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Past articles by Rilyn:

Sheriff's office seeking 14-year-old runaway

McKenzie Brown was last seen on Nov. 10, 2019. → Read More

Sheriff's office seeking missing 27-year-old woman

Meghan Lynn Mitchell, 27, was last seen at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Staunton. → Read More

Virginia college grads have more than $30,000 in student loan debt, report says

The report from the nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success found that nationwide, last year's college seniors graduated with 2% more average debt than the class of 2017. → Read More

Mary Baldwin University top-ranked among U.S. colleges for social mobility

A top Mary Baldwin administrator said the school's welcoming campus and faculty-student connections help students succeed. → Read More

After recycling changes, Staunton cafeterias phasing out plastic forks and other plastics

The shift was motivated by the changes in Staunton's recycling program. → Read More

Modified lockdown in Stuarts Draft area schools lifted

The schools went into lockdown in response to a community incident. → Read More

Waynesboro receives $100,000 in state grants to plan a community garden, expand health courses

The division was one of eleven across the state to receive grants for year-round or extended-year programs. → Read More

'This school is going to shine bright': Waynesboro school sees big results from new teaching strategies

The school's math SOL pass rate improved 26 percentage points last year. → Read More

Waynesboro man sentenced to prison for 2018 sexual assault

Michael Blair, 56, was set to face charges of rape and object sexual penetration by force in a jury trial Friday. → Read More

Five things to know about online breastmilk sharing

Online breastmilk sharing has become increasingly popular in recent years, as websites and social media pages dedicated to the practice make it easy for moms to connect with milk donors. → Read More

Online breastmilk sharing: Moms use social networks to fill healthcare gap despite risk

Across the Valley and the U.S., parents who struggle to provide breastmilk for their babies are turning to human milk donors for help — often through social media. → Read More

Waynesboro Schools tables proposed change to sick leave policy; will review other leave policies

The school division will review the sick leave policy, along with other leave policies. → Read More

Staunton man wins $1 million jackpot off scratcher

There are five remaining unclaimed $1 million prizes in this game. → Read More

Sheriff releases anonymous video questioning his honesty, claims smear campaign ahead of election

Smith is running for re-election against Neil Kester, a law enforcement veteran who also ran for the position in 2015. → Read More

Who are schools in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County named after?

Thirty-three local schools. Fourteen namesakes. → Read More

Police: Search for alleged suspect cause of Waynesboro school lockdowns

One person was arrested in connection with the incident. → Read More

Graduates of new Blue Ridge Community College program employed by cybersecurity firm

The graduates will work with Tiber Creek Consulting, Inc., which is opening an office in the same building as the college's Online Outpost in Waynesboro. → Read More

In-state student enrollment dropped at some Va. colleges, USA Today analysis shows

In line with national trends, some Virginia colleges and universities enrolled fewer in-state students in 2017 than in 2012, according to a USA Today data analysis. → Read More

Last year's SOL results are out. How did local school divisions perform?

Statewide, more than three-fourths of students passed tests in all five subject areas. → Read More

Staunton, Waynesboro schools expanding free meal programs

The divisions hope these programs will give even more kids access to quality nutrition. → Read More