Author: Calvin Pynn

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Council candidates discuss ALICE, transportation, and affordable housing

The candidates campaigning for the three city council seats up for election on Nov. 3 participated in a virtual forum Wednesday night – the second such event this month involving all five candidates. Two incumbents, Mayor Deanna Reed (D) and George Hirschmann (I), and three first-time candidates, Democrats Laura Dent and Charles Hendricks, plus Republican Kathleen Kelley, largely agreed on topics ranging from how to help low-income residents in Harrisonburg to transportation priorities.

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After years of showing up, Laura Dent seeks a first term on council

Before moving to Harrisonburg in 2006, Laura Dent had known the Friendly City for most of her life as the halfway point between her hometown of Montgomery, Ala., and her alma mater, Harvard University. And when a job as a technical writer for Rosetta Stone brought her to town, it felt like the culmination of two lifelong passions – her decades-long career as a technical writer and a fascination with international language and culture after multiple trips abroad.

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Sentara RMH to contract with new interpreters

On-site interpretation for patients at Sentara RMH will look a little different later this year as the hospital plans to outsource those services.

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The Free Clinic to close by the end of the year

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Though hard numbers scarce, local “Zoom fatigue” doesn’t seem too bad yet

In a normal year, the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale packs out the Rockingham County Fairgrounds with people admiring handwoven quilts, handcrafted furniture and other items auctioned off over the weekend. While some attendees still came by to look at those items last weekend, the bleachers – typically filled with several thousand people – were empty.

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Council candidate sets personal Facebook profile to private amid criticism of posts

After facing criticism for her Facebook posts promoting QAnon and far-right political memes, council candidate Kathleen Kelley has set her once-public profile to private. Kelley said she did so after the backlash reached those close to her.

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Rep. Cline and challenger Betts talk pandemic, climate change and more in first VA-6 Congressional debate

Economic recovery from the pandemic was a major theme of Monday afternoon’s debate between Rep. Ben Cline (R) and Democratic challenger Nicholas Betts, running to represent Virginia’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The delivery droids have deployed at JMU

I was standing outside the Student Success Center at JMU when a little white box on wheels found me, slowly approaching with a bag of Chex Mix and a can of seltzer that I had ordered 20 minutes earlier. It gently swerved around two students walking in its path before stopping at our meeting point.

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