Mayor Reed goes to Washington … and other news and notes from city council
Harrisonburg’s top official will get some face time with the nation’s leaders next month.
Statewide environmental news roundup – March 2023
Governor Youngkin signed several energy bills—focused on nuclear, methane, gas, and coal—announcing on March 23 his delivery “ on his All-American All-Of-The-Above Energy Plan Priorities”. Not everyone agrees with the plan or the priorities. The governor remains committed to his “quest to put [the] nation’s first commercial small modular nuclear reactor in Southwest Virginia.”
Budget draft looks ahead to Rocktown High’s opening. Plus, find out what the new school’s mascot will be.
The first draft of the next year’s city school budget calls for a 7.47% increase, mostly to cover effects of inflation and other rising costs, as well as to prepare for the opening of Rocktown High School in fall 2024.
Lights, skate park, action: City expects some ARPA-funded upgrades to be finished as early as summer
Harrisonburg residents can expect as soon as this summer to see several improvements funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, including renovations and upgrades to several parks and recreation facilities.
Statewide environmental news roundup: 2023 General Assembly recap
This is a special edition of a regular series of contributed news roundups about statewide environmental and energy news. This piece highlights, with links to further coverage in various media outlets, some of the energy, transportation, and utility bills introduced during the recently-ended 2023 General Assembly (GA) session. Not all-inclusive, the bills noted include actions by area legislators (Delegates Avoli, Runion, Wilt; State Senators Hanger, Obenshain).
What do the numbers reveal about Harrisonburg’s crime rates?
Later this week, the Virginia State Police Department will close out the 2022 data processing period, after which it will release a summary of crime in Harrisonburg, as well as the rest of Virginia, called “Crime in Virginia.”
Community Perspective: Listen to the teachers
A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver
‘Every day you call your parents hoping that random bomb didn’t fall in their city’
A year since Russia invaded their home country, Ukrainians in this area are still doing everything they can to help their home country. “One of the worst years of my life,” said Nicole Yurcaba through tears.
March 8, 2023
Advocates for students with disabilities call on schools for more support
While Harrisonburg City Public School leaders have said they try to build inclusive learning environments for students with disabilities, several city residents at Tuesday’s meeting told school board members that there’s still room for growth.