Staunton, Waynesboro school board elections and Swannanoa: Where The News Leads

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Hello, and welcome to Where the News Leads! This weekly series will be centered around some of the stories we've written here at The News Leader.

This week, trending topics reporter Laura Peters and education and sports reporter Patrick Hite talk about their recently published and upcoming stories.

First, Patrick catches us up on who's running for Staunton and Waynesboro School Board elections. Even though the election is months away, he is taking the time to get to know each candidate by publishing profiles on the candidates.

Patrick's story:Staunton, Waynesboro will have contested races for school boards in November

Staunton has three open seats and five candidates, and all of their profiles have already been published. Patrick is currently working on profiles for the Waynesboro candidates, which will go live in the coming weeks.

Patrick's story:Staunton's policies on masks and transgender students led Wilson to run for school board

Patrick's story:Working to fund schools helped give Siegel a purpose. Now she's running for school board.

Patrick's story:No longer a full-time teacher, Mason ready to help Staunton City Schools as board member

Patrick's story:Hatter had a feeling that running for Staunton School Board was what she was supposed to do

Patrick's story:Brown-Bundy wants to work for greater good of students if elected to Staunton School Board

Laura then walks us through her experience of touring and writing about Swannanoa, a marble mansion on top of Afton Mountain.

Laura's storySwannanoa seeing several updates to keep it available for public visits

The private estate used to have several open houses and tours for the public, but when COVID hit that all changed. They started hosting more private events and experienced issues with visitors stealing items from the property, including marble off the building.

After Swannanoa underwent several renovations, Laura visited to find out how things are going now. There are about 20 private events there per month and people can tour the property by visiting their website and purchasing tickets.

Laura's gallery:PHOTOS: Swannanoa sees some renovations

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the government watchdog reporter for The News Leader. Have a news tip on local government? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@newsleader.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.

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