The Landes Letter - December 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to provide updates from the Clerk's Office including upcoming changes to the Concealed Handgun Permit Training and a grant received.

   I have also included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

   The Clerk's office will also be closed on January 1st in observance of New Year's Day.

Concealed Hangun Permit Training Must Be In-Person In 2021

   Beginning January 1, 2021, the training requirement to apply for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit must be in-person, and will no longer be allowed to be completed online.

   The 2020 Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 264 and Senate Bill 263, which were signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam. The legislation changes Virginia Code §§ 18.2-308.02, and 18.2-308.06 and removes the option of the online training certification and requires that the training certification be in-person. This change takes effect January 1, 2021.I encourage citizens applying for a Concealed Handgun Permit to go to the Virginia State Police Website.

   New permit applications must be brought to each Clerk’s Office, but renewal permit applications may be mailed to the Clerk’s Offices, with the appropriate documentation and fee. In addition, each Clerk’s Office may be called for information regarding lost or destroyed permits, or for change of addresses, or to request a replacement permit.

Read the Press Release Here

Augusta County Clerk's Historic Records Grant Approved

   My office received notification of the approval of a Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation Program (CCRP) grant application for the conservation and preservation of four historically significant records in the amount of $12,598. The notification was received from the Library of Virginia, who administers the program.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is extremely pleased to have been successful in once again obtaining a Circuit Court Records Preservation Program Grant so that these four important records can be preserved for future generations. I am committed to preserving and conserving Augusta County’s historic records during my tenure as Clerk.

Read the Press Release Here

Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Staff Celebrates Christmas All Year

   During this Christmas Season the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Staff selected children and seniors to support through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program as part of the staff’s yearlong work to support charities and families in need for 2020.

   The Clerk’s Staff purchased gifts for 10 seniors and 3 children from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, which benefits members of our local community. Other charities the staff has supported throughout this year include donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, provided meals and support for an Augusta County employee facing health challenges, aided with funeral expenses for a Craigsville family, and provided a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need.

Administering Oath to New Craigsville Town Council Members

   I had the honor of administering the oaths to two re-elected and one newly elected Craigsville Town Council Members. Cynthia Doyle and Harvey Sprouse are returning Members, and Brad Ingram is the newest Member.

  

Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

Virtual Photograph Tour

   This is week thirty-two of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Jury Room Restroom area, located between the Jury Room and the Clerk's Office. We offer coffee and water to our Jurors located in this area.

   This is week thirty-three of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Back Main Entrance to the Augusta County Court House. You will note on the left our brand new Virginia Historic Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places Designation Plaque.

   This is week thirty-four of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is a closer look at our brand new Virginia Historic Landmark and National Register of Historic Places Plaque made possible by two very generous donors. The Augusta County Court House was designated a Virginia Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Thanks to the Augusta County Maintenance Staff for its installation.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5321 Ext. 100

Augusta County Website

 


Landes Letter: November 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to provide updates from the Clerk's Office including our grant application and the restored records my office received.

   I have also included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving State Holiday beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 25, and then Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We will reopen Monday, November 30th for our regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments Needed for Entry

   Appointments are still necessary due to the COVID-19 Pandemic to complete business at the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. So please note, appointments scheduled in advance are required for entry into the Courthouse, call 540-245-5321. Those with appointments will be asked COVID-19 screening questions and have their temperature checked upon arrival. Thank you for your understanding, and cooperation!

Augusta County Clerk Receives Restored Records and Applies for Grant

   The Clerk's office recently received four important historic records back after extensive conservation work was completed on each record book. The restored records include: Deed Book No. 2 Part 2; Freedman’s Bureau Record of Freedmen 1865-1868, Deed Book 103, and Marriage Register Colored 1863-1887.

    “The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office was very pleased to have been successful in obtaining the 2019 Library of Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation Program Grant so that these four important records could be preserved for future generations,” Landes said. “I want to thank my predecessors in their diligent efforts to preserve and conserve Augusta County’s historic records, and I am committed to doing the same during my tenure as Clerk.”

    The Clerk’s Office has applied for these grants since 1994, and the most recent application was submitted on September 22, 2020, which will cover the 2021 grant cycle. The most recent grant requests funds to restore and conserve Will Book No. 3 (1761-1767); Marriage Register Colored 1888-1910; Deed Book 29 (1796-1798), and Order Book 24 (1796-1799).

Read the Press Release Here

Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

Virtual Photograph Tour

   This is week twenty-seven of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the basement Scanning Room where oversized plats are scanned into our land record system for public viewing. We also have old land records and old marriage records housed in this room. In the future we hope to add another scanner and begin digitizing our historic records as well.

   This is week twenty-eight of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is our Plat and Server Room in the basement of the Courthouse. Our Evidence Vault is located in this room as well.

   This is week twenty-nine of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Basement Hallway going to our Basement Record Storage areas. According to at least several vendors and staff this is also the area ghosts have been seen.

   This is week thirty of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the server area, and evidence vault for our Plat and Server Room in the basement of the courthouse. We just completed an extensive upgrade of both the cabling and our record servers.

   This is week thirty-one of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Election and Civil Basement Store Room. All election records are kept in this room, along with confidential civil files. The room is double locked for security.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website


The Landes Letter - October 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to provide an update regarding the Courthouse Project and the Courthouse entry policy. I have also included details regarding the two proposed amendments for 2020 to the Virginia Constitution. In addition, I have included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

Courthouse Project Update

   Augusta County has submitted an application for a certificate of appropriateness to the City of Staunton’s Historic Preservation Commission. The application includes descriptions, drawings, photographs, plans, and documentation that are required by the commission.

   The commission will discuss the proposed certificate of appropriateness at a public meeting on October 27, 2020. The County looks forward to a decision about the application at that time.

Read The Latest Updates Here

Open By Appointment

   Please note, appointments scheduled in advance continue to be necessary for entry into the Courthouse. Those with appointments will be asked COVID 19 screening questions and have their temperature checked upon arrival.

Constitutional Amendments

   I hope that you will consider voting “YES” on Ballot Question 1, which will be listed after the Presidential, Congressional, and Senatorial candidate listings. Voting “Yes” to Amendment 1 will create a bi-partisan citizen-led redistricting committee made up of an equal number of republicans and democrats to end partisan gerrymandering. 

   Redistricting will occur in Virginia in early 2021 after the federal census is completed as mandated by the Virginia Constitution. If Ballot Question 1 fails, the party in control of the House of Delegates and the Senate will draw their own districts.

   I hope you also consider voting “YES” to Ballot Question 2. Voting “YES” to Amendment 2 allows an automobile or pickup truck owned and used primarily by or for a veteran of the United States armed forces or the Virginia National Guard who has a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability to be free from state and local taxation.

Review Proposed Amendments Here

Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

Virtual Photograph Tour

   This is week twenty-four of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the back record storage room in the basement, behind where you saw last weeks photograph. Criminal records, and Concealed Handgun Permit records are housed here.

 This is week twenty-five of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Women's Public Restroom in the basement of the Courthouse. These restrooms were added during the 1939 expansion of the building. Ladies first, the Men's Restroom next week.

   This is week twenty-six of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Men's Public Restroom in the basement like the Women's Restroom. These rooms were added during the 1939 addition to the Courthouse.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website


The Landes Letter - September 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to introduce the Clerk's Office Historic Records Assistant and student interns. In addition, I have included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

Clerk's Office Adds Historic Records Assistant

   Matthew J. Wingfield of Harrisonburg has joined the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office as the part-time Historic Records Assistant. Mr. Wingfield has a Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from Emory & Henry College, and a Master of Arts in History from James Madison University.

   We are very pleased to have Matthew Wingfield join the Clerk’s Office as our very first staff person to assist specifically with the preservation and conservation of Augusta County’s very significant and historic records. Matthew brings to our office great experience and background in history and historical research.

Read Full Press Release Here

Clerk's Office Names First Student Interns

  Hannah E. Davis and Blake D. Rodgers have been named the Fall Semester Clerk’s Interns. These are the first two students to be selected for the Clerk’s Office Internship Program.

   I am very proud to have both Hannah and Blake join the Clerk’s Office as our very first student interns selected for the Clerk’s Office Internship Program. We look forward to having both students serving in the office for the Fall Semester and hope to provide this opportunity to other students in the future.

Read Full Press Release Here

Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

This is week twenty of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the second floor back hallway. To the right is the entrance to the Small Courtroom, and to the left is the original back wall of the Courthouse. This addition was built in 1939 as part of the Works Project Administration.

This is week twenty-one of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the second floor waiting area outside our Large Courtroom coming up the stairs from our back first floor hallway.

   This is week twenty-two of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the second floor waiting area outside our Large Courtroom coming up the stairs from our main first floor hallway. For most going to court this is how you enter the courtroom.

   This is week twenty-three of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the front record storage room in the basement, which houses criminal records, and also old local newspapers that the Circuit Court received over the years.

 

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website


The Landes Letter - August 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to highlight the Clerk of Court Advisory Committee along with the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Advisory Committee Selected

   Members of the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Advisory Committee have been selected. Retired Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk John B. Davis has agreed to serve as Chairman, and 11 members, and two alternate members have agreed to serve.

   “The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will greatly benefit from the those in our community who have agreed to serve on the Clerk’s Advisory Committee,” Landes said. The formation of this Advisory Committee will also full fill an important promise and commitment I made to the people of Augusta County during the election last year.”

   The Mission of the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Advisory Committee is to provide advice when requested to the August County Circuit Court Clerk on aspects of the operations of the Clerk’s Office to better serve the citizens of Augusta County. The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Advisory Committee will be comprised of the Chairman, who will be selected by the Clerk of Circuit Court, and 11 Committee Members, who were asked to serve by the Clerk of Circuit Court.

   The membership will include one representative each from the Augusta County Bar Association, Augusta County Genealogical Society, Augusta County Historical Society, Staunton-Augusta County African American Research Society, and Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. An alternative representative may be selected from each group as well. In addition, there will be at least one member from the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, and one member from the Augusta County School Board. The remaining five members will be at-large citizens of Augusta County.

Click Here to See Full List of Committee Members

Clerk's Office Webpage

  I was honored to be presented with a copy of House Resolution 141 by Delegate Chris Runion, honoring my service in the Virginia House of Delegates. It was very different receiving this honor, after having presented many resolutions to local and state leaders honoring them.

Read the Full Resolution Here

Donate Today

  Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

   This is week fifteen of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Record Room extension, where the public can do research of our extensive records both online by computer and by pulling books. This part of the Courthouse was expanded in 1939 through a Works Project Administration or WPA project.

   This is week sixteen of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is a back Record Room where the Judge's Law Clerks work. If you look at the ceiling you can see where a cast iron spiral stair case once ascended to the room above, which is now the Clerk's Office.

   This is week seventeen of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Courthouse's Old Coal Bunker, which now serves as a store room for decorations, plat sleeves and extra carpet. You can still see some of the water, which flowed into this room recently. The Courthouse was heated by coal for many years.

   This is week eighteen of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is our Break Room/Supply Room. Staff eats lunch here and can get supplies they need. At one time this room housed the old microfilming equipment that was used to copy records.

   Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with my fellow Clerk of Circuit Court for Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg, Chaz Haywood, along with our Historic Records Assistant Matthew Wingfield. We discussed his historic record preservation program, and also were given a tour of the historic Rockingham County Courthouse, who was designed by T.J. Collins, the architect of the Augusta County Courthouse.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website


The Landes Letter: July 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to highlight the Clerk's Office Internship and some of the COVID-19 resources available to Augusta County small business owners.

   Additionally, I want to provide you with the newest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

Clerk's Office Internship

   The Clerk’s Office is seeking high school and college students who wish to serve as interns. The Clerk’s Office will provide internship and mentorship opportunities to students who are interested in Virginia Government, the Virginia Judicial System or the law.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office if very pleased to offer this unique educational opportunity to young people in Augusta County. These internships will allow our young people to see first-hand the work of the Circuit Court and the Clerk’s Office.

   Interns will assist the Clerk’s Staff with several assignments and tasks. Interns may be assigned to work with the Clerk’s Staff in the Civil, Criminal, Court Administration, Land Record, Probate, and Accounting Divisions in the office. For those interested in applying to become a Clerk’s Office Intern, they should apply using the link below. Internship candidates will be required to complete an application and submit a cover letter and resume expressing their interest in serving. 

   **Please note, one college student and one high school student will be selected to serve as office interns each semester. A college student intern has been selected for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. At this time, only high school student applications will be considered until the high school student position is filled.**

Apply Here

Clerk's Office Webpage

Augusta County Announces Disaster Recovery Grants for Sole Proprietors

  The Augusta County Economic Development Authority announces the release of a Disaster Recovery Grant Fund to help sole proprietors who are suffering from the costs of business interruption due to COVID-19.

   The competitive grant will provide $1,000-$5,000 cash per eligible grant recipient, and applications are due by 9 a.m. on August 7, 2020. Awarded grantees will be notified by August 14 and disbursement checks will be mailed by August 21. 

   Eligible businesses must be located in Augusta County, locally operated, and the business owner must derive a main source of income under the applicable business. Additionally, this grant is for businesses who have not received or been awarded loans under any federal program, including loans from Small Business Association programs.

Apply Here

Learn More Here

Free PPE Kits Available for Augusta County Small Businesses

   Apply in minutes to receive vital resources for reopening your small business and receive a kit including masks, gloves, sanitizer, and more.

   PPE Kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to businesses with brick and mortar locations in Augusta County.

Apply Here

Augusta County COVID-19 Resources

 Cash Grants for Augusta County Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

   Augusta County announces the creation of a Disaster Recovery Grant Fund to help county businesses who are suffering from the costs of business interruption due to COVID-19. This program will be facilitated in partnership with Staunton Creative Community Fund.

Additional Information

   This is week twelve of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Civil Division Office on the first floor of the Courthouse. This office at one time was the Clerk of Circuit Court's office.

   This is week thirteen of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Accounting Division Office on the first floor of the Courthouse. This is the only office that still has a fireplace for one of the two courthouse chimneys. At one time we believe this was the Augusta County Treasurer's Office in the early years of the courthouse.
   This is week fourteen of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Court Administration Division Office on the first floor of the Courthouse. Our Deputy Clerk's who also act as our Court Reporters for all Criminal Cases work here.
   I was surprised by this wonderful commissioned work of art of the Augusta County Courthouse. Julie Wilmoth Sheffer, Deputy Clerk, painted this one of a kind piece of art for me. She uses river stones for her original artwork.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website


The Landes Letter - June 2020

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to highlight positive developments at the Clerk's Office along with resources for small businesses as they prepare to reopen.

   In addition, I want to provide you with the newest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

Clerk's Office Internship

   The Clerk’s Office is seeking high school and college students who wish to serve as interns. The Clerk’s Office will provide internship and mentorship opportunities to students who are interested in Virginia Government, the Virginia Judicial System or the law.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office if very pleased to offer this unique educational opportunity to young people in Augusta County. These internships will allow our young people to see first-hand the work of the Circuit Court and the Clerk’s Office.

   Interns will assist the Clerk’s Staff with several assignments and tasks. Interns may be assigned to work with the Clerk’s Staff in the Civil, Criminal, Court Administration, Land Record, Probate, and Accounting Divisions in the office. For those interested in applying to become a Clerk’s Office Intern, they should apply using the link below. Internship candidates will be required to complete an application and submit a cover letter and resume expressing their interest in serving.

Apply Here 

Augusta County Circuit Court Debuts New Seal


    I'm pleased to introduce the new Augusta County Circuit Court Seal!

Clerk's Office Webpage

Jury Commissioners Appointed

   Earlier this month I announced that four Augusta County citizens have been appointed by Judge W. Chapman Goodwin, 25th Circuit, to serve as Jury Commissioners in preparation to review next year’s potential list of qualified jurors. Those selected include Vickie Arnold of Swoope; Karen Fridley of Churchville; Richard K. Halterman, II of Fort Defiance, and Edward R. Long of New Hope.   Jury Commissioners play an important role in reviewing and qualifying potential jurors each year for Augusta County’s Circuit Court. We thank these Augusta County citizens for their willingness to serve and take on this key responsibility in the jury process.

Read Full Press Release Here

Free PPE Kits Available for Augusta County Small Businesses

   Apply in minutes to receive vital resources for reopening your small business and receive a kit including masks, gloves, sanitizer, and more.   PPE Kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to businesses with brick and mortar locations in Augusta County.

Apply Here

Augusta County COVID-19 Resources

 Cash Grants for Augusta County Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

   Augusta County announces the creation of a Disaster Recovery Grant Fund to help county businesses who are suffering from the costs of business interruption due to COVID-19. This program will be facilitated in partnership with Staunton Creative Community Fund.Additional InformationThis is week seven of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Record Room, which is the nerve center of the Courthouse and the Clerk's Office. This is where the public enters to request needed services, and where the public can do research on records and documents.

   This is week eight of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Historic Large Courtroom, on the second floor of the Courthouse. For those coming to court to serve on a jury, as a witness, or as a defendant or plaintiff this is where most court action takes place.

   This is week nine of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is the Clerk of Circuit Court's Office on the Second Floor of the Courthouse. In the past it also served as Judge's Chambers.

This is week ten of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. This is our Probate Office on the First Floor of the Courthouse, just off the back portion of our Record Room.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website

Sincerely,

STEVE LANDES, CLERK

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

Proven Experience and Trusted Service for Augusta County


The Landes Letter - May 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus in this month’s newsletter is to inform you on the latest announcements regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court's Office and COVID-19.

   In addition, I want to provide you with the newest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

   Most importantly, this Memorial Day I wanted to take the opportunity to remember all those who have fallen and died in service of the United States. Let us always remember their sacrifice to protect our Liberty and Freedom. May we remember them and their families.

Clerk Of Circuit Court Announces Court Safety Protocals

   The Augusta County Circuit Court and the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office want to do everything we can to protect the public, professionals and staff who need to appear for court cases. For those who do not need to enter the courthouse we continue to encourage citizens to go online to access services where possible or contact the Clerk’s Office by telephone.

   The safety protocols include limiting the number of persons in the courtrooms at one time to only attorneys, necessary witnesses, interpreters, court personnel, court reporters, bailiffs, others deemed necessary by the court, and members of the media. Because of space limitations, not all witnesses may be allowed in the courthouse, but may be contacted by their attorney when to appear.

Read Full Press Release Here

Augusta County COVID-19 Resources

Clerk's Office Webpage

   Week two of the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour showcased our Jury Room, which has been restored to it's 1900s Victorian era look. If you serve on a Civil or Criminal Jury, or a Grand Jury this is where you would deliberate with your fellow jurors.

   Week three of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour highlighted the architectural detail of the Courthouse Portico columns and portico ceiling. The building Architects were T.J. Collins and Son, and the Contractors were A.F. Withrow and Co.

   Week four of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour featured what I call the Courthouse History Hallway from the ground floor going up to the second floor. Historic items include the Beverley Manor Grant Corner Stone from September 6, 1736 in the second photograph, and other important historic documents from Augusta County's early history.

   Week five of our Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour highlighted the Historic Record Room in the basement of the Courthouse. These historic records go back to 1745. We are working on a short and long-term plan for the preservation of this important Augusta County History.

   On this Memorial Day we continued week six of our Augusta County virtual photograph tour. These are the Memorial Plaques on the front of the Courthouse remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War I & II, the Korean & Vietnam Wars, and Iraq & Afghanistan Wars from Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website

Sincerely,

STEVE LANDES, CLERK

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

Proven Experience and Trusted Service for Augusta County


The Landes Letter: April 2020

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus in this month’s newsletter is to inform you on continued impacts that COVID-19 has had on the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court's Office.

   I also wanted to provide you with an overview of some of the resources available to Augusta County citizens and businesses. 

Circuit Court Access Limitations

   The Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office is now requiring appointments to enter the Courthouse to further comply with health officials’ recommendations related to social distancing and limiting the number of individuals gathering together.

Read Full Press Release Here

Clerk's Office Webpage

COVID-19 Resources

Augusta County COVID-19 Resources

Disaster Relief Loan Program

   The COVID-19 health crisis is creating unique and urgent needs among Augusta County’s small business. This 0% interest emergency loan fund program is designed to help businesses navigate changing and uncertain times. Loans range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are facilitated through a partnership with the Staunton Creative Community Fund. Please call 540-245-5619 or use the link below for additional information.

Loans and Grants for Business Relief

Job Board

   The Virginia Career Works-Shenandoah Valley Region office has created a job board to promote openings during this difficult time.

Job Board

Area Farmers' Markets

  Please use the link below for details on how to continue supporting our local farmer's markets.

Area Farmers' Markets

Thank You Carol!

   We received a very gracious gift of handmade facemasks for our protection from former Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Carol Brydge. From the "Courthouse Gang" - Thank You!


   
Since we are limiting access to the Augusta County Courthouse we thought we would provide a weekly virtual photograph tour of Augusta County's Historic Courthouse. This is our Small Courtroom, otherwise known as Courtroom B.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website

Sincerely,

STEVE LANDES, CLERK

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

Proven Experience and Trusted Service for Augusta County


The Landes Letter - March 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to inform you on the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court's Office and to encourage the use of our online services. Lastly, I wanted to leave you with two photos of our beautiful courthouse with the Virginia, United States, and Augusta County flags illuminated at night, and an aerial view to serve as message of hope in this time of uncertainty. 

COVID-19 & Circuit Court Access Limitations

  Per a Circuit Court Order issued on Friday, March 13, access to the Augusta County Courthouse will be limited. Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, who provide security at the Courthouse, will be screening individuals entering the Courthouse.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court and the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office want to do everything we can to protect the public who need to do business at, and our staff who work at the Augusta County Courthouse. For those who do not need to enter the Courthouse we encourage citizens to go online to access services where possible.

COVID-19 Resources

Clerk's Office Webpage

Concealed Handgun Permit Applications Can Be Completed Online

   Citizens who are applying for Concealed Handgun Permits are encouraged to go online to complete the application to bring to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. By going to the Augusta County Website, and clicking on the Government Section, and then choosing the Circuit Court Clerk’s webpage you can find the online application.

   In the past three months the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office has received a great number of Concealed Handgun Permit applications, many of which citizens completed by hand. Completing the application online saves the citizens time and provides them a copy they can print to bring to the Clerk’s Office for new permit applications, or mail in for renewal permit applications.

Read the Full Press Release Here

Apply for Concealed Handgun Permit Here

   Thank you to the Augusta County Maintenance Staff, who made sure our Virginia, United States, and Augusta County Flags were all lighted properly at night. These guys do a great job, and the Augusta County Courthouse looks great as you drive by at night!

   Wonderful view of our Augusta County Courthouse posted by one of our local members of the Judiciary. One of Augusta County's gems!

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website

Sincerely,

STEVE LANDES, CLERK

Augusta County Circuit Court

steve@stevelandes.com

Proven Experience and Trusted Service for Augusta County


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