Author: Bridget Manley

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Who’s in and who might be out of 2022’s local elections?

Even though the November mid-term elections are months away, this is the time of year candidates for local offices are deciding whether to run — and one incumbent city council member is leaning against seeking another term.  

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Harrisonburg schools to make masks optional for students; Board moves toward naming new high school

Masks will be optional for students in Harrisonburg City Schools starting March 1, Superintendent Michael Richards said Tuesday.

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At JMU, shaken students demand better mental health services

Following two suicides on campus in the last week – as well as shootings on the campus of Bridgewater College and Virginia Tech – JMU students are calling on university officials to better address the mental health needs of young adults desperate for better resources.

Two days after the Bridgewater College shooting: A community in mourning

As the Bridgewater community mourns the loss of the two police officers killed in the line of duty Tuesday, residents across the Valley have rallied in support for the families of the fallen.

UPDATED: Two Bridgewater College officers killed in campus shooting

Two Bridgewater College police officers were killed Tuesday in an on-campus shooting, which added Bridgewater College to the list of American schools whose campuses have been marred by gun violence.

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.

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. 

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.

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