Shenandoah Valley News

  VDH: 429,391 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 5,706 deaths

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

  Augusta County SPCA receives over 30 dogs through Wings of Rescue program

Nelson County Public Schools extends remote learning

Two Staunton nursing homes deal with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

  Staunton Council appoints new city attorney, but remains divided on other issues

Appeals court overturns dismissal of Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center lawsuit

MRRJ: 2 additional inmates test positive for COVID-19

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  Crews see increase of trucks getting stuck on sharp turns on Rt. 664 in Nelson Co.

  $40 million Middle River Regional Jail expansion plans presented to Augusta County leaders

  Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley lawmakers split along party lines on impeachment

Two men charged in connection to Staunton murder in court Wednesday

Round Hill Solar Project discussed at Augusta County Planning Commission meeting

  Waynesboro students back in the classroom amid teacher concerns

JMU Professor explains why he and many others call for President Trump’s impeachment

Tim LaPira said the call for removal doesn’t involve political parties and is not for retribution, but to uphold the foundation of our country.

Wayne Theatre hosting science talks

The Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro will be hosting a Science Talk Tuesday, January 12, entitled Virginia’s Biodiversity: An Entomologist’s Perspective.

JMU political science professor clarifies that First Amendment does not apply to social media

JMU political science professor: “Things have gotten out of hand, and the social media outlets have not been responsible enough, they have allowed a great deal of incendiary speech to occur, and they don’t have to. And that’s the bottom line.”

  Staunton students to head back to class for first time since pandemic started

A majority of Staunton students have been learning virtually all year, but that changes next Tuesday when Staunton City Schools implements its hybrid teaching plan.

Shenandoah Valley hospitals say they are prepared to help all patients, COVID-19 or not

13 additional inmates, 3 additional staff test positive for COVID-19 at MRRJ

HFD: Sprinklers contain fire in health care facility, averting serious outcome

  Scammers use COVID-19 vaccine to fuel new fraud

New state law requires permit for some boating access sites

Food and Farm workers in Virginia are next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

  Staunton’s Arcadia Project pushes forward despite COVID-19 pandemic

Performing arts have been hit hard during the pandemic, but that’s not holding the Arcadia Project back. They’re pushing forward to restore the historic theatre in downtown Staunton and to create a space for people to gather.

Jaywalking violations no longer enforceable come March 1

Jaywalking is defined as crossing at a part of a street or road that is not the designated crosswalk.

Authorities offer reward for information on Staunton Habitat for Humanity Restore fires

Authorities are still searching for answers to the two fires that happened at Habitat for Humanity Restore in Staunton. The fires took place in September of 2020, and both were deemed intentionally set.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Preempted “Jeopardy!” episode to air today at 4:30 p.m.

The airing of “Jeopardy!” on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was preempted due to breaking news of the riot at the U.S. Capitol. NBC29 will air the episode, one of the final episodes of Alex Trebek, today at 4:30 p.m.

Police charge Harrisonburg man in connection with Beery Rd. stabbing

A Harrisonburg man is facing a malicious wounding charge in connection with a reported stabbing early Friday.

  Augusta County students to return to the classroom next week

Augusta County Schools anticipates its students will return to the classroom next week as planned after a post-winter break week of virtual learning.

Vehicle removed from Staunton creek

A vehicle was removed from a creek after a driver accidentally drove into it Thursday night.

VSP investigating fatal Augusta County crash

Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash in Augusta County that killed a Waynesboro man.

  Afton Express pilot program approved for funding

A bus route between Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley just got the green light for funding.

Augusta Health provides COVID-19 vaccine clinic update; has administered 1,910 vaccines

Augusta Health released a COVID-19 vaccine clinic update Thursday, January 7, and the healthcare system says some employees have received their second doses of the vaccine.

Wanted Waynesboro man arrested in South Carolina

Dale Franklin Lunsford, a Waynesboro man who has been on the run since last October, has been caught.

How to claim stimulus money in your tax returns for new dependents in 2020

If you had a baby or gained any new dependents under the age of 17 from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020, you may be eligible to get stimulus money you initially missed out on.

  Augusta County Board of Supervisors picks chair and vice chair

A new year means a new vote for the Augusta County Board of Supervisors leaders. Gerald Garber will keep his seat at chair and Butch Wells will step into the role of vice-chair.

VADOC reports 5 COVID-19 offender deaths at Augusta Correctional Center

Wednesday, January 6, the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) reported five offenders have died due to the coronavirus at the Augusta Correctional Center.

  REC offering COVID-19 utility relief funds to qualifying member-owners

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was recently awarded $4.8 million in federal funds. Those funds will be used to assist member-owners who have fallen behind on their electric bill payments due to an covid-19 hardship.

Waynesboro Police Dept. investigating report of gunshots fired at residence

The Waynesboro Police Department took to Facebook to alert the public that a Madison Street residence had been shot with gunfire.

  Staunton Mall businesses respond differently to being ousted

The new owners of the Staunton Mall gave businesses five weeks to vacate. That deadline was New Year’s Eve. Many businesses are now gone, but some are still moving out, while others are going about business as usual.

New Dunkin’ Donuts among developments coming to Waynesboro

In addition to the coffee and donut shop, a few weeks ago, city leaders announced Amazon would be taking over the former K-Mart building on Main Street in Waynesboro for a new delivery center.

Central Shenandoah Health District looking for volunteers

The Central Shenandoah Health District is looking for volunteers to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. The district is calling for people to join the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.

6th District Rep. Ben Cline says he will support objections to Electoral College certification

6th District Representative Ben Cline announced Tuesday he will support objections to the Electoral College certification process on Wednesday, January 6.

Harrisonburg schools create summer program and space for outdoor classrooms

As the first semester for Harrisonburg City Public Schools ends later this month, the school division has already started working on a new program to help students this summer.

Valley Health officials plead with the public to not let guard down

High community transmission rates of COVID-19 have health officials apprehensive for January and February.

Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro school students start the year virtually before hybrid schedules

Some local school divisions brought students back virtually on Monday after winter break. Now in the new year, parents and families are preparing their students for the second half of the first full school year of a pandemic.

Shenandoah Valley tax preparer advises getting a head start on filing your taxes

Now that a new year has begun, some may already be thinking about tax season. A valley tax preparer is advising people to get a head start.

  Staunton/Augusta Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court closed due to COVID-19

Staunton/Augusta Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is slated to be closed January 4-6 due to two staff members testing positive for the coronavirus.

Harrisonburg re-elects mayor, vice mayor

Harrisonburg City Council is re-electing Deanna Reed and Sal Romero to serve as mayor and vice mayor respectfully.

Virginia law enforcement expect heavy enforcement of ban on cell phones while driving

Police say they plan to be aggressive with enforcing this one. First time caught it’s a $125 fine. If you are caught a second time or in a work zone and your forking out $250.

Virginia Mortgage Relief program to offer housing assistance over the pandemic

December 31 marked the last day of the statewide moratorium on evictions in Virginia. Though different restrictions, there is still a nationwide ban on evictions until January 31, 2021.

  Central Virginia and Valley families welcome newborns on New Year’s Day

Several families in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are celebrating the new year, with a newborn!

  Time is running out to apply for LISC rural relief small business grants

The LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program deadline of Tuesday, January 5 is fast approaching. Small Businesses in rural counties with populations of less than 50,000 are eligible, which includes Greene, Louisa, Fluvanna and Nelson among others.

  A rundown of Virginia’s new laws going into effect Friday

2021 is finally here, and with the new year comes new laws throughout Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly passed several bills in 2020 that go into effect Friday, January 1.

Director of Central Shenandoah Health District says COVID-19 vaccine distribution is going well

As vaccines are distributed to Tier-1A of the VDH vaccination campaign, a local health leader said the response has gone well with no major side effects reported.

Staunton YMCA employee leaves to teach in the new year

A YMCA employee said goodbye to her coworkers Thursday. In the new year, she will be teaching fifth grade.

78 additional Middle River Regional Jail inmates test positive for COVID-19

An additional 78 Middle River Regional inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of inmates to test positive since Nov. 25 is 543, out of a total of 795 inmates currently housed.

Waynesboro man arrested on felony warrants related to alleged sexual abuse of a juvenile

Christopher Ricardo Dixon, 34, of Waynesboro has been arrested on nine felony warrants related to an investigation of alleged sexual abuse of a juvenile.

Organizations partnering for food drive in honor of MLK Day of Service

The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham has kicked off its first annual MLK Day of Service Food Drive.

COVID-19 vaccination process begins in Shenandoah Valley long-term care facilities

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling into retirement and long-term care facilities in the Shenandoah Valley and now hundreds of residents and healthcare staff will be ringing in the New Year with their first dose of the vaccine.

  Blue Ridge CASA for Children recruiting volunteers for anticipated surge in cases

Blue Ridge CASA for Children is gearing up for an increase in cases, which means more volunteers are needed to help.

Kirk Cox makes a stop in the Shenandoah Valley Wednesday

Virginia Candidate for Governor Kirk Cox talked COVID-19 relief, education and more Wednesday while campaigning in the Shenandoah Valley.

  New Augusta Health Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic under construction

Construction is underway on a new Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at Augusta Health.

SHD officials say number of travelers increased during holiday season

Officials for Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport said they saw an increase in travelers throughout the holiday season.

SNP encourages artists to apply for 2021 Artist-in-Residence program

The Shenandoah National Park is encouraging artists to apply for the 2021 Artist-in-Residence program.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Rockingham County

The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash in Rockingham County.

Almost $3M invested in Rockingham Co. hemp fiber, CBD extraction facility

A Rockingham County hemp facility is making a big investment. Nearly $3 million will help Pure Shenandoah in Elkton expand its CBD extraction and hemp-fiber processing.

State and federal aid opportunities for BRCC students

As colleges gear up for the spring semester, a local college is seeing a dip in enrollment, but there are resources for those who want to head to class.

  Waynesboro teacher petitions school leaders for virtual learning until COVID-19 numbers are down

A Waynesboro teacher is petitioning school leaders in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County to provide virtual-only learning until COVID-19 numbers are down.

VADOC reports four COVID-19 offender deaths at Augusta Correctional Center

The Virginia Department of Corrections COVID-19 data dashboard reports four offenders at Augusta Correctional Center who tested positive for the coronavirus have died.

Massanutten Resort accepting nominations for giveaway to recognize deserving community members

Massanutten Resort wants to hear about deserving members in the community for a special giveaway they are calling New Years Cheers.

$400K in CARES Act Funding headed to nonprofits in Staunton, Augusta Co.

Grants totaling $400,000 are heading to 42 nonprofit organizations in Staunton and Augusta County.

  Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library hosts virtual birthday celebration

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum hosts a virtual birthday celebration amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Industrial hemp company to invest $3.3 million to establish facility in Virginia

According to a press release from Governor Ralph Northam’s office, Shenandoah Valley Hemp, LLC, doing business as Pure Shenandoah, will invest nearly $3.3 million to establish an industrial hemp fiber processing and cannabidiol oil extraction facility in the Town of Elkton.

HFD: No injuries reported in Allegheny Avenue house fire

The Harrisonburg Fire Department is crediting the quick actions of a neighbor for helping to alert folks that their house had caught fire.

Harrisonburg Police Department announces retirement of officer and K9 partner

The Harrisonburg Police Department has announced Officer Tim Wright and his K9 partner Doerak will retire from HPD effective January 1, 2021.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Shenandoah County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in Shenandoah County on Dec. 22.

Update: Wanted Deerfield man arrested

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Robert Paul Haines has been arrested.

One taken to hospital after shooting at Valley View Mall, avoid the area

One person was taken to the hospital following a shooting at the Valley View Mall in Roanoke.

Staunton Police Department searching for endangered adult

A Staunton man, missing since Christmas Day, is considered to be in danger due to a medical condition. The Staunton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the man.

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office delivers bikes to children in community

For the third year in a row, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office made the holidays a bit more special for some local children.