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The numbers, assumptions underlying the thinking behind the CDC COVID announcement

The CDC has to be assuming that the U.S. is at COVID-19 herd immunity. Otherwise, the announcement last week that folks who are fully vaccinated can forego masks and social distancing makes no sense.

gas prices

Gas prices spike in wake of Colonial Pipeline shutdown

Virginia gas prices have risen 16.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.95/gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.

Waynesboro High School

Class of 2021 Little Giants says goodbye to high school and hello to less pandemic restrictions

The class that endured a global pandemic during their junior year graduated Waynesboro High School Friday night and Saturday.

afton mountain

VDOT still working to assess, devise plan of action at site of Afton Mountain rock slide

The stretch of U.S. 250 between Route 6 and Route 151 on Afton Mountain has been closed since May 3, and there is still no firm date for when it will be reopened to traffic, according to the VDOT engineer overseeing the project.

Waynesboro Public Schools

Waynesboro Schools looks ahead to education after pandemic

This week’s regular meeting of the Waynesboro School Board was all about moving forward after the pandemic and the school system’s plans for the 2021-2022 academic year.

gas prices

Price gouging protections in effect following state of emergency declaration

Gov. Ralph Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to the Colonial Pipeline ransomeware attack has triggered Virginia’s anti-price gouging statutes designed to protect consumers from paying exorbitant prices for necessities during an emergency.

Glenn Youngkin

Glenn Youngkin: The new face of the Virginia GOP

Glenn Youngkin, who is lo-ho-ho-ho-oaded, is the Republican nominee for Virginia governor, at the end of a process that worked out about as well as it could for the Virginia GOP, considering.

gas prices

Colonial Pipeline cyberattack: What will impact be on fuel delivery?

The largest fuel pipeline in the United States has been down since Friday due to a cyberattack, and it’s not clear how long the shutdown will last.

covid-19 news

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library seeks items for COVID-19 history exhibit

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library will host a new exhibit that will share the story of Staunton and Augusta County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

afton mountain

VDOT mobilizing contractors to stabilize slope, clear rock slide on U.S. 250 on Afton Mountain

U.S. 250 will likely be closed for weeks while excavation and stabilization is done between Route 6 east of the summit of Afton Mountain and Route 750 just west of the Rockfish Gap Country Store.

virginia politics

Norfolk Southern Railway to expand passenger rail to Southwest Virginia

The Commonwealth has reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway to extend passenger rail service to the New River Valley for the first time since 1979.

cicadas

Massive cicada emergence expected soon in Northern Virginia

Some Virginians will soon hear a cacophony of chirping cicadas as Brood X emerges from a 17-year subterranean retreat.

Jordan Crews

Shooting in Augusta County results in arrest of Newport News man

A Newport News man is in custody in connection with a shooting into an occupied vehicle that apparently stemmed from a dispute in a parking lot in the Fishersville area Thursday night.

covid-19 news

Northam updates mask guidance to align with CDC changes

Gov. Ralph Northam is adapting Virginia policy on mask use in outdoor settings based on new guidance from the CDC.

waynesboro

Waynesboro: Living, breathing definition of penny wise, pound foolish

The conservative blowhards are threatening to run candidates against Waynesboro City Council members who vote for a 90-cent property tax rate. It’s time to fight fire with fire.

covid-19 news

Herring advisory opinion affirms that Virginia colleges, universities can require COVID-19 vaccinations for students

Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued an official opinion Monday that Virginia colleges and universities “may condition in-person attendance on receipt of an approved COVID-19 vaccine during this time of pandemic.”

police-fire-ems

Waynesboro woman dead in car accident Friday night

A Waynesboro woman is dead after a series of accidents in the region Friday night.

Virginia covid-19

Northam announces expanded capacity, social gathering limits to begin May 15

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase beginning Saturday, May 15.

covid-19 news

Central Shenandoah Health District moves COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling to public website

Central Shenandoah Health District is transitioning the COVID-19 vaccine clinic appointment process from invitation-only to public scheduling.

covid-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens for all Virginia adults on Sunday

All Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Sunday as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program – approximately half of all adults in the Commonwealth have received at least one dose.

Mary Baldwin University

Richmond philanthropists make $5M gift to MBU’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Alice Tolley Goodwin and William H. Goodwin Jr. have pledged $5 million to support the expansion of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin University.

Randall Wolf

Democrat Randall Wolf can win the 20th: Here’s how

Republican John Avoli won the 20th House District seat in 2019 because he ran strong in Augusta County. Randall Wolf fits the profile of Democratic Party candidate who could cut into Avoli’s margins in Augusta County in 2021.