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Augusta County delaying start of school year by two weeks; in-person and all-virtual instruction will begin same day

The first day will be later than planned and masks will now be required — but Augusta County Public Schools are moving forward with a plan for in-person instruction. Read more

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Coronavirus outbreak: COVID-19 stories in and around The Valley

To help keep the community informed about critical developments during the current COVID-19 pandemic, The News Virginian has dropped its pa…

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Black advocacy group opening headquarters in Waynesboro on Saturday

RISE, a local Black advocacy group, will hold a grand opening ceremony on Saturday for their new space in Waynesboro.

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Augusta County supervisors table vote on Craigsville property donation

Craigsville Mayor Richard Fox asked supervisors to not accept F&M Bank's request to donate their property to the county.

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Camp LIGHT to hold fourth annual live auction charity event

While tickets sold out quickly for Camp LIGHT's fourth annual live charity auction, there are still way to participate in Saturday's 50s themed event.

Local News

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Augusta County’s Pre-Charge and Litter program receives 2020 achievement award

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) announced the 21 recipients of the award last week. 

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Waynesboro neighbors: Obituaries for August 13

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Appointment-only COVID-19 testing coming to Buena Vista

Preference for testing at this event will be given to symptomatic individuals or contacts of a known COVID-19 case.

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Waynesboro neighbors: Obituaries for August 12

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Sports

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Virginia offers opportunity of fall season to JMU players with NFL dreams

The James Madison football program announced the suspension of its fall season Friday. By Sunday night, two of the team’s best defenders announced their intentions to transfer to Virginia.

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After blowing late lead, Cardinals on the brink of elimination from RCBL playoffs

After letting a late lead slip away against New Market on Monday night, the Grottoes Cardinals find themselves one loss away from elimination in the RCBL playoffs. 

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RCBL playoff glance

A glance at the Rockingham County Baseball League playoffs. 

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Will they play? Uncertainty abounds as Virginia football team kicks off fall camp

UVa football coach Bronco Mendenhall said Monday he’s unsure of where the ACC currently stands on the season, but he won’t be shocked by any change. Like March, prior to the cancellation of spring sports, the situation feels unsteady.

State and Regional

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Liberty University and Falwell: A bond that's hard to break

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Rural families without internet face tough choice on school

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Report: Pennsylvania falls behind in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

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Seeking solitude and social distancing, vacationers turn to campgrounds, lake rentals and RVs

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced vacationers to alter plans. But rather than give up altogether, many travelers are seeking more remote options. It’s translated to a boom in business for RV dealers, campgrounds and Smith Mountain Lake home rentals.

Opinion

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Pyles: Building a courthouse in a flood plain is irresponsible

The Augusta County Board of Supervisors is being incredibly irresponsible by spending $70 million on a courthouse in Staunton’s flood plain.

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Pingel: How food, and our differences, can unite us

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Letter: Waynesboro police professional, dedicated

News Virginian readers thanks Waynesboro Police officers for their care during a recent welfare check. 

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Editorial: Why are so many school board members elected unopposed?

Virginia has elected school boards. It just doesn't have many contested elections for those boards.

Crime

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State GOP leaders bringing legislation to increase transparency of Va. Parole Board decisions

A state senator has filed a bill for the upcoming special session that would require the individual votes of the parole board be made public.

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Stuarts Draft man pleads guilty to child-sex offense two decades ago

Michael Dwight Harmon, of Stuarts Draft, pleaded guilty Friday to indecent liberties with a child.

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Convicted Waynesboro motel murderer dies awaiting transfer

The Stuarts Draft man convicted of murdering a Waynesboro woman in a city motel was found dead in his jail cell Wednesday.

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Sheriff's office looking for stolen camper in Waynesboro

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a camper that was stolen in Waynesboro.

Government

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Virginia educators try to fill void of digital divide as schools prepare to reopen

Long-term solutions are on the horizon, but students need internet now. These educators are trying to bridge the connectivity gap.

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Augusta County Board of Supervisors clear way for recreational area near Dooms

The Augusta County Board of Supervisors approved a rezoning request near Dooms Crossing Road and Eastside Highway to allow public use of land in the area for recreational fishing, boating, picnic area and boat launch.

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Freitas wins GOP nomination to take on Spanberger in 7th District

Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, will take on Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, in November.

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Bobby Henderson named Waynesboro mayor for next two years

Ward C Waynesboro City Councilman Bobby Henderson was selected the city’s mayor Monday night.

Trending

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Pumpkin spice is back earlier than ever! Why do we love it so much?

PSL season came early this year

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Watch Now: The latest on Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2020

Hear the latest on what's happening out there as the rally is soon to come to a close.

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5 facts you might not know about Dr Pepper

The history of Dr Pepper

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SpaceX crew returned to Earth and other space news you missed

SpaceX crew returned to Earth on Sunday!

National

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Virus update: Survivors' blood might save others' lives. If only we could prove it

The problem: Docs moved too fast to do a formal study, so the use of blood plasma to treat COVID-19 isn't proven. Plus: New virus guides for parents, and data showing virus spread in our state and nation.

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Study hints, can't prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it's not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer.

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How to recognize Covid-19 symptoms in children, based on pediatricians' advice

Are parents really supposed to be reassured by all this talk about "mild" cases of Covid-19 in children? What about the unfortunate "few" youngsters who have died or come down with a strange and severe associated illness?

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Wildfires have scorched about 100,000 acres in 3 states. The weather could make things worse

Officials in California, Oregon and Colorado are battling a series of wildfires that have collectively torched about 100,000 acres -- and things could get worse this weekend with intense heat set to descend on much of the US.

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