Local/State News


Charlottesville releases new parks naming survey

The City of Charlottesville has launched a new survey to collect input from Charlottesville residents on new names proposed for Emancipation Park & Justice Park.

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Military service and hearing loss

Three in five military personnel leave the service with some type of hearing impairment, often as a result of noise exposure, and more than a quarter of veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from severe hearing loss.

Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Healthcare providers mark National Hospital Week

Across the nation, May 6-12, 2018 is National Hospital Week. In Virginia, this week provides an opportunity to celebrate the great work done by Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems each day.

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Virginia Tech President Emeritus Charles W. Steger passes away

Virginia Tech President Emeritus Charles William Steger Jr., who led Virginia Tech through a period of unprecedented growth and historic transformation into one of the nation’s leading research universities, died Sunday evening, May 6, at his home in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was 70.

Augusta County Library

Deerfield Library Station to host annual book and plant sale

The Augusta County Library’s Deerfield Station will soon be hosting its much-anticipated Plant & Book Sale. This annual library program has been a Deerfield tradition for years, and will kick-off on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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Bridgewater College breaks ground on learning commons

The multi-million dollar transformation of Bridgewater College’s Alexander Mack Memorial Library into a state-of-the-art learning commons was celebrated May 4, with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Cadence Inc.

Cadence wins Leadership in MedTech Award for contract manufacturing

Readers of Medical Design & Outsourcing magazine voted Cadence as the winner of the 2017 Leadership in MedTech Award for Contract Manufacturing for the second year in a row.

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Donate blood at Staunton Battle of the Badges

Local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel are teaming with the American Red Cross for the Battle of the Badges blood drive to see who can recruit the most eligible donors in their community to donate blood.

Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

26th season of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival returns June 10-17

From Bach to Bernstein, the 26th Annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival explores a wide array of classical music this June.

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Staunton District Traffic Alerts: May 7-11

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.


VTCRI scientists make first serotonin measurements in humans

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have begun to unravel how serotonin acts, based on data collected in a first-of-its-kind experiment that utilized electrochemical probes implanted into the brain of awake human beings.


State Police investigating fatal Fluvanna County crash

Virginia State Police Trooper K.C. Anderson is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Fluvanna County. The crash occurred Saturday at approximately 4:26 p.m. at the intersection of Route 250 and Route 631.

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AAA: Gas prices may rise 5-10 cents by Memorial Day

Gas prices continued to increase this week in some states, but not at the rate seen two weeks ago when some areas in the Mid-Atlantic saw nearly double-digit increases.

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Staunton Gets LOVEwork May 6-12

Visit Staunton, the City of Staunton’s tourism department, has obtained the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s LOVEwork, or love letters display, May 6 through 12 for National Travel and Tourism Week.

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Historic Staunton yearbooks now online

If you enjoy flipping through old yearbooks to take a walk down memory lane, you can now reminisce online, too. The Staunton Public Library has added 46 digitized local yearbooks to its collection, now available online free of charge.

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Virginia distilleries to join Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

The Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival has served Virginia draft beer and wine from local vineyards for several years, and this year the festival will add to the local beverage options with products from two Virginia distilleries.

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Update: Route 56 in Rockbridge County reopens

Route 56 (Tye River Turnpike) in Rockbridge County has reopened.  Route 56 was closed on May 3 from Route 608 (South Bottom Road) and the Nelson County line. The roadway closure was due to a forest fire.

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation teams up with Silver Sneakers program for senior fitness

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation has joined the list of locations for the national senior fitness program, Silver Sneakers®. Seniors ages 65+ can utilize Carver Recreation Center and Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center for no upfront cost if they have a qualifying healthcare plan for the Silver Sneakers® program.

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Bridgewater College marks 2018 commencement

Approximately 398 Bridgewater College seniors received degrees on May 5, in a ceremony on the campus mall. The degrees were conferred by Dr. David W. Bushman, president of Bridgewater College.

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World Fair Trade Day: A StauntoNites event

Adventure your way through downtown Staunton for the Queen City’s fifth annual World Fair Trade Day celebration, hosted by three local businesses on Saturday, May 12.

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Middle-school singers, scholars travel from India to Mary Baldwin University

Mary Baldwin University artist-in-residence and musician Srinivas Krishnan returns to campus on May 10 for MBU’s Capstone Festival with a group of 12 middle school students and two teachers from Chennai, India.

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Virginia Tech professor Shannon Bell to give public lecture at Washington and Lee

Washington and Lee University presents a public lecture with Shannon Bell ’00, W&L alumna and associate professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Huntley Hall 327.

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Route 730 in Augusta County closed May 5-11

A portion of Route 730 (Stokesville Road) in northwestern Augusta County is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, May 5, until 5 p.m. Friday, May 11.


Charlottesville Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scam

The City of Charlottesville Sheriff’s Office is warning of a phone scam targeting Charlottesville residents.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Devils Backbone wins two World Beer Cup Awards

Devils Backbone Brewing Company was awarded two World Beer Cup Awards at a ceremony held this week in Nashville.