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Staunton-Waynesboro labor market shows continued resilience

The Staunton-Waynesboro Metropolitan Service Area is the only one of 10 MSAs in Virginia to experience job growth in the past 12 months.

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Time Machine Telethon to raise money for affordable housing development

A Feb. 12 Time Machine Telethon has a goal to raise $150,000 for affordable housing development in Albemarle County.

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Virginia 2020 home sales up nearly 11 percent over 2019

The December Home Sales Report released by Virginia REALTORS® on Thursday showed a surging housing market in the second half of 2020.

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WMRA’s Books and Brews to highlight Blue Ridge Tunnel

WMRA’s Books & Brews will feature on Wednesday,  Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., Mary Lyons, author of The Blue Ridge Tunnel: A Remarkable Engineering Feat in Antebellum Virginia.

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Waynesboro High grad pursues education despite diagnosis

Brianna Haynes was diagnosed in August 2017 with chronic myeloid leukemia. Individuals over age 65 are usually diagnosed with this type of leukemia. Haynes was still in high school.

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Staunton businesses affected by August flood rise above devastation

A summer night in early August brought too much rain in too brief of an amount of time. The night of Aug. 8 will never be forgotten by downtown business owners and the Staunton community.

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Gypsy Hill Park remains safe haven for residents and visitors

Two juveniles hold four at knife point and rob them. A month later, three teenagers are arrested for armed robbery. Just before Christmas, several juveniles are caught on video vandalizing a holiday lights display. Crime stories like these are expected in big cities, but these all happened at Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park.

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ThickSat satellite built by Virginia Tech students is headed to space

What began as a conceptual senior capstone design project for a group of aerospace engineering seniors two years ago has since been expanded and developed into a complex piece of hardware bound for low-Earth orbit.

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Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA delivering pets to homes on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

The Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA has limited slots available for adopters to schedule an elf delivery to their house this holiday.

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Augusta Correctional Center update: One inmate COVID-19 death, staffing issues

There weren’t any new COVID-19 positives reported at Augusta Correctional Center on Friday, and maybe we just noticed this today, but the Virginia Department of Corrections dashboard is now showing one inmate COVID-19 death.

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Holiday weeks free COVID-19 testing schedule in Central Shenandoah

The Central Shenandoah Health District will hold free COVID-19 testing events throughout the district through the end of the year. 

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12 Days of Christmas on Nelson 151 returns beginning this weekend

Nelson 151 will host its 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas fundraiser beginning on Sunday.

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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative lineworkers recognized for service in Bolivia

Three Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative lineworkers were among a group of 15 to receive official commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for traveling 4,000 miles to bring power to five small villages in Bolivia.

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Judge: Charlottesville Police officer used excessive, unreasonable force

A Charlottesville Police officer was found guilty on Friday of assault and battery for his actions in a March 3 arrest, but will not spend time behind bars.

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Harrisonburg suspect had just received $8M settlement in wrongful conviction case

A Harrisonburg shooting suspect had recently received a nearly $8 million settlement from Baltimore stemming from a 2010 incident in which members of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force planted drugs in his vehicle.

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Waynesboro history uncovered in renovation of building on North Avenue

Being No. 1 is good in many circumstances in life, and when you are the site of the first Waynesboro Fire Department you definitely stand out.

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Body found in Nelson County may be missing Augusta County woman

Augusta County authorities may have a break, and it’s not good news, in the investigation into a missing-persons case dating back to October.

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Charlottesville prosecutor, police chief join call for end to federal death penalty

Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph Platania and Police Chief RaShall Brackney have joined a bipartisan group of 60 current elected prosecutors, nine former U.S. Attorneys and 14 current and former police chiefs and sheriffs calling for an immediate halt to federal executions.

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Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta area only MSA in Virginia with job growth in pandemic

The Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta region is the only one of the 10 metropolitan statistical areas in Virginia to experience job growth since March, from a review of data from the Virginia Employment Commission.

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Cooperative Extension webinars encourage collaboration among women in agriculture

Virginia Cooperative Extension has launched a series of monthly webinars that highlight the contributions of women in agriculture and provide educational and networking opportunities for Virginia farm women.

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Too little, too late? Fish & Wildlife finally adds eastern black rail to threatened list

Just five decades ago, Elliott Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was a global hotspot for avid birders who wanted to add the diminutive eastern black rail to their life lists.

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Charlottesville reviewing parks use: Set to review COVID-19 emergency ordinance

Charlottesville is closely monitoring the use of city parks and recreation facilities in light of reports that more than 75 people were observed in the McIntire Skate Park at one time this past weekend.

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Pipe replacements scheduled on Old Lynchburg Road

Route 631 (Old Lynchburg Road) in Albemarle County will be closed to through traffic for two days next week while crews replace two pipes. 

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Why does the Charlottesville Retirement Commission like weapons?

The Charlottesville Retirement Commission is divesting from fossil fuels because a study found that it would have made more money had it done so earlier. But the Commission’s studies found that to be true for both fossil fuels and weapons.

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Mental Health America of Augusta hires new executive director

The Staunton-based Mental Health America of Augusta has hired Bruce Blair as its new executive director.