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Spotlighting investigation leads to arrest of felon in Rockingham County

- Senior K9 Officer Billhimer observed a vehicle casting a small beam of light out of the driver’s side window illuminating an open field where deer commonly occupy on Monday night at approximately 9 p.m.
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Route 29-Hydraulic Road planning panel meets Thursday in Charlottesville

- The Route 29 Hydraulic Planning Advisory Panel will hold its next meeting from 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the Virginia Transportation Research Council, 530 Edgemont Road in Charlottesville. This meeting will continue discussions of the transportation improvement phase of the Hydraulic small area planning study.
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UVA Health System notifies 1,882 patients about potential privacy issue

- University of Virginia Health System is notifying 1,882 patients that an unauthorized third party may have been able to view some of their private health information on a UVA physician’s laptop computer and other devices.
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Augusta County Sheriff’s Office investigates purported threat against Wilson Memorial High School

- The Augusta County Sheriff's Office spent the night investigating an online threat purported to be aimed at Wilson Memorial High School.
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Voting now open in DMV license plate contest

- Online voting is now open in the Virginia DMV Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest. The public has eight different license plate design concepts, created by Virginia high school students, from to which to choose.

National Dance Foundation, Charlottesville Parks & Recreation present Celebration of Dance

- Local National Dance Foundation Ambassador and Dance Educator, María Daniel, and Charlottesville Parks and Recreation invites everyone to attend the Celebration of Dance event on Friday, February 23rd at Carver Recreation Center from 6:00-7:30pm.
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Staunton Public Library to host book launch of thriller novel set in Staunton

- The Friends of the Staunton Library will host a book launch and signing for the latest release by award-winning thriller author Brad Parks from 7 to 9 p.m., March 6 at Bedlam Brewing, 2303 N. Augusta St.

Virginia Tech pledges to increase study abroad participation by 2020

- Virginia Tech has signed onto an international effort to double and diversify the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade by joining the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad. 
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Red Wing Roots Music Festival announces 2018 lineup

- After five successful years hosting the Red Wing Roots Music Festival in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, local favorites The Steel Wheels are excited to announce the full line up for the sixth annual Red Wing festival, to be held July 13-15.
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Augusta County Sheriff’s Office investigates online chatter about Buffalo Gap High School

- The Augusta County Sheriff's Office has determined that apparent online threats directed against Buffalo Gap High School originally posted over the weekend were unfounded.
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National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend this coming weekend

- Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council will join other Girl Scout councils across the United States February 23–25 to participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018. This celebration rings in a new century of fun, learning, and excitement that selling cookies has powered for girls over the past 101 years. 
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Bridgewater College students to serve With Habitat for Humanity in Abingdon Over Spring Break

- A group of Bridgewater College students and a faculty member will trade suntan lotion and swim suits for hammers and tool belts as they spend spring break volunteering as construction workers with Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge Spring Break 2018.
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Student research team accelerates snow melt with ‘Melt Mat’

- Snow storms often leave behind reminders of their presence for days – sometimes weeks – after warmer and sunnier weather returns. Snowbanks, often created by snow plows as they clear major roadways, can linger in parking lots, on sidewalks, and in driveways even when temperatures rise well above freezing.
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Wayne Theatre hosts new exhibit, Art in the 21st Century

- Art in the 21st Century, a new exhibit at the Wayne Theatre, is a fascinating look at how five artists approach their work and how their individuality emerges in their choice of subject matter and use of both traditional and non-traditional media.
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Summer seminar to explore the most devastating flu epidemic in recorded history

- A century ago this spring, an unusually deadly influenza virus began circling the world, ultimately killing tens of millions of people. That devastating outbreak — often called the 1918 influenza pandemic or the Spanish flu epidemic — will be the focus of a Virginia Tech program this summer.
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Hospice of the Shenandoah open house set for Sunday

- Shenandoah House, a service of Augusta Health’s Hospice of the Shenandoah, is hosting an Open House for the community on Sunday at 2 p.m. 
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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library commemorates 100th Anniversary of WWI

- The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum presents a new exhibit, Soldiers’ Stories: World War I Through American Eyes to commemorate the World War I Centennial.
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Flashing yellow arrow signals installed at intersections in Greene, Fauquier during next two weeks

- Traffic signals with flashing yellow left turn arrows will be installed at five intersections on Route 33 and Route 29 in Greene County during the next two weeks. One intersection in Fauquier County will also be outfitted with the new signal heads.
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Beverley Street Studio School to open new Janly Jaggard exhibit on March 2

- Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton will open a new exhibit from Janly Jaggard, Statement, on Friday, March 2 from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm with an artist’s talk at 6:00 pm.
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Researcher, activist finds a new avenue for advocacy through her future role as a physician

- Prior to her start in medical school at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Diana Zychowski’s life revolved around statistics and research, fueled by a desire to give back to her community.
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Arts Council of the Valley, WMRA to co-host Bethany Yarrow, Rufus Cappadocia at Court Square Theater

- On Saturday, March 10th, Arts Council of the Valley will join with local radio station WMRA to host a unique concert experience at Court Square Theater featuring global sensation Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia.
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Raymond Barfield completes W&L Questioning Intimacy series

- Raymond Barfield, associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy at Duke University, is the final speaker in the 2017-18 Questioning Intimacy seminar series. Barfield’s talk is March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

Transportation Safety Awards recognize crash reduction efforts

- The outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations to change the behaviors of Virginia's motorists leading to crash, injury, and fatality reduction may be nominated for the 2018 Virginia Governor's Transportation Safety Awards.
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Staunton District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 19-23

- 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.
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Shenandoah Valley Art Center schedule for March 2018

- The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of March, in the Cabell/Arehart Gallery is presenting 40 UNDER 40, the sixth annual exhibit for Virginia artists aged 40 and under.
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Eastern Mennonite Seminary conference gives space to brokenness, ‘kintsugi clergy’ and ministry in a polarized society

- The Reverend Meredith McNabb is director of the United Methodist Church Virginia Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, and she isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at the grandiose-ness of that title.
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Off-ramp closure at Exit 213 on Interstate 81 on Feb. 20

- An off-ramp closure is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, on northbound Interstate 81 at exit 213 (Route 11/Greenville) in Augusta County. The off-ramp closure helps ensure motorist safety during blasting operations at an adjacent construction site.
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A graduate student, a crash test dummy, and building safer cars

- Devon Albert, a fourth-year doctoral student in the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech, spends a lot of her time with a crash-test dummy.
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Robert Macfarlane to give Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee

- Author Robert Macfarlane will deliver the Shannon-Clark Lecture in English at Washington and Lee University on March 1 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 19-23

- The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones.

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.

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.