COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Author: Calvin Pynn

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Downtown venues prepare for return to the stage

After more than a year of relative silence downtown due to COVID safety protocols, the Friendly City’s music scene is poised to come roaring back in 2021.

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Crowd rallies downtown in solidarity with Palestine

More than 200 people stood outside the Rockingham County Courthouse late Saturday morning to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, after nearly two weeks of fighting between Israel and Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank.

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Proposed rail-to-trail project could benefit from infrastructure bill

A plan to convert a 50-mile railroad corridor – stretching across the northern Valley from Broadway to Front Royal – has been in development for the past five years but could become a reality with the infrastructure bill currently being negotiated in the Senate.

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Local initiative featured in national conversation on mental health and justice

Kelly Royston, coordinator of Rockingham County’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), represented the area on Friday in a live-streamed Congressional briefing discussing how communities across the country are working to improve mental health services in the criminal justice system.

New free clinic to open in Harrisonburg

A little over three months after the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic closed, a new free clinic will soon begin serving low-income and uninsured area residents. The Blue Ridge Free Clinic will launch during the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic, held April 10-11 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.

Area environmental groups hoping for boost from Biden executive order

Even as the details for implementing President Joe Biden’s executive order establishing a Civilian Climate Corps are still being hammered out, crews from the Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) are out planting trees in the Rappahannock watershed. Zach Foster, founder and director of the Harrisonburg-based ACC, said the group’s work exemplifies what the newly created national effort is trying to achieve.

The Virginia Breeze looks past pandemic doldrums

It’s a quiet January Tuesday at the public transit hub outside of James Madison University’s Godwin Hall, where in more normal times, students would be waiting with bags loaded for the Virginia Breeze to take them back home. These are not normal times, though; no one is waiting for the bus, and the only breeze around is the bitter winter sort.

Sen. Obenshain, Del. Wilt discuss legislative agendas – and the wild news cycle

Next week, State Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Tony Wilt, both Republicans, will head to Richmond next week for the 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly. On Thursday, The Citizen spoke with both of Harrisonburg’s state legislators about the bills they’ve already introduced, their expectations for the session, and the political chaos unfolding in Washington, D.C. and more.

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