Shenandoah Valley News

VDH: 634,325 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 10,458 deaths

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

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport welcomes back passengers

Staunton City Council votes 4-3 to repeal uncodified emergency ordinance

Free medical clinic coming to Rockingham County Fairgrounds April 10 - 11

Mass vaccination clinic at JMU as CSHD moves into Phase 2

VSP: One in custody, two on the run after police pursuit in Augusta County

  Staunton Schools and City Council $444,000 apart on spending plan

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Properties back on the market after being on hold for Augusta County Courthouse expansion project

Central Shenandoah Health District to move into Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday

NFS ranger explains purpose of recent prescribed burns

Va. Dept. of Wildlife Resources investigating death of 15 birds in Harrisonburg’s Court Square

New law in Virginia bans gay and trans panic as murder defense

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

Harrisonburg Parks & Rec to host online job chat

Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for seasonal, part-time employees as summer approaches.

Community Foundation kicks off Early Giving for Great Community Give 2021

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is celebrating its fourth annual Great Community Give.

  Waynesboro budget includes 3% employee raises, but doesn’t address below market salaries

At 90 cents, Waynesboro has one of the lowest tax rates in the Commonwealth, but the City Manager says in his view, the city continues to fall short on meeting basic service demands on core services.

Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board holds off vote for possible expansion

The Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board has held off a vote for possible expansion in order to give more local officials time for input.

Drones with “dragon eggs” used to start prescribed burns

Shenandoah Valley-based telecommunications company Shentel announces layoffs

Waynesboro man charged with distributing drugs to a minor

Middle River Regional Jail inmates offered COVID-19 vaccine

  Students in Staunton will finish out school year on same hybrid schedule

Virginia Organizing holds car rally in opposition of proposed jail expansion

Vaccine clinics across the Shenandoah Valley prepare for Phase 2

Once Virginia moves to Phase 2 in the vaccine rollout on April 18, everyone age 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and clinics in the Shenandoah Valley are preparing for the higher demand.

Staunton-Augusta and Waynesboro YMCAs hold diabetes prevention and management class

The Staunton-Augusta and Waynesboro YMCA along with Augusta Health have come together to lead a class focused on diabetes prevention and management.

Staunton man charged with online solicitation of a minor

A Staunton man was taken into custody on charges of online solicitation of a minor Friday, April 2, after an investigation that took place over the course of a week.

Former valley Delegate A.R. “Pete” Giesen, Jr. passes away at age 88

Giesen, Jr., spent decades representing the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia’s House of Delegates. He passed away Friday, April 2 at the age of 88.

New free clinic to open in Harrisonburg

After the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic closed its doors at the end of last year, community members saw a need in the community and the idea for the Blue Ridge Free Clinic began.

Central Shenandoah Health District to move into Phase 1C on Friday

Beginning on Friday, April 2, the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) will expand COVID-19 eligibility to include individuals in Phase 1C.

Farmers Markets anticipating growth and success this season

When the pandemic hit in 2020, farmers markets had to shift their operations and rethink how to continue serving customers. While the past year was tough, Project Grows is anticipating seeing more growth and success this year, especially as vaccines continue to be administered.

JMU professor receives grant for project highlighting COVID-19 impact on Latin American community

A JMU professor has received a grant for her project “COVID-19 and Central Shenandoah Valley Spanish-Speaking Communities: Exploring Impact and Perceptions of COVID Toward Enhanced Rapid Response Health Communication and Care.”

Augusta Health provides vaccine clinic update

Augusta Health provided an update for its ongoing vaccination clinics on Wednesday, March 31.

  Grant helps those in abusive relationships find safer situations with their pet

New Directions in Staunton has received a $20,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Augusta County

The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Augusta County Tuesday, March 30.

New vegetable farm to provide thousands of pounds of produce for Waynesboro Public Schools

The Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is working with Waynesboro Public Schools to provide access to not only healthy eating, but to develop student achievement, physical health and leadership skills.

CDC extends moratorium on evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended their eviction moratorium through June 30. It was previously scheduled to end on March 31.

Central Shenandoah Health District works to make sure homebound have access to vaccine

The Central Shenandoah Health District is working with home care services in the valley to make sure those who cannot physically attend COVID-19 vaccine clinics have a chance to be vaccinated.

Augusta County store clerk injured in robbery, suspect arrested

A store clerk in Lyndhurst is recovering after being assaulted during a robbery over a single pack of cigarettes.

Staunton Tourism campaigns creatively during COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic has cast a shadow over Staunton’s major tourist attractions and the city is campaigning creatively to help businesses stay afloat.

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.

Virginia State Police investigate fatal house fire in Stuarts Draft

Virginia State Police are investigating a fire in Stuarts Draft that left one brother dead and another severely injured.

Shenandoah National Park plans prescribed burn

The Shenandoah National Park plans to burn approximately 50 acres of Big Meadows sometime between March 29 and April 22, weather permitting.

  Egg My House - hiding Easter eggs for cancer research

Everyone knows someone impacted by cancer, but not everyone spends countless hours stuffing eggs and playing the Easter bunny to raise money in hopes of a future world free from cancer.

Timberville woman beats COVID-19 after almost four months in the hospital

Kathy Cubbage went into the hospital on December 5, 2020. After 110 days at Sentara RMH battling COVID-19, she is finally being released.

Harrisonburg police report individual in custody after barricade situation at Motel 6

Officers with the Harrisonburg Police Department say an individual is in custody after they barricaded themselves inside a room at the Motel 6 off of South Main Street.

Suspect arrested after standoff in Waynesboro

A man in Waynesboro was taken into custody early Thursday morning after an hours-long standoff.

  New radio show shines spotlight on people behind downtown Staunton

In Staunton, a couple nonprofits are teaming up in a unique way to shine a spotlight on the people who make up downtown.

Shenandoah National Park announces opening dates for spring

Spring is here, so that means facilities at Shenandoah National Park are starting to open.

JMU announces plans for in-person fall 2021 semester

In a letter to the students and community of James Madison University, President Jonathan Alger announced the university’s plans to hold the fall 2021 semester in-person.

  Martin’s Food employees donate time and hams to BRAFB

Employees of Martin’s Food grocery stores lent a hand to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona Wednesday, March 24.

Harrisonburg K-8 students to return on April 26

The Harrisonburg City School Board members heard a proposal Tuesday, March 23, to get more students back to class on April 26.

Sheriff’s office: Missing woman found

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office says Michelle Lynn Fitzgerald was safely located.

Fishersville man denied bond for charges related to riot at US Capitol

Jeffrey McKellop of Fishersville was denied bond for charges related to physically assaulting four officers, including throwing a flag pole that cut one officer’s eye, during the U.S. Capitol riot.

  Waynesboro Council discusses possible Middle River Regional Jail Expansion

Waynesboro City Council talked about a possible expansion and renovation at the Middle River Regional Jail.

Virginia Employment Commission works on unemployment claims backup

Although the number of claims has been trending downward since the spike last March and April, the Virginia Employment Commission says it still is playing catch-up.

Drug and Gang Task Force warns of spike in fatal, non-fatal overdoses

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force wants to warn the public about a recent spike in fatal and non-fatal overdoses.

Virginia State Police investigate fatal accident in Augusta County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Augusta County.

Harrisonburg officer injured investigating animal complaint

Harrisonburg Police report that the officer who was shot during the animal complaint call is recovering from his injuries at UVA Medical Center.

Suspect on horseback flees Lynchburg Police, accidentally hit in roadway; LPD officer on restricted duty pending investigation

A male suspect wanted for violating a protective order was taken to the hospital Saturday night with serious injuries after being hit by a Lynchburg Police vehicle as he was trying to flee authorities on horseback.

81-year-old woman with dementia missing out of Roanoke

Harriet Hodges, 81 of Roanoke, was reported missing after last being seen at her home in the 2200 block of Windsor Avenue SW on Friday.

Affordable senior housing to come to Fishersville

Virginia Housing is financing a four-story development for seniors, and construction of what will be the Gateway Senior Apartments is already underway on Pinnacle Dr.

Fishburne Military School food drive raises enough for 4,000 meals in just two weeks

Fishburne Military School kicked off a food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at the beginning of the month and has already raised enough to provide over 4,000 meals for people in the community, and they’re not done yet.

Augusta Health looking for volunteers for upcoming vaccination clinics

In Augusta Health’s latest vaccine clinic update, the hospital announced criteria changes for upcoming clinics, and said it’s looking for more volunteers to help with future clinics.

VDOT announces overnight I-81 lane closures scheduled for weekends in March, April

The Virginia Department of Transportation is informing residents of overnight lane closures that are scheduled for three different weekends in March and April along I-81 in Augusta County near Staunton.

  Augusta County teachers to get 5% raise, survey shows majority of students will return to class four days a week

Thursday night the Augusta County School Board adopted its budget for next year and it includes an average 5% raise for all school employees. Plus, administrators updated the board on a plan to bring students back for more in-person learning starting April 15.

Fishersville man accused of assaulting officers at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

An Augusta County man, described as a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, is accused of assaulting four police officers at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

JMU COVID-19 dashboard shows increase in on-campus coronavirus cases

Officials at James Madison University are continuing to advise students to stay smart when it comes to the coronavirus after a slow increase of daily positive COVID-19 cases on campus.

BBB Serving Western Va. warns people of stimulus check-related scams

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 17 that 90 million stimulus checks were distributed to Americans. Others may still be waiting for their $1,400 check, and the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia is warning people of some recent scams that have been reported.

JMU announces plans to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies this May

James Madison University (JMU) announced Wednesday afternoon its plans to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies this May at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field.

House fire in Augusta County displaces three

A family of three is displaced after a fire broke out at their home along Stuarts Draft Highway Wednesday morning.

  Waynesboro school leaders improve teacher salaries with 5% raise

In Waynesboro, teachers and all school employees can look forward to a general 5% raise in the coming school year.

Virginia becomes 4th state to ban animal testing

Governor Ralph Northam recently signed the Humane Cosmetics Act, making Virginia the fourth state to ban cosmetic testing on animals and sales of animal-tested cosmetics.

Struggling high school students back to the classroom in Harrisonburg

There was a lot on the agenda for the Harrisonburg City School Board work session Tuesday evening, including the plan to introduce more high school students back into classrooms.

Study: Majority of adults experienced changes in weight during pandemic

According to the American Psychological Association, 61% of adults experienced weight gain or loss since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

  BRCC offering Google program to help jumpstart new careers

Blue Ridge Community College is offering a Google IT certificates program that is geared to help folks get a starting point into a technology career.

VSP investigating fatal vehicle crash in Augusta Co.

The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash that happened in Augusta County Sunday, March 14.

Police investigating shooting incident in Harrisonburg

Officers with the Harrisonburg Police Department responded to a shooting early Tuesday, March 16.

  COVID-19 Response Fund shows power of partnerships, helps thousands in the Shenandoah Valley

The COVID-19 Local Response Fund has helped thousands of people in the Shenandoah Valley, keeping many from financial ruin. Tuesday marks one year since the fund was created.

Fire engine overturns on way to respond to brush fire

A fire engine on its way to respond to a reported brush fire in the Crooked Run/Allen Springs area of Shenandoah County rolled over on Friday afternoon.

Valley licensed clinical social worker says teens continue to struggle through the pandemic

A licensed clinical social worker therapist who works with students seeking help says the pandemic has proven to have gotten harder for teens as each month passes.

Molson Coors says cyberattack has halted operations

The Molson Coors Beverage Company says a cyber attack has halted their brewing operations. The company says the hack has taken its systems offline and has delayed production and shipments.