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Augusta County: Tracy Pyles wins re-election in Pastures District

Tracy PylesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County’s Pastures District, on the western edge of the county and bordering with Bath and Highland counties, has three library branches, more than any of he seven districts. That is a direct result of Supervisor Tracy Pyles’ work to bring that community resource to his far-reaching areas of Deerfield and Craigsville in addition to Churchville.

That is just one of the improvements Tracy has brought to Pastures, where there is more national forest land than private land, and houses can be few and far between.

Tracy won a close re-election Tuesday night against Chris Morrison whose family owns the IGA grocery store in Craigsville, bringing in 52 percent to 48 percent.

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ALERT! Police impersonator reported working Rt. 250 in western Augusta County

Augusta County mapBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Department has issued an alert warning travelers of a police impersonator  who is working the area of Route 250 in West Augusta near Ramsey’s Draft and Mountain House Wayside. That area, surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, is very rural and mountainous with spotty cell phone service.

Residents in the area report the suspect is targeting women who are driving alone.

From the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department:

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints regarding a police impersonator that has been operating on Route 250 in West Augusta near Ramsey’s Draft. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark SUV, possibly black. The suspect is described as a white male with “shaggy” hair and a pimpled face.

One confirmed “traffic stop” was made in Highland County, though several others have reported being chased from Augusta County into Highland County by the suspect vehicle. The vehicle is said to have colored flashing lights on the front and rear.

If you have any information about the identity of the suspect or any information regarding the vehicle please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

That section of Route 250 is located between Churchville and Shenandoah Mountain about 20 miles west of Staunton. Anyone traveling the Route 250 corridor in western Augusta County and eastern Highland County should be on alert.


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The Great Pumpkin rises again at Cestari Pumpkin Fest

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Augusta County’s famous lawyer and sheep farmer Francis Chester welcomes visitors with a broad smile to celebrate fall at the Cestari Pumpkin Fest at his family’s central Shenandoah Valley farm in Churchville that runs this weekend, October 11-12, and next weekend, October 18-19.  Spend a day outdoors in the fresh country air, enjoy the Appalachian Mountain vistas and colorful autumn leaves, and take part in fun fall activities on the farm that include:

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Celebrate autumn with Augusta County Library’s Fall Fun Days

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Fall! Cooler temps, colorful leaves, and fun Saturdays with the Augusta County Library and its branches. To celebrate this exciting time of year, there are free Saturday events going on throughout the county.

Fall Fun Day will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 18 at the Churchville Branch Library and 1 p.m., Saturday, October 25 at the Fishersville Library. Children of all ages will decorate locally grown pumpkins, play games, and make a scarecrow. Participants should bring old clothing for their scarecrow—the library will provide the stuffing.

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Autumn afternoon road trip to apple country

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Apple Country was calling this afternoon so after whittling away the morning, we decided to hit the road to Paugh’s Orchard in Shenandoah County. I’m not even sure how long it takes … maybe an hour? … but it was a sparkling sunny drive. We left Staunton and headed north on I-81, then off at the Mauzy exit and up Rt. 11 through New Market to our turn toward Forestville where we picked up Rt. 42 for another 2.5 miles to the fruit stand. Along the way, autumn was on display including this show-off maple along Rt. 11 on the outskirts of New Market.

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Churchville’s Chester 5K race in October

RunnerBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25, for the Chester 5K to be held in Churchville, Virginia. A farm-themed harvest race to celebrate fall, it provides an opportunity to enjoy western Augusta County and all that autumn has to offer. Like the Little Bo Peep Racing Facebook page to learn more.

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Tastee Freez in Churchville robbed by armed gunman

Tastee Freez ChurchvilleBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County law enforcement reported a man armed with a gun and knife robbed the Churchville Tastee Freez late Friday night, according to reporter Brad Zinn at the Staunton News Leader (see Tastee Freez robbed in Churchville). The ice cream eatery, located in Augusta County west of Staunton at the intersection of Rt. 250 and Rt. 42, is popular with locals as well as tourists who travel that route to campgrounds and hiking trails in the nearby mountains.

No further details were available early Saturday morning.

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Augusta County Library: Simon the ‘Readdit’ frog and his creator

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Kurt and frog he madeAugusta County Library trustee Dr. Kurt Michael reunited with an old friend Thursday when the board held its bi-monthly meeting at the Churchville Library branch. Simon, the paper mâché creation Kurt and his son crafted for the library many years ago, is still in use, this time sporting oversized sunglasses and a fishing hat while bidding kids to “Readdit!” The summer reading program continues at all library branches so come out and join the fun!

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
July 17, 2014

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