Randi B. Hagi

News Reporter

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine. 

Randi grew up bouncing around the East Coast with roots in West Virginia. Outside of the media world, she has also worked in restaurants, managed the kitchen at the nonprofit Our Community Place, and raised ducks and sheep.

Ways to Connect

The nonprofit Central Valley Habitat for Humanity returns to the Elkton area with a homeownership application event this Thursday.

An invasive species of insect is spreading across Virginia, threatening grape vines and other crops. 

Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue recently welcomed their 89th and 90th intakes of the year -- two horses that were rescued from neglect.

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A new program at Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater gets kids out onto the airfield and in the cockpit.

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The Middle River Regional Jail's authority board is working towards renovating the facility since expansion plans stalled out earlier this year.

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Some Charlottesville residents got multiple deliveries of mail this weekend as the post office there brought in dozens of carriers from other offices to try and overcome the backlog of delayed mail.

Monday's virtual Charlottesville City Council meeting stretched well into the night as the mayor pushed for public answers as to why the police chief was fired, and whether the chief's race contributed to how she was perceived.

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A new exhibit on display at James Madison University showcases both the accomplishments of actual female astronauts as well as fictional depictions of space women going back decades.

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Each fall, the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch assembles at the top of Afton Mountain to collect data on migrating birds of prey that pass overhead. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The pandemic is still threatening livelihoods and access to housing. In response, legal aid societies have hired additional staff to help clients navigate the state's rent relief program. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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Some Charlottesville residents and businesses have been kept waiting on their mail for weeks at a time. 

In the past four weeks, 23 people have died of COVID-19 at Augusta Health in Fishersville. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

With COVID cases on the rise, local health officials want to remind those who test positive that working with case investigators to notify their close contacts is both safe and important. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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At a press conference Monday morning, Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg reported hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are up, and most of those patients are unvaccinated. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi has more.

Western State Hospital

Conditions for staff and patients at Western State, the state-run psychiatric hospital in Staunton, are improving following a partial shutdown of admissions ordered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Augusta County has seen an average of 89 new cases of COVID per day for the past seven days, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Hospital workers there are besieged by the spike. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Albemarle County Schools

Now that most students in our area are back in classrooms, schools are having to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within their buildings. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The University of Virginia and Mary Baldwin University are teaming up to train future healthcare professionals to work with children who have autism and other developmental disabilities. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Sentara RMH

As COVID-19 cases spike again, some local hospitals report longer wait times for admittance, and they’re delaying elective surgeries. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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Biology faculty at James Madison University have patented a new device that allows them to study the behavior of some of our tiniest local mammals. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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Presenters at a public meeting Thursday night [Sept. 9] in Harrisonburg expressed opposition to keeping police officers in the city’s public schools. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Bath County Public Schools have shut down in-person instruction through September 17 due to COVID-19. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia released a rehabilitated bald eagle in Grottoes on Thursday. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports. 

VDH

The Central Shenandoah Health District, which encompasses Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties, hosted a virtual news conference on Thursday, Aug. 12, to update trends in the spread of COVID-19. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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For people with mobility issues, just having equipment such as a wheelchair isn't always enough to get around in the world if stores, restaurants, and parks aren't set up to accommodate them. One startup based in Charlottesville aims to fix that. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Over the next three Saturdays, venues in Staunton, Fishersville, and Waynesboro are hosting 'Vax the Valley' events put on by the Central Shenandoah Health District and Augusta Health. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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The Little Free Libraries, those book-sharing boxes that have popped up all over the world in the last decade, have inspired another open-access method of sharing media: miniature outdoor art museums, such as the one now on display outside The Fralin Museum of Art in Charlottesville. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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If you live in the Shenandoah Valley and you enjoy fresh veggies, there’s a good chance that the tomatoes, green onions or squash on your plate came through the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction.  WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Dharma Bombs

One of the hallmarks of summer is making a comeback in 2021: the music festival. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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The Central Shenandoah Health District is getting COVID-19 vaccines into rural areas with mobile vaccination clinics, starting with Monterey and McDowell in Highland County. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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