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NSU is swept in season-opening baseball series

HARRISONBURG — Alsander Womack hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to bring Norfolk State within a run, but it wasn’t enough as James Madison completed a three-game sweep Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.


Virginia woman busted for concealing dead mother's body with blankets and 60 air fresheners

A Virginia woman has been arrested after her mom’s decomposing body was found covered under piles of blankets and surrounded by over 60 air fresheners. Relatives, concerned that they had not heard from 78-year-old Rosemary Outland in weeks and looking to perform a wellness check, went to the home sh


Court mediation held between Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center and neighbors suing nonprofit

ROANOKE, Va - A court mediation was held Friday between leaders at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center and the neighbors suing the center, Stan and Jane Seymour, Adrian Maver and spouse Blaine Creasy.


Man accused of murder in Virginia pleads to kidnapping wife in Hawkins

ROGERSVILLE — Scott County murder suspect John Robert Martin Jr. pleaded guilty Friday in Hawkins County to kidnapping his wife, a crime alleged to have occurred after he fatally shot a man he believed to be in a romantic relationship with her.


H.S. boys basketball: Fleming downs Harrisonburg in OT to advance to Region 5D quarters

William Fleming’s big game experience was the difference in its 76-64 overtime win over determined Harrisonburg in the opening round of the Region 5D tournament Friday night.


Drug Test Could Send Man Back To Prison

HARRISONBURG — Edward Gilkes, who testified in 2006 that Ivan Teleguz hired him in a plot to kill Teleguz's ex-girlfriend in 2001, is one step closer to returning to prison. Gilkes, 40, formerly of Altoona, Pa., testified against Teleguz in the capital murder case involving the slaying of Stephanie


State-wide burn law goes into effect in Virginia

VIRGINIA - The Virginia state-wide burning law is now in effect until April 30th. The law says no burning is allowed until after 4 PM if the fire is within 300 feet of dry grass. Fires should not be left unattended if within 150 feet of dry grass and no new fires can be set after midnight. This law


Virginia is cracking down on “bad actors” who lease oyster grounds to block dredging

When homes along the Lynnhaven River were built in the 1980s, developers promised access to deep water for boat enthusiasts to get out to the Chesapeake Bay. But as Virginia Beach continued to expand and evolve, runoff from construction, new roads and storms found its way into the city’s waterways.


Governor Signs Child Porn Bill

HARRISONBURG — With no opposition from the General Assembly, legislation to change what is included in the Child Pornography Registry was signed by Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, taking effect July 1.


Hang Up And Drive? Virginia May Require It

HARRISONBURG — Beginning this summer, drivers on Virginia roads will likely need to put their cellphones down. The House of Delegates and Senate have passed bills that would require anyone talking while driving to use hands-free technology.


Former Army Secretary John Marsh laid to rest in Virginia

NEW MARKET, Va. – Former Secretary of the Army John Marsh Jr. has been laid to rest at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia where he developed a love for history and the military.


Superintendent of schools responds to cyber bullying reports

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools responded on Friday to reports of students within the division bullying each other on a popular social media site.


Virginia fails U.S. citizenship test

Purchase a subscription to AFP | Subscribe to AFP podcasts on iTunes. News, press releases, letters to the editor: augustafreepress2@gmail.com. Only 46 percent of Virginia residents earned a passing grade on history questions from the U.S. citizenship test, but good news, this actually landed the st


Massanetta Springs Road Closure Begins Monday

HARRISONBURG — A portion of Massanetta Springs Road near U.S. 33 will be closed from Monday until June for road improvements. Roughly 400 to 500 feet of the road will be closed from south of the entrance to the Preston Lake development to Massanetta Springs Conference Center.


Dukes Need Another Big Game From Big Man

HARRISONBURG — When James Madison plays host to Delaware today at the Convocation Center, it has potential to be a bit of a role reversal for the teams. Last month, JMU went to Delaware with its top big man, sophomore Dwight Wilson, nursing a foot injury that kept him out of the previous game. Wilso


Rocktown Roller-Rama returns at Three Notch'd Brewing

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — An event Friday celebrates the cycling community in the Shenandoah Valley. The "Rocktown Roller-Rama" will be held at Three Notch'd Brewing in downtown Harrisonburg.


Northern Virginia is keeping Amazon’s 25,000 jobs, and wants you to know it

WASHINGTON — When Amazon canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City this week, officials more than 200 miles away in Northern Virginia decided to make a statement.


New Judge Chosen — Bridgewater Woman To Hear Juvenile, Domestic Relations Cases

HARRISONBURG — The General Assembly elected Bridgewater resident Rachel Figura as a new juvenile and domestic relations court judge for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County on Thursday.


County School Board Approves Renovation Bid

HARRISONBURG — After tabling a vote on a bid for extensive renovations at John C. Myers and Fulks Run elementary schools on Monday, the Rockingham County School Board approved a bid at a special meeting on Friday afternoon.


Virginia State Police Investigating Suspicious Fire in Weyers Cave

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is asking the public for any information they might have concerning a structure fire Friday morning in Augusta County. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division a