Author: Bridget Manley

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Curious about those new poles popping up? They’re key components of a new technology coming to town

A few of these slender poles with larger cylinders on top have popped up across Harrisonburg so far this year. One is at the corner of High and West Market streets. Another is at the intersection of Maryland Avenue, Port Republic Road and Main Street. And a third is on East Market Street. Here’s what they’ll do.

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Nick Swayne, city’s school board chair and JMU X-Labs director, to leave Hburg to become college president in Idaho

Nick Swayne, the chair of the Harrisonburg School Board and founding director of JMU X-Labs at James Madison University, will become president of North Idaho College and will leave Harrisonburg in August. The departure will create voids in the technical and entrepreneurial spaces at JMU, as well as on the school board.  

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Grant helps cover restoration of Newtown Cemetery’s oldest markers — one grave at a time

The Newtown Cemetery, one of ares’s most historic cemeteries, is getting rejuvenated — little by little — thanks to a grant through the state of Virginia. 

‘Pushing parents out’ or ‘misinformation’? Lawsuit against schools comes after months of back-and-forth

A lawsuit filed last week against the Harrisonburg School Board came after months of correspondence between the national organization representing the six local plaintiffs and school officials over the district’s policies regarding transgender students. 

Hirschmann resigns from Harrisonburg City Council

UPDATED: Harrisonburg City Councilman George Hirschmann, the lone independent on the council, announced Thursday that because of health concerns, he has resigned from city council effective immediately. 

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. 

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.

Romero won’t seek another term on Harrisonburg City Council

Harrisonburg Vice-Mayor Sal Romero officially announced Thursday he will not seek a second term on the Harrisonburg City Council. Romero, who is the first Hispanic member of city council, cited family as one of the biggest reasons not to run for re-election. 

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