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

Author: Bridget Manley

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A divided Capitol ‘forces you to the table, to be more reasonable and then negotiate’

With the Virginia General Assembly more than a week into its session, Republican Del. Tony Wilt said he’s hopeful divided government can yield legislative results and even some toned-down rhetoric. Wilt, who represents Harrisonburg in the House of Delegates, answered a range of questions in this in-depth Q and A.

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City schools to keep mask requirement but local districts look ahead to one day lifting them; Plans for high schools’ programming evolve

While the requirement to wear masks in schools will remain in place for the foreseeable future, the Harrisonburg City School Board voted Tuesday night to allow administration officials to explore adopting a path to safely remove the mask mandates — but with some big caveats. 

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Acclaimed Furious Flower Poetry Center to create living, digital archive of Black poetry’s past, present and future

Thanks to a $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, academics at James Madison University will soon begin digitizing records to create a “living archive” for the internationally recognized Furious Flower Poetry Center.

As new semester begins, JMU COVID protocols remain mostly unchanged

As the omicron variant spreads, JMU says that it will not require boosters for students and faculty, but is prepared change requirements if CDC guidelines change.

In the face of Omicron, city schools aim to stay in person; High school to open new modular building

Acknowledging the surge of the Omicron variant, Superintendent Michael Richards said at this year’s first Harrisonburg School Board meeting Tuesday night that the district is “well prepared” to continue in-person learning.

Through ‘Team Pringle,’ residents seek to return the favor to someone who’s given so much to Harrisonburg

After a house fire left one of Harrisonburg’s most generous and engaged residents without a place to live this summer, some of his neighbors and friends banded together to try give back to someone who has given so much to them.

Trailblazers hope this new route that winds through the Valley will take stress off Appalachian Trail

A new long-distance hiking trail that will rival the Appalachian Trail in length is in the works, and parts of the route are already available to hike in the Valley. 

Downtown looks to build on big small business Saturday with December events

Buoyed by crowds and strong sales on Small Business Saturday, the Harrisonburg business community is planning to harness the momentum with expanded holiday-inspired activities in December. 

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