Local/State News


Harrisonburg Emergency Communications Center to unveil new Text to 9-1-1 program

Residents and visitors in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are now able to text when they have an emergency in an effort by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center to provide more lifesaving services to the public.

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Albemarle County: Route 53 closed Sept. 22 for pipe work

Motorists traveling on Route 53 in Albemarle County should plan alternate routes next Tuesday while crews replace a failing pipe. 

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UVA smoking cessation program outperforming typical results

A 15-month free program for UVA Cancer Center patients to help tobacco users quit – combining medication and one-on-one behavioral therapy – is showing promising results.


JMU art professor, diversity leader awarded first Beck Faculty Fellowship

Susan Zurbrigg has been selected by JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts as its first Beck Faculty Fellowship recipient.

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Update: Waynesboro man in custody in connection with Augusta County shooting

Landon Clarke, wanted in connection with a Sept. 8 shooting in Augusta County, turned himself in to the Waynesboro Police Department earlier today.


Single-vehicle accident in Madison County claims the life of senior

A Madison man is dead from injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Route 230 just east of Route 29 in Madison County on Tuesday.

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Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk office announces first interns

Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court R. Steven Landes today announced that Hannah E. Davis and Blake D. Rodgers have been named the fall semester clerk’s interns.

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Mary Baldwin University breaks enrollment record: Continuing recent trend

Mary Baldwin University, bucking national trends this fall, has more students on campus than ever before.

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Bristol man sentenced to 12 years on child pornography charges

A Bristol man who corresponded with and sent lewd pictures to an FBI employee he believed to be a 14-year-old girl was sentenced yesterday in federal court.


Motorcyclist dead in head-on collision in Fluvanna County

A Charlottesville man is dead after crashing his motorcycle head on into an approaching passenger vehicle on Route 250 in Fluvanna County on Tuesday.


Middle River Regional Jail inmate dead from apparent suicide

An inmate at the Middle River Regional Jail was found dead from an apparent suicide Tuesday night.

VDOF seeks acorns, nuts for Augusta Forestry Center in Crimora

The Virginia Department of Forestry is again seeking 12 species of acorns and nuts that can be planted at its Augusta Forestry Center in Crimora to grow into tree seedlings that will become the forests of tomorrow. 

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UVA honored as Baby-Friendly hospital: Recognized for supporting breastfeeding by new mothers

UVA Children’s, UVA Medical Center and UVA Women’s Services have earned an international designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital for their support of breastfeeding.


Rabid raccoon reported in Staunton: People, animals exposed should seek medical evaluation

A raccoon collected from the Vinson Street area in the City of Staunton on Sept. 11 after a suspected encounter with a pet has tested positive for rabies.

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FBI Richmond’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force offers $15K reward in 2012 cold case

On Sept. 16, 2012, Pareshkumar D. Patel, a native of India, was abducted from the Raceway Gas Station he operated along the 5600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, in Chesterfield.

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Albemarle County man faces several charges in B&E spree

A man detained by a citizen in a Sept. 11 attempted robbery is now a suspect in a string of felonies across the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area.


JMU researchers zero in on solution for managing invasive tegu lizards

There probably aren’t many people who understand tegu lizard behavior better than James Madison University senior biology major Isabella Bukovich.


Rockingham County: New Route 11 bridge over I-81 at Exit 257 opens Thursday

Travelers will begin using the new Route 11 bridge over Interstate 81 at exit 257 on Thursday. This is the Mauzy/Broadway/Timberville interchange in Rockingham County.

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Cancer discovery at UVA reveals key process in tumor formation

A discovery from the University of Virginia School of Medicine may open the door to an entirely new approach to treating cancer: by disrupting a vital condensation process inside cancer cells.

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Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office adds historic records assistant

Matthew J. Wingfield has joined the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office as the part-time historic records assistant.