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Utility service disconnections resume in the Town of Luray

LURAY, Va. (WHSV) - Utility service disconnections resumed Tuesday in the Town of Luray for those who have outstanding payments. Disconnections were put on pause for some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic but were allowed to resume on August 29. Luray Town Manager Steve Burke said while disconnections could...
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Preparing for heavy rain in the Valley

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - September is National Preparedness Month, and with the heavy rain coming through the area Wednesday night, now is the time to have a plan. “Have a plan, maintain their plans, update their plans. Planning is essential to keeping their family safe,” Anthony Ramsey, Director of Emergency Communications and Coordinator of Emergency Management for Augusta County said.
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Council recognizes Co-Op’s century and other news briefs from Luray

LURAY, Sept. 22 — During last week’s meeting, the Luray Council unanimously adopted a resolution to “recognize the continued service of the Page Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc over the past 100 years to the residents of Luray and Page County.”. The resolution noted the Co-Op’s founding in 1921 and noted...

Elementary school students in Broadway send food to health care heroes

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Shenandoah Valley, and Augusta Health reports increasing mortality rates. As the delta variant takes hold, hospital officials say they don’t have the capacity for the caseload. Since the start of the pandemic, Augusta Health has reported 215 deaths. 23 of those are from the last month, and 11 are from the last week. Augusta Health’s Assistant Vice President of Professional Services Scott Crabtree says they brought their mobile morgue back, but as of Sept. 10, it had never been touched. Now, they’ve had to put it into use, officials report. “Our existing morgue doesn’t have the capability, or the capacity if you will, to receive that number of deceased,” Mary Mannix, Augusta Health President and C.E.O. said. Mannix says deaths are increasing across all age groups. “It’s a very sad situation. We have seen obviously an increase in the number of mortalities, and sadly in all decades of life now. It’s not just mortality associated with people who are older than 65. We’ve lost 20-year-olds,” Mannix said. Mannix says deaths due to COVID-19 are largely preventable. “These deaths could have been prevented if we had a higher vaccination rate in our community. That’s what we find frustrating,” Mannix said. As COVID-19 cases rise, they expect COVID positive patient intake to increase, too. “Our COVID census ranges between 60 and 70. If this surge continues and prevalence continues to rise and if testing positivity rate continues to rise, our projections indicate that our census will go from 70 to somewhere between 90 and 100,” Mannix said. For more information about COVID-19 and Augusta Health, check out their latest update.

Work sessions scheduled about moving Brownsville students to Crozet Elementary

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- There are some upcoming meetings scheduled to discuss recommendations regarding moving Brownsville Elementary School students to Crozet Elementary School when it expands. Brownsville has almost 750 students and is close to its capacity. It is projected that enrollment will increase in the next several...

ARC holding free dental clinic

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A free dental clinic will be taking place this Saturday in Fishersville. According to a release, the Augusta Regional Clinic will be holding the event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be reserved for eligible uninsured residents of Augusta County who are...

Staffing shortages remain, as Virginia's state mental hospitals gradually reopen

RICHMOND — All of Virginia’s mental hospitals have reopened gradually to admitting more patients in crisis, but staffing challenges remain in state institutions and local behavioral health programs, especially those serving children and teens. All eight of the state’s mental hospitals for adults are accepting new patients as they discharge...

People gather in Verona to remember 3-year-old Khaleesi Cuthriell

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Wednesday marks the first day of fall, which kicks off the busiest season of visitation at Shenandoah National Park (SNP). The pandemic drew many new visitors over the last year, and last year’s fall season brought a record number of people to the park. “With the pattern that we’ve seen since the beginning of the year, I expect that we will have a lot of people in the park for the fall,” Allysah Fox, a visual information specialist with SNP, said. With 500 miles of trails in the park, Fox says if visitors see a trailhead that is busy, move on to the next one. “We really suggest going to the southern region of the park, kind of between the Elkton and Waynesboro area. There’s a lot of wilderness there, fewer people, more wildlife, so you can find a lot of trails there where you’re kind of secluded and can have a really good experience,” Fox said. Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon are two very popular spots for visitors in the fall, especially on the weekends. Fox says you may have a better experience arriving earlier and on a weekday when going to these trailheads. “We also want to make sure we don’t have any risky situations with an increased number of people,” Fox said. “We have to do a lot of rescues on the weekend, so it’s better to go during the week.” October is the busiest month for SNP, and Fox says visitation usually drops in late November. “The days are getting shorter in the fall, so starting a hike earlier in the day is going to be beneficial to you because you won’t be out in the park when the sun is going down, and since the temperatures are dropping, it won’t be as cold if you go during the day.” She advises visitors to plan ahead, check out the Shenandoah National Park website, and download the National Parks Service app on their smartphone. Fox says purchasing a digital pass ahead of time will expedite your entry into the park. You can either screenshot or print out the pass to present to the rangers at the park entrance. You can learn more by clicking here. Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Shenandoah National Park, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.

Luray community welcomes Marines’ return home

LURAY, Va. (WHSV) - Two U.S. Marines returned home from Afghanistan on Tuesday evening and they were greeted by the local community. The gathering was organized by Comer-Jones Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 621 and the corresponding Auxiliary team. Glenn Ostermann and Andrew Stewart spent four years together serving the...

The Importance Of Contact Tracing

With COVID cases on the rise, local health officials want to remind those who test positive that working with case investigators to notify their close contacts is both safe and important. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports. Jordi Shelton, a communications specialist with the Central Shenandoah Health District, said they've had...

Broadway providing free Bryce Resort passes to residents

BROADWAY, Va. (WHSV) - The town of Broadway has entered a new partnership with Bryce Resort, getting five passes from the resort that will be available everyday and free for residents to use. Residents can reserve the passes for the day by contacting the town office. They will be given...
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No. 4 Rockbridge County (2-1) at Fort Defiance (0-4)

No. 4 Rockbridge County (2-1) at Fort Defiance (0-4) Last Meeting: Rockbridge County 15, Fort Defiance 0 (Feb. 26, 2021 in Lexington) Fort Defiance last week: Broadway 42, Fort Defiance 8. Rockbridge County last week: Rockbridge County 47, Staunton 8. Notes: Fort Defiance has lost eight in a row and...
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Virginia’s first lady stops in Augusta Co. on back-to-school tour

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Some Augusta County students had a special visitor early Tuesday, September 21, the first lady of Virginia, Pamela Northam. Northam stopped at Clymore Elementary School in Fort Defiance on her back-to-school tour, but she’s also getting the word out about improved subsidies giving more families access to early education opportunities and care.