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Augusta supervisors discuss courthouse

Augusta County CourthouseBy Lynn R. Mitchell

“The county has shown considerable patience and due diligence” on the Courthouse issue. –Pat Coffield, Augusta County Manager

At Tuesday’s work session, Augusta County supervisors faced a packed agenda of items and reports from staff for everything from fire and emergency updates from the chief to VDOT report to economic update. Perhaps the most anticipated item, however, was discussion on the future of the Augusta County Courthouse and whether it would be renovated at its current Staunton location, or a new courthouse constructed at the government complex at Verona.

Supervisor David Karaffa (Beverley Manor District) provided a thoughtful perspective regarding the courthouse (see The Augusta County Courthouse decision).

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Staunton City Council elections Tuesday … what if there were purple fingers?

Staunton 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Purple fingers, similar to “I voted” stickers in America, are proudly displayed in Afghanistan during elections where voters often risk their lives to exercise the freedom of casting a vote.  Staunton City Council elections are Tuesday. There are eight candidates running for three seats. The Staunton News Leader reports that there have been very low turnouts in past years.  What if voters’ fingers were stained purple to show who voted?

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Staunton News Leader endorses three city council candidates

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Staunton News Leader came out today with its editorial endorsement of three candidates for the upcoming May 6 city council elections. With three seats available — only incumbent Carolyn Dull ran for reelection and the retirement of Mayor Lacey King and Councilman Bruce Elder left two open seats — citizens have plenty of choices in eight candidates on the ballot.

The News Leader chose Carolyn Dull for reelection along with Terry Holmes who owns the Mill Street Grill and former school board member Walt Obenschain. Read the reasons for their choices in Dull, Holmes and Obenschain for Staunton City Council.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Staunton forum at Blackfriars: ‘To be, or not to be … on city council’

Staunton 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

“To be, or not to be … on City Council. That is the question.” Staunton city council candidate Shelley Bryant set the tone with her paraphrasing of that famous line at the opening of last night’s candidates forum at downtown Staunton’s Blackfriars Theater, bringing laughter and applause from the audience. On the eve of what most celebrate as Shakespeare’s birthday, one almost expected to see the Bard himself sitting in the seats nodding his head in agreement.

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Medicaid expansion … looking for solutions instead of just saying no

StethescopeBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s an interesting stand-off in Augusta County with the discussion (or lack of for some) about Medicaid expansion and what to do about those who fall through the cracks of coverage. If I listen to those to the political right of me, the solution is that we should do nothing, shut down, just say no.

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