Claire Mitzel, The News Leader

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Past articles by Claire:

Augusta County supervisors nix militia idea, saying they don't have authority

A group of residents previously asked the supervisors to support a resolution for a voluntary muster call. → Read More

Citing existing low pay, city leaders signal interest in boosting teacher, staff pay

Staunton City Council and School Board previewed the upcoming budget season on Thursday during a joint work session. → Read More

Here's who's filed to run for Staunton City Council and School Board

So far, seven people have filed to run for local office. → Read More

UPDATE: One I-64 east lane re-opens after crash

Eastbound lanes were closed briefly on Friday evening while first responders cleared the roadway. → Read More

Downed power line traps driver in truck

Firefighters and the electric company worked to get the occupant out. The road was closed in the meantime. → Read More

Waynesboro Councilwoman Elzena Anderson resigns

Anderson's resignation comes just month before her term expires. → Read More

Waynesboro School Board members announce re-election plans

All three members whose seats are up for election plan to run again. → Read More

Bernie Sanders volunteer office opens this week in Staunton

Supporters hope the physical location will provide visibility for their candidate. → Read More

Amid low pay and 'inordinately high' staff turnover rates, Waynesboro contemplates new pay system

To tackle high turnover, Waynesboro City Council is mulling over a new pay system for city employees. → Read More

Reversing course, Waynesboro passes Constitutional City resolution

The resolution passed unanimously after council previously decided not to vote. → Read More

Using millions in city money for demolition and VDOT funds for roads, Staunton Crossing inches toward goals

The city hopes to ready the site to "Tier 4" status, which means it would be ready for development. → Read More

James Madison University industrial hemp study moves forward with contribution from Staunton

The project needed an additional $5,000 to apply for a matching grant. Augusta County declined to provide funding. → Read More

Late-night fire damages Augusta County garage

No one was injured, nor was the home near the detached garage damaged. → Read More

County moves forward with purchase of adjacent courthouse building, denies funding for hemp study

The courthouse project remains ongoing, and the schematic design phase for the new facility is about 75% complete. → Read More

Staunton City Council rejects councilwoman's bid for Second Amendment sanctuary meeting

Council voted 6–1 to not hold a public hearing about the topic. They voted 4–3 to bar the topic from future agendas. → Read More

I-81 multi-vehicle crash shuts down I-81 southbound lanes, leaves multiple injured

Sentara RMH Medical Center reported that it was treating six people who were injured. → Read More

County planning commission OKs Stuarts Draft small area plan, affordable senior housing project

The two projects will go before the Board of Supervisors for final approval on Jan. 22. → Read More

Live updates: Waynesboro Second Amendment meeting

The News Leader will be sharing live updates from the meeting. → Read More

Freshmen Shenandoah Valley delegates receive committee assignments

Dels. John Avoli and Chris Runion, both Republicans, were appointed to committees at the start of the General Assembly session. → Read More

Jennifer Lewis steps back from 2020 congressional election but announces 2022 campaign

Lewis, a Democrat, said she plans to step back for the 2020 election but return in 2022. → Read More