Tag: Labor Day

Virginia Democratic Party

Dems announce speakers for 2017 Labor Day Celebration

The Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Democratic committees announced the list of speakers to the 2017 Democratic Labor Day Celebration.

The importance of employee ownership

Labor Day is a time for us to celebrate the workers who make our economy grow – the people without whom businesses could not survive and thrive.

Labor Day crashes take 15 lives in Virginia

Nine drivers, four passengers, a pedestrian and a bicyclist all lost their lives to traffic crashes in Virginia over the 2015 Labor Day weekend, according to preliminary data.

randy forbes

Randy Forbes: The power of work and American values

Work is a silver thread throughout the American character. Throughout history, it has been individual Americans who have helped our nation burst through economic sluggishness.

America’s road team captains offer life saving tips for Labor Day travel

The Virginia Trucking Association is urging the the nearly 1 million Virginians expected to travel our highways over the Labor Day weekend to drive safely and follow several simple tips in order to keep this a safe holiday.


ACC, Notre Dame announce football playing dates through 2025

The ACC and Notre Dame have announced their football playing dates through the 2025 season, formally sealing the partnership that began this season and will feature an average of five games per year over a 12-year span.

Staunton man arrested for sexual assault

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a Staunton man for a sexual assault that took place in early September at a Waynesboro apartment complex. Daniel Matthew Vest Jr., 18 years old, faces one felony count of rape for the Labor Day attack of a 54-year-old victim.

Ken Plum: Back to school

Although it has been many years since I was a teacher in the classroom, I still get a nervous stomach around Labor Day each year in anticipation of the beginning of a new school year.

Robert Sarvis tells Dems, Republicans alike how it is

Robert Sarvis ran for governor in Virginia as the Libertarian Party nominee in 2013, and despite barely registering a peep in the discourse of the campaign with all the attention on Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, he still received 6.5 percent of the statewide vote.

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The start of the 2014 Senate race with Mark Warner in Buena Vista

Mark Warner was searching for the right front porch. “There was one lady I wanted to make sure to see, and I hope I got her, because she told somebody last night, Make sure he comes up and kisses me on my porch, and I couldn’t remember which porch, so I made sure I went up to every porch.”

Video: U.S. Senator Mark Warner on Labor Day in Buena Vista

Footage from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s speech at the 2014 Buena Vista Labor Day event.

Video: Republican Senate nominee Ed Gillespie on Labor Day

Footage from Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie’s speech at the 2014 Buena Vista Labor Day event.

Video: Libertarian Senate candidate Robert Sarvis in Buena Vista

Footage from Libertarian Senate candidate Robert Sarvis’s speech at the 2014 Buena Vista Labor Day event.

Video: Bob Goodlatte Labor Day speech

Footage from U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s speech at the 2014 Buena Vista Labor Day event.

Video: Sixth District Libertarian nominee Will Hammer

Footage from Libertarian congressional candidate Will Hammer’s speech at the 2014 Buena Vista Labor Day event.

Potomac Nationals

Potomac Nationals sweep Keys, eliminate Frederick from wild-card race

The Potomac Nationals (77-58, 39-27) swept the Frederick Keys (65-71, 33-36) at Harry Grove Stadium in a Sunday doubleheader by the final scores of 6-5 and 5-4.


Budget extra travel time as schools open, many return to work

This Tuesday as children and school personnel head back to school, many motorists will find their once easy and fast route to work is now much slower.


Labor Day government closings, schedule changes

News and notes from the region related to the Labor Day holiday.

Water Country closes for the season

There are just a few days left to experience Water Country USA’s newest family-thrill attraction Colossal Curl®, plus the park’s vast array of attractions that includes 42 water slides, refreshing pools, lazy rivers and kid-friendly play areas.

News Roundup: Military plane crash, Bob McDonnell trial, Labor Day in Buena Vista

A grim discovery last night in Deerfield, Va., as investigators discovered the remains of Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., the pilot on a routine flight from Massachusetts to New Orleans whose F-15C jet crashed in the mountains of western Augusta County early Wednesday morning.


Gas prices continue to fall heading into Labor Day weekend

Gas prices continue to head downward as nearly 30 million travelers take to the roads to celebrate the last travel holiday of the summer.

Professional drivers offer safe driving tips for Labor Day travel

The Virginia Trucking Association is urging the nearly 1 million motorists that are expected to travel on Virginia’s highways this Labor Day weekend to follow safety tips from America’s Road Team Captains, a team of professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles.


AAA: Nearly 1 million Virginians traveling for Labor Day

AAA Travel projects nearly one million (964,305) Virginians will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a very slight increase of 0.5% over 2013.

State Police beefing up DUI enforcement Labor Day weekend

As the last holiday weekend of the summer season approaches, motorists traveling through the Commonwealth this Labor Day weekend can expect to see significant increased enforcement by the Virginia State Police.


Labor Day Wine and Music Fest at Rebec Vineyards

The fourth annual Labor Day Wine and Music Fest, featuring nine wineries and three bands, will take place on Saturday, August 30th, from noon-6pm. at Rebec Vineyards, home of the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival.


AAA projects biggest Labor Day travel weekend since 2008

AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.


Gas prices continue downward slide as end of summer approaches

Gas prices continue to slide as 29.7 million Americans prepare to make their last road trip of the summer during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.

Online advance ticket sales begin Aug. 11 for 2014 State Fair

Fans of the State Fair of Virginia who want to save time and money can begin buying advance tickets online at StateFairVa.org starting Aug. 11. Online ticket sales will run through Sept. 23.

Watermelons and cantaloupes are tardy this year but still tasty

Those favorite slices of summer—watermelons and cantaloupes—are making their seasonal debut in Virginia a little behind schedule. Their tardiness, however, should be offset by their tastiness, thanks to favorable growing conditions.

Howell, Norment intend to reconvene House, Senate in September

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Wednesday that he intends to reconvene the House of Delegates the week of September 22 to debate Medicaid expansion. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) announced that the Senate will be also be in session that week.

Poll: Are you concerned about impact of SOLs on education?

Large majorities of Virginians have concerns about how mandatory testing is impacting students and teachers in the classroom but also think Standards of Learning tests help with school accountability and academic standards.


Gas prices fall to nearly three-year low

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.20 a gallon on Friday, the lowest price at the gas pump since February 2011, according to AAA. Gas prices continue their downward trek that started around Labor Day. Since Sept. 1, prices have dropped 39 cents per gallon, and have fallen 65 of the 75 days in that span.


AAA: Increase expected in Labor Day travel

AAA projects 29.2 million Americans will hit the road for the last three-day weekend and unofficial end of summer, up 4.3 percent from last year. In advance of the Labor Day holiday weekend, drivers across the country have noticed a recent uptick in prices at the pump.

McDonnell takes credit for lower gas prices

A news release from the office of Gov. Bob McDonnell is touting the governor’s transportation compromise as playing a key role in lower gas prices in the Commonwealth.


AAA: Gas prices well below 2012 averages as Labor Day approaches

Drivers across the country continue to enjoy discounted gas pump prices versus a year ago, which is good news for those planning to hit the road for the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $3.54 per gallon Friday.

Ample sweet corn supplies predicted for Labor Day weekend

Virginia consumers can expect ample sweet corn supplies for Labor Day weekend cookouts.

Letter: Why you celebrate Labor Day

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday?  The reason we celebrate Labor Day is largely because of the contributions made by unions to the betterment of America’s workers. The numerous beneficial influences of organized labor cannot be ignored.  Most of the benefits workers now enjoy are directly attributable to unions. To cite but a few: the 40-hr. […]

Tim Kaine plays your favorites

Facebook Video shot by AFP editor Chris Graham of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine playing harmonica on a bluegrass tune at the Labor Day parade in Buena Vista on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009. Length: 0:22.

The Labor Day Parade in Pictures

AFP editor Chris Graham walked the Buena Vista Labor Day Parade route and got a few choice snapshots of the candidates in action. Follow Democratic Party candidates Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon and Gov. Tim Kaine on the parade route.

Brian Miller | A Labor Day for the 21st century

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day to honor the work of everyday Americans who built this country brick by brick, community by community. It’s an honorable holiday that pays tribute to honorable work. While it’s always good to give thanks, we need much more than well wishes and a cheer of support. We need to […]

Labor Day weekend travel expected to dip

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that slightly over 1 million Virginians will take a trip of 50 miles or more away from home for the 2009 Labor Day Holiday, a decrease of 15 percent from 2008. The decrease, according to AAA, can be attributed primarily to the fact that Labor Day fell on Sept. 1 last year […]