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Charlottesville storm debris pick-ups delayed due to volume

Due to the significant volume of storm debris, the storm debris collection schedule in the City of Charlottesville is currently delayed.


Notice of Funding Availability through the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund

The City of Charlottesville has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for $750,000 available through the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund for affordable housing-related projects.

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VDOT invites feedback on Route 33 Corridor Study in Rockingham County

The Virginia Department of Transportation, in coordination with Rockingham County and the Town of Elkton, will host a public meeting for a transportation planning study concerning Route 33 in Rockingham County.

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Fifth District Congressman Bob Good announces campaign events

Fifth District Congressman Bob Good will be hosting a series of Campaign 2022 events beginning this week.

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Harrisonburg Police to host Community Police Academy

The Harrisonburg Police Department is announcing the return of its annual Community Police Academy, which will be open to people who live, work, or go to school in the City of Harrisonburg and who are at least 18 years old.

Waynesboro Public Schools

Waynesboro Public Schools names Moore, Burks to administrative positions

The Waynesboro School Board has appointed DeWayne Moore executive director of operations and Leola Burks director of special education for Waynesboro Public Schools.

Greg Campbell

SHD executive director named to head Virginia Department of Aviation

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has appointed Greg Campbell to serve as the director of the Virginia Department of Aviation.  His first day at the agency – based at Richmond International Airport – will be Feb. 14. 

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Project GROWS announces Annie Sachs as new executive director

On Feb. 1, Annie Sachs, current executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, will become executive director of Project GROWS.


Special storm debris pick-up service for city residents in Charlottesville

The City of Charlottesville Public Works Department will be providing a free storm debris pick-up service for all city residents running through Friday, Jan. 28.


Pedestrian dead from injuries in Rockingham County crash

Virginia State Police Trooper J. Joseph is investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian in Rockingham County that occurred on Friday at 6:01 p.m. along Route 608.  

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Shenandoah National Park releases details for Old Rag pilot project

Shenandoah National Park will begin a pilot project designed to improve the visitor experience and protect fragile natural resources at Old Rag, one of the Park’s most popular hiking destinations.

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More renovations planned for Gypsy Hill Park duck pond

After renovations of the duck pond at Gypsy Hill Park funded by the Staunton Lions Club, renovations are about to begin to repair damage caused by the Aug. 8, 2020 flood.

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Two people in custody in shooting involving 2-year-old in Charlottesville

R’Quis Jones and Diamond Owens are in custody at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional Jail, after turning themselves in this evening.


Albemarle County Police seek teen missing since Jan. 16

Albemarle County Police Department is currently seeking the whereabouts of 17-year-old Angie Martinez-Garcia.

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Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA needs emergency dog fosters

The Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA’s HVAC system is unable to keep up with the cold temperatures in approximately half the kennel areas. 

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Augusta County follows Staunton, Waynesboro on masks in schools

Not even fire-engine red Augusta County is on board with Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order on masks in schools.

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Waynesboro man charged in secret video, child porn case

A Waynesboro man is out on bond on charges that he secretly recorded juveniles and adults at different locations in the city.

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Charges filed against teen for school threat at Albemarle High School

A teen has been charged in response to a Jan. 11 threat made to Albemarle High School through social media.

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Waynesboro Public Schools to continue with masking in face of Youngkin order

Waynesboro Public Schools will continue universal masking for students and staff, in the face of an executive order from Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

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Third NYC teen sentenced in 2019 murder of Tess Majors

The last of three teens convicted in the murder of former Waynesboro resident Tess Majors was sentenced in New York on Wednesday.

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Authorities investigating burglaries in Harrisonburg, Augusta County

Harrisonburg Police are investigating the reported burglary of the Medicap Pharmacy located at 1851 Virginia Ave.


Waynesboro admitting trouble with refuse collection this week

Trash collection crews in Waynesboro are running behind due to this weekend’s snow event, which is not a surprise, because snow removal was also behind, or in some cases, practically non-existent.

Steven Rosenberg

Following reports that he had been fired, Staunton city manager steps down

Staunton Mayor Andrea Oakes announced Wednesday that City Manager Steve Rosenberg is resigning his position effective immediately.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Food Finder helps connect Valley residents to food assistance

At least one in 12 people in the Blue Ridge area experiences hunger, with children and the elderly suffering the worst consequences.

Michael C. Rogers

Charlottesville City Council appoints new interim city manager

The Charlottesville City Council has selected Michael C. Rogers to be interim city manager, effective Jan. 31.