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9-year-old Virginia boy finalist in national contest

MARSHALL, Va. (WWBT) - A 9-year-old Virginia boy is a finalist in a national story-telling contest. Lucas, from Marshall, Virginia, is in the top 10 of the Create Your Story Contest hosted by Schleich and 4-H where children from around the country were asked to create a story using characters from Schleich.
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Report claims Virginia pays for low-quality conservation easements

The Office of the State Inspector General says Virginia’s land-conservation easement program, in which properties receive tax breaks, needs work. One in three recent inspections of conservation easement found that monitoring by a land-trust company was inadequate, the office said in a statement last week. After a yearlong audit of...
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Virginia wants schools to adopt policies to protect transgender students. Will school boards go along?

By the start of the school year, school boards are required to pass policies that protect transgender students under a law passed by the General Assembly in 2020. They’re required to base them on a set of model policies the Virginia Department of Education finalized in March. Vee Lamneck, executive of Equality Virginia, which helped push for the legislation and policies, said it will help ...
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Virginia Highlands Festival underway in Abingdon this weekend

The Virginia Highlands Festival is underway this weekend in Abingdon. Part of the festival includes the arts and crafts show. More than 75 vendors are on the Barter Green with all kinds of items up for sale, including pottery, yard art, jewelry and much more. Some of the vendors are...
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Virginia Freedom Fest to be held at Plaza Antigua

Live reggae music is coming soon to the Plaza Concert Series. Virginia Freedom Fest will be held at the El Corral outdoor venue at Plaza Antigua in Waynesboro on Saturday. Plaza Antigua general manager Chris Ornelas is one of the event coordinators for the reggae festival and said the venue’s series of summer events have been successful so far in its first year of operation.
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