Shenandoah Valley News

Veterans, Gold Star families, and fifth grade students to receive free admission to national parks

Beginning Veterans Day on November 11, all U.S. armed service veterans and Gold Star dependents will be eligible for free admission indefinitely.

  Augusta County to appeal courthouse expansion decision, support employees and nonprofits

New program at Augusta Health working to prevent breast cancer in high-risk patients

Staunton businesses anxious about Zeta

Rockingham County auto body shop uses ozone to sanitize cars

Zeus Digital Theater hangs on during pandemic and continues to show new movies

MRRJ: Officer tests positive for COVID-19

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  Staunton’s Historic Preservation Commission says ‘no’ to Augusta courthouse expansion

Free virtual hiring event set for Thursday

  CSHD to offer COVID-19 testing, flu shots in Verona Wednesday

  Reservations may be the future for visitors to Shenandoah National Park

Harrisonburg Regal Movie Theatre to close permanently

  JMU reports low COVID-19 numbers following students return to campus

  Waynesboro city leaders vote to close Basic City railroad crossing

UPDATE: Waynesboro City Council approves plan to vacate a railroad crossing at 7th Street and Commerce Avenue.

Mobile home destroyed in fire in Broadway

A fire destroyed a mobile home in Broadway Sunday evening. The owner and her two dogs were inside at the time, but luckily no one was severely injured.

How to stay safe from COVID-19 this spooky season

Trick-or-treating this year? Make sure you follow safety guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Staunton man taken into custody after 8-hour standoff with police

Witnesses reported that Douglas B. Truslow of Staunton was armed with a gun and threatening a group of people on Miller Street Friday evening.

  “Rally to Save Staunton” held in opposition of proposed courthouse expansion

Staunton man charged with DUI in fatal ATV accident

The Marching Royal Dukes of JMU are keeping the music alive

Staunton City Schools asking for input from parents on which learning model they prefer

I-81 Advisory Committee discusses improvement program for corridor

Staunton mourns the loss of mentor, teacher coach, Alphonso Hamilton

JMU announces spring break plans, changes to academic calendar

James Madison University released its spring break plans and other changes to the spring semester on Friday, October 23.

Sheriff’s office searching for missing Staunton woman

According to the sheriff’s office, 56-year-old Karen Sue Koogler was last seen at her home Wednesday, October 21. She may be driving a grey 2012 Subaru Outback with Virginia registration KNK-6076.

  Staunton leaders make CARES funding available to nonprofits

In Staunton, city leaders are stepping up to help out the nonprofit sector.

SHD prepares for possible increase in holiday travelers

Holiday travel this year is bound to look different, and the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is doing all it can to prepare for a possible increase in travelers.

Multiple election signs reported stolen in Augusta County

Since August, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said there have been about 21 reports of stolen signs. While they said there is not a specific area of the county that’s being targeted, a few of the most recent reports were along Cattle Scales Road.

  Augusta County receives $600K for substance abuse program

Augusta County will receive $600,000 of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to support the Litter Control program, which is designed to help low level substance abusers.

The pumpkin people have returned to a Virginia town to honor a community member

For the past five years, the town of Woodstock has brought its Halloween spirit to Main Street by adding some new members to the town.

Police warn of phone scammers pretending to be with VSP

Virginia State Police are warning residents of a common phone scam that is making its rounds again.

VSP investigating fatal Augusta County crash

Virginia State Police is investigating a crash in Augusta County that killed a Lexington man Wednesday.

Staunton woman charged in connection with Augusta Co. crash

A Staunton woman has been charged with failure to maintain control after investigators say she crashed into a car Monday night.

  Waynesboro Family YMCA pivots during COVID-19 pandemic

The Waynesboro Family YMCA has pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic not only to help the community but also to survive.

Free flu vaccine event to be held in Waynesboro Saturday

A free flu vaccine event will be coming to Waynesboro this Saturday, and no identification or insurance card is required.

Waynesboro police arrest two suspects in separate reports of vehicle break-ins

The Waynesboro Police Department reports that two arrests have been made in regards to two separate incidents of vehicle break-ins in the city.

  Waynesboro’s Zeus Digital Theater experiencing sign issues

The Zeus Digital Theater in Waynesboro is having issues with letting people know it is even open.

  VIDEO: Fire Marshal’s Office concludes investigation into Harrisonburg explosion, security camera footage released.

The Harrisonburg Fire Marshal’s Office has finished its investigation into the explosion and fire that happened on Saturday, Oct. 17, on Miller Circle.

Voters should expect a delay in final election results

Although many will be eager to see the outcome of this year’s presidential election, with a large number of people choosing to vote through mail-in ballots, there is likely going to be a delay in final results.

Radford University fraternity chapter faces interim suspension for COVID-related violations

Radford University administered 270 COVID-19 tests, 59 of which were positive. University officials said half of the cases were attributed to an off-campus party hosted by the Rho Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Augusta Co. Sheriff’s Office to host drug take-back event Oct. 24

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a collection site later in the week for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Recording studio leveled in Saturday explosion hopes to rebuild in the Friendly City

Blue Sprocket Sound recording studio was one of the businesses destroyed in the weekend explosion. Owner Chris Jackson said he and some clients finished up a session Friday night and is thankful no sessions were booked early Saturday.

Staunton council to hold public hearing regarding Second Amendment

In Staunton, a special meeting over the second amendment is now planned for next week.

  Waynesboro High School phase one construction almost done

Phase one of the Waynesboro High School project is almost complete, and just in time for students as some start to return to the classroom for additional support.

More Virginia colleges scrap traditional spring break

A growing number of Virginia colleges are announcing that spring break will be canceled or modified in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Harrisonburg drop off locations for Drug Take Back Day announced

The Harrisonburg Police Department and the DEA are encouraging the community to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 24.

  Virginia State Police investigate head-on crash in Augusta County

A car and a pickup truck collided in the area of Route 250 and Galena Road, not far from Jake’s Convenience store.

BRITE Bus offers fare-free rides to polling places

BRITE Bus is helping voters in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro region get to the polls fare-free.

  Staunton City Schools forming Equity Committee

Staunton City Schools is forming an Equity Committee made up of school and community members, and students. The committee will help develop the division’s first-ever equity plan.

Cause of explosion at Miller Circle in Harrisonburg determined

The Harrisonburg Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the explosion and subsequent fire at Miller Circle Saturday morning was the result of a natural gas leak inside the building.

Sheriff’s Office: Stuarts Draft man faces felony charge after throwing skateboard at occupied vehicle

Officials say a Stuarts Draft man is facing a felony charge of “shooting or throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle” after he threw a skateboard at a vehicle last week.

Officials: No more victims in Virginia explosion that hurt 5

Fire officials have determined there are no additional victims from a weekend explosion and fire that injured five people in Virginia, the city of Harrisonburg announced Sunday night.

  Staunton Legacy Tree Project holds first day of planting trees

Trees are being planted in effort to make Staunton a healthier place

Explosion reported on South Main Street in Harrisonburg Saturday morning

An explosion was reported on South Main Street near Wendy’s and El Charro. Officials say at least three people have been transported from the scene, two in serious condition.

Experts say seasonal depression during the pandemic will be common

Following the start of the pandemic, the client load at the ARROW Project more than doubled.

Staunton extends and expands ‘Dine Out in Downtown’

The City of Staunton announced the extension of the Dine Out in Downtown initiative through the new year and expanded it to include shopping over the holiday season.

  Early elementary program in Staunton opens during pandemic

In Staunton, a privately early learning center has opened during a pandemic, but also in part because of the pandemic.

Four allegedly robbed at knifepoint in Gypsy Hill Park

Staunton Police Department officials responded to a report of a robbery in Gypsy Hill Park where a group of three juveniles and one adult were allegedly robbed at knifepoint by two juveniles.

VSP investigating fatal motorcycle crash in Augusta Co.

VSP says 58-year-old John D. Spitler Jr. of West Virginia died at the scene along Route 252, near Cale Spring Road, Thursday.

Former Shenandoah Harley-Davidson dealership owner to host Freedom Relief Ride XII

This weekend, Bob Ladd is putting the old Harley Davidson dealership building outside Staunton to use by hosting his Freedom Relief Ride XII to raise money for charity.

Rockingham Co. Public Schools to start hybrid model Nov. 16

Starting next month, more students will return physically to class in Rockingham County Public Schools as the school division returns to its hybrid model plan.

Man killed in Augusta County motorcycle crash

A man died after a motorcycle crash in Augusta County on Thursday afternoon.

Staunton City Schools celebrate Farm to School month by providing local produce for families

Staunton City Schools provide meals for students during the week, and now with help from a $10,000 grant from the Mid-Atlantic-Food Resilience and Access Coalition, the district can provide entire families, not just students, with fresh local produce alongside their meals.

  Staunton nonprofits petition city leaders for COVID relief

In Staunton, people are signing an online petition, urging the city to relieve local nonprofits, utilizing CARES act funding.

Crews respond to house fire in Augusta County

Fire officials are investigating after a house fire Thursday morning in Augusta County.

VSP responds to two-vehicle crash in Augusta County following alleged pursuit

Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in Augusta County on Wednesday following an alleged pursuit in Bath County.

Waynesboro Kindergartners to return to in-person learning Oct. 19

Kindergartners in Waynesboro will soon have the opportunity to be back in the classroom, five days a week

Staunton Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee seeking city input on Greenway Plan

The city of Staunton’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking city input on their Greenway Plan. The committee expects to present the plan for consideration to Staunton City Council and then receive comments from the public.

JMU schedules virtual commencement for December grads

James Madison University announced the college will host a virtual commencement in December for the Class of 2020.

Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center provides pandemic-friendly programming

The Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center provides a safe space for the LGBTQ community to find information on mental and physical health.

Rockingham County man arrested after pursuit into Augusta County

A Rockingham County man wanted on 17 charges was arrested Wednesday morning in Augusta County after leading police on a chase.

Harrisonburg decides to keep gathering limit at 50

The Harrisonburg City Council chose to keep the gathering limit on events in the city at 50 people.

  Waynesboro Public Schools to increase in-person option for some students

Waynesboro Public Schools is opening up the option for in-person learning to more of its youngest students beginning next week.

Waynesboro Parks and Recreation, YMCA, Office on Youth host “Bike It”

The Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Waynesboro YMCA and the Office on Youth to host “Bike it,” a program teaching children how to ride their bikes safely.

  Relief checks coming to Staunton residents impacted by August flooding

Checks are going out this week to more than 50 homeowners and renters in Staunton impacted by the August flash flood.

  New committee aims to better Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Golf Course

A new committee in Staunton aims to take the city’s 100-year old golf course in the right direction.

Physicians stress importance of breast cancer screenings

October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, so physicians at Sentara RMH Medical Center emphasize how it is more important than ever to come in for a mammogram, even during a pandemic.

VSP investigating fatal Augusta Co. crash

Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash along Interstate 81 that killed a South Carolina man last week.

Harrisonburg City Schools received over $1.1M in CARES Act funding

Public schools in the Shenandoah Valley received millions of dollars, but all funding must be spent on COVID-19 resources and preparedness like testing supplies, PPE, sanitization, and technology for distance learning.

  Wayne Theatre launches online music, acting and performing arts program “Studio Wayne”

This fall, the Wayne Theatre has launched Studio Wayne, a program of online classes conducted through Zoom for children and adults.

  Staunton civil suit highlights friction between City Council members

In Staunton, a City Council member is taking two others to court. The case is still pending after an initial hearing was continued, but it’s providing insight into potential friction between council members.