Author: Chase Downey
Schools solved internet issues for students during the pandemic. The long-term solutions are trickier.
As schools were forced to close during the beginning stages of the pandemic two years ago, Harrisonburg City Public Schools encountered a problem: 1,224 students with insufficient internet access.
The Virginia General Assembly created a new law last year to ensure travel and accommodation intermediary sites — like Expedia, Travelocity and Kayak.com — pay the proper local tax rates on lodgings to cities like Harrisonburg. But the law left something out: a requirement to tell localities how much of the bill goes to local taxes.
Skyline Literacy loses funding again, but leaders say they’re confident the organization can survive
Skyline Literacy lost out this fall on some federal grant funding. But unlike when this happened in 2018, Skyline Literacy leaders say the reading and citizenship learning organization is in a more stable situation.
Harrisonburg will begin seeing Afghan refugees being resettled into the community in the coming weeks, nearly two months after evacuations ended in Afghanistan. And several organizations are preparing to help those families in different ways.
A long-awaited trail system connecting multiple schools and parks in Harrisonburg is finally under construction – the end result of a campaign that began in 2015.
As planning continues to develop a nearly 50-mile walking and biking trail following an abandoned rail line from Broadway to Front Royal, the infrastructure bill now being debated in Congress could prove to be key to its future.
After nearly a year and a half of being closed, Court Square Theater is planning to reopen, starting with an open house this weekend, followed by the Hispanic Film Festival at the end of September.
Around 10 p.m. on June 23, hundreds of Harrisonburg residents received an emergency text. “This is a message from the Harrisonburg Police Department. There is a high priority incident taking place in the area. Please shelter in place immediately,” the message said.