VaNews for Augusta County
The unemployment rate for the Staunton-Augusta County-Waynesboro area slipped to 6.5 percent in September from 6.6 percent in Augusta, the Virginia Employment Commission's latest data show.
The area's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent the year before.
Republican Augusta County Sheriff Randy Fisher seeks a fourth full term in office next month against independent candidate Edward Carter of Buffalo Gap.
Fisher, a Waynesboro native, brings four decades of law enforcement experience to the job, and has seen Augusta County’s population grow by nearly 30,000 since he started his work as a jailer for the county in 1972.
he Augusta County Board of Supervisors will ask the state government to make a slight adjustment to this year's redistricting to allow the voters west of Stuarts Draft to continue to vote for the same delegate.
Supervisors voted unanimously at the board's regular meeting Wednesday to request the General Assembly to change the law.
Keeping voters in the White Hill precinct would keep voting uncomplicated, local election officials said.
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors wants to study a proposal to move a precinct line west of Stuarts Draft so all its voters can cast ballots in the same House of Delegates district.
Supervisors are considering whether to add the change to a list the county government will ask area legislators to present to next year's session of the General Assembly.
The current precinct lines will remain in effect for the November general elections. This year's redistricting split the White Hill precinct between two House districts.
In an effort to meet state mandates to clean up Chesapeake Bay, the Augusta County Service Authority has spent nearly all its capital improvement funds and taken on an extraordinary amount of debt, said executive director of the authority Kenneth Fanfoni, speaking to the Clean Water Forum held in Waynesboro on Friday.
But the authority's spending, along with multi-million dollar projects by the city of Waynesboro and the regional sewer authority for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, has barely made a dent in the flow of nitrogen into the Bay, he said.
Voters won't have a box to check in November when choosing someone to represent the Beverley Manor district on the Augusta County School Board. They'll have to write, instead.
No candidate had verified paperwork in hand by the Aug. 23 deadline.
That means the person who represents the district for the four years beginning 2012 will be a write-in candidate.
Augusta County Schools Superintendent Chuck Bishop said Virginia is waiting to see what flexibility the U.S. Secretary of Education is willing to offer on the No Child Left Behind education law.
U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan has indicated he will allow waivers for states from No Child depending on the programs they have to prepare students for high school and college. Virginia is interested in a waiver and has a longstanding Standards of Learning testing program that precedes the federal No Child program.
Bishop said Virginia is waiting to hear what Duncan is proposing. Details on the waivers are expected in September.
Party primaries are inefficient and often wasteful for local governments, and the state should reconsider how those elections are organized, according a list of legislative priorities the Augusta County Board of Supervisors is working on.
John McGehee, assistant county administrator, presented a draft of issues the county would like the state legislature to address during next year's session of the Virginia General Assembly.
The most recent primary election for statewide races two years ago cost the county $25,642.39, according to the draft proposal. However, just 1,836 local voters turned out — 4 percent of local registered voters, the draft said.