumna Patricia Grace King is the featured author at a Feb. 22 Writers Read event at Eastern Mennonite University. The reading will be in Common Grounds coffeehouse in the University Commons at 6:30 p.m.