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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.

Report: JMU to name Ohio State DC Everett Withers as new football coach

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers will be the new head football coach at JMU, according to a report from FootballScoop.com. Withers, the assistant head coach at Ohio State under head coach Urban Meyer, served as the interim head coach at North Carolina in 2011 following the dismissal of Butch Davis. UNC went 7-6 in Withers’ year at the helm.

Cuccinelli secures $33M for victims of illegal mortgage servicing practices

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that his office has secured a projected $33 million in principal reductions and cash payments for Virginia customers of Ocwen Financial for its illegal mortgage servicing practices, including premature and unauthorized foreclosures and the use of false documents and affidavits, including “robo-signing.”

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Farmers, USDA make case for funding conservation programs

In the past seven years farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have reduced nitrogen losses from their fields by 26 percent and phosphorus runoff by 46 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Virginia Trees for Clean Water

Citizen groups, educational institutions, private citizens and local governments within the Chesapeake Bay watershed are encouraged to apply for grants under the “Virginia Trees for Clean Water” program. Grants are awarded through this program for planting riparian buffers or trees in neighborhoods and communities. The grant covers projects to be undertaken and completed during the spring and early fall of 2014.

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McAuliffe announces Haymore, Ward for Cabinet posts

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced on Thursday his selections of Todd Haymore for Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Molly Ward for Secretary of Natural Resources, who will join a bipartisan group of members of the McAuliffe cabinet, focused on finding commonsense solutions to the issues facing Virginia’s communities and economy.


Monthly appointments with pharmacists improve medication adherence

Patients are more likely to take chronic medications when they meet monthly with pharmacists to coordinate medication schedules and treatments, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study. The study, published in the November/December issue of The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA®), described how patient adherence and persistence with chronic medications can be improved.

Christmas and New Year’s refuse pickup schedule in Staunton

Regular refuse and recycling collection schedules will be maintained during the holiday season in Staunton. No changes are necessary, since Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesdays, and collection is not regularly scheduled on Wednesdays.

Dinner Diva: Holiday smoothie ideas

To say this is a busy time of year would be an understatement. Between the shopping and the wrapping, the school concerts and the holiday parties, there’s bound to be an evening or two that, despite your best efforts, it’s just too difficult to put a balanced meal on the table.

Nigeria ripe for direct foreign investment

As has always been the case, American businessmen and entrepreneurs are looking for new global markets for investments. Relatively quietly, Nigeria has become an attractive market for American businesses. If fact, the largest and most important market in Africa has become one of the 20 global destinations for Foreign Direct Investment, and Nigeria receives the largest amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa.

Alpha Vision Films documentary to debut on WVPT, RFD-TV

The Alpha Vision Films documentary film “Oyster Preservation on the Great Wicomico” will be featured on WVPT’s “Virginia Farming” this weekend and will also air next week on RFD-TV. The documentary is a sojourn to “river country” in Virginia’s Northern Neck to meet waterman and marine research specialist Malcolm Luebkert.

Fishburne drops to #3 in national postgrad basketball poll

A narrow 95-93 loss at Hargrave Military Academy dropped the Fishburne Military School postgrad basketball team from the top of the NextUp Recruits Top 10 national poll this week. FMS (13-2) fell to #3 in the poll after the loss at #5 Hargrave on Dec. 11. The Caissons rebounded on Dec. 14 to win 96-81 over Ridgeview Prep.


Senate passes budget compromise

The government shutdown seems like so long ago now. Days after the House voted overwhelmingly to pass a bipartisan budget deal aimed at ending the sequestration process and quashing any talk of another disastrous shutdown, the Senate voted 64-36 to send the budget to President Obama for his signature.

JMU women’s basketball nipped by Vanderbilt in OT, 89-85

After a furious challenge in regulation and a strong effort in overtime by James Madison women’s basketball, Vanderbilt guard Christina Foggie hit a game-tying 3-pointer and assisted on the go-ahead layup 27 seconds later in the first overtime period to help the Commodores hold off the Dukes for an 89-85 victory at the JMU Convocation Center Wednesday evening.

UNCG’s strong second half stops JMU, 78-65

UNCG went 8-for-11 from the arc in the second half and received 21 points from Nicholas Paulos and 20 from Kyle Cain to defeat James Madison men’s basketball 75-63 on Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Staunton awarded emergency food, shelter grant

United Way of Greater Augusta received notification that Staunton City was awarded $5,173, to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the Greater Augusta region. The selection for Staunton City to receive $5,173 was made by a National Board through state set-aside funds that is chaired by the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Speed limit to increase on stretch of I-64 in Albemarle County

The speed limit on a 12-mile section of Interstate 64 in western Albemarle County will increase from 65 to 70 miles per hour on Thursday, Dec. 19. The new speed zone will run from just east of the Greenwood Station Road overpass (Route 690) at milepost 106.1 to just west of the Route 29 interchange at milepost 117.7.


Virginia Organizing hosts ObamaCare forum in Waynesboro

Virginia Organizing will host a Health Insurance Marketplace forum on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waynesboro Public Library to help individuals enroll in the Marketplace and provide more information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Mike Papi, Brandon Downes named to NCBWA Preseason All-America team

With the 2014 baseball season fast approaching, Virginia outfielders Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) and Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) each were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s 2014 Preseason All-America Team, announced Wednesday by the NCBWA.


ODU football adds seven in mid-year signing period

Old Dominion University football signed seven student-athletes on Wednesday. The seven student-athletes will enroll at ODU in January and will participate in the strength and conditioning program and be able to take part in spring practice.

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UVa.’s Anthony Harris named to SB Nation All-America team

Virginia football player Anthony Harris was named to the SB Nation All-America first team. The honor makes Harris the first Cavalier to be named a first-team All-American by any outlet since Chris Long was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2007.

Vector Industries benefits from McKee Foods shopping spree

Vector Industries operations and engineering director David Tanner grabbed 54 boxes of goodies at a recent McKee Foods bakery store shopping spree donated by a McKee employee and the United Way of Greater Augusta.


One dead after small plane crash near Charlottesville airport

At 11:14 a.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police were called to the scene of a plane crash in Albemarle County. A single-engine Beechcraft crashed landed in the front yard of a house in the 3100 block of Preddy Creek Road.

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Update: Mark Obenshain concedes AG race

Republican Mark Obenshain has formally conceded the Virginia attorney-general race. “It’s apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain said at an afternoon news conference in Richmond after calling Democrat Mark Herring to concede and offer his support.

Sam Rasoul endorsed for 11th District House seat by Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner has issued a statement supporting Sam Rasoul’s candidacy for the House of Delegates. This announcement comes as Rasoul unveils the major focus of his first term, working to bridge the gap between educators and the business community so to help grow businesses in the Roanoke Valley.

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Chris Graham: We almost let JFK happen again

Whatever you believe happened in Dallas 50 years ago, this much most of us can agree on. Dallas police and the Secret Service failed to protect the President of the United States, and that failure led directly to his assassination. So you’re thinking, We’ve certainly learned our lessons since JFK. We’re not going to ever again let POTUS get into a situation where buildings on a motorcade route haven’t been swept.

Gov.-elect McAuliffe taps Bill Hazel as Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced his appointment of Bill Hazel as Secretary of Health and Human Resources at a press conference at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond on Wednesday.

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Robert Hurt: Bipartisan budget agreement

I am pleased to report that last week, for the first time in five years, Congress agreed upon a federal budget. The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 by a vote count of 332-94.

Ken Plum: Term limited

Gov. Bob McDonnell has presented a proposed budget to the General Assembly for the next two years. What is unique about the budget is that Gov. McDonnell will not be around to defend or to implement it. The Constitution of Virginia limits the governor to one term.

10th District Congressman Frank Wolf announces retirement

Frank Wolf, whose congressional district stretches from the Washington, D.C., suburbs to the Northern Shenandoah Valley, will not run for re-election in 2014. The news means there will be an interesting and competitive race for the seat held by the Republican since 1980.


Could it be over? Painting work to wrap Waynesboro downtown streetscape

The 500 block of Main Street between Wayne Avenue and Church Street will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for the milling and repaving. Then, except for some line painting, the city should be finished with the traffic detours.