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George Mason basketball loses to #17 Iowa State, 79-67

The George Mason men’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought 79-67 decision to No. 17 Iowa State to open the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Sunday in the Stan Sheriff Center. Patrick Holloway led the Patriots with a career-high 19 points.

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Local Wendy’s franchise donating $4,000 to help feed local families

The Shirley May Food Group, a local Wendy’s franchise, will present the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank with a $4,000 donation on Monday. Joe Harris, representing the Shirley May Food Group, said they were inspired to give more after hearing about the success of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce in the Governor’s Bowl Food and Fund Drive.

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Holiday Hoops Classic raises over 100 tons of food for Virginia’s food banks

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the winner of the food and fund drive held in conjunction with the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic taking place this afternoon and evening at the Richmond Coliseum. A month-long food drive on the campuses of the four participating Virginia universities raised over 100 tons of food for food banks throughout the Commonwealth.

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Work to begin on Interstate 64 upgrades in the Shenandoah Valley

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week that VDOT is moving forward with technology upgrades designed to improve safety and traffic flow on Interstate 64 over Afton Mountain. The Commonwealth Transportation Board recently awarded a $4.6 million contract to G4S Technology of Springfield to design and build an Active Traffic and Safety Management System.

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VDOT road report: Dec. 23-Jan. 3

The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton VDOT transportation district during the coming weeks.


AAA: Gas prices falling again

Motorists’ spirits are bright across most of the country as stable, and in some areas somewhat lower, gas pump prices take hold in time for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This week the national gas price average dropped three cents to $3.22 per gallon Friday, a penny more expensive than one month ago and mirroring the same price as this time last year.

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Virginia women’s basketball downs Florida Gulf Coast, 85-56

The Virginia women’s basketball team (5-6) defeated Florida Gulf Coast (6-5), 85-56 in the finale of the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Virginia made nine consecutive three-point attempts in the first half, finishing the period shooting 90.0 percent (9 of 10) from long range. Six different Cavaliers made at least one three-pointer in the game with senior guard Kelsey Wolfe (Germantown, Md.) connecting on 4-of-7.

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McDonnell applauds efforts to aid Syrian refugees

Gov. Bob McDonnell applauded the efforts of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and its members, Paxton Van Lines, and Maersk to provide over 18,000 blankets to Syrian refugees in Turkey. This initiative began following a recent NVRC cultural exchange trip to the region where local and state government officials from the Commonwealth toured a refugee camp near Adana, Turkey.

JMU wins in Holiday Hoops Classic over Hampton, 55-49

Sophomore guard Ron Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI) poured in 19 points as JMU held off Hampton in the final minutes for a 55-49 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic in the Richmond Coliseum. JMU won for the second time in three games to improve to 4-9 overall while HU dropped to 5-7. JMU also improved to 4-1 in the all-time series.

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McDonnell sets date for special election in Senate District 33

Gov. Bob McDonnell has set Jan. 21st, 2014 as the date for the special election to fill the seat of State Sen. Mark Herring, who was elected attorney general and is resigning from the Senate effective January 11th.

Earth Talk: Teaching kids about climate change

Kids today may be more eco-savvy than we were at their age, but complex topics like climate change may still mystify them. Luckily there are many resources available to help parents teach their kids how to understand the issues and become better stewards for the planet.

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Chris Graham: Quick hits from the UVa.-Northern Iowa game

Northern Iowa beat VCU last week 77-68, and earlier this month lost in overtime to #17 Iowa State. This wasn’t your average 5-5 team coming in here today, and considering that UVa. last played two weeks ago, losing 75-72 at Green Bay, today was no easy task for the ‘Hoos. Nice effort after the sluggish start to take control in the second half.

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UVa. basketball overcomes sluggish start in 57-43 win over Northern Iowa

Virginia and Northern Iowa combined for 10 points in the first 11 minutes. The Cavs heated up in the second half en route to a 57-43 win over UNI Saturday in Charlottesville. UVa. (8-3) led 21-16 at the break despite shooting just 29.76 percent from the field.

Wanted Waynesboro teen turns himself in

A Waynesboro teen wanted on charges of obtaining money by false pretenses turned himself in at the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. Michael Paul Bennett, 19, originally of Waynesboro, was wanted for eight counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

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UVa. women’s basketball loses to Tulane in OT

The Virginia women’s basketball team (4-6) fell 79-72 in overtime to Tulane (6-3) in the opening game of the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Cavaliers trailed by 20 points in the first half, coming back to tie the game with 17:07 left in regulation. After trailing by eight with 6:14 remaining, the Cavaliers again came back, holding a one-point lead, 65-64, with 19 seconds remaining.

Elks to Deliver Food Baskets to Waynesboro Seniors

The Waynesboro Elks Lodge will be delivering food baskets to those in need in Waynesboro on Dec. 24.

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VPAS Represented at Staunton Community Health Fair

Despite the threatening winter weather, approximately 100 individuals attended a Community Health Fair Saturday, Dec. 14 at Staunton’s Booker T. Washington Community Center.

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SAW Receives Grant for DSMP

Augusta Health accepted applications for single year grants in the fall this year. They requested that the grants address one of the priority areas defined by their recent Community Health Needs Assessment. One of those priorities is diabetes.

Staunton Senior Center Abounds with Holiday Atmosphere

Staunton Senior Center was all about creating holiday crafts this week as well sprinkling in some Christmas music and cheer for good measure! Monday found members gathered around a table designing lovely punch out cardinals suitable to decorate a tree or just hang from a special spot. Tuesday found the group journeying to the Jollivue UMC Senior Luncheon to join in the festivities there.

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Just a drill: No baby abduction at Augusta Health

An Augusta Free Press reader reported that she had heard about a possible baby abduction at Augusta Health in Fishersville on Friday. Turns out that the rumored abduction was actually a required hospital drill. A hospital spokesperson said the drill, called a Code Pink Drill, is something that hospitals are required to conduct on a regular basis.


McAuliffe announces Admiral John C. Harvey for Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday his selection of Admiral John C. Harvey Jr. as Secretary of Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security. Harvey served in the United States Navy for 39 years, rising through the ranks to become the Commander of the U.S. Forces Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia.

Waynesboro Police searching for wanted teen

The Waynesboro Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a Waynesboro man wanted on numerous felonies for fraud. Michael Paul Bennett, 19, originally of Waynesboro, is wanted for eight counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. It is believed he is staying at the Hunter’s Ridge Apartments in Harrisonburg.

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UVa.-Notre Dame football date announced for 2015 season

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today the dates the Notre Dame football team will face ACC opponents for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. The Fighting Irish will play the Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 in the only meeting between the teams during that span.


Sens. Warner and Kaine introduce Military Retirement Restoration Act

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Military Retirement Restoration Act to repeal and replace the proposed $6 billion cut to military pensions included in the Bipartisan Budget Act.


East Carolina rides second-half run to 103-94 win over VMI

The East Carolina Pirates used a 19-4 run early in the second half to pull away and held off a rally attempt by the VMI Keydets to prevail, 103-94, in non-conference basketball action Thursday in Greenville, N.C. The contest saw 11 total players score in double figures, with ECU (10-2) putting six players in double figures and VMI (6-5) posting five-such scorers.

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Richmond Squirrels announce Hot Stove Celebrity event guest list

The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, have announced the celebrity guest list for their 4th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at VCU.


Sebelius approves hardship exemption for those with healthcare plans canceled

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that some individuals who had their health plans cancelled will be automatically eligible for a hardship exemption that allows them to purchase a catastrophic plan on the healthcare insurance marketplace.


Chris Graham: The War on Christmas

Fox News tells you that you’re supposed to be offended when somebody wishes you “Happy Holidays.” Turns out most of you aren’t offended. A new Public Policy Polling survey – hey, we’re between elections, so they needed something to do – reports that just 22 percent of us are offended at the “Happy Holidays” greeting, with 75 percent saying it’s not a big deal.

Massanutten WaterPark and EAUS Toy Drive exceeds expectations

Over 285 gifts were collected in the second annual Toy Drive at Massanutten WaterPark this year. The Toy Drive ran from Dec. 5-18. The Elkton Area United Services (EAUS) will distribute these gifts to area children this holiday season.

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Virginia releases 2014 men’s lacrosse schedule

Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia announced his team’s schedule for the 2014 season today. The schedule features seven home games. Among UVa’s opponents in 2014 are seven teams that played in last season’s NCAA tournament. The 85th season of Virginia men’s lacrosse will feature the earliest start in the program’s history when Loyola comes to Klöckner Stadium on Feb. 6.