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

Author: Andrew Jenner

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‘This is a real thing, and it’s here.’ One local patient’s experience recovering from COVID-19

It started with coughing, which I think maybe still was allergies. That was middle of the [first week of March], and by that weekend I started getting flu-like symptoms, just chills and fevers and full body ache, that kind of stuff.

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City’s estimated population falls for second consecutive year, thanks to the economy

One year’s slight population decline could be a blip. But two years in a row – as is now the case in Harrisonburg, according to the Weldon Cooper Center – looks more like a trend.

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Dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew

As you probably know, this is the age of shuttered newsrooms and ex-reporters taking PR jobs and wistful talk about the good old days when local papers were thriving. Liking being a reporter, and being somewhat good a being a reporter, were no longer enough. I have no doubt that many former coal miners were committed and skilled themselves.

Remembering a lucky man

In the summer of 2015, days before I moved away to Brazil, I took my son and went to say goodbye to my grandparents. He was 1. They were past 90. They saved him packs of cookies from the retirement home cafeteria, and I let him eat all he could because it made both parties so happy. After a hug and goodbye, as I closed their apartment door, I wondered whether it might be the last time I’d see either of them. They seemed healthy enough, but past 90 is past 90. And as it turned out, Grandpa had less than two months left.

Election 2019: talking points and things to know

It’s Tuesday and voting is on in the 2019 state legislative elections. For Harrisonburg voters, names on the ballot in the two General Assembly races should look familiar, as both the House of Delegates and State Senate races are rematches from last time around.

Two superweeds arrive in Rockingham County

Press releases from Virginia Cooperative Extension aren’t typically a place to find dramatic language, but then again, the two new plants that showed up in several fields this summer aren’t your typical weeds.

As preparations for expansion continue, Middle River Regional Jail begins facility planning study

At its meeting earlier this month, the Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ) Authority Board voted to proceed with a facility planning study that will evaluate options for expanding the jail in Verona.

First round of fines for rogue short-term rentals have gone out, although not all hit the mark

A new chapter in the city’s quest to regulate short-term housing rentals is off to an uneven start, after notices of violation – and accompanying $100 fines – were sent last week to a first round of property owners believed to be operating such rentals without a permit.

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