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What’s it like in D.C. today? A Harrisonburg police officer who’s part of the Va. National Guard gives us a glimpse

More than 21,500 National Guard members are deployed across Washington, D.C., to provide security for today’s presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Among their ranks is Harrisonburg Police Sgt. Scott Drugo, who is the Intelligence Officer & Gang Task Force supervisor.

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Area Black leaders explain how King’s words are as crucial as ever in 2021

For Black activists and leaders in the Valley, there’s more work the country must do toward achieving equality in America — that dream of which Martin Luther King, Jr. famously spoke. And that work continues today, as it did yesterday and will tomorrow in the far-too-slow bend toward justice.

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Finding gratitude in an otherwise bleak year

Even when 2020 has been downright awful, there have been acts of kindness and opportunities that have bound Harrisonburg families and the community together.

‘What else can we do enliven ourselves and not just cope?’

Old age. Many spend life dreading it, fearing it and even fighting it. But maybe that’s the wrong approach. A collection of essays released this year argues that the later season of life can be as — or more — fulfilling and meaningful as other points.

Harrisonburg woman takes a trip a lifetime in the making — to the place where her life was saved

The accident has haunted Harrisonburg resident Lori Mier her entire life. In August, she took a cross-country pilgrimage the place where it happened. Where her parents died. Where she and her sister were stranded over night. And where strangers saved her.

Art in the time of COVID

While any celebration has been difficult during this global pandemic, Harrisonburg’s artist co-op wasn’t about to let its 20th anniversary go unacknowledged. So its staff sought to pull it off by tapping into the same creativity and emotion used to make beautiful art.

What to expect locally as votes are cast and counted

While many voters will head to the polls Tuesday, the precincts won’t be nearly as crowded as past presidential elections now that a total of about 40 percent of Harrisonburg voters already cast ballots either at the early voting precinct at City Hall or through the mail.

Housing authority moving forward on plan for voucher flexibility; Mayor urges Halloween safety

Harrisonburg’s housing authority is making progress with the draft of its plan to be part of a federal program that will allow for more flexibility in using federal dollars and more incentives to low-income people in hopes of putting them on a path to “self-sufficiency,” the authority’s leader told the city council Tuesday.

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