Top Headlines on April 4th

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on for April 4th. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Neighbors Gather at Restaurant to Support Families of Two Car Crash Victims

STAUNTON -- Good neighbors at Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant came together to support the families of two teenagers injured in an Augusta County car accident.

Restaurant workers hoped to donate as much as they could to help the families of the two victims.

David Fitzgerald and Dalton Hinkle were flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center more than a week ago after being thrown from a car.

Employees at the restaurant said Fitzgerald should leave U.Va. for rehabilitation soon. They said Hinkle is still in a coma.

Nickie Digrassie, Mrs. Rowe's business manager, knows family members of both teenagers and that was why she said restaurant workers wanted to help out.

“It's a community. The community wants to rally behind them, give them as much support as possible, help out in any way that we can, and I think by having this fundraiser, them seeing the amount of people that will come out, the amount of money donated, that they're not in this alone,” said Digrassie.

Members of the Augusta Fire-Rescue Squad ate at Mrs. Rowe's. They responded to the crash and wanted to support the families.

Police: Man Hit Several Cars while Drunk

WAYNESBORO –- Police say a Harrisonburg man caused several crashes in Waynesboro while driving drunk.

Police arrested Shane Phoenix. They say the 33 year old was nearly unconscious after side-swiping a truck and rear-ending two cars.

Police say Phoenix tried to drive off, but his car was too damaged. Investigators told WHSV he also tried to run away, but some people grabbed him.

He faces several charges, including DUI, but more charges could come.

Augusta County School Board to Consider Cuts to Teaching Positions


AUGUSTA CO., Va. -- The Augusta county School Board will be meeting to discuss potential cuts. Because of a budget reduction strategy, the school system is looking at eliminating teaching positions.

Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bishop said that the board will be talking about the number of employees who could be cut at Thursday's meeting.

They are looking at cutting physical education teachers and nothing has been approved yet, just considered.

The reason behind the cuts is because the school system is eliminating the behind the wheel part of the drivers ed program.

Dr. Bishop said the possible cuts would not be based on seniority, but instead on evaluations. In other words, the cuts wouldn't be aimed at Drivers Education teachers, but on general performance of P.E. teachers.

The board will also be considering other items, including approving the budget for special education.

"I'm sure that there are people that are upset, this is the first time in my seven plus years that I've had to consider laying anybody off, so it's not a time that I'm particularly fond of either," Dr. Bishop said.

Dr. Bishop said the cost of doing business has also gone up and often budget deliberations start millions of dollars in the red.
That's because of the cost of rising health care costs as well as retirement for employees.

Thursday's meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Augusta county Government Center in Verona.

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