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

Now that marijuana is legal to grow in Virginia, some in area are trying it

Two tiny marijuana seedlings poke out of the soil in pots outside of Patrick Fritz’s home in Broadway. For him, they represent more than just relaxation – both the act of growing and smoking marijuana have been deeply healing.

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NCAA’s new ‘Name, Image and Likeness’ policy already affecting Harrisonburg

On July 1, following years of debate and legal proceedings, the NCAA adopted a new “Name, Image and Likeness” (NIL) policy that could have a profound effect on college athletes and athletics programs. The move comes as a broader argument plays out over whether college athletes should be paid, and blurs the lines that the NCAA has traditionally drawn between amauter and professional sports.

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$326K to go toward property to help homeless; Meanwhile Hburg residents at poverty level increase

The Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday approved spending remaining federal CARES Act funds to buy property to help address homelessness in the community — a step some city leaders said they hope will lead to a year-round shelter. And housing insecurity was a theme at Tuesday’s meeting as council members learned more about the increasing numbers of residents teetering on the brink of or already in poverty.  

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After a year of high demand for pets, area animal shelter is suddenly at capacity

The Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA has a problem, the scope of which it hasn’t had to deal with in a couple years.

In a school featuring ‘stewardship’ learning, solar array will be the newest teaching tool

hortly after Bluestone Elementary School opened in 2017, third grade students buried milk containers on the school grounds.

Statewide environmental news roundup – July 2021

In local solar news, a Harrisonburg non-profit, Give Solar, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity affiliate to put solar on several newly constructed homes this year. The hope is to provide “a path to homeownership and sustainable energy” and to expand the model to other Habitat affiliates in the state.

Local YA author finds his voice and his calling

Lamar Giles’ boss pulled him aside. She had to let one of her computer programmers go, she said, but if Giles still wanted the job, it wouldn’t be him.

Pandemic-era parties led to lots of warnings, and a handful of stiffer sanctions

Daniel Cindea was standing on the deck of his friend’s townhouse in mid-March, sipping out of a Smirnoff Ice “Smash” can and talking to friends about whatever people talk about at parties. Others, all JMU students like Cindea, were smoking cigarettes, drinking similar drinks and laughing.

Harrisonburg to retain metropolitan designation until at least 2030

Harrisonburg will maintain its status as a metropolitan statistical area for at least the next decade – news the city was happy to receive last week. That’s when the U.S. Office of Management and Budget announced it would continue to classify communities with a population of at least 50,000 in the core city as an MSA.

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