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Man Dies In Car Wreck - May 31

Thursday 31, 2007- Kiddsville Road. 8:37 pm Daniel Shane Bryant, 36, of Verona, was driving north when his 1996 Pontiac Grand Am overturned. He was ejected from his car and was pinned underneath, killing him. The car had to be lifted buy a tractor so that rescue cruses could get to Bryant. He was not wearing a seat belt. Speed may have also been a factor in causing the accent.

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Man Wonted For Abduction In Waynesboro - May 30

Waynesboro Police Department

Media Release

May 30, 2007


On May 30, 2007 at approximately 1:30 am Waynesboro Police were summoned to a residence in the 1000 block of East Main Street. Upon arrival officers were met by a complainant who advised that a woman had ran to their door completely naked, badly beaten and being chased by a male subject as she entered the residence. The male subject fled the area when the complainant told him she was calling the police.

Upon making contact with the 30 year old Waynesboro woman it was discovered that she suffered from significant facial injuries that were consistent with being repeatedly assaulted. She was transported to Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville by rescue squad and later released after being treated for her wounds which included fractured facial bones and a broken rib.

The victim related that she was taken by force by her boyfriend, Albert L Tibbs and a female known possibly as “Melissa” earlier in the evening after the two suspects had followed her and a female friend to a convenience store on E. Main Street. The victim and a companion were in a vehicle near the Wilco Hess store when she observed her boyfriend and the unknown female in a blue GMC Yukon. Mr. Tibbs is reported to have been yelling at the victim, and in an attempt to evade the situation her companion drove to the Coastal Mart on E. Main Street where they entered the store and asked the clerk to call 911. Upon exiting the store she said she was physically grabbed and forced into the Yukon by both Tibbs and the female. At this point, she advised, Tibbs held her down in the rear floor board area of the vehicle where he physically and sexually assaulted her while the unknown female drove the vehicle. They drove to different locations over the next several hours, finally arriving at the victim’s residence which she shared with Tibbs. Here Tibbs and the female carried her into the residence, and Tibbs undressed her and left the house. At this point the victim ran out of her residence to the complainant’s house but Tibbs, who was apparently just outside, gave chase.

Police responded to Coastal Mart in response to the clerk’s call at approximately 9:30 pm on 5/29/07, but upon arrival found that all parties had left and no one could provide information beyond the caller’s report of a verbal argument.

Police have obtained warrants and are actively seeking the arrest of Tibbs who is described as a 38 year old black male, 5’10” approx. 210 lbs and goes by the nickname “Junnie”. He was last seen leaving the 1000 block of E. Main Street in the Blue GMC Yukon which is a 1999 year model with chrome spinners, and bearing Virginia License JNP-9396.

Officers are also looking for the female accomplice possibly known as “Melissa” who is described as a white female 25-30 years of age, 5’8” described as having brown hair and being of small build.

Warrants for Tibbs include Abduction, Malicious Wounding and Object sexual Penetration. He is to be considered Dangerous.

Identification of the female accomplice is underway and she will face similar charges.

The Waynesboro Police Department continues to investigate this case and requests anyone with information concerning the location of the suspects, identity of the female or facts of the case contact Detective Sue Vance at 540-942-6758 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017.

Sgt. Kelly Walker

Services Division

Waynesboro Police Department

Falls Police Report Puts Woman In Jail - May 30


On May 24, 2007 at 11:00pm a rape was reported to the Staunton Police Department. Based on the statements given by the alleged victim, an arrest warrant was issued. The suspect was arrested. The follow-up investigation determined that a rape had not occurred. The suspect was subsequently cleared and the criminal charges against him have been dropped.

Cindy Lou Anderson, 23, of Verona, has been charged with filing a false police report and obstruction of justice. Ms. Anderson was incarcerated at the Middle River Regional Jail.

West Virginia Educator Named Staunton School Superintendent - May 30

Staunton City Public Schools


P.O. Box 900 · 116 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24402-0900

Phone 540-332-3920 · Fax 540-332-3920

News Release

Contact: Angela Whitesell, School Board Chair May 30, 2007

(540) 886-6543

West Virginia Educator Named Staunton School Superintendent

Dr. Steven Nichols will become Superintendent July 1.

The Staunton City School Board has named Dr. Steven Nichols as the new Superintendent of Staunton City Schools effective July 1. Nichols replaces Harry Lunsford who is retiring.

Nichols received his doctorate from the University of Virginia and has served as Superintendent of Schools for Jefferson County WV for the past five years. He has worked in the field of education for 35 years in the areas of administration, curriculum and instruction. Dr. Nichols taught at the elementary and middle school levels and served as an assistant principal at the high school level. In addition, he has been a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. At the administrative level, he has served as the Director of Instruction, a member of the senior curriculum staff, and as Assistant Superintendent.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Nichols come on board to lead our school system." said Ophie Kier, vice-chairman of the Staunton School Board. "We feel he will be a great asset to our community as well as to our schools."

The selection of Nichols culminates an extensive search process undertaken by the Staunton School Board. The process included surveying the public, a public hearing, and consultation with the Virginia School Boards Association. Ultimately the Board received 19 applications from persons in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Ohio. Nine were invited in for interviews, then three were called in for a second interview. The three finalists gave presentations to school central office administrators and school principals and assistant principals.

The School Board then surveyed participating staff and used that input, and the extensive public input in their deliberations before selecting Nichols for the post.

"The responsibility of selecting a superintendent is, perhaps, the most important decision a School Board makes,” said School Board member Dr. Lee Hersch. “We were very fortunate to have had a number of good candidates to consider. We were guided in our decision by input from the entire community through more than 500 parent and community surveys, and from school division educators and administrators.”

Hersch said, "We emphasized the importance of finding a leader who could help create a vision for continuous improvement in Staunton City School programs. We also were seeking a good communicator, someone who could communicate effectively with parents, teachers, administrators, city officials and the students.”

"We were particularly impressed that Dr. Nichols has gone to the schools in his current administrative post," Hersch said. "He visited the schools weekly to witness teaching and learning in the classroom.”

"Finally, we were looking for a consensus builder, someone who would help bring out the talents and teamwork in all our division's employees." Hersch said. "The Board feels Dr. Nichols meets these criteria.”

Nichols has made professional presentations to the National Middle School Association, the Virginia Department of Education, the Governor's Conference on Education, the Virginia School Board Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the American Association of School Administrators on topics including curriculum, student development, assessment and law. He has served as a consultant to many school systems in the eastern U.S. and is an author and researcher in the areas of shared decision-making and the group dynamic process of leadership.

Currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia in the area of educational law, he has served four years as Chairman of the Virginia Region IV Instructional Leaders Consortium, a group providing instructional planning for the 22 school districts in Northern Virginia.

Nichols received the prestigious University of Virginia – Phi Delta Kappa Educational Leadership Award in 1999. He has served as president of the University's Phi Delta Kappa and serves on several University committees and boards. Nichols was selected to be a participant in the March 2007 International Conference on Educational Leadership and Ethics held at Oxford University.

While in West Virginia, Nichols served as a member of the Jefferson County Economic Development Authority, the Board of Directors of the Old Opera House, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Jefferson County, the Lions Club, and numerous professionally related organizations.

In addition to his work with public education, Nichols holds a degree in American Civil War history, and conducts research into that period of history—a life-long interest that began in his college years while he was employed as a Park Ranger with the U.S. National Park Service.

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Waynesboro Tax Ordinance - May 30











BE IT ORDAINED, by the Council of the City of Waynesboro, Virginia, that for the year beginning on the first day of January, 2007, and ending on the thirty-first day of December, 2007, the taxes on persons and property for local purposes shall be and are hereby imposed as follows:

1. LAND, LOTS AND BUILDINGS: On all taxable real estate there is hereby levied a tax of seventy cents (0.70) on every $100.00 of the assessed value thereof.

2. TAXABLE TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY: On all taxable tangible personal property, except as otherwise exempt, there is hereby levied a tax of five dollars ($5.00) on every $100.00 of the assessed value thereof.

3. MACHINERY AND TOOLS: Upon all machinery and tools of any persons, firm or corporation, not exempt, there is hereby levied a tax of three dollars ($3.00) on every $100.00 of the assessed value thereof.

4. OTHER PROPERTY: Upon property not included in the foregoing, not exempt from local taxation, there is hereby levied and imposed a tax of five dollars ($5.00) for every $100.00 of the assessed value thereof.

5. ASSESSMENT: The Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Waynesboro, Virginia, or the City Assessor, as the case may be, shall make all assessments for the purpose of local taxation as required by Sections 58.1-829 to 58.1-833, inclusive, of the Code of Virginia, as amended.

6. COLLECTION OF TAXES, ETC.: The Treasurer of the City shall collect all taxes, revenues and assessments and is vested with all the power and authority and subject to the same liabilities and penalties as are prescribed by the Charter of the City, and as are provided by the General Laws and Constitution of the State of Virginia not in conflict with the Charter provisions, and the Deputy Treasurer is hereby vested with the same power and authority and subject to the same liabilities and penalties in respect to the collection of taxes, revenues and assessments as is enjoyed by the Treasurer.

7. TAXES DUE, PENALTIES AND INTEREST, REAL ESTATE: The taxes imposed by the provisions of this ordinance on Real Estate shall become due and payable on July 1, 2007, but may be paid one-half on or before July 31, 2007, and one-half on or before December 5, 2007, without penalty or interest. Any person failing to pay the first half on his real estate assessment on or before July 31, 2007, shall accrue a penalty thereon, of ten per centum (10%) which shall be added to the amount of the taxes or levies due from such taxpayer; and any person failing to pay the second half on his real estate assessment on or before December 5, 2007, shall accrue a penalty thereon of ten per centum (10%) which shall be added to the amount of taxes or the levies due from such taxpayer.

TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY, BANK STOCK, MACHINERY AND TOOLS, AND OTHER LEVIES: The taxes imposed by the provisions of this Ordinance or otherwise in the City Code or by previous ordinance on Tangible Personal Property, Machinery and Tools, and other Levies, shall be due and payable on or before December 5, 2007. Any persons failing to pay any of the Tangible Personal Property, Machinery and Tools, and other taxes as imposed by the provisions of this Ordinance, shall accrue a penalty of ten per centum (10%) which shall be added on December 6, 2007, and shall be added to the amount of the taxes or levies due from such taxpayer.


Interest at the rate of ten per centum (10%) per annum from August 1, 2007, on the first half of real estate and from January 1, 2008, on the second half of real estate and personal property taxes shall be collected upon the principal and penalties of all Real Estate and Tangible Personal Property, Machinery and Tools, and other taxes and Levies then remaining unpaid.

The Treasurer of the City shall account for all penalties and interest when collected.

8. LIEN: All taxes imposed by this ordinance shall be a lien as prescribed by law.

9. Except as may be modified hereunder, all taxes currently levied by the City of Waynesboro by Code or other ordinance shall remain in full force and effect until subsequently modified by City Council.

INTRODUCED: on May 14, 2007, by Nancy M. Dowdy

ADOPTED: May 29, 2007

EFFECTIVE: June 9, 2007

/s/ Bonnie S. Stephenson ******** /s/ Thomas W. Reynolds




STAUNTON – On May 21, 2007, Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner David Ekern approved three projects located in the VDOT Staunton District.

The Staunton District serves Clarke, Warren , Page, Frederick , Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta , Highland , Rockbridge, Alleghany, and Bath counties.

Golden Eagle Construction Company LLC of Manassas was awarded a $1,194,841.24 contract in Shenandoah County to construct the curb, gutter and sidewalk on Route 635 ( Ebberly Street ) from 0.02 mile west of North Ebberly Street to 0.07 mile east of Route 634 south. This project will increase the width of the road from nine-foot lanes to 10-foot lanes with curb and gutter on both sides along with a five-foot sidewalk. A storm sewer system will replace the existing drainage ditch. This project will improve safety and drainage. A completion date is set for Nov. 1, 2007.

Klicos Painting Company Inc. of Baltimore , Md. was awarded a $1,813, 668.00 contract in Alleghany, Bath and Rockbridge counties to repaint 12 existing bridges at various locations on the interstate, primary and secondary roads. This will provide an extended service life and enhance the appearance of each bridge. A completion date is set for June 9, 2008.

Roadmark Corp. of Durham , N.C. was awarded a $387,672.00 contract in VDOT’s Northwest Region, which includes the Staunton District and portions of the Culpeper District. Those counties consist of Clarke, Warren , Page, Frederick , Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta , Highland , Rockbridge, Alleghany, Bath , Green, Albemarle , Fluvanna and Louisa. This contract was awarded to install pavement line markings in various locations on primary and secondary roads. A completion date is set for Oct. 1, 2007.

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones. For further information on the location of work zones throughout the state, call the Highway Helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD. Traffic alerts and traveler information can also be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-800-578-4111. TTY users can call 711 to obtain these services. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

Tip-A- Cop, Fund Raiser for Special Olympics - May 30



May 29, 2007

Tip-A- Cop

Fund Raiser for Special Olympics

Local Police will serve as waiters and servers in an event to benefit Special Olympics This Thursday at Mossy Creek Café located at 1761 Jefferson Highway, suit 104 in Fishersville.

Law Enforcement officers from Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County will be participating in the Tip-A-Cop fund raiser this Thursday, May 31, 2007 from 11:00 am thru 2:00pm. Donations in the form of tips will benefit local Special Olympics programs and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run is part of a year round grassroots fund raising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics program. The support of businesses such as Mossy Creek Café is invaluable to the success of the Torch Run and Special Olympics.

Questions may be directed to Sgt. Rebecca Moran at 540-942-6736.

Sgt. Kelly Walker

Services Division

Waynesboro Police Department

A Day To Also Reflected On Those That Protect Us All - May 28

Origins of Memorial Day - May 28

1864 Boalsburg, Pa. Women put flowers on the graves of their own Civil War dead (from the nearby battle of Gettysburg) and on other war dead in summer and fall. This is the start of their decorating the graves every year. August 1868, Boalsburg chapter of GAR organized and takes responsibility for yearly observance.
April 1865 A descendent of President John Adams, Mrs. Sue Landon Vaughn, is said to have led some women to Vicksburg, Mississippi, cemetery to decorate the graves of soldiers. 1954
May 1865 Winchester, Virginia. Local women form the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Association and decorate all the graves in the Confederate Cemetery, which is supposedly the first cemetery established for soldier dead in the South.
April 1866 Women of Columbus, Mississippi, go to "Friendship" Cemetery, on outskirts of the city, the burial ground for the Shiloh battle dead, and lay flowers on both Union and Confederate dead. Greeley's New York Tribune prints a story on the unprejudiced acts of these women that lead to widespread interest in impartial offering to memory of the dead. It is seen as a "healing touch for nation."

Carbondale, Illinois. Inspired by seeing a woman with two children putting flowers on graves in rural Hiller Cemetery, just outside Carbondale, Ambrose Crowell, Russell Winchester, and Jonathan F. Wiseman clean and decorate other graves that day; then organize a wider-scale memorial observance at the larger Carbondale Woodlawn Cemetery on 29 April 1866. 219 Civil War veterans march to the cemetery, Southern Illinois' own Major General John A. Logan gives the principal address. Sexton James Green makes memo of the occasion on a flyleaf of old family book, complete with date, location, etc. Carbondale, therefore makes the claim of the first organized, community-wide Memorial Day observance in United States. In 1866 Carbondale Memorial Association, Inc. starts movement to establish its "first" claim. Illinois Congressman Kenneth Gray introduced House Bill No. 12175 to this end, to make Carbondale's Woodlawn Cemetery a national landmark.

May 1866 5 May, Waterloo, New York. Formal Memorial Day observations held. (see entry for May 1966)
1867 These activities inspire a young lawyer (later prominent jurist and co-founder of Cornell University) Francis Miles Finch to write the poem ''The Blue and the Gray, published in Atlantic Monthly September 1867. This work became very popular and contributed to the movement for a special day to decorate graves of the soldiers.
May 1868 In 1868 a former Union soldier from Ohio, name unknown, wrote to the Adjutant-General N.P. Chipman of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, suggesting an annual practice of honoring dead of Civil War with ceremonies and decorating of graves. The AG takes the suggestion to General Logan, the commander-in-chief of GAR, and on 5 May 1868 Logan directs local posts of the GAR to establish May 30 for this purpose. General Orders, No. 11, Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic, Washington, D.C. 5 May 1868, proclaims ..."The 30th day of May, 1668, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country...."

Arlington, Virginia, 30 May. Congressman James A. Garfield (later to become President) is first speaker at ceremony at National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia. First formal and official observance of Memorial Day.

1873 Memorial Day is recognized as an official holiday, when New York State designates it as a legal holiday. Other states soon follow.
1882 The Grand Army of the Republic urges that the name of the holiday be "Memorial Day". Many, however, persist in calling it "Decoration Day", because of the way it began, with the decoration of the graves of fallen soldiers.
1887 Joint Resolution 6, 23 February 1887 (24 Stat. 644), U.S. Congress allows the day of each year which is celebrated as "Memorial" or "Decoration" Day to be a holiday for all per diem employees of the Government, on duty at Washington or elsewhere in the United States.
1888 Act of Congress, 1 August 1888 (25 Stat. 353) made 30 May a legal holiday for all persona in the District of Columbia.
1901 Act of Congress, 3 March 1901 (31 Stat. 1404) provided that if this day falls on a Sunday the next succeeding day shall be a holiday. Amended by the Act of 30 June 1902 (32 Stat. 543).
1926 Joint Resolution, 19 June 1926, U.S. Congress, authorizes and directs Secretary of War to accept a tablet commemorating the designation of 30 May as Memorial Day by General Orders 11, 5 May 1868, Headquarters of the Grand Army of the Republic, Signed by General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief.
1966 House Concurrent Resolution 587, 10 February 1966, introduced by Congressman Samuel S. Stratton, 89th Congress, 2d Session, recognized the village of Waterloo, New York's celebration on 5 May 1866 as the "first observance of Memorial Day as a national holiday to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in all our Nation's wars." The resolution also states that Congress does "recognize Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day". It further states that while "Memorial Day has since become a national holiday, observed from one end of the land to the other on May 30", the President is requested to issue a proclamation calling attention to the centennial anniversary of the first observance of Memorial Day.
January 1971 With the passage of the "Monday Holiday Law", the celebration of Memorial Day Holiday is changed from 30 May to the last Monday in May.
December 2000 "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution, which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps" was passed.


Remember our Fallen Heroes - May 28


Staunton's Jam Festival - May 27

Saturday 27, 2007 - Beverley Street music lovers were out for the Staunton's Jam Festival. People lined the side walks to listen to the eight bands were in the line-up.

House Fire Mt. Torry Rd. - May 26

Friday 26, 2007 – 1:24pm Mt. Torry Rd. A home was lost after a fire burned out the inside.There where four different fire companies to extinguish the fire, and it took them about 12 minutes to get control of the fire. No one was in the home at the time of the fire, and no word yet on how the fire started. There where no injuries.

Photos/Story Nathan Combs

WDDI Endorses the Waynesboro City Council's Decision -May 26


TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF May 28 – June 1, 2007

TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF May 28 – June 1, 2007

Highway work zones in the Staunton District

The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties, Alleghany, Bath , Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland , Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. Also, when traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.


Interstate 64

* Various locations – Mowing in the Kerrs Creek, Triangle and Covington area Tuesday through Friday.

Interstate 81

* Mile marker 220 to mile marker 237 – Debris cleanup Friday, June 1.

* Various locations – Mowing in the Verona , Mint Springs, Fairfield and Fancy Hill area Tuesday through Friday.

Primary Roads

* (NEW) Route 42 – Mowing from Route 254 to Rockbridge County line Tuesday through Friday.

* Route 250 – Expect delays due to trucks entering from Route 636 between Route 637 to Route 358 Tuesday through Saturday.

* (NEW) Route 252 – Mowing from Staunton City limits to Rockbridge County line Tuesday through Friday.

* (NEW) Route 256 – Shoulder repairs from Route 772 to Route 773 Wednesday, May 30 with one lane road.

* Route 276 – Alternating lane and shoulder closures due to cleaning and paint bridge. No work Sunday, May 27 through Saturday, June 2.

* Route 340 (Rosser Avenue) – Trucks entering from worksite from Route 608 to Route 1501 for utility work in the street with flagger traffic control during daylight hours Tuesday through Saturday.

* Various Roads – Bridge and curb sweeping at the Mint Springs Area Headquarters, Fishersville Area Headquarters, Swoope Area Headquarters and Moscow Area Headquarters Tuesday through Friday.

* Various Roads – Mowing Tuesday through Friday.

Secondary Roads

* (NEW) Route 608 – Shoulder work at .2 mile south of Route 891 with one lane of traffic and flagger traffic control Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31.

* Route 608 (Cold Springs Road) – Road closed due to a box culvert installation at .20 mile south of Route 891 (Newton Lane) to .5 mile north of Route 666 (Lofton Road) Monday, June 4 through Thursday, June 14 with detour signs posted. Northbound traffic should detour using Route 666 west to Route 11 ( Lee Jackson Highway ) north to Route 662 ( Greenville School Road ) east to Route 608. Southbound traffic should detour using Route 662 west to Route 11 south to Route 666 east to Route 608.

* Route 612 – Tree trimming from Route 792 to Route 865 Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1 during daylight hours.

* Route 650 (North Oak Lane) – Road closure over South River due to bridge replacement from Route 624 to Route 664 with signs posted through October 15, 2007. Traffic detoured on Route 624 ( Mt. Torrey Road ) and Route 664 ( Lyndhurst Road ).

* Route 716 – Alternating lane and shoulder closures due to cleaning and painting bridge. No work Sunday, May 27 through Saturday, June 2.

* Route 727 ( Wolfe Ridge Road ) – Road closure due to bridge replacement in the town of Sangersville through August 10, 2007. Signs will be posted and a detour will be in place.

* Route 809 – Bridge deck maintenance on bridge over Mossy Creek at 0.04 mile east of Route 747 with single lane traffic using flagger traffic control.

* Route 865 – Tree trimming from Route 256 to Route 612 Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31 during daylight hours.

* Route 935 – Expect delays due to trucks entering from worksite from Route 608 to Route 1043. Signs will be posted. No work Monday, May 28 through Friday, June 1.

* Route 1205 – Tree trimming from Route 657 to Route 11 Friday, June 1 during daylight hours.

* Various Roads – Bridge and curb sweeping at the Mint Springs Area Headquarters, Fishersville Area Headquarters, Swoope Area Headquarters and Moscow Area Headquarters Tuesday through Friday.

* (NEW) Various Roads – Mowing northeast of Route 613 (Springhill) Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1.

* Various Roads – Patching, mowing, scraping dirt roads, and machining in the Verona area Tuesday through Friday.

Allstate grant awarded to Wayne Theatre Alliance - May 26


Staunton Police Department NEWS RELEASE - May 26


May 25, 2007

Amy Lynn Cobb, 30 years of age

White Female, Height: 5’4”, Weight: 150 lbs, Hair: Brown

Following an investigation by the Staunton Police Department, Ms. Cobb has been located. No criminal offense has occurred in relation to this incident.

Read About A Local Business - May 24

Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery


John Aubrey Lee Found Dead After Stand Off With Police - May 24

Thursday 24, 2007 - John Aubrey Lee was found dead by Waynesboro officers that made up the entry teem after a stand off that whent on from about 5:15 pm till 11:30 pm. Negotiators tried to talk with the 45 year old man with out success. After spraying tear gas for almost an hour SWAT teams interned the home and found Lee, in a bathroom he had shot himself. The Staunton CIRT teem and Va. State Police also was assting the Augusta Co. Sheriff's efforts in ending the stand off.




STAUNTON – There will be a public hearing concerning the working draft of the FY 2008-2013 Six Year Improvement Program on May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Quality Inn Shenandoah Valley located in New Market. This is part of a series of hearings announced by Governor Timothy M. Kane on May 14; (Link:

The draft FY 2008-2013 Six Year Improvement Program is available on the Virginia Department of Transportation Web site at and on the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Web site at

The public may comment about essential rail, public transportation, commuter service, bicycle, pedestrian and highway projects (except local/secondary roads) at the hearings. Public comments will be considered before the Commonwealth Transportation Board adopts a final program in June. The FY 2008-2013 program will go into effect July 1, 2007.

Details of the program hearings are as follows:

Meeting was held on Wed., May 16
VDOT Central Office Auditorium, 1221 E. Broad Street , Richmond

Meeting was held on Tues., May 22
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Boulevard, Salem

Meeting was held on Wed., May 23
Fairfax Government Center , 12000 Government Center Parkway , Fairfax

Tues., May 29, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Hampton Roads Planning District Regional Building , 723 Woodlake Dr. , Chesapeake

Thurs., May 31, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Quality Inn Shenandoah Valley , 162 West Old Cross Road , New Market

If individuals cannot attend a hearing, they may send their comments by June 5, 2007 to:

Public Information Officer
Va. Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation
1313 E. Main St., Suite 300
Richmond , VA 23218-0590

Fire Destroys Barn - May 24

Thursday 24 2007 – 1:55 am Hildebrand Church Rd. A Barn owned by Erica, Michaels caught fire and was completely destroyed. The fire is still under investigation to determine what exactly what caused it. No one was injured no animals were in the barn at the time. There was a 1966 Thunderbird on the 2nd level that was a total loss.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs