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Drugs, alcohol and suicides contributing to alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy, VCU physician argues

Drugs, alcohol and suicides are contributing to an alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy, particularly among middle-aged white Americans and those living in rural communities, according to an editorial co-authored by Steven Woolf, M.D., director of the Center on Society and Health at VCU.

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Lighthouse Instruments to create 10 new jobs, expand medical manufacturing operation in Albemarle County

Lighthouse Instruments, a world leader in laser test and measurement systems for pharmaceutical process monitoring, will invest $4.8 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Albemarle County.


From A-bombs to Zika: Virginia Tech institute to guide planning for major disaster scenarios

What would happen if a nuclear device were detonated in downtown Washington, D.C., and what can be done to mitigate the possibility or its effects?

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Augusta Health honors its Rock Stars

On Jan. 25, Augusta Health honored its 2017 class of Augusta Health Rock Stars.  Augusta Health Rock Stars are valued employees who have a profound influence on the culture of Augusta Health through their demonstration of four key qualities—compassion, expertise, safety and efficiency.


Drumhellers receive state award for pastureland conservation in Augusta County

Augusta farmers Charles and Robert Drumheller recently received the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council’s Outstanding Forage Producer of the Year award for exceptional pasture management and advocacy to promote sustainable grazing practices in their community and beyond.

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David Swanson: ​Is Fred Warmbier grieving, or warmongering?

Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto Warmbier, a student here at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, died shortly after returning from North Korea, is reportedly traveling to the Winter Olympics with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

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VDOT: Wintry mix will greet Shenandoah Valley commuters on Wednesday

Winter weather arrives again into the Shenandoah Valley tonight into tomorrow morning with forecast brief snow changing to an extended period of sleet and freezing rain and then rain. Early morning commuters and travelers are encouraged to use extreme caution and allow extra time for their trips.

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Arts Council of the Valley releases spring cycle Advancing the Arts grant applications

Arts Council of the Valley announced the release of its Advancing the Arts spring cycle grant applications, due March 12th, 2018.

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Staunton: File your income taxes for free

If you earn a household income of $54,000 or less, you may be eligible to receive free tax preparation assistance to file your federal and state income tax returns.


Icy roads lead to traffic fatality in Nelson County

A Shipman man is dead after a single-vehicle crash in the Gladstone community of Nelson County reported on Monday morning.


Staunton teen named Cadet of the Month at Fishburne Military School

Cadet Darian Belisle, son of Adam Belisle and Michelle Rosado, has been named the Fishburne Military School Cadet of the Month for January 2018.


Skyline Drug Task Force makes arrests in separate meth incidents

The Skyline Drug Task Force announced two arrests on drug charges from incidents reported last week.

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Man held in drug overdose death

A Staunton man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a drug overdose death reported on Friday.

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STAB Upper School to perform Young Frankenstein

St. Anne’s-Belfield Upper School students will perform The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks, from Feb. 23 – 25.


Newport News educator named Agriculture in the Classroom’s Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Massengill, a science and technology teacher at Hampton Roads Academy, has been named Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom 2018 Teacher of the Year.

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Augusta Health to speak with local Democratic Party committees

The Joint Democratic Committees of Augusta County, Waynesboro and Staunton are sponsoring an informative program with Augusta Health’s executive management as speakers.

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UVA President-Elect James E. Ryan joins 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book lineup

The Virginia Festival of the Book announced that University of Virginia president-elect James E. Ryan has joined the 2018 Festival line-up for March.

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Forest landowners retreat to the woods

Central Virginia landowners can learn more about actively managing their forest lands during the ninth annual Forest Landowners’ Retreat, to be held March 16-18 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox.

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir among select choirs to perform at regional choral directors conference

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir has been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The 73-member Concert Choir will perform Friday, Feb. 23, at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.


Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts announced

The Virginia Association of Museums awarded $18,500 in conservation grants to ten historic and cultural organizations from across the Commonwealth to help in the care of Virginia’s historic and cultural treasures.


STAB’s Lourie to head Virginia Association of Independent Schools

The Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), the leading nonprofit accrediting association of independent PK-12 schools in Virginia, announced at its bi-annual business meeting on January 23.


Collaborative grant takes on brain cancer cell invasion

Dotting the white walls of Jennifer Munson’s lab at Virginia Tech are large bright pictures of microscopic cells and fluid. Though their vibrant colors and swirling, abstract patterns may appear fascinating – even beautiful – to lab visitors, these snapshots of fluorescing tissue tell a darker story.

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David Mills to perform Langston Hughes’ works at Bridgewater College

Actor and writer David Mills will perform his interpretation of some of Langston Hughes’ works at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

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Equality and Difference series continues with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is the eighth speaker in the 2017–18 Equality and Difference series, sponsored by the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics at Washington and Lee University. This event will be on Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theatre, Elrod Commons.

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Off-ramp closures set for Exit 213 on Interstate 81 in Augusta County this week

Off-ramp closures are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8, as well as Tuesday, February 13, on northbound Interstate 81 at exit 213 (Route 11/Greenville) in Augusta County.