New director of Massanutten Regional Library likes what he sees

Since beginning his new job on Nov. 7, Zachary Elder has checked out an audio book to help pass the time on an eight-hour car ride, picked out a printed guidebook on the 50 best day hikes in the Shenandoah Valley and started taking a course to improve his Microsoft Excel skills – all from his new place of employment

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U.S. Rep. Cline fields questions about shootings, education and national politics

Education, rising interest rates, implications of a looming rail strike and gun control were some of the concerns community members took up with Republican U.S. Rep. Ben Cline at an area town hall meeting Tuesday.

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Harrisonburg’s Election 2022: Why turnout among certain voters might have lagged

Voter turnout in this month’s general election was lower than the last midterm in 2018, but to Mark Finks, Harrisonburg’s registrar, turnout matched expectations. Finks said there was an uptick in young voters locally, but their turnout rates still appear lower than what was seen nationally.

Statewide environmental news roundup – Nov. 2022

The Governor “wants Virginia to be the first state to commercialize [small nuclear reactors, SMRs]”; he wants one located in Southwest Virginia. This technology hasn’t been developed on a large-scale. The Governor said recycling nuclear waste will be a priority. He also said Southwest Virginia could become an “energy epicenter” for the state, the US, and world. An Environment and Energy reporter explained what an SMR is.

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City braces for higher construction costs, including public works building and potentially the new homeless shelter 

Concerns about ballooning construction costs for the city’s homeless services center and low barrier shelter prompted the city council to hold off on finalizing a plan Tuesday for spending its $23.8 million in federal American Recovery Plan Act funds.

HDR receives $90,000 grant for music series; now seeks sponsors, volunteers

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance learned Tuesday from the Levitt Foundation that Harrisonburg was one of 15 localities chosen around the country for the grant, signaling the start of more hard work to make the series happen.

Flu, respiratory illness hitting central Shenandoah Valley, Virginia hard

Rockingham County Public Schools urged parents last week not to send their children to school with flu-like symptoms as cases of the virus climb across the area and region. Meanwhile, Sentara RMH is seeing more patients with flu-like and respiratory illnesses.

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Council holds off on appointing electric utility board member

Two lawyers and a former city council member applied to join the Harrisonburg Electric Commission board. But one city council member wasn’t ready to make a pick yet during Wednesday evenings council meeting. Here’s why:

Emma Phillips, Kristen Loflin & Andy Kohen win school board race

With all precincts reporting results to the city registrar’s office, Emma Phillips, Kristen Loflin and Andy Kohen have been elected to the Harrisonburg City School Board.

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