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FORT DEFIANCE — Squeals of excitement came from the Fort Defiance High School art room on Wednesday evening. About 30 boxes of art supplies, worth about $22,000, was donated by the James Madison University bookstore.

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WAYNESBORO – Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Jeff Cassell told Waynesboro School Board members Tuesday that the 3 percent proposed salary increase for teachers and other staff is a top priority in next year’s budget. “It’s a priority for the city and for me,” Cassell told two members of th…

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WAYNESBORO — After investigating what at first appeared to be threats made over the weekend against Buffalo Gap High School, police now say the social media posts that caused the concern “appeared to [be] a personal opinion [that was] taken out of context,” according to a statement from the …

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WEYERS CAVE — The message from last week’s business conference at Blue Ridge Community College was not about how to make more money, but how to surround yourself with the best people, while also being the best person you can be for your business.

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The Waynesboro Noon Rotary Club, Berkeley Glenn Elementary School and the school’s PTO got together on Thursday for a highly-anticipated ribbon cutting, celebrating about $8,000 in new equipment for the school’s playground.

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Those at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the latest site of an American mass shooting this week — sent Virginia Tech a unique token of healing more than a decade ago. 

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PARKLAND, Fla. — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FBI’s director to res…

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VERONA — Augusta County School Board members participated in a work session Thursday afternoon. 

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WAYNESBORO —  Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Jeff Cassell unveiled his version of the 2018-19 budget Tuesday night, one that calls for a 3 percent staff raise, five additional teachers and five new teacher's aides — but one that also has a $1.5 million deficit. 

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STAUNTON — The Mary Baldwin University board of trustees recently voted to freeze undergraduate tuition rates in 2018-19. MBU's undergraduate tuition is $30,690 in 2017-18, and will remain at that level for the next academic year.

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WAYNESBORO — Debra Freeman-Belle, executive director of the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry, announced her candidacy for the Waynesboro School Board on Monday. She would seek the seat for Ward C in the upcoming election.

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WAYNESBORO — It was a special Sunday at Waynesboro’s Wenonah Elementary School this weekend, with a focus on both Black History Month, and the crucial task of making sure the community's children understand the importance of literacy and reading.

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Waynesboro Public Schools held their 2018 Spelling Bee at Kate Collins Middle School on Feb. 8 with 20 contestants. It took 21 rounds to name a winner: Emily Hamp of Kate Collins Middle School.

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WEYERS CAVE — On Feb. 15, the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce will do what it does best: bring business owners together at its annual UP Conference at Blue Ridge Community College from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chamber President and CEO Annette Medlin said that the topics for this yea…

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Ainsley Hanson,  a sophomore at Stuarts Draft High School, plays the mellophone in Stuarts Draft's pep band during halftime of the Cougars' boys basketball game against Robert E. Lee on Tuesday. 

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FISHERSVILLE — Two hundred eighty four inquiring middle school minds from Augusta County came to Augusta Expo Tuesday to show their best work at the third annual STEM Expo.

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WAYNESBORO — Kindness is a trait that staff at Kate Collins Middle School likes to focus on with students. On Wednesday, students heard an example from a Waynesboro couple and were assigned a school-wide book study.

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WAYNESBORO — One student was treated at the hospital Friday morning after a Waynesboro Schools bus collided with a Toyota sport utility vehicle at the intersection of 14th Street and Maple Avenue. Capt. Kelly Walker of the Waynesboro Police Department said the student taken to the hospital c…

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WAYNESBORO — The Augusta County School Board must finalize a 2018-19 budget over the next couple of months, and they would like to get the input of parents and county residents before they do so. A public hearing on the budget is set for 7 Thursday night at the board meeting at the Augusta C…

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Cassidy Sadonis is as confident as they come — a trait that will no doubt come in handy as he eyes a possible career in politics.

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WAYNESBORO — Waynesboro School Board Chair Kathe Maneval announced Thursday she would seek another four-year term as the Ward D member in May. Maneval, who has served 12 years on the school board, said there are a number of reasons she wants re-election.

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WAYNESBORO — Fishburne Military School’s Army JROTC Department will provide the Corps of Cadets with Emergency First Response training this semester, the school announced in a press release last week.

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HARRISONBURG — Strong: that’s the word the James Madison University softball team picked for this season’s theme — a theme perfectly epitomized by a brave 8-year-old Churchville girl who signed a letter of intent to join the team in a special ceremony Monday.

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VERONA — The Augusta County School Board received a technology lesson at its annual retreat Thursday from six unique teachers.

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WAYNESBORO — Funding for the renovation of Waynesboro High School could receive a boost of as much as $10 million under a public school grant bill submitted by House District 20 Del. Dickie Bell.

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GREENVILLE — The excitement was built before the first tip was ever tossed in the air.  Fans entered with signs. Family members filled the stands. Media members crowded around the gym. Everyone was there for one reason — Wilson Memorial senior Sarah Sondrol.

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STAUNTON — Students from all local high schools are coming together to present “Lucky Stiff” with the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School theatre department. The show promises laughs and high-energy with a twisted plot.

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WAYNESBORO — People of all ages gathered for the annual march from downtown Waynesboro to the Rosenwald Community Center in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Afterward, a program with speakers was held to share education about history and King’s legacy.

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WAYNESBORO — Preliminary design documents on the Waynesboro High School renovation should be ready by late February, according to Superintendent Jeff Cassell. And if all goes according to plan, construction on the renovation's first phase could begin this spring or early summer, he said.

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WAYNESBORO — Members of the Fishburne Military School Corps of Cadets held a practice march Wednesday in downtown Waynesboro in preparation for their appearance in Saturday's inauguration of Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam in Richmond. 

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STUARTS DRAFT — After 25 rounds — nearly twice as long as the average competition — a champion was finally crowned at  this year's Stuarts Draft Middle School Spelling Bee. School officials think it could be the school’s longest spelling bee ever at the school.

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WEYERS CAVE — More than 90 educators from four Shenandoah Valley school districts gathered Tuesday to collaborate on performance-based assessments for their districts. The school administrators and curriculum personnel from Waynesboro, Staunton, Lexington and Augusta County studied ways to p…

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WAYNESBORO — For 36 years, Jackie Rogers has kept children in Waynesboro safe. As a crossing guard, she’s seen them grow from elementary-age students to college. On the last day before winter break, she worked her last shift before she laid down her whistle.

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WAYNESBORO —  Seventy-five percent of Virginia's public schools — including those in Waynesboro, Augusta County and Staunton — now have internet access that meets or exceeds the minimum standard set by the Federal Communications Commission, according to Gov. Terry McAullife.

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WAYNESBORO — Fishburne Military School has been selected to march in the Virginia gubernatorial inaugural parade in Richmond in January. This comes a year after the school marched in their first presidential inauguration.

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WAYNESBORO — Joy and excitement spread over Wenonah Elementary School students’ faces as they opened their gifts. Members of Waynesboro High School’s Young Women of POWER club delivered each student a bag with a hat and gloves for the winter. When club members learned about the local need, t…

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Across Virginia, school systems are coming up short. Not with budgets, test scores or classroom technology, but with the most vital educational resource of all: its teachers. And it's hitting close to home, with both Waynesboro and Staunton feeling the pinch. 

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WAYNESBORO — Robert E. Lee High Boys Basketball Coach Jarrett Hatcher was charged with driving under the influence first offense Thursday night by Staunton police after a car accident on North Coalter Street in Staunton.

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WAYNESBORO — Berkeley Glenn Elementary School hosted a PTO Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning as area residents enjoyed some hot food, got to see Santa Claus and also enjoyed a performance by the Signature Singers. Despite the snow coming down during the event, people arrived in droves to pa…

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WAYNESBORO — For the fifth year, Fishburne Military School hosted a Wreaths Across America ceremony to honor America’s veterans. 

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STUARTS DRAFT — Vincent Banks is a teacher, advisor, family man and now,  one of several recent recipients of the Dawbarn Education Award from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.

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WAYNESBORO — Julie Stevens works at Kate Collins Middle School inspiring students in physical fitness as both a teacher and a coach. She was recently recognized for her efforts as one of several recipients of the Dawbarn Education Award from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.