Augusta County makes history with approval of contract for new courthouse
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - The Augusta County courthouse is officially ready to get underway. Wednesday night, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors awarded the contract for the courthouse. “This vote to build a new courthouse facility in this county hasn’t been taken in 120 years, so this doesn’t happen...
Family of toddler who died at unlicensed daycare speaks after charges brought
STUARTS DRAFT, Va. (WHSV/Gray News) - A Virginia family is speaking out as they continue to mourn a toddler who died at an unlicensed home daycare in 2022, saying they can see the little girl in all the beautiful things in the world. Mother Ashley Kellogg and her family welcomed...
Local cat ranked among top five in national pet contest
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - A Shenandoah Valley cat is ranked among the top five contenders in a national pet contest. Angela Bowler entered her cat, Premadonna, in the ‘America’s Favorite Pet’ contest. Bowler didn’t expect her cat to win, but Premadonna is ranked number four in the contest.
Staunton's Seafood Spectacles: 3 Restaurants You Must Visit
In this article, we'll be exploring three exceptional seafood restaurants located in Staunton. Have you had the opportunity to dine at any of these places yet? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please feel free to share your comments below!
Waynesboro PD: Victim shot on Hopeman Parkway
WAYNESBORO — Police in Waynesboro are investigating a shooting that took place early Monday evening. So far, details concerning the shooting are limited while the investigation continues. "There's too many undetermined factors at this point," said Sgt. Evan Bourne, a spokesperson for the Waynesboro Police Department. "We're not able to release a whole lot right now." ...
How law enforcement handles hoax threats to schools
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - On Tuesday, Elkton Middle School had to be evacuated and closed for the day after a student called in a hoax bomb threat. This was the third such threat at a Valley school since the start of the year, with a similar incident at Harrisonburg High School in mid-February, and one at Beverly Manor Middle School in late January.
Staunton man who beat toddler to death in 2022 will be sentenced Thursday for murder
STAUNTON — A man who beat a 2-year-old girl to death in 2022 will be sentenced Thursday in Staunton on a charge of second-degree murder. In a plea deal that was made earlier with the Staunton Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Christopher S. Hoover, 25, of Staunton, will not face more than 30 years in prison.
Missing Augusta County Teen Found Safe
VERONA, Va. — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to keep an eye out for a runaway teen from the Mount Sidney area. In a release, Lieutenant Leslie Snyder said that 13-year-old Bryan Levi Rowe has not been seen since 5 o’clock last night at his home.
Bad news for Augusta County taxpayers: The deck is stacked against you
Augusta County homeowners are being hit with property reassessments that are increasing, on average, 54 percent, according to information from the Commissioner of Revenue, George Price. This will almost certainly lead to an increase in your tax bills, absent action by the Augusta County Board of Supervisors to lower the...
Savor the Flavor: Top 5 Sandwiches You Must Try in Staunton
In this article, we'll explore five delightful sandwiches that you can find in Staunton. Have you had the pleasure of tasting any of these yet? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
Vehicle crash on I-81S in Augusta County cleared
UPDATE AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – VDOT reports the vehicle crash on I-81S in Augusta County has been cleared. All lanes of traffic are now reopened. AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Transportation says there is currently a vehicle accident on I-81S near mile marker 229.3 in Augusta County.
Staunton teen, 17, guilty of shooting, sentenced as an adult to a decade in prison
STAUNTON — A Staunton teenager was sentenced to a decade in prison Monday after pleading guilty to shooting a 16-year-old boy last summer in Augusta County. Dustin R.G. Simmons, 17, was convicted in Augusta County Circuit Court on charges of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Waynesboro Police ask for help identifying individual in alleged assault
The Waynesboro Police Department is asking the public for help identifying an individual or vehicle. The subject in the photo was involved in an alleged assault at the Kroger fuel center on Arch Avenue in Waynesboro on Feb. 1 at 7:29 am. If you have any information regarding this individual’s...
Jury Must Decide If Virginia Sheriff’s Killing of Dog Was Constitutional
A Virginia deputy sheriff must face a jury over whether his shooting to death of a dog was justified or if it was unconstitutional before it can be determined if he is entitled to qualified immunity, a federal appeals court has ruled in reversing a lower court decision letting the sheriff off the hook.
Two hurt in crash near Wintergreen entrance
NELSON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two people were hospitalized following a Tuesday night crash near Wintergreen Resort. Wintergreen Fire and Rescue reports the crash occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday near the main entrance to the resort on Beech Grove Road. Police say the vehicle ran off the side of...
Landlord program expands to accommodate homeless
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board has a variety of programs to help underserved people in the community. The Permanent Supportive Housing division of the board focuses on finding the chronically homeless stable homes in the community. PSH was recently allocated more funds from the Virginia Department...
Public Hearing on March 13: Discussing Reassessment Timeline and $80M Lease for Augusta County Improvements
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona, Virginia. The agenda includes a proposed amendment to Chapter 22-8 of the Augusta County Code. The amendment seeks to adjust the dates for Board of Equalization hearings and application submissions to match the 2024 reassessment timeline.
Woodrow Wilson Parkway widening project update
STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - Woodrow Wilson Parkway’s widening project is in its final stages this Spring. Ken Slack, communications specialist for VDOT’s Staunton District said the project is opening on the Northbound lanes. When the project is over, there will be two northbound lanes, two southbound lanes and a median.
Augusta County separately seeks appeal, new trial in FOIA case that it has already lost
The outside counsel representing Augusta County in its quest to keep a recording of an illegally-held closed meeting of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors under wraps has filed two motions in Augusta County Circuit Court seeking to delay the enforcement of a court order to turn the recording over.
Luray Middle School students teach kids about dental hygiene
LURAY, Va. (WHSV) - Students from Luray Middle School visited the elementary school to teach those students about the importance of dental care and hygiene. “A lot of kids don’t know how to brush their teeth and don’t know the steps on how to brush your teeth properly,” said Kendall Ager, a 7th grader at Luray Middle School who was part of the presentations.