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VSP investigating fatal crash on Route 522 in Orange County

Virginia State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in Orange County that left a 22-year-old woman dead.

Virginia’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine allocation set to dip by over 100k doses next week

Allen & Allen to accept nominations for Hometown Heroes award

Results of chronic wasting disease surveillance in Virginia released

  CRHA prepares for resident relocation as Crescent Halls undergoes major renovations

10 years since Robert Lee Hourihan disappearance, cold case still open

  Rotary Club of Fluvanna Co. collecting food for those struggling during pandemic

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Kings Dominion hiring 2,100 for summer reopening, raises hourly pay for seasonal employees

Owner of Richmond assisted living facility federally indicted for allegedly stealing $800K in residents’ benefits

  COVID-19 cases in kids rise in Charlottesville area, experts caution potential ‘4th wave’

Black bears spotted in Waynesboro; what to do if you encounter a bear

  Infectious disease experts discuss vaccine hesitancy among Republican adults

Police investigating possible connection between two deadly shootings in Richmond

Charlottesville allocates extra $1.5 million for FY22 budget, sets up vote later in April

The city has just over $1.5 million more dollars to allocate it shared at its Monday night meeting because there was more revenue than expected.

Want to help restore the James River? Have a beer!

A new partnership involving a Charlottesville brewery is raising money to help restore the James River.

BRHD entering Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution on April 12

The Blue Ridge Health Department announced it will enter Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution on April 12. At that point, everyone 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine.

‘Vax hawks’ help thousands in Central Virginia find vaccine appointments

One Facebook group called ‘RVA Vaccination Hunters’ is helping people find the specified shots they want, and troubleshoot any other questions.

  Wineries dodge icy bullet, survive late frost

  Parade Rest Virginia asks for community help in honoring military enlistees

Tom Sox hosting golf tournament to raise money for upcoming season

  2 bills designed to help Virginians with special needs signed by Gov. Northam

Albemarle County committee discusses how to promote helpful recycling habits

University of Virginia’s “Brighter Together” light show continues at Rotunda

Company aims to bring P.E. class to kids learning virtually

A new company is looking to help student’s get moving, even if they’re stuck learning virtually.

Green Leaf Medical opening drive-thru dispensary in Short Pump

The location will be up and running in four months.

  Central Virginia localities prepare to potentially form regional cigarette tax board

Albemarle and Fluvanna counties were among the localities that spoke in favor of the potential board at a virtual meeting of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

  Federal lawsuit filed against former Charlottesville police officer after he unlawfully detained a man

A now-former Charlottesville police officer is named in a federal lawsuit after he unlawfully detained a man in January.

Power outages cause Fluvanna Co. schools to close

Mother Nature did a number on the power grid in Fluvanna County Wednesday, March 31.

  Charlottesville-area representative backs Northam’s marijuana legalization amendments

Delegate Sally Hudson is praising Governor Northam's new marijuana legislation proposals, saying they are very likely to pass.

Rep. Spanberger hosts virtual town hall to discuss mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Rep. Spanberger hosted a virtual town hall with medical experts from around the commonwealth on Wednesday night.

Piedmont Housing Alliance updates Eviction Protection Program plans at city meeting

During a housing subcommittee meeting on the Charlottesville Human Rights Commission, Michael Monaco gave an update on Piedmont Housing Alliance’s Eviction Protection Program.

VSP investigating fatal crash involving deputy with Culpeper Co. Sheriff’s Office

The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash between a car and an on-duty deputy with the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.

  Nonprofit asking for donations of old sneakers across central Virginia

With donation locations now at places all around central Virginia, Houses of Wood and Straw is asking for sneakers, in any condition, to be donated instead of thrown in the trash.

  UVA Health doctors answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, importance during town hall

As more Virginians are on the verge of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, UVA Health Drs. Dan Engel and Ebony Hilton took the time to answer questions to help people make informed decisions.

Man convicted of murdering man in 2019

A man has been convicted of murdering a man in 2019 in Louisa County.

  Greene County man files complaint with Gov. Northam over BRHD, GCPS handling of son’s COVID-19 isolation

A Greene County man says his son is being excluded from school and kept off the football field by Virginia health officials and his own school district in a dispute over the length of COVID-19 quarantine.

  Charlottesville organization gives $4.25 million grant to fund purchase of hotel, soon to house homeless

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation gave $4.25 million to the Piedmont Housing Alliance to purchase the Red Carpet Inn. Soon, the former hotel will be home for many who need it most.

  Gordonsville Municipal Airport gets $1M grant for runway rehab project

Gordonsville Municipal Airport is set to receive more than $1 million for runway, taxiway and apron rehabilitation projects.

14-year-old arraigned, held at detention center for murder of Va. teen

The 14-year-old boy charged with the murder of a Henrico County teen will remain at the Juvenile Detention Center following his arraignment.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Greene County

The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Greene County over the weekend.

  Vietnam War and Foreign Conflicts Foundation holds open house in Nelson County

Vietnam War And Foreign Conflict Foundation hosted an open house event giving people a look at some history

  Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company fundraising with scavenger hunt

The Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company hosted a social-distanced, drive-thru scavenger hunt to get people out and about in the community.

One dead after Greene County traffic crash

An early morning traffic crash killed one person in Greene County.

  Charlottesville Councilors Hill, Snook respond to Mayor Walker’s Facebook poem

Charlottesville City Councilors Heather Hill and Lloyd Snook released a joint statement in their first public comments about Mayor Nikuyah Walker’s Facebook poem.

  Charlottesville’s B.U.C.K Squad hosts party for kids on South First Street

On Friday, they gave the community a chance to get books from the Free Book Bus, eat pizza, see the inside of a rescue truck, and even get a fresh haircut.

  Virginia still expects to meet May 1 deadline for everyone to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

On a conference call this afternoon, Dr. Danny Avula said although the commonwealth is receiving nearly half as many Johnson & Johnson shots as expected this week, the timeline does not change.

Students protest University of Richmond’s decision to keep controversial names on buildings

Students protested the university's decision to leave the names of former school leaders on two campus buildings, despite their connections to slavery and segregation.

  NBC29 bids farewell to Sharon Ketcham

Friday was a bittersweet day for the NBC29 team. It was Sharon Ketcham’s last day with us after 14 years. Join us as we take a look back at her incredible career.

Despite frost challenges, 2020 vintage “good quality” wine makers say

Wineries are getting ready for growing season, and bud break is just around the corner. Despite losing many grapes to frost last spring, wine makers say the 2020 vintage has turned out to be quality, if not quantity.

16 dogs removed from Louisa County home

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office animal control removed 16 dogs from a home on Louisa Rd. on Thursday.

  Orange and Madison counties move into vaccination Phase 1c

There are some parts of the commonwealth in Phase 1c of COVID-19 vaccinations, and one is not that far away from the Blue Ridge Health District.

IMPACT pushes for affordable housing, childhood education policy at Nehemiah Assembly

The group of religious organizations had two priorities: affordable housing and preschool.

‘No man left behind:’ Farmville detective organizes service for Vietnam veteran

A detective from the Farmville Police Department organized a funeral service for a Vietnam veteran that passed away in January.

Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Atkins answers questions about new job at Virginia Dept. of Education

Less than two weeks after she announced her retirement, Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins is preparing for a new job.

‘Walking Dead’ show films in Richmond

Scenes for “Walking Dead, The World Beyond” are being filmed on Oregon Hill Parkway, near the Lee Bridge.

  Charlottesville City Council introduced new credit card policy

After weeks of discussion, and some confusion, Charlottesville City Council may have clearer guidelines for when and how it can use city credit cards.

Louisa County missing woman found safe

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office has reported a woman missing.

  Housing development in the works for Nelson County

A total of around 180 condos, cottages, and homes are expected to be built in the Renaissance Ridge development. It will be located off of Route 151, near the Stoney Creek entrance to Wintergreen.

  Western Albemarle High School football coach shares challenges of COVID-19

It has been a wild on-again, off-again several months for high school football. Western Albemarle High School’s football coach is just happy there are games to be played.

  Charlottesville to expand pedestrian and bicycle space on Belmont Bridge

The city says it’s not only to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe from traffic but also COVID-19.

  Former Gordonsville VFW Post, baseball field eyed for craft brewery location

The former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Gordonsville could look very different if a proposed change is approved.

Central Virginia Legal Aid Society explains rent relief rights

The Central Virginia Legal Aid Society gives advice on your rights as a tenant for the rent relief program.

  Jefferson Pharmacy hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinic bringing access to people in Fluvanna County

A small pharmacy is having a big impact by operating a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Fluvanna County.The Jefferson Pharmacy is hosting the clinic at the Lake Monticello Fire Station.

  Passenger numbers increase at area airports as more people receive COVID-19 vaccine

Area airports are seeing more passengers now that people are getting vaccinated and warmer weather arrives.

  15-year-old raises thousands to help fellow teenage cancer patients at UVA Children’s Hospital

The money has gone back to UVA Children’s Hospital for a ‘teen’ room with video games and movies for teenagers just like Luke.

  Orange County Fire/EMS partners with Orange Family Physicians to offer 12th COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Orange County Fire/EMS, Orange Family Physicians, and Orange County Schools partnered to provide their 12th COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Prospect Heights Middle School Friday.

  Charlottesville crafting ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ based on feedback from business owners

Dozens of business owners from around the city shared their experiences during the pandemic on a Zoom call.

  Senator Mark Warner on how the American Rescue Plan benefits Virginia

All totaled, 3.6 million Virginians will receive more than $9 billion in relief from the American Rescue Plan. On Thursday, Congressman Mark Warner talked about how it benefits the commonwealth.

Convicted Va. sex offender heads back to prison after violating probation

A Charlottesville convicted sex offender is headed back to prison after violating his probation, according to the Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

  Charlottesville, Albemarle County schools prepare for in-person graduations following Northam’s announcement

They may not be full of the usual hugs and handshakes, but in-person graduations look to be moving ahead in Virginia.

  Ray Szwabowski, running for Charlottesville’s top prosecutor job, outlines priorities on Facebook Live

Szwabowski, a former public defender, says he wants to be an advocate for criminal justice reform.

  Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad raises concerns over city funding issues

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS) says it is in jeopardy due to funding issues with the city.

  Dozens of grants awarded to teachers in Louisa County

School officials gathered Wednesday to hand out 34 Innovative Grant awards to teachers in Louisa County.

Scientist and policy expert: Environmental protection can help prevent next pandemic

Dr. Jamie Reaser, a researcher and policy expert in environmental protection and health, says preventing the next pandemic boils down to protecting the environment.

  Free virtual art classes for kids begin in April

Second Stage Amherst, a nonprofit art center, is offering free virtual art classes for children every Friday in April from 3p.m. to 3:45p.m.

Owner of reported canine training facility in Orange County accused of animal cruelty

Orange County sheriff’s deputies say they seized a dozen dogs from 60-year-old Shawn Deehan’s property.

  Fork Union woman gets water well fixed free of charge

Barbara Hill once again has running water, but the service came with a surprise.

  Albemarle County Supervisors ask questions, praise parts of schools’ budget

Many of the board members' questions showed evidence that they want students to be able to make up for in-person learning they missed because of COVID-19.

Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery finds creative way to host tasting

Afton’s Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery is going high tech when it comes to contactless tastings.

Devils Backbone brewing March Madness themed beer

Devil's Backbone brewing up beer for March Madness

  American Rescue Plan will have impact on many in central Virginia

American Rescue Plan will soon help businesses and families in need