Author: Calvin Pynn

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City to seek grant funds for Simms Center preservation, more sidewalks and Northend Greenway 

The Harrisonburg City Council gave city officials the go-ahead Tuesday to apply for $165,000 in federal grant money to fund repairs at the Lucy F. Simms Center. 

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Influx of state funds to cover teacher, staff raises and more student support

Harrisonburg city school employees can expect a raise next year and more funding for support staff through amendments to Virginia’s two-year budget, which Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed last week. 

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Historical marker commemorating Lucy Simms unveiled

A historical marker honoring renowned Harrisonburg educator Lucy Simms was unveiled to the public on Friday, Aug. 13, near the building which bears her name. 

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Regular riders hope for different direction with planned transit hub

Alec Dickey is waiting for the Number 2 bus to the Valley Mall, cleaning a skinned knee with a bottle of water and some wadded-up fast-food napkins after tripping on the way to the Harrisonburg Department of Transportation’s (HDPT) transit hub. It’s not the biggest hassle Dickey has endured getting around town, but the 24-year old city resident sees it as a regular part of life without a vehicle.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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