COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Health district has received 60,000 vaccine doses so far

About 20% of the Central Shenandoah Valley’s residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose so far, said Dr. Laura Kornegay, health director for this area’s public health district.

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City taking deliberate approach to hiring next police chief

The city’s next police chief needs to be community oriented to continue the success started by former Chief Eric English, said Michael Parks, the city’s director of communications, in a telephone interview. The start of that search is close, Parks said ­– but there’s no telling how long it will take.

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Amid COVID hardships, expert cautiously optimistic for speedy recovery

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment remains high and many industries, individuals and families continue to struggle. However, with vaccines rolling out and consumers chomping at the bit for more normal conditions, there is hope for an economic recovery by the end of 2021, attendees of an annual Economic Outlook Meeting hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce were told Friday.

Thomas Harrison Middle School wins improvement award

By Kate Szambecki, contributor When Harrisonburg schools went online last spring due to the pandemic, several teachers from Thomas Harrison Middle School continued to meet with students – outside and socially distanced – in the school parking lot or outside the kids’ houses. One of these teachers was Heather Kimberlain, who teaches English as a …

As Harrisonburg metro area continues growing, city proper stagnates

The city of Harrisonburg’s decades-long trend of rapid growth is no more. According to 2020 estimates published by the Weldon Cooper Center, the city had a population of 54,049 on July 1. While that’s up slightly from last year’s estimate, it’s lower than the 2016 estimate, capping a five-year period in which the city’s population essentially remained flat.

District wants public input on the future of school resource officers

The role of school resource officers in Harrisonburg City Public Schools will soon be up for debate in the public sphere, as a task force the district established to examine its contract with the Harrisonburg Police Department is planning a “listening tour” to gather community input. After providing opportunities for public input, the group will present a recommendation to the school board in May.

The Regal strikes back, could re-open this spring

Amidst the gloom of winter, a glimmer of light for Harrisonburg moviegoers: Regal Cinemas plans to reopen at its current location this spring.

Tequila Taco Bar to open in former Brickhouse Tavern building

Jose Reyes still remembers what it was like visiting his father’s first Mexican restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, on weekends three decades ago. He would stand on a platform his dad built for him to reach the cash register. And customers would gush over him as he collected their payments. Reyes has continued the family’s legacy and helped opened restaurants in Tennessee, West Virginia and Ohio — and now Harrisonburg.

Hey Elderly Aunt, what should I do about my friend ghosting me?

Dear Elderly Aunt.
Love your advice. I didn’t think I would ever write a question, but I’ve been stewing on something. I had a friend. Well, we were friends. We almost took it to the next level, if you know what I mean. But then he took a job in another city almost exactly a year ago. We kept in touch, mostly through texts. About six weeks ago, he started ghosting me. Just no response. So I backed off. I sent him a DM last week and again, nothing. I miss him in my life, and he gave no hints about why he might cut me off. I’m not sure if he wanted us to get romantically involved and was disappointed we didn’t. Or maybe he’s in a relationship and doesn’t want to tell me? But it’s hard to ask him when he won’t respond, right? So what do you think I should do?

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