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Beverley Street Studio School to open new Janly Jaggard exhibit on March 2

- Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton will open a new exhibit from Janly Jaggard, Statement, on Friday, March 2 from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm with an artist’s talk at 6:00 pm.
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Researcher, activist finds a new avenue for advocacy through her future role as a physician

- Prior to her start in medical school at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Diana Zychowski’s life revolved around statistics and research, fueled by a desire to give back to her community.
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Arts Council of the Valley, WMRA to co-host Bethany Yarrow, Rufus Cappadocia at Court Square Theater

- On Saturday, March 10th, Arts Council of the Valley will join with local radio station WMRA to host a unique concert experience at Court Square Theater featuring global sensation Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia.
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Raymond Barfield completes W&L Questioning Intimacy series

- Raymond Barfield, associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy at Duke University, is the final speaker in the 2017-18 Questioning Intimacy seminar series. Barfield’s talk is March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
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#19 South Carolina defeats VMI Keydets, 9-0

- Four pitchers held the VMI Keydet offense to two hits as the #19 South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Keydets, 9-0, in the finale of the series between the clubs Sunday in Columbia, S.C.

Transportation Safety Awards recognize crash reduction efforts

- The outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations to change the behaviors of Virginia's motorists leading to crash, injury, and fatality reduction may be nominated for the 2018 Virginia Governor's Transportation Safety Awards.
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Staunton District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 19-23

- The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks. The Staunton District consists of 11 counties from the Alleghany Highlands to the northern Shenandoah Valley.
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Liberty basketball drops road contest at Campbell

- Liberty would make 11 of its last 14 field goal attempts to close out the game but was unable to get the necessary stops on defense as the Flames suffered a 79-69 loss to Campbell.
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AAA: Gas prices drop again this week

- Gas prices around the Mid-Atlantic region dropped for another week, as crude oil prices failed to return to the mid-$60 range reached just two weeks ago, and oil and gas supplies showed a gain.
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Eastern Mennonite Seminary conference gives space to brokenness, ‘kintsugi clergy’ and ministry in a polarized society

- The Reverend Meredith McNabb is director of the United Methodist Church Virginia Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, and she isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at the grandiose-ness of that title.
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Off-ramp closure at Exit 213 on Interstate 81 on Feb. 20

- An off-ramp closure is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, on northbound Interstate 81 at exit 213 (Route 11/Greenville) in Augusta County. The off-ramp closure helps ensure motorist safety during blasting operations at an adjacent construction site.
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A graduate student, a crash test dummy, and building safer cars

- Devon Albert, a fourth-year doctoral student in the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech, spends a lot of her time with a crash-test dummy.
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Robert Macfarlane to give Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee

- Author Robert Macfarlane will deliver the Shannon-Clark Lecture in English at Washington and Lee University on March 1 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 19-23

- The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones.

Farmers warned invasive pest could damage crops

- A new invasive pest, the spotted lanternfly, was discovered in January in a stone yard in Frederick County.

Ag safety week highlights hazards facing farmers

- Farming ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States. According to the National Safety Council, every year there are 20 farm work-related deaths for every 100,000 workers, which is six times higher than the combined average for all U.S. workers.


Farmers happy with recent rainfall, but need more

- More than 5 inches of rain in parts of western Virginia the weekend of Feb. 10 led to muddy conditions but happy farmers.
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Lynchburg District Traffic Alert: Feb. 19-23

- Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting. 

Aviation license plates fund Virginia education programs

- The Virginia Department of Aviation is transferring more than $60,000 to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to support aviation education in Virginia.
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Sigora Solar VP elected to National Solar Industry Board

- The Solar Energy Industries Association elected Karla Loeb, Sigora Solar’s vice president of policy and business development, to SEIA’s Board of Directors.
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Forbes Center musical brings American historical case to life

- A large cast of 28 theatre, music and musical theatre students will bring the true story of Leo Frank to life in the James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance’s production of Parade, a Tony Award-winning “musical that dares to be serious” (Evening Standard, London).
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Northam announces 2018 Outstanding STEM Award recipients

- Governor Ralph Northam and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti announced the 2018 Outstanding STEM Award recipients.

Eastern Panel Manufacturing to expand manufacturing operation creating 15 new jobs in Pittsylvania County

- Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc. (EPM), a custom plywood manufacturer, will invest $1 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County.
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Virginia Tech Black Alumni Reunion set for April 13-15

- Registration is open for Virginia Tech’s biennial Black Alumni Reunion on April 13-15. The reunion is chance for alumni to celebrate with friends and faculty and staff, while commemorating university milestones and connecting with students.
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VDOT prepares weekend winter weather response

- While everyone has enjoyed 60 to 70 degree temperatures this week, the weekend will another round of wet and, possibly, wintry weather to portions of the state. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are preparing for whatever comes their way.
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Travelling to Europe after Brexit? News for visitors

- People journey because they want to discover other cultures. No other continent in the world welcomes as many visitors as Europe. Americans, in particular, take pleasure in travelling to Europe.
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Community Foundation scholarship deadline approaching

- The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is currently accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors and adults seeking new skills and higher education.
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Allegheny Mountain Institute, Augusta Health collaborate to address community health needs

- The Augusta Health campus sits on some of Augusta County’s most fertile soil. Now, thanks to a new partnership with Allegheny Mountain Institute, what was historically farmland will be cultivated once again to provide food for the hospital and for the community. 
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Augusta County Library displays local students’ artwork for Youth Art Month

- March is Youth Art Month, and the Augusta County Library will be celebrating with two different opening art receptions and a month-long display featuring the work of local students.

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- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is undeniably a popular buzzword in marketing circles today. This popularity comes from its ability as a key digital marketing technique to deliver the desired web traffic and increased business visibility among other benefits.
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Effective ways to quit smoking healthy

- It really isn’t breaking news that cigarettes are addictive and harmful to your body, but smokers still keep right on smoking. Trying to quit smoking will without a doubt be one of the greatest challenges that you face in your life and you will probably have some setbacks along the way.

The most common restaurant positions you can apply for

- Restaurants are important employers, particularly for young people who are just starting out in their career, or individuals looking for a chance to make some extra money whilst studying or even working full-time. In areas dependent on tourism, restaurants are essential and can be major economic drivers.