Middle River Reg. Jail Faces Special Treatment Allegations as Indictments Loom for Sheriff's Brother
AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA - As the Shenandoah Valley braces for the upcoming grand jury indictments of Ronald William Smith, brother of Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith, Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ) confronts allegations of preferential treatment within its walls. The indictments, scheduled for April 15, follow a judge's certification of the case, intensifying scrutiny on Ronald Smith's legal entanglements and the correctional facility's treatment of inmates.
Hearing set for man accused of girlfriend's murder in Pocahontas County
Hearing set for man accused of girlfriend's murder in Pocahontas County.
Federal Judge Orders Trial for Lawsuit Against Augusta County Deputies, Dismisses Sheriff From Suit
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – The legal woes of the Augusta County Sheriff's Office keep growing. A lawsuit that has put the actions of several Augusta County deputies under scrutiny is moving forward to trial, as ordered by a federal judge in Charlottesville. The case, brought forward by Marvin Harris against deputies Christopher Hilliard, Christopher Rosemeier, Charles Taylor, Jr., and Jonathan Wells, details a harrowing encounter that occurred on October 8, 2020, shedding light on allegations of excessive force and misconduct.
Former staffer at Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center charged in cell phone probe
VERONA — Augusta County authorities have charged a former employee at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center with a felony in an alleged scheme where at least two inmates reportedly received cell phones while incarcerated. In late January, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office announced its Criminal Investigations Division was probing...
How personal income has changed in Augusta County—plus, see how it compares to the rest of the state and country
Stacker analyzed Bureau of Economic Analysis data to see how personal income has changed in Augusta County, Virginia and how it compares to state and national levels.
Shenandoah Valley natural area restoration efforts expand; protection for rare sinkhole ponds, wetlands funded by natural resources damage settlement
More than 35 acres have recently been added to two Virginia natural area preserves in Augusta County as part of a long-term, multimillion-dollar effort to restore the South Fork Shenandoah River watershed contaminated by mercury decades ago. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages the state’s natural area...
Tracy Pyles: The knuckleheads running Augusta County
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors believes our silence as being assent. Because as Republicans they run for office bulletproof, they assume their invincibility confers infallibility of action. And I guess they are right. How else to explain an electorate, once vehemently opposed to tax increases, innately resistant to rights...
Will the public learn what was said in the March 20 Augusta supervisors meeting?
VERONA – Former Augusta County Supervisor Steven Morelli resigned on March 20. This post is an archive of The News Leader's initial coverage of the meeting and the fallout that has emerged since. The Stories. Part one – Steve Morelli resigns from Augusta County Board of Supervisors, but questions...
New study finds length of cold spells decreasing in the U.S., including Southwest Virginia
ROANOKE, Va. – A study from Climate Central shows that 98% of the U.S. experiences shorter cold streaks now than we did decades ago. Across the 240 stations surveyed, Roanoke ranked in the top five for the sharpest decrease - an average of 13 days per winter. According to...
Middle River bridge to close permanently, electric aircraft visits: THE DIGEST
AUGUSTA COUNTY – A new type of airplane landed in Augusta County last week. The BETA Alia all-electric aircraft landed in Shenandoah Valley Airport on Feb. 15. The unique plane has five propellers, four on top like a helicopter, and one in the back. The BETA Technologies plane stopped...
Ballot counters tested in Augusta County before March primary election
AUGUSTA COUNTY – Stepping into one of the conference rooms in the Augusta County Government Center on Feb. 13, there was a rare sight to be seen. An election ballot counter sits on the table, near the door to the room. And another. And another. The machines spread out...
Today the gas price is close to $3.09 in Seneca Rocks as of 2024-02-18. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Sunday is $3.279, a week ago the price is $3.189 , according to AAA.
Bath, VA High School Boys Basketball Schedule, Streaming Live Today - February 20
If you're looking for how to stream high school basketball in Bath, Virginia today, we've got the information below. Follow high school basketball this season on the NFHS Network! Keep tabs on your family or alma mater and tune in!. Bath, Virginia High School Boys Basketball Games Today. Bath County...
Bath County Public Schools Budget Work Session set for February 21
Bath County Public Schools and Bath County Board of Supervisors will hold a Joint Budget Work Session on February 21, 2024 at 6:00pm at the School Administration Building. The post Bath County Public Schools Budget Work Session set for February 21 appeared first on The Virginian Review.
Brown Gets Life In Prison For Death of Three-Year-Old
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va (WSVA) – An Augusta County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the presumed death of three-year-old Khaleesi Cuthriell. Travis Ryan Brown was sentenced Friday afternoon in Augusta County Circuit Court. Brown, who was convicted back in August, received...
Citizens Ask: Are Costs for Outside Lawyers Tied to Augusta County's Attorney Skipping Law School?
AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA - The qualifications and effectiveness of James R. Benkahla, the County Attorney appointed in 2016, have come under intense scrutiny during the public comment section of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting on February 14, 2024. The focal point of this scrutiny is the county's recent setbacks in FOIA court cases, including the significant Breaking Through Media FOIA case, prompting the county to seek the services of external legal counsel for defense. This situation has led to a heated debate over the justification of Benkahla's substantial annual salary (nearly a quarter million dollars for his department), particularly given his unique route to becoming a bar-certified attorney.
County authorities charge Staunton man with rape
STUARTS DRAFT — The Augusta County Sheriff's Office said a Staunton man has been charged with rape following an investigation, a press release said. On Feb. 3, the agency initiated an investigation into an alleged rape and abduction that took place Jan. 16 in the Stuarts Draft area. The...
Attorney in Augusta County illegal closed meeting case: Turn the tapes over now
An attorney representing Breaking Through Media is asking an Augusta County judge to compel the county to immediately turn over the recording of 2023 closed meeting of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors that the judge found last month was conducted illegally. Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Wilson IV issued...
Southwest, Central Virginia Weather | 5 p.m. - Feb. 16, 2024
Impending weather shift ahead for Southwest and Central Virginia! A rain-snow mix is expected tonight, with varying impacts across the region. Highland and Bath counties brace for potential snow accumulation, while Lynchberg may see rain showers. Tune in for full details on the forecast and how it affects your area.
Snow arrives tonight, slick roads expected
Slick roads are a good bet tonight, especially north with rain switching to snow. Chief Meteorologist Joe Fitzwater has a look at what you can expect in your area in tonight's forecast.