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U.S. Rep. Cline fields questions about shootings, education and national politics

Education, rising interest rates, implications of a looming rail strike and gun control were some of the concerns community members took up with Republican U.S. Rep. Ben Cline at an area town hall meeting Tuesday.

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Harrisonburg’s school district and group challenging district’s approach to transgender students clash in court

A judge on Tuesday heard from attorneys on both sides of a lawsuit that a half-dozen teachers and parents brought against the Harrisonburg City Public Schools in connection to the district’s policies regarding transgender students.

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A month before school lawsuit reaches court, arguments fly in media appearances and affidavit

As the Harrisonburg City School Board and a group of parents and teachers prepare to go to court over interpretations of teacher training materials given last year, Superintendent Michael Richards filed a sworn statement that counters some of what one of the teachers has been saying to media. 

Public weighs in on candidates for open school board seat appointment

The Harrisonburg City School Board moved further along Tuesday in selecting which one of three candidates should fill the vacant seat left by its former chair Nick Swayne as board members invited residents to offer their input. 

U.S. Secretary of Education stops at city public schools during weeklong tour

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Bluestone Elementary School in Harrisonburg on Tuesday as part of a multi-state, weeklong bus trip called the “Road To Success Back To School Bus Tour.”

Renovated and reopened Salvation Army location provides beds, but city still faces dearth of shelter space

Following a change in leadership after allegations of mismanagement, the Salvation Army reopened its emergency shelter on Jefferson Street in Harrisonburg, which comes as another organization — Open Doors — is still looking for a temporary place to reopen its shelter. 

I-81 update: Del. Wilt says construction to widen the section that goes through Harrisonburg could start soon

Plans for the improvement and widening of Interstate 81 through Harrisonburg are moving along, and the public will begin to see roadwork soon to support infrastructure changes for the widening, said state Del. Tony Wilt. 

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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