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Kyle Larson picks up his first Bristol win in the Xfinity Series Food City 300

Despite Kyle Busch taking the pole for Friday night’s Xfinity series race, it was the other Kyle, Larson that is, who took the spotlight with a big win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 at The Last Great Colosseum, Bristol Motor Speedway, on Friday night.

Virginia unemployment drops to lowest level since 2007

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased in July to 3.1 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago. July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, of 3.1 percent, is the lowest rate since the August 2007 rate of 3.1 percent.

Another perspective on the local illegal drug problem

You read about the opioid crisis, about heroin making its return, about the Valley’s problems with meth, and you, of course, know all about the ongoing, strenuous efforts to go after the drug dealers. But, are the drug dealers the problem?

Augusta County Sheriff's Office intensifying efforts to locate missing Greenville man

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is asking again for public assistance in locating a Greenville man who was last seen nearly four months ago.

Final weekend of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Wayne Theatre

The Wayne Theatre presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Aug. 16-19. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee.

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New Hope Grocery

Pursuit leads to accident, damage to New Hope Grocery

- A Charlottesville man is in custody after a two-vehicle crash that sent a vehicle into the side of New Hope Grocery.   
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Giffords endorses Beyer, Connolly, McEachin for Congress

- Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Donald McEachin in Virginia congressional races.

Sports

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters coming to Richmond Coliseum on Dec. 29

- On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Harlem Globetrotters will return with their one-of-a-kind show to Richmond Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1 & 6 p.m.
UVA Athletics

UVA Athletics announces discount ticket prices for online purchases

- Fans purchasing UVA men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and baseball single-event tickets will benefit from discount pricing for advance sales.

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games of chance

Games of chance as a way to make the life brighter

- Gambling has become a part of many people’s life, especially those who have an irresistible thirst for risk, unforgettable adventures and new experience.
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The most beautiful places to go on vacation

- The world is packed with exceptional destinations that boast rich and fascinating cultures, striking architecture and natural beauty. The following list of travel hotspots, a mix of the popular and the unusual, are some of the most breath-taking on the globe.

 

AFP Editor Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of AugustaFreePress.com, an award-winning journalist and editor, is a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, and has covered Virginia politics since 1997.

An author of six books, Chris also co-wrote a book on the history of University of Virginia basketball, Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, which was published in 2006.

Chris has covered University of Virginia sports since 1995, and is a commentator on ESPN3 college football and baseball broadcasts.

This fall, Chris will serve as the play-by-play voice on radio broadcasts for VMI football, marking his fourth season as a broadcaster for Keydets’ radio broadcasts.

He is a member of the Football Writers Assocation of America, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

From 2009-2014, Chris was the play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, a premier college summer baseball league affiliated with Major League Baseball and the NCAA.

The former co-host of “ACC Nation,” a syndicated radio show that ran for four years, ending in 2007, Chris is currently a contributor to “The Mark Moses Show” on 95.9-The Fan in Melbourne, Fla.

Chris also served as a member of the creative team and on-air TV commentator for Awesome Wrestling Entertainment on AWE’s Night of the Legends live pay-per-view event in 2011.

Chris wrote a book on that experience, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, that was published in 2018.

He is also the former co-host of “Viewpoints” on WVPT, a weekly news affairs TV show that aired from 2016-2017.

Books by Chris Graham

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and The Rock ‘n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.
Read for free: click here.

Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall, by Chris Graham and Patrick Hite, is a look at the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. From Barry Parkhill’s last-second shot to knock off No. 2 South Carolina to the struggles faced by coaches Barbara Kelly and Dan Bonner in the early years of UVa. women’s basketball to the excitement of the early 1980s in the House that Ralph Built to the move to JPJ – it’s all here.

 

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