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Augusta Health COVID-19 vaccination update

At the second Vax the Valley event on Saturday, July 31 at Barren Ridge Vineyard, 39 doses of vaccines were given.

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Mary Baldwin University names inaugural chief diversity officer

Mary Baldwin University has named pioneering student inclusivity advocate the Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott as its new chief diversity officer. 

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Charlottesville seeks offers to acquire ownership of Lewis, Clark & Sacajawea statue

The City of Charlottesville is soliciting offers from entities interested in acquiring ownership of a bronze figurative sculpture depicting the 19th century explorers Lewis & Clark, and their Native American partner, Sacajawea.

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Augusta County School Board on hook for legal costs on transgender policy vote

The Augusta County School Board voted down a required model policy on treatment of transgender students because board members feel the county’s existing policy is already in compliance with state law. The Virginia Department of Education is saying, nuh-uh.

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Johnson honored for life-saving actions

Waynesboro PD officer Christopher Johnson, one of the guys running for sheriff, just saved a guy’s life, so if you’re looking for a reason to vote for him, there’s that.


VDOT leading study of traffic safety in Staunton

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking public comment for a transportation study of 10 intersections in the City of Staunton.

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Law enforcement stepping up patrols on county highways

Virginia State Police and the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office have a message for motorists on Route 250 and Route 254: slow down!


Staunton Police: Statement about race preceded assault of teen

A Lynchburg man is in custody on assault and battery and hate crime charges after an incident in Staunton on Saturday.


Elkton man dead in Rockingham County crash

An Elkton man is dead from injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Cross Keys Road on Saturday.

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Smith House Galleries hosts two exhibitions in August

Arts Council of the Valley opens a new exhibition, Wendy Lam: A Retrospective, at Smith House Galleries during August.

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Search underway for missing Harrisonburg senior

Harrisonburg Police are leading the search for a missing 79-year-old city man who suffers from memory loss.


Harrisonburg STARS Intersection Safety Study seeks community input

The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched a survey to help support a study focused on potential safety improvements of 10 Harrisonburg intersections.

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Blue Ridge Area Food Bank celebrates 40 years with fund, food drive

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is hosting its first-ever region-wide campaign called Unity in Community Food & Fund Drive.

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Back-to-school shopping tips for upcoming sales tax free holiday weekend

It’s time for the kids to go back to school. That means it’s also time for the annual tradition of dumping out your purse and wallet and trading all your savings for crayons, binders, backpacks, and clothes.

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Back to school open houses help Waynesboro students get ready for school year

Waynesboro Public Schools will be holding a series of open house events this week to get students and families ready for the start of the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.


Staunton District Traffic Alert: Work schedule for week of Aug. 2-6

The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks.


Local law enforcement marking National Night Out

Albemarle County and Harrisonburg police have announced plans for the Aug. 3 National Night Out.

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BRCCC student named 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Blue Ridge Community College student Cassady Bush is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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Augusta County company expands into global markets through state program

AccuTec Blades Inc. in Augusta County is among eight companies across the Commonwealth that have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Work schedule for week of Aug. 2-6

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week.

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Vax the Valley: Local effort to boost COVID-19 vaccine numbers

More than six in 10 Virginians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines that are available, but we’re lagging behind locally.

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Augusta County School Board votes down nondiscrimination policy

The Augusta County School Board, backed into a corner on nondiscrimination policies aimed at protecting transgender students, has come out swinging.

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Lynchburg District Traffic Alerts: Work schedule for week of Aug. 2-6

Highway work requiring road/lane/structure closures in the Lynchburg District.


Update: Northbound I-81 in Augusta County reopens after multi-vehicle crash

Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Augusta County have reopened, following cleanup from a multi-vehicle crash at mile marker 228. The detour at exit 227 (Verona) has been lifted.

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Mountain Vista Road closed due to thunderstorm cleanup

Due to yesterday evening’s thunderstorms, multiple roads throughout Albemarle County were impacted and closed this morning due to maintenance. At this time, Mountain Vista Road remains closed for debris cleanup.

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Back to School Bash: De-stressing the start of the school year in Waynesboro

Waynesboro Public Schools will be hosting its second Back to School Bash event on Sunday at Kate Collins Middle School.


Albemarle County Police investigating shots fired on Peyton Drive

Albemarle County officers responded to a call for service for shots fired at Granite Park Apartments on Peyton Drive at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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Walton Middle School open as cooling shelter due to power outages

Due to power outages from the thunderstorm Wednesday evening, Walton Middle School will be open to Albemarle County residents as a cooling shelter at 10 a.m. this morning.