Top Headlines on April 12

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

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New Boutique Opens in Harrisonburg

Reporter: Carly Stephenson


HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A new boutique is one of two new stores opening Harrisonburg in the next few days. It's a part of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance's push to get new businesses in the city.

Bluetique, which is next to Blue Nile on Main Street, will open its doors on Friday at 11 a.m..

The director of retail said they were drawn to Harrisonburg because of all of the colleges.

Workers had been working around the clock since Tuesday to get the inside of the store ready, and a design worker has worked on the store for a month.

The Director of Retail Elizabeth Shipley said it is called Bluetique because company leaders thought they'd carry a lot of denim at first. Now, with three other locations in Kentucky and Ohio, they are a boutique with a mix of things.

Its prices range from 99 cents to $68.99 and its motto is "cheap chic," so its focused on making prices affordable.

When you walk inside the store, you'll notice wall graffiti that targets specific shoppers: James Madison university students.

With the opening Friday, employees offered a pair of free earrings just for stopping by.

"We really think we have added a great location to their downtown area. We looked at it across the street at night and it looks fabulous. I think everyone will really like it when they come see us," said Shipley.

Bluetique is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there is also a location opening in Charlottesville next week.

Another new business, Walkabout Outfitters, will also be opening on Main Street on Monday as well. 

Trooper and Driver Speak with WHSV about Runaway Car Chase

Reporter: Tom Dempsey


AUGUSTA COUNTY -- A trooper and driver involved in a runaway car chase, which happened on Interstate 81 earlier this week, spoke with WHSV.

Amy Guevara said she was driving to class on Tuesday and everything seemed normal, until her brakes stopped working.

"I was panicking. I was trying really hard not to freak out," said Guevara.

Guevara was in the car with Sean Wies, her friend. Frantically, she called 911.

"The car was ultimately gonna' have to crash into something. I had a full tank of gas and the emergency brake wasn't working."

Guevara did all she could to try and stop the car, but nothing was working. In a moment of desperation, the two decided to jump out of the car. Guevara and Wies only suffered cuts and bruises.

"I unclicked his seat belt and he unclicked mine and then he went out the door."

The car was going 40 mph at the time the two jumped out onto the interstate. That left a runaway car with no driver. It was up to Sgt. CJ Aikens with Virginia State Police to stop the car.

"I was praying the whole time. We don't train for abandoned vehicles driving down the interstate," said Sgt. Aikens.

Sgt. Aikens said when the car started going into the median, it was time to move.

"I was right there, so I didn't think of the consequences until right after."

After about a three mile run-away car chase, Sgt. Aikens stopped the car by ramming it multiple times into a guard rail. He suffered a mild concussion, but the chase could have been worse.

"Just sitting in the back of the ambulance and thinking 'Thank God it turned out the way it did.'"

On Thursday, Guevara got the chance to thank Sgt. Aikens for saving the day.

Sgt. Aikens has been on the force for 10 years. He said the car chase was "the oddest situation" he has ever experienced.


Student Entrepreneur to Start New Business in Waynesboro

Reporter: Carly Stephenson


WAYNESBORO, Va. -- The Waynesboro Economic Authority and city council will be meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday to talk about new growth.

A new business is coming to the area soon, all thanks to a competition in the city.

As part of the WISE competition, students in the area had the chance to submit business ideas.

There are four finalists and the winner will win a grant, along with a place for the business downtown.

Those finalists will be revealing their plans for the first time to the public at the public meeting.

Each finalist has a 10 minute presentation and then people with the Economic Authority will take time to pick a winner.

Leaders said there will probably not be anything decided on Friday morning because they want to take time to make the best decision.

According to the Waynesboro City website, there will be a minimum of three awards given.

The winner selected from the four finalists will win $5,000 plus a space that fits his or her needs.

"Getting an new innovative business downtown is really important part of that process so we're really excited about the prospect of at least one of these business ideas coming to fruition. And starting a new business and new jobs and new businesses in our downtown area," said Director of Economic Development Gregory Hitchin.

There will also be general downtown revilalization updates at the meeting.

Hitchin said they will be looking at plans for the second industrial park to be built.

Members of the economic authority will be talking to an engineering form to finalize the plan so that workers can start building.

The meeting will be at 9 a.m at City Hall in the council chambers in Waynesboro. 

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