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LYNDHURST—August 26 is National Dog Day. It’s a day to encourage adoption, acknowledge the plight of animals and, of course, an excuse to show your animal a little extra affection. Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center in Lyndhurst currently has more than 40 dogs they hope to find homes for.

WAYNESBORO — An unexpectedly severe cut in federal and state funding has forced the Valley Program for Aging Services board to trim its budget by $207,500 starting Oct. 1, the agency said Friday. The cut represents about 20 percent of the group's state and federal funding.

Spotlight

In the time it takes you to read this story, five more people will have committed suicide around the world. In the U.S., someone takes their own life every 15 minutes. In all, about 40,000 Americans kill themselves each year. It’s a troubling statistic.

WAYNESBORO—Street artists, music and children’s activities will paint Waynesboro on Saturday with the 2nd Annual Virginia Street Arts Festival at Waynesboro. At 440 North Commerce Street, vivacious colors will replace grey bricks and inspire imaginations.

High school football kicks off this week around the state of Virginia. Six of the seven local teams will get their seasons started this week – Stuarts Draft opens Sept. 2 at Fort Defiance – and this slate of games features a marquee matchup in Greenville.

In politics, the usual advice is to “follow the money” — a phrase popularized in the Watergate movie “All The President’s Men.” That’s why legislators and journalists alike are in hot pursuit of the University of Virginia’s $2.2 billion “strategic investment fund” — or a “slush fund,” if you prefer the phrase of the former rector of the board of visitors, Helen Dragas.

VERONA — Augusta County Republicans reside in a county that has been loyal to their political brand for decades, but they are taking nothing for granted in the November presidential race.

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