Author: Chase Downey

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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.

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Harrisonburg could benefit from tweak to new law about room taxes

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.

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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. 

Local organizations prepare to assist Afghan refugees

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.

Long-awaited trail soon to become reality

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. 

Infrastructure bill under debate in Congress could hold key to funding Valley rail trail

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.

Court Square Theater prepares for its revival

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.  

Local emergency text process might get tweaks and new PR after June incident

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.

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