Local/State News


Overnight crash involving moped injures one in Augusta County

At 1:21 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a crash in the 700 block of East Side Highway. The crash involved a moped and a Nissan sedan.


Albemarle County Police investigating apparent murder-suicide

Albemarle County Police are reporting an apparent murder-suicide involving an adult male and a juvenile that took place last week near Crozet.


UVA: Dexamethasone discovery carries COVID-19 treatment implications

A new discovery about how the body transports dexamethasone, a drug that can increase the survival chances of patients with severe COVID-19, suggests diabetes and other factors may reduce its potentially lifesaving effectiveness.

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Waynesboro Public Library remains curbside only

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life in 2020, Waynesboro Public Library continues to provide curbside service for patrons.


Harrisonburg Police hosting Drug Take Back Day event on Saturday

The Harrisonburg Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.


New JMU brain research could help understand autism causes

For garden plants to thrive, they require some strategic pruning from an astute gardener as they grow. If the garden is allowed to grow at will without any care, the results likely won’t be good.

Jesse Elan Brand

Waynesboro man arrested, faces charges related to multiple car break-ins

A 20-year-old Waynesboro man was apprehended on Wednesday in a police investigation of car break-ins.


Staunton announces updated guidelines for City Council meeting participation

The City of Staunton is announcing updated guidelines involving public participation for the City Council work session and regular meeting scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, the special called Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29.


Harrisonburg concludes investigation into Miller Circle fire

The Harrisonburg Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded its investigation into the explosion and fire that occurred on Saturday, Oct. 17, on Miller Circle and will be turning the scene over to the building owner later today. 


Rockingham County: Southbound I-81 overnight closures Wednesday, Thursday

Overnight closures of southbound Interstate 81 are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday nights in Rockingham County near the Exit 257 (Mauzy/Broadway/Timberville) interchange.

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Free flu shot event with focus on Spanish-speaking community set for Saturday

Augusta Health, Central Shenandoah Health District, Promotores de Salud, Magellan Health and United Healthcare are conducting a free flu vaccine event at Waynesboro Mennonite Church on Saturday. 

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Waynesboro: COVID-19 in the prosecutor’s office vs. early voting

COVID-19 is one issue in the public spat between the Waynesboro prosecutor’s office and the city. The bigger issue seems to be a turf battle between the prosecutor and the city over space.

Samari Myles Simmons

Update: Augusta County Sheriff’s Office locates missing teen

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at his Staunton home on Friday.


Albemarle County: Child abuse investigation leads to attempted murder charge

An Albemarle County woman faces a second-degree attempted murder charge resulting from an investigation into allegations of child abuse.

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Records related to Shenandoah National Park creation now digitized

The Piedmont Environmental Council has completed the digitization of thousands of legal documents related to the Commonwealth’s 1930s-era condemnation of private lands in Rappahannock County for the creation of Shenandoah National Park.


Staunton City Council to revisit Second Amendment debate at Oct. 29 public hearing

Staunton City Council has set a public hearing “concerning the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution” for Thursday, Oct. 29.


Harrisonburg seeks community input for zoning, subdivision ordinances update

The update to two key City of Harrisonburg ordinances continues, and public input is needed.

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Arts Council of the Valley announces COVID-19 Harrisonburg CARES Act arts, culture grants

The City of Harrisonburg has authorized a one-time allocation of $15,000 in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund monies for Arts Council of the Valley.

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Virginia Tech researchers awarded $1M to study survival of SARS-CoV-2 in food supply chain

Virginia Tech researchers are studying how long SARS-CoV-2 survives on surfaces, focusing on its survival on food, food contact surfaces, and other points along the food supply chain.


COVID-19 testing in Lexington, Stuarts Draft, Harrisonburg

The Central Shenandoah Health District will hold free COVID-19 testing events throughout the district next week.


Augusta County Sheriff’s Office setting up Drug Take Back Day collection site

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office will be setting up a Drug Take Back Day collection site on Saturday, Oct. 24.