Valley high school students race in super charged soapbox derby

For generations, kids have been building soapbox cars and racing them in derbies, but the days of actual soapboxes on lawnmower wheels have given way to vehicles that are far more complicated and powerful while being eco-friendly. 


Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

Embattled shelter could reopen ‘soon’ after renovations and additional hirings

The Salvation Army is making plans to re-open its Harrisonburg emergency homeless shelter, after closing it in March in the wake of allegations of mismanagement and poor living conditions. 


Community Perspective: Bike Riding

A contributed perspectives piece by Joe Laughland In 1957, at age eleven, all my friends rode bikes but me. Even though my older brother offered his bike, he never had time to teach me how to ride it. My friends pretended to fly fighter planes using their bikes. Laminated cards attached to the frame flapping …

Students already have Rocktown High School homework

More than two years before Rocktown High School will open, area students have their first assignment: create a time capsule.

JMU student joins national experts to explore events surrounding Jan. 6

A JMU student was among a group of scholars who recently met to share their research and better understand the events of the January 6, 2021 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol. (With video)

Community Perspective: When Grandma Missed the Boat

A contributed perspectives piece by Anna Rose Geary Grandmother Teresa Puca was a very determined woman.  She was a Neapolitan, and all Italians knew there was no arguing with someone from Naples.  It was generally believed that Neapolitans could out-cook, out-argue and out-shout any other Italians!  So, when grandma decided to do something, there was nothing anyone could …

Community Perspective: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome and long COVID

A community perspectives piece by Ronna Wertman As the world adjusts to living with COVID-19, millions of people remain missing from their everyday lives due to a chronic illness that many are not aware of. The medical community often provides incorrect advice and lacks proper institutional funding to find treatments and a cure. This disease …

Council tabs money for organizations, approves a future pay raise and opts to hand over an alley to JMU

More than 40 community organizations will receive city funds — including 11 first-time recipients — after the city council made changes Tuesday to the draft of the city’s next budget. 

HEC bills rise again as natural gas prices continue climb; SVEC also raises rates

For the second time in six months, rising natural gas prices have prompted the Harrisonburg Electric Commission to increase the fuel charges on each customer’s bill.

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