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Update: U.S. 250 on Afton Mountain remains closed due to rock slide

U.S. 250 remains closed between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151 due to a rock slide. On Monday evening rocks and trees continued to slide down the slope to the roadway.

Dominion Energy

Largest group of new solar projects approved for Dominion Energy Virginia customers

The Virginia State Corporation Commission has approved the largest group of new solar projects for Dominion Energy Virginia customers.

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Aditxt to build state-of-the-art facility in Richmond, creating 300+ new jobs

Aditxt will establish its first high-capacity AditxtScore™ Center in the City of Richmond in the second half of 2021.

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State Fair of Virginia celebrates completion of Farm Credit Pavilion

A socially-distanced crowd gathered at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County on Saturday to participate in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Farm Credit Pavilion.

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Tickets on sale for 2021 SummerStage @ The Blackburn

SummerStage @ the Blackburn announced highlights of its 2021 concert series when tickets went on sale Monday via the website

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Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley announces DuVon as new clinical director

Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley has named Jen DuVon as its new clinical director.

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State, local agencies, Dominion Energy, will hold radiological exercise this week

Emergency response personnel from several Virginia agencies, local governments and Dominion Energy will hold a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise on May 4 and 5 with the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County.

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Student writer examines importance of COVID-19 vaccines for area youths

Even though it is rare for young people to get COVID, they should still get the vaccine because, even if they don’t have a high risk, you could come in contact with someone with a serious medical condition that makes them more susceptible to the virus. 


Meet the new aquatics, youth sports team at the Waynesboro YMCA

Olivia Britton Watts and Michael Sullivan are heading up aquatics and youth sports at the Waynesboro YMCA. Meet the new staffers and learn about their plans for programming at the Y.


U.S. 250 closed on Afton Mountain due to rock slide: Use I-64 as alternate route

U.S. 250 is closed between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151 due to a rock slide. VDOT personnel are assessing the extent of the slide, how to remove the material and ensure the slope is stabilized.

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Tips for how to talk with friends, family who are COVID-19 vaccine-hesitant

The progress that we’re seeing with COVID is the result of the incredible ramp-up in vaccinations. We’re going to need to convince at least some of the folks who don’t want to get vaccinated to be able to get the rest of the way toward beating this pandemic.

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Paramount Theater returning to live performances with June 26 concert

The Paramount Theater will open her doors for the first Paramount Presents live on-stage event since March 2020 for The Jason Burke Band and Paulo Franco & The Freightliners on Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m.


BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees at the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA

BISSELL Pet Foundation is again aiming to Empty the Shelters by sponsoring reduced adoption fees of $25 at the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA.

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AAA: Expect bigger increases in gas prices in May

Gas prices in April saw minimal variability compared to March, which increased 15 cents from start to finish. Stable crude oil prices amid fluctuating demand helped keep the price jumps nominal last month.


Unionville man charged with DUI in Orange County crash that claimed lives of two

A two-vehicle crash in Orange County reported on Saturday at 6:11 p.m. at the intersection of Route 522 and Route 650 took the lives of two people.

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Farm Credit of the Virginias hosts Advocating for Agriculture event

Farm Credit of the Virginias’ Knowledge Center announces its third event in their advocating for agriculture webinar series.

Pamplin Historical Park

Pamplin Park pairs Mother’s Day tea with Jane Austen

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is offering a Mother’s Day Tea at 2 p.m. on May 8.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park selects Nancy Hershberger for the May Artist-in-Residence program

Shenandoah National Park announced the selection of Nancy Hershberger, a fiber artist, as the May Artist-in-Residence.


Staunton District Traffic Alert: Work schedule for week of May 3-7

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

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Farmers encouraged to coordinate emergency plans with first responders

National agriculture associations are urging farmers to engage with local first responders to prepare action plans for farm emergencies. Some of Virginia’s agriculturalists are already a step ahead.

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Study: Accomack water quality unchanged by expanding poultry operations

A study that examined waterways in Accomack County has revealed the rapid expansion of poultry operations in the county has had no detectable effects on local water quality.


Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellow conducts meta-analysis on studies about pain

You may have heard of the question: “How would you rate your pain on a scale of one to 10?”