Tag: winter

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Gas prices falling into September: AAA

Ahead of the switch over to cheaper winter-blended fuel on Monday (September 15), the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $3.41 per gallon Friday, down three cents from the previous week.


September 10

Glenn Beck, God love ‘im, liked to remind us how unified we were as a country on September 12, 2001. (Whatever happened to the Beckster, anyway?)


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Blue Ridge Parkway prepares for fall travel season

The Blue Ridge Parkway is expecting a robust fall visitor season along the 469-mile linear national park which offers breathtaking scenic beauty and a wide variety of educational and cultural experiences.


Earth Talk: Tar sands oil development’s impact on birds

Each year tens of million of migratory birds “overwinter” in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract of mostly uninhabited coniferous woodlands and wetlands stretching from Newfoundland to the Yukon.


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September is National Prepardness Month

September is National Preparedness Month; reminding us that natural calamities may strike at any moment.


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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.


Ken Plum: Conservation as a way of life

The quality of conservation that necessity brought to my parents and their peers is a quality that necessity will once again bring to our society.


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Turf collar installation complete at Norfolk State

Work was recently completed on the installation of an athletic turf home plate collar at Norfolk State’s Marty L. Miller Baseball Field, the latest in a recent series of improvements to the Spartans’ home facility.


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Lower corn yields expected in 2014/soybean, cotton and peanut yields up

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the 2014 corn crop in Virginia is forecast at 51.8 million bushels, down seven percent from last year.


Need-to-know football rules changes for 2014 season

Since 2011, The National Football Foundation (NFF) has partnered with Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating (CFO), to help generate awareness for the rule changes in college football through a series of regular columns distributed by the NFF.


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Marquee games put pressure on UVA football early

If you’re UVA football, and you’re on a nine-game losing streak, and your coach is on the hot seat, and you’ve got road trips to BYU, Florida State and Virginia Tech to look forward to, maybe you want to start the season with a layup, to huild some confidence.


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Dangers of leaving your pet in a hot, parked car

With the summer months upon us, pet travel is at it’s height and it’s time for a reminder about the dangers of leaving your pet in a parked car.


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Study: Continued honey bee colony loss in the Commonwealth

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today the results of the 8th annual national survey of honey bee colony losses conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP).


Professional truck drivers urge Virginians to follow safe driving tips during Fourth of July holiday

The Virginia Trucking Association is urging the more than 1 million Virginians that AAA projects will travel by automobile during the July 4th holiday to practice cuation and patience to ensure our roads are safe.


Time for some fresh Virginia peaches

Virginians looking for the perfect peach to sweeten their summer won’t have to wait much longer. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the state’s peach season has started with the first early varieties.


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Sweet corn crop coming in sweet, thanks to rain and heat

Virginia’s sweet corn crop is benefitting from the advent of summertime heat. “It’s the most amazing crop you’ve ever seen in Northern Virginia,” said Tom Davenport, owner of Hollin Farms in Fauquier County. “The rain is causing it to grow like crazy.”


Shepherd Bliss: Black Oak Down

The tall, old black oak had split right down the middle of its deep, wide trunk. Though on my neighbor’s farm, it anchored my farm. It now lay slit down its center, broken, crashing across the fence.


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Virginia wheat forecast up from May

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia’s winter wheat production is forecast to be higher than thought a month ago.


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Chris Graham: What if McAuliffe were to veto the budget?

With Phil Puckett’s resignation throwing control of the State Senate back to Republicans, it’s looking like the budget stalemate that has tied up local and state government since the winter will lift as soon as Thursday.


GMO Answers tackles Top 10 consumer questions

GMO Answers, an initiative committed to creating conversations about GMOs and food production, conducted a national survey earlier this year and has been answering a question a week online at gmoanswers.com.


Survey leads Snowshoe Resort to add family summer program

Fresh off of a record-breaking 40th winter ski season celebration, Snowshoe Mountain today announced new additional programs and events will be added this summer to continue to draw in families across the Mid-Atlantic.


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Analysis: The Virginia state budget impasse endgame

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates holding off the inevitable deal on Medicaid expansion need to declare whatever victory they can and get moving toward setting a state budget for 2014-2016.


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Smaller wheat crop forecast for 2014

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia’s winter wheat crop is expected to total 15.9 million bushels this year, down 7 percent from last year’s crop.


Lt. Gov. Northam battles for Virginia’s National Guard

In preparation for today’s congressional hearing on proposed reductions to the National Guard, Lt. Gov. Ralph Norham sent a letter, in partnership with other lieutenant governors from throughout the country.


Book signing featuring Seamus McCree author James M. Jackson

Financial crimes investigator Seamus McCree returns in this thrilling sequel to Bad Policy. With his house in Cincinnati in ruins, Seamus retreats to the family cabin for some well-earned rest and relaxation.


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East Rockingham Senior Center at Valley Mall & Golden Corral

On April 14, 15 members and staff persons from East Rockingham Senior Center enjoyed a field trip to Valley Mall. Fifteen Center members got their daily exercise walking through Valley Mall. Several members took advantage of the opportunity to do some much needed shopping.


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Virginia general fund revenue collections up 7.8 percent in March

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that general fund revenue collections increased 7.8 percent in March, with solid gains in individual nonwithholding, corporate income tax and the insurance premiums tax.


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Creigh Deeds: The guest that would not leave

It is with some pride that I can report that on the 25th of March, the first daffodil bloomed in my yard. However, I can also report that bloom was soon covered with snow as winter is playing the part of Gilda Radner in that old Saturday Night Live skit about the guest who would not leave……speaking of guests that will not leave, the General Assembly is still in session.


Virginia growers expected to plant additional cotton, peanuts

After a cold and wet early spring, Virginia farmers are ready to get their crops in the ground. Corn plantings across the state are behind schedule. Cotton and peanut producers are expecting to plant more acres this year, while producers of other major row crops are pulling back a bit.


Dinner Diva: Time to get rid of the winter grime!

Winter is over, and the days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning.


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Corn and winter wheat acreage down from 2013, cotton and peanuts up

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Virginia’s corn producers intend to decrease acreage in 2014 to 500,000 acres.


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Randy Forbes: Trading potholes for progress

As the snow thaws to warmer months, new potholes and signs of road deterioration are certain to appear on our daily commutes. Although this is the reality of a harsh winter, it also serves as a reminder of how quickly our transportation and infrastructure can wither.


Tuesday JMU baseball game vs. Liberty postponed

Monday’s winter storm that deposited up to a foot of snow has forced the postponement of JMU’s scheduled baseball game on Tuesday against Liberty. No information is available at this time on a rescheduled date.


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Randy Forbes: Some relief in heat energy costs

In October of 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 90% of homes were expected to have higher heating costs this winter as compared to last year.


Gov. McAuliffe announces revenue decline

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced that state general fund revenue collections declined 3.4% in February. There was a solid gain in individual income tax withholding but that was offset by declines in retail sales, insurance premiums tax and recordation taxes.


Pen Pal Club Started Between Two Senior Centers

After a health program at the Staunton Senior Center and Waynesboro Senior Center on how to spice up the winter months, a new Pen Pal Club has formed.


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What caused the Rocks Mountain fire?

Shenandoah National Park personnel have determined that the cause of the Rocks Mountain Fire was an illegal campfire. The fire, which was reported to the park at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, had burned approximately 450 acres inside Shenandoah National Park.


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AAA; Record-breaking pothole season not over?

Snow, rain, cold, and wild temperature swings add up to one thing: potholes shaking up motorists on back roads and highways alike. Motorists across the Commonwealth have been calling AAA after hitting these bone-jarring craters.


Birds Continue to Be of Interest at Staunton Senior Center

Even though no birds have yet to be spied at Staunton Senior Center’s new bird feeder, there is some evidence of visits, according to bird enthusiast, JoAnn K., a new member at the Center.


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Snow causes schedule changes for UVa., VMI, JMU baseball

The Wednesday (March 5) UVa.-Old Dominion baseball game has been postponed because of inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at Davenport Field.