While local and regional activists have applauded law enforcement reforms the state legislature passed in October, those new measures might not change much for officers and residents in the Harrisonburg area because similar policies are already in place.
Although not at emergency levels, cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 have been trending noticeably upward in the Central Shenandoah Health District. “The district has seen a significant increase in cases and general increases in hospitalizations related to COVID,” said Dr. Laura Kornegay, health director for the district, in an email to The Citizen.
Heather Brown has done some Christmas shopping online this year, but on Saturday she was among the steady stream of shoppers who visited Harrisonburg’s downtown stores and restaurants. Brown, of Harrisonburg, said she was not aware it was Small Business Saturday, but wanted to support the local businesses just the same.
I called the emergency squad because I didn’t know how to handle it and she wasn’t immediately responsive. It turns out she has a chronic medical condition, which I didn’t know about. And she’s angry at me for calling the paramedics, which she views as an over-reaction … Was I wrong to call the paramedics? What should I do now because I still have to work with this person?
Advocacy group Generation 180 is promoting solar on schools in Virginia. Several Southwest Virginia school systems want solar panels but face obstacles. Fairfax County has contracted with multiple companies to provide solar on several government facilities. Danville’s municipal electric utility added more solar to its grid, and a Big Stone Gap business went solar.
And so, in early October, Refused – an iconic band now routinely described as “hardcore legends” and “sonic revolutionaries” – ended up at The 401 House, a brick ranch on South High Street that was then a staple house venue in the city’s punk scene.
A Harrisonburg-based coalition that focused on environmental issues during this fall’s political campaigns is now harnessing momentum from its “One Minute for Earth” video campaign and is shifting its focus to future efforts.
Earlier this fall, the percentage of Fs in Harrisonburg High School classes was more than twice as high as usual. So officials had an intervention. Meanwhile, while some students have found mostly online learning to be challenging, other students have thrived in unexpected ways.
The types of housing units available in Harrisonburg — and the competitiveness of the housing market — particularly disadvantages lower-income residents, which the initial findings of a comprehensive housing study confirmed.