Author: Bridget Manley

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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. 

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‘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. 

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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. 

Rocktown prevails as new high school’s identity takes shape

In the end, it seems, it was always going to be Rocktown High School. The Harrisonburg City School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to select Rocktown High School as the name of the city’s new high school —with school colors of black and red. The new school’s identity will be completed once the board signs off on a mascot later. 

Schools embrace their outdoor space

During the pandemic, schools nationwide looked for ways to safely bring students back to in-person learning. The outdoors, which had already exploded in popularity as a safe way to gather, became an essential tool in safe learning.  And now, those spaces are not only sticking around as part of the educational experience, but the city schools are looking to expand and improve them.

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