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  VDH: 179,639 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 3,643 deaths

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

  Second amendment sanctuary city meeting shows majority of Staunton residents who spoke don’t want it

Reward offered for information on man stealing, vandalizing political signs in Louisa County

  Virginia Early Childhood Foundation gives Charlottesville area grant to improve education

  Potential bike / pedestrian path over Rivanna River near Riverview Park discussed

Virginia Democrats, Richmond registrar negotiate agreement following lawsuit on absentee ballot issue

Virginia residents say they’ll appeal removal of Lee statue

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  Universities, legislators working to meet climate action goals by 2050 or earlier

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  Three central Virginia localities help pace state in early voting, record turnout predicted

  Viewer Halloween fun

  Virtual and Drive-In Virginia Film Festival a success

  Veteran pumpkin carver brings Halloween spirit to UVA’s Special Collection Library

Tropical Storm Zeta causes crashes, flooding in Roanoke Valley

Tropical storm Zeta blew through the Roanoke Valley in just a few hours, but drivers certainly felt its impact. Several crashes were reported throughout the region thanks to rain, slick roadways, and low visibility.

  Crozet Library hosting drive-through pumpkin carving display

The Crozet Library is asking to display your carved pumpkins this year. Pumpkins will be presented on Friday October 30th from 6pm-8pm at the front entrance of the Crozet Library lit up for all to drive by and see.

Virginia Ready expands job training program

Virginia Ready is looking to assist more workers who may have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gordonsville gets grant to resume renovations on train depot

Gordonsville is resuming renovations on the freight depot located beside the Exchange Hotel.

  Fitness center raising money for UVA mobile mammography unit

Madison County vineyard expanding

VMI votes to move Stonewall Jackson statue

Greene Co. Sheriff’s Office seizes 3 horses from Stanardsville area

Jerry Falwell Jr. sues Liberty University, saying school damaged his reputation

Mincer’s UVA Imprinted Sportswear owner battling brain tumor

  Ruckersville woman offers hope to seniors feeling alone during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has been isolating and lonely for some seniors, but one Ruckersville woman is sharing her story and reminding folks that it’s OK to ask for help.

Missing 13-year-old Louisa teen located

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and Louisa Police Department are searching for a missing 13-year-old boy.

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

Help is on the way for nonprofits and county employees, and plans for a courthouse expansion will be appealed to Staunton City Council.

  Albemarle County gives update on broadband projects, new funding

At a time when reliable internet is so important for virtual school and remote work, “That’s just how life is. We’re going to try to do the most good for the most people with the least money," said Bucky Walsh, a member of ABBA.

Central Virginia schools cancel/change learning model ahead of expected inclement weather

Some schools in Central Virginia are making changes to their learning model or canceling school ahead of expected inclement weather as remnants of Hurricane Zeta move through the region.

  ’Tricks at IX’ continues with ‘Clay of the Dead’ art class

Joe Vena led the group, and he let the kids be creative with their artwork, encouraging backstories and names.

  Gov. Northam expands eligibility for nonprofits, small businesses to apply for grants

Governor Ralph Northam announced on Wednesday that more nonprofits and small businesses will be able to apply for grants through the Rebuild VA Grant Fund.

  Ridge Street Priority Neighborhood Task Force discusses projects for community block grant funding

The Ridge Street Priority Neighborhood Task Force met Wednesday night to begin the process of determining where the next round of Community Development Block Grant funding will go.

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

Augusta Health has a new genetic screening program that is helping people who are considered high risk prevent the development of breast cancer.

  Charlottesville, Albemarle, UVA look to move forward on equity MOU

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Charlottesville City Council, and leaders with UVA gathered on zoom Wednesday to tackle the issue of equity.

  Bride sues Albemarle County vineyard for cancelled wedding

Bride sues Pippin Hill for $32,000 in deposits she made for a wedding cancelled by the pandemic.

  Early voting totals soaring in Charlottesville, Albemarle County

Early voting numbers are booming in central Virginia.

Staunton businesses anxious about Zeta

With the remnants of Zeta on its way to the area late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, some business owners are on edge on the chance of several inches of rain after the two flash floods in August.

Judge: Virginia can’t count some ballots without postmarks

A judge has ruled that Virginia elections officials cannot count absentee ballots with missing postmarks unless they can confirm the date of mailing through a barcode.

  5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman tackles Bigfoot conspiracies in new book

5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman just released a book that is poking a little fun while tackling some serious issue.

  UVA Children’s Hospital still bringing the spirit of Halloween to its halls

Halloween is on Saturday and children currently at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital will be celebrating with onesies, coloring books and, of course, candy.

Rockingham County auto body shop uses ozone to sanitize cars

An auto body shop in Rockingham County has found a way to sanitize cars from the threat of COVID-19 and other viruses, and it’s only a 10-minute process.

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

This October would have been Zeus Digital Theaters in Waynesboro’s 10th anniversary of showing films in the Shenandoah Valley. Rather than a large celebration for the community, the owner says he’s just trying to get moviegoers to come back to the theater.

Virginia health officials issue COVID-19 warning over small gatherings

Governor Ralph Northam will be giving a briefing on the update to Virginia’s response to COVID-19.

  Albemarle Co. business offering Halloween-themed car wash

If you are looking for good clean fun this Halloween then you might be interested in the haunted tunnel at Clean Machine Car Wash.

Upgrades made after cut fiber line caused outage to registration portal

Virginia election officials say repairs and upgrades have been made to a network line that was cut earlier this month, which shut down the Virginia Department of Elections and other agencies.

Small businesses, nonprofits encouraged to apply for Rebuild VA Grant

Governor Ralph Northam announced that the eligibility criteria expanded and the amount a business could receive has increased through the Rebuild VA Grant.

  Albemarle Co. hydrants getting a face lift through ‘Art on Fire’ project

Artists have an opportunity to showcase their work through the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative’s “Art on Fire” project.

Gov. Northam signs laws advancing police, criminal justice reform in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam announced he has signed new laws that will advance police and criminal justice reform in the state.

  Gov. Northam delivers briefing on COVID-19 in Virginia, discusses upcoming elections

Governor Ralph Northam held a briefing to provide updates on the state’s response to COVID-19 .

Wason Center poll shows Biden in 12-point lead among likely Va. voters

The poll shows Biden is leading with 53% with President Trump at 41%.

MRRJ: Officer tests positive for COVID-19

MRRJ announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, that it was notified Monday evening about a transportation officer testing positive for the coronavirus.

Richmond judge makes ruling in Robert E. Lee statue case

A Richmond judge has ruled to dissolve the temporary injunction that was blocking the Robert E. Lee statue from being removed along Monument Avenue.

  CACF announces recipient of Shaping Futures Grant

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has announced a new recipient of the Shaping Futures Grant.

  Poll workers of all ages stepping up in Albemarle Co.

Poll workers are in high demand as more Virginians take advantage of early in-person voting.

  Charlottesville DSA: show up for court if you’re facing eviction

The Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America say it has seen an increase of reports of landlords telling tenants they don’t need to show up for court.

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

The Staunton Historic Preservation Commission said ‘no’ to Augusta County’s plan to tear down four historic buildings and build a five-story expansion of the 1901 courthouse.

Free virtual hiring event set for Thursday

The Virginia Employment Commission is hoping to help jobseekers get back to work with a free virtual hiring event.

  IMPACT Charlottesville pushes affordable housing reform, plans next advocacy efforts

As the group works with Albemarle County supervisors to tackle affordable housing, they prepare to turn their focus to another issue: childcare and education.

  Drive-in theater coming to Ruckersville

Greene County's Board of Supervisors Tuesday night approved a special use permit for a drive-in movie theater in Ruckersville.

  VDOT presents plans for new diverging diamond pattern near I-64 exit 124

VDOT presented their plans to the Pantops Community Advisory Committee on Tuesday night for a new diverging diamond pattern on Route 250 near exit 124 off I-64.

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

The Central Shenandoah Health District is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing Wednesday morning, followed by a free flu vaccine clinic in Verona.

  VDH rolls out new K-12 COVID dashboard to track school outbreaks

VDH now has a new dashboard to show you which localities and which schools have COVID-19 outbreaks in progress. This will include all K-12 public, private, charter, and independent schools.

  Senator Tim Kaine hopeful Democrats will flip the Senate

Senator Tim Kaine says if Democrats can flip the Senate in their favor on Election Day, a COVID-19 package is more likely.

  Reservations may be the future for visitors to Shenandoah National Park

While Shenandoah National Park is seeing record attendance, staffing and funding is an issue.

Electric school buses roll out across Virginia

Electric school buses that are a part of the Dominion Energy Electric School Bus Program made their debut Tuesday in Campbell County.

  Four confirmed case of COVID-19 in Greene County Public Schools

Four cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Green County Public Schools. Three staff members at Ruckersville Elementary School and one staff member of William Monroe Middle School have tested positive.

  UVA creates music care package program

UVA is now offering musical care packages for people to send virtually or in-person as a way to help performers engage with the community, with the proceeds going back into the artist community.

  UVA School of Medicine wins HEED award for ninth straight year

For the ninth consecutive year, the University of Virginia School of Medicine has earned a national award for its “outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Rockbridge County awarded $770,000 in broadband funding

Rockbridge County will be able to expand its broadband thanks to CARES Act funds.

VDH website to be down for routine maintenance on Oct. 31

The Virginia Department of Health’s website will be offline on Oct. 31 for routine maintenance.

Amazon hiring for more than 3,300 seasonal jobs in Virginia

In Virginia, Amazon has a starting wage of $15 per hour.

Virginia Health Information launches dashboard comparing hospital quality data

The Virginia Health Information has launched an interactive dashboard that compares hospital quality data throughout the state.

Harrisonburg Regal Movie Theatre to close permanently

The Regal Movie Theatre in Harrisonburg will close permanently, according to a press release from the landlord of the building.

  Can you vote without a mask in Virginia?

Wearing a mask in packed spaces to protect everyone from COVID-19 has been stressed for months, but do you have to wear one to vote?

  UVA Health offering COVID-19 Testing at four Charlottesville-area locations

The University of Virginia Health system is ramping up its community COVID-19 testing efforts, now offering hundreds of tests a week at four locations.

  Valente Pasta in Charlottesville sees sales soar after spot on ‘The View’

A pasta company in Charlottesville is making national waves after appearing on 'The View.' The owner says she’s seen the biggest sales ever.

Gov. Northam announces additional $116 million for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education

Governor Ralph Northam announced an additional $116 million from the CARES Act for colleges, universities and medical schools in the commonwealth.

Community divided over Washington and Lee University’s name

The school in Lexington said in a statement last week that it received 14,000 responses to a survey it has conducted as it examines issues of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials warn against intimidation or harassment at the polls

The commonwealth’s attorneys and chiefs of police for the city and county issued a joint statement Tuesday morning asking people to be respectful and responsible when exercising their right to vote.

  7th District race nears record donations in a state congressional race

The race between Democratic incumbent Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Republican challenger Del. Nick Freitas has raised nearly $11 million as of the last filing deadline.

Police: Virginia man found in car trunk after crash in Miami

Miami-Dade police said authorities found the body of an aspiring hip-hop artist inside the trunk of a Virginia man’s car after he crashed on a Miami highway.

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

As of Oct. 26, the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard reported 20 active positive cases, with 13 isolation beds in use.