FISHERSVILLE — Dr. Tom Pereles is not only a local orthopedic surgeon who performs intricate hip and knee replacements on patients each week, but a Waynesboro resident with deep ties to the community served by Augusta Health.

STAUNTON — Robert E. Lee’s basketball fraternity of career 1,000-point icons welcomed its newest member. Jarvis Vaughan walked through the fabled doors with his first basket Saturday afternoon, and the Leemen made it a day of celebration by routing the Stonewall Jackson Generals 70-26 in a Shenandoah District boys’ basketball mismatch at the Paul Hatcher gym.

Raising the federal gas tax to help pay for highways and restrain federal deficits is a good idea whose time never seems to come. It has been a quarter-century since the last increase, during which time the per-gallon tax of 18.4 cents has lost nearly 40 percent of its value in real terms. 

RICHMOND — Outgoing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted his record on economic development Wednesday in his final annual address to state lawmakers, yet said his proudest achievement was restoring voting and other civil rights to thousands of felons who had finished their sentences.

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