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Chris Graham: Not the wisest political move, Mr. Mayor

The move, to say the least, is not wise, in that it basically confirms the substance of what City Councilman Mike Harris had had to say about Lucente

Incumbents sweep in Waynesboro

Mayor Frank Lucente, Vice Mayor Bruce Allen and City Councilman Tim Williams swept to victory in contested races for seats on Waynesboro City Council Tuesday. Lucente’s win over former City Council member Lorie Smith in the At-Large race was something of a surprise. Smith, also a former School Board chair, had the backing of several […]

Chris Graham: Medicine

We have, unfortunately, experience with losing elections – we being progressives in Waynesboro, loosely defined. And I say loosely defined because the word progressive means something very different in Waynesboro than it does just about everywhere else in the country

Chris Graham: Can’t cut your way to prosperity

The quickest way to lose 50 pounds is to cut off a limb. Thwack. Right there, you’ve cut 25 percent off the top without having to do more than get anethesized

Mayor, incumbents put on defensive on land deal at forum

Mayor Frank Lucente was on the defensive at a Thursday night candidates forum on the issue of the controversial $3.5 million land deal that his City Council agreed to with two former political supporters. “I think in the long run we made a good deal. If I was doing a business deal, I would do […]

If it’s broke, fix it

“Government isn’t designed to do a whole lot. It’s working the way our founding fathers planned for it to.” At least Tim Williams is being honest about where he’s coming from. The quote is from a story in the News Virginian on Sunday looking at the long-delayed South River Greenway, which I’ve been writing about […]

Young, younger, youngest

Story by Chris Graham Tim Williams is young for a city mayor at 43. But Williams, entering his second year as mayor of Waynesboro, has nine years of experience in city government under his belt dating back to his term on the Waynesboro School Board. That makes him the grizzled veteran of the young mayors […]

In search of a leader on development

I give the News Virginian hell often enough that it is only fair of me to give kudos to the paper when deserved, and it’s deserved in the matter of the call in a Wednesday editorial for somebody on Waynesboro City Council to step forward and take the lead on downtown. I’ll take their call […]

A new political calculus in Waynesboro

A “Fractious Faction”? Or just good politics? The News Virginian raised the issue in a story-editorial package in its July 1 edition, a year to the day that Tim Williams was elected by his peers on City Council to serve as mayor and head up what we all assumed then was going to be a […]

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mayor

City employees working up to 5 p.m. this busy Christmas Eve might be interested to know that I ran into our hardworking mayor this morning, and that he was hard at it.

Staunton gets Christmas Eve

Waynesboro City Council famously didn’t see fit to give city employees a half-day for Christmas Eve, evoking images of Scrooge and the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. So what do we make of Staunton City Council now that it has voted to give not a half-day to city employees, but a full-day?

Waynesboro at a crossroads

We all knew that we were on the verge of an economic downturn. I was selling one approach to dealing with what was to come – redoubling efforts in the economic-development sphere with an eye toward working to attract new industry in recognition of the apparent fact that the plant on the South River overlooking […]

The Grinch That Stole Christmas (Eve)

“I don’t want to be the Grinch That Stole Christmas,” City Councilman Bruce Allen said Monday night, as he proceeded to Grinchily steal Christmas Eve from city employees. On the table was a proposal from Councilwoman Nancy Dowdy to give city employees a half-day off on Christmas Eve, which this year falls midweek on a […]

Videocast | City leaders discuss fee increases

Waynesboro City Council is moving forward with its consideration of proposed fee increases related to the provision of city water, sewer and refuse-collection services following a brief Monday-night public hearing in City Hall. AFP editor Chris Graham reporting. Length: 2:35.

Pay increase for city council?

Waynesboro Mayor Tim Williams has proposed a pay increase for members of Waynesboro City Council. What do you think? Should city-council members be paid more? Should they be paid at all? Sound off.

Only three and a half more years of this, and it’s all over

Five sentences, and so much contained therein. It’s not Christmas yet, but Reo Hatfield is doing his part to play Santa. “They will NOT vote for an increase,” the former Waynesboro vice mayor declared in a letter to the editor published in the News Virginian today, referring to political allies Frank Lucente and Bruce Allen, […]

Mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money

A pay raise? In a time of economic downturn? When we have a hiring freeze in place to try to keep city spending down? How dare those liberals on city council propose such a thing! And how brazen! I mean, it’d be one thing if we were talking about $1,000 a year across the board, […]

City leaders come together, look to future

“What are you doing, Bruce? Are you daydreaming?” Waynesboro Vice Mayor Frank Lucente asked City Councilman Bruce Allen during a break in Friday’s City Council planning session as Allen gazed out a window from the council chambers in the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building toward the corner of Main Street and Wayne Avenue. “Thinking,” Allen […]

Waynesboro: Moving forward with the Wayne

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Wayne Theatre project seems to have cleared what had appeared to be a substantial political hurdle. “This is an important occasion that marks the beginning of hard work and determination coming to fruition. The Wayne Theatre has become an example of the effectiveness of public-private relationships and has been […]

Waynesboro: My bad timing

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I wrote earlier – and facetiously – about Jim Gilmore’s good timing regarding his visit to Waynesboro to talk with the editorial staff at The News Virginian on Monday hours before Waynesboro City Council voted 3-0 to pass the Gilmore no car tax buck on to city taxpayers. And now […]

A big day for Tim Williams

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I’ve never seen Tim Williams nervous. I mean, he sings in front of large crowds, he benchpresses 300 pounds in the gym, and the guy doesn’t flinch. I don’t know that he was terribly nervous today, except that the usually stoic and reserved Williams was working the room before the […]

Make Tim the mayor already

Fear and Loathing in Waynesboro column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net If what I was told is right, Tim Williams isn’t as much considering a run for mayor as a run for mayor is being considered for Tim Williams. And I’m guessing what I was told is right. The Man Who Otherwise Would Be Mayor, Frank […]