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“This is a very coveted corridor for retail and services, and we have worked with Augusta county and other developers to try to get the appropriate mix of services and retail in this place,” said Hitchen. Because of that, it was a long process. “We’ve been working on this project for quite a while since Augusta County decided to close the school and sell it,” Hitchen said. Hitchen says he hopes to have the buildings up and running in about a year. “The goal is to have the buildings up and running mid-next year, so roughly a year from now, we’d expect to see five buildings kind of where we’re standing right now,” Hitchen said. “Then in a few years after that, there’s more land behind there that they’re going to develop. We have yet to be told exactly what is going on down there, but it’s going to be a big store coming in,” Henderson said. In the meantime, crews have stripped the building, taking out windows and flooring. “They’re clearing out all the asbestos so they can come in and demo it and haul everything away,” Henderson said. City officials don’t plan on stopping at Waynesboro Marketplace. With the Virginia Museum of Natural History, “we’re hoping that’s going to spark a lot of growth on this side of town,” Henderson said. Hitchen estimates crews will have Ladd Elementary demolished within a month.
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Unemployment benefit woes continue across Virginia, but the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) is hoping to answer your questions without making you wait on hold. The VEC is now offering a way to schedule a 20-minute phone call with the agency to discuss unemployment benefit issues. The main problem now, slots are going fast!
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne has announced the return to 100% capacity and normal operating procedures for all home athletics events beginning this August, including game day tailgating for football this fall. JMU Communications says facility capacity was limited during the 2020-21 athletic seasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with declining infection rates and widespread access to vaccines, those restrictions have been lifted by the state. “We are excited to welcome back JMU Nation in its entirety and return to our normal game day operations this fall,” Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said. “We appreciate the patience and support of our fans over the past 15 months, and we look forward to seeing folks back on campus soon as we fill our venues and finally showcase the new Atlantic Union Bank Center.” JMU will continue to follow the executive orders set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as university health and safety protocols with respect to home athletic events and operations, according to Thursday’s press release. Season tickets for JMU’s upcoming football season are currently on sale as well as tickets for the 2021-22 men’s and women’s basketball campaigns in the new Atlantic Union Bank Center. Information on ticket packages for JMU sports programs can be found online at JMUSports.com.
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Allen Whitley, a father from Mount Gilead died saving his 11-year-old daughter and another child stuck in a rip current in Holden Beach. The tragic accident has renewed a call to add protections to area beaches.