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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:45 am

Heavenly Harp Duo performs today

The Heavenly Harp duo, featuring harpists Karin and Joy Gunderson, will be giving a concert at 7 p.m. today at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 500 South Wayne Ave., in Waynesboro. There is no admission charge; offerings are accepted. For more information, contact Grace Lutheran at (540) 949-6171 or visit the website CDs and DVDs will be available.

Stone Soup hosts book signing

Author Lynn Coffey will be on hand this Saturday, Sept. 14 at Stone Soup, 908 W. Main Street in Waynesboro, for a book signing. Coffey will be visiting and signing her latest release “Appalachian Heart,” which details the history of the Scots/Irish who live in the mountains of Virginia. The book is now available at Stone Soup for $20 with a black and white photograph of Coffey. Saturday’s event will run from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (540)-943-0084 or visit

Goodlatte to hold open door meeting Sept. 17

A member of 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte's staff will hold an open door meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Waynesboro Public Library.

The meeting is scheduled for the first floor meeting room fomr 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is located at 600 South Wayne Ave.

Mary Baldwin ranked 36th in U.S. News rankings

Mary Baldwin College in Staunton is ranked 36th in the South region among the best regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's annual best colleges rankings for 2014.

Mary Baldwin's ranking this year is three spots higher than a year ago, according to Mary Baldwin Spokeswoman Liesel Crosier.

Among Virginia college's and universities, the University of Virginia ranks second in public schools, while the College of William and Mary is sixth and Virginia Tech 25th.

Speaking of the rankings, McDonnell said "Virginia college age students don't have to go far to attend a top-quality university. In Virginia we are blessed to have one of the best higher education systems in the world."

Shenandoah Valley Partnership wins Governor's Technology Award

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership's regional education and training database has earned a Governor's Technology Award.

The award came in the innovative use of technology in economic development category. The goal of the database is to help develop a pipeline of skilled workers in the Shenandoah Valley.

John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, said the database offers a list of education and training opportunities in the region and also provides quick access to both employers and employees.

Online poll

Should the county approve bonds in order to build the new Riverheads Elementary?

A new Riverheads Elementary was the top priority in the recently released ten year plan for Augusta County Schools. Plans have been created, but in order to start construction, the county supervisors have to sign off on the debt associated with the new school. A vote on the bonds will take place Wednesday.

Total Votes: 433

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