Shenandoah Valley News

VDH: 100,749 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 2,327 deaths

Check here for the latest Virginia Department of Health statistics on the status of COVID-19 in Virginia.

Staunton recovering after major flooding on Saturday night

Middle River Regional Jail sees three COVID-19 inmate cases since March

JMU Football’s suspension of a fall season affecting local businesses

Waynesboro man charged with second-degree murder

Protest planned in opposition of Luray mayor

Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday starts today and runs through midnight Sunday

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Augusta Co. Public Schools approves staggered start dates for fall semester

Stuff the Bus kicks off in the Shenandoah Valley

  Storms cause damage across central Virginia and Shenandoah Valley

Masks all day for Staunton students and staff

Country star Kane Brown appears in selfie with employee at Virginia travel center

Emergency SNAP benefits to be available again in Aug. for Virginians

Augusta Co. woman accused of embezzling $95K from trucking company

According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, the agency received a complaint in May for possible embezzlement and an investigation revealed thousands had been stolen from Crosby Trucking Service.

Va. mayor makes statement following controversial Facebook post

Following a racially-insensitive Facebook post allegedly written by the mayor of Luray, Barry Presgraves made a statement on his Facebook page.

  Augusta County Diversion and Litter Control program receives award

Augusta County is being recognized for its pre-charge diversion and litter control program with the 2020 Achievement Award.

  Free breakfast and lunch for all students at Staunton Public Schools

This year, for the first time, every student in Staunton Public Schools can get free breakfast and lunch. From Pre-K through high school, there's no charge, and no application required.

  Great American Outdoors Act to fund much needed maintenance projects at Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir looks forward to this year

VSP investigating fatal crash in Rockingham County

Harrisonburg City Public Schools discuss what virtual learning and teaching will look like this fall

Former vice president of Bridgewater Retirement Community charged

Hershey Company boot camp taking place in Staunton

Harrisonburg restaurants prepare for college students’ return

Harrisonburg restaurant workers say they are preparing for the influx of students which includes working on their social distancing set-up or possibly closing some parts of the restaurant.

  Staunton Public Library sees record digital usage

At the Staunton Public Library, people are borrowing more digital content than ever.

Town of Luray rejects racism and plans to discuss mayor’s controversial Facebook post

Following a racially-insensitive Facebook post allegedly written by the mayor of Luray, the town issued a statement saying it rejects racism and is committed to working together with the community through understanding, compassion, and opportunity.

  Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by Congress.

COVID-19 rapid testing prioritized, continuing problem

Four and a half months into the coronavirus pandemic and rapid testing for COVID-19 remains scarce for some. Many people getting tested are not getting results until a few days later.

Talking to your kids about the COVID-19 pandemic may be beneficial, especially with school coming up

The COVID-19 pandemic can be hard for people of all ages, but one relationship expert said talking to your children about what is going on is always a good idea.

Basement partially collapses in Augusta County during heavy rains

A home along the border of Staunton and Augusta County is unsafe after part of a basement wall collapsed Monday.

  More than 100 Waynesboro teachers and staff concerned about in-person teaching

With the first day of school just two weeks away in Waynesboro, more than 100 teachers and staff are asking school leaders to reconsider in-person instruction.

SVEC to return more than $4 million to members

On Monday, the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative announced they will be giving back more than $4 million to members they worked with last year.

Virginia Lottery introduces fast-drawing game with prizes up to $1 million

The Virginia Lottery is launching a new game with drawings every four minutes and prizes up to $1 million.

Deputies search for stolen camper

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a stolen camper.

Shenandoah National Park sees 10 percent visitation increase from last year

Shenandoah National Park is happy to welcome visitors back after COVID-19 closures.

Pediatrician’s advice on helping your children keep their mask on

We are about a month away from some local children heading back to school and most school districts may require your child to wear masks throughout the entire school day.

Sen. Mark Warner discusses schools reopening during virtual town hall

Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Bobby Scott held a virtual town hall on Facebook Friday to discuss issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Lives Matter sign vandalized at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waynesboro

Rev. Oakley recently saw a Facebook post that showed pictures that a sign at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship had been vandalized. The word "Black" was been scribbled out, and the word "ALL" was written on either side of a Black Lives Matter sign.

The Center Yoga in Harrisonburg holds virtual classes during COVID-19 pandemic

The Center Yoga in Harrisonburg is one of the many fitness businesses that has had to change how they hold classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The day after having to close March, the studio immediately began offering virtual classes.

Staunton police issue warning after rabid cat attack on Moore St.

Police say a person was attacked by a cat in the area of Moore Street on Tuesday, July 28. The animal was captured, and tested positive for rabies.

Firefighters spend hours battling blaze at Shenandoah Waste Service Facility

Firefighters spent almost four hours battling fire at the Shenandoah Waste Service Facility along the 3400 block of U.S. 340 Business West.

Police reopen case of Virginia woman’s disappearance

There are three unsolved “cold case homicides” in Harrisonburg.

  Central Shenandoah Health Director says schools can safely open

The Central Shenandoah Health District’s Director, Laura Kornegay, says schools in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County have put the preventative measures in place to safely open schools on August 18.

Coffey’s Garage sees uptick in battery service needs

The extreme summer heat and the pandemic are causing more people to have to get their car batteries serviced.

Staunton man warns community of car wrap scam

Sometimes when things seem to be too good to be true, they are. That was the case for one Staunton man who shared how he almost fell victim to a car wrap scam.

More pregnant women choosing natural births over hospital births during COVID-19 pandemic

Harrisonburg's Brookhaven Women's Health and Natural Birth Center, has seen an increase of about 50% of interested mothers to be.

Local schools, universities prioritize mental health of students and staff during pandemic

As students get ready for school, whether it be online or in-person, local school and university leaders say the mental health of those students is a top priority.

Local organization sees increased need for mental health services during pandemic

A valley organization is seeing the need for mental health support for youth and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Valley Organization sees increased need for mental health services during pandemic

The Augusta Resources for Resilience, Opportunity and Wellness Project is seeing the need for mental health support for youth and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Waynesboro Cans for Cancer raising thousands for children’s cancer research and treatment

In Waynesboro, a group of city employees has raised thousands of dollars to support children's cancer research and treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Waynesboro Public Schools announces new tools for communication

Waynesboro Public Schools has introduced a couple of new tools for communicating with the community.

Suspicious seeds have been mailed out in the Shenandoah Valley

After reports of some people in the Virginia receiving unsolicited seeds originating from another country by mail, a Woodstock woman said she received them Tuesday.

Appointment only drive-thru COVID-19 testing scheduled in Stuarts Draft

The Central Shenandoah Health District will hold free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Stuarts Draft on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Testing is by appointment only.

Staunton Equity Coalition pushes for city to enact the Marcus Alert System

After Marcus Peters was fatally shot by Richmond police while experiencing a mental health crisis, his family has been calling to implement the "Marcus Alert" system. Now, the Staunton Equity Coalition is working to get the alert enacted in Staunton.

Virginia health experts say to wash cloth face masks daily

Health and safety leaders have stressed the importance of wear a face mask to slow the spread of COVID-19, but keeping masks clean or discarding disposable masks is also important to not spread germs.

Harrisonburg to reopen municipal facilities next week

The city of Harrisonburg will reopen most of its municipal facilities next week, with safeguards in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staunton police investigating fatal crash on Richmond Ave.

Staunton police say one man is dead and another has serious injuries after a crash on Richmond Avenue Tuesday, July 28.

Best Buy to close stores on Thanksgiving Day

The electronics company stressed the availability of online and mobile shopping options and says it plans to offer its best deals of the season earlier than ever.

  Staunton Salvation Army sending kids to school with supplies, fresh haircuts

On Friday, the Salvation Army in Staunton is hosting Summer Celebration, celebrating the end of summer and the start of school less than a month away.

Dry weather in the Shenandoah Valley is affecting farms

North Mountain Homestead saw a dry start to their planting season and they say they’re grateful for any rain they get.

Staunton’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel removes some signs from property

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in Staunton has been planning to change its name since last month.They took the first steps toward doing so Monday.

JMU aiming to help students with job searches during COVID-19 pandemic

For the second year in a row, James Madison University was voted the best college in Virginia for getting a job, according to the U.S. Department of Education statistics. During the coronavirus pandemic, the university’s Career and Academic Planning Center has been looking to help students.

  Waynesboro city leaders giving citizens more time to catch up on utilities

Waynesboro City Council passed its third emergency ordinance Monday night during a virtual meeting. The City extended the zero penalty and interest and interest for late or non-payment of utility fees to September 14.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Augusta County

Virginia State Police have identified the victim of a fatal crash involving a dump truck last week in Augusta county.

Waynesboro man charged with child sex crimes in Augusta County

A man accused of accused child sex abuse is behind bars without bond charged with 10 felonies.

VEC to host ‘Back to Work’ virtual job fair Tuesday

If you’re one of the thousands of Virginians without a job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a virtual job fair on Tuesday through the Virginia Employment Commission.

Augusta Co. announces disaster recovery grants for sole proprietors

Grants are being offered to local businesses in Augusta County. The Disaster Recovery Grant Fund will help owners who have seen their business take a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Rockingham Co.

Virginia State Police are investigating a recent crash in Rockingham County that took the life of a Harrisonburg woman.

VDOT launches new I-81 improvement tracking tool

The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched a new way to track improvements to Interstate 81.

Valley Homeless Connection is searching for landlords with available rental units

The COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in homelessness has led to more people in the Shenandoah Valley needing a place to call home. Valley Homeless Connection has money to help but they are searching for landlords who can help by offering a space for those in need to live.

Route 11 Yard Crawl canceled

The 16th Annual Route 11 Yard Crawl, which usually takes place the second weekend of August, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shenandoah Spirits Trail receives WanderLove Recovery Grant

The Shenandoah Spirits Trail, which spans from Harrisonburg to Winchester and Frederick County, received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s WanderLove Recovery Grant.

Harrisonburg City Public Schools confirms 2 positive COVID-19 cases

The Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ Central Office will be closed to the public until August 7 due to two employees testing positive for COVID-19.

JMU offers “COVID-19 in Perspective” course this fall

James Madison University offered a course over the summer semester called “COVID-19 in Perspective” that is now extended to students in the fall.

Augusta Co. Sheriff’s Office reports rape investigation

Daryl C. Riley, 39, of Grand Rapids, Mich. has been charged with rape and strangulation, according to a news release from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

BRCC expects increased fall enrollment due to COVID-19

After announcing fall reopening plans, most Blue Ridge Community College students will be enrolled in online-only courses.

Staunton City Council discusses Gypsy Hill Golf Course, face coverings in Thursday work session

Ahead of Thursday’s city council meeting in Staunton, members met for a work session to discuss a number of topics. One of them being the use of face coverings around the Queen City.

1 hospitalized after crash involving dump truck, pick-up truck in Augusta County

At least one person was rushed to the hospital after a crash in Augusta County on Thursday afternoon.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry reports recent decrease in demand

Volunteers with Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Albemarle County say they haven’t been serving as many people for the past several weeks.

  RISE rallies for later school start in Waynesboro

RISE, an organization that aims to give people of color a voice, hosted a rally Thursday night in Waynesboro.

  Mary Baldwin University forms Coalition for Social Justice

Mary Baldwin University in Staunton has formed a Coalition for Social Justice. It’s a response to what’s been happening nationally and plans to tackle issues like systemic discrimination, racial inequality, and the legacy of slavery.