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Community perspective: Harrisonburg as a playwriting center

Harrisonburg has inspired a surprising number of playwrights, TV and screen writers in Hollywood and New York City. The story began with JMU’s first playwrighting course taught in 1975, when Professor Roger Allen Hall joined the faculty of the new theatre program. Just four years later his student Phoef Sutton won the first National Norman Lear Comedy Award for his play “The Pendragon Institute.”

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Community Perspective: Recognizing Cal Redekop’s lifetime of stewardship

For many people, climate change is the biggest existential threat humans face. While many of the biggest advocates for action are the young, closer to home one equally impassioned person doing all he can is Cal Redekop, age 94. Being in his tenth decade hasn’t stopped him from curbing his carbon footprint to help preserve the environment.

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Stories of hope, gratitude, tributes, sustainability and homelessness in Hburg dominated in 2019

The waning days of the year offer an opportunity for reflection — a quick check of what happened in the previous 12 months and how the community changed for better or worse. Of all the stories The Citizen published in 2019, these were the most shared, read and buzzed-about of the year.

Equal parts love and punk — Hburg’s music scene remembers Terry Turtle

The first time I saw Terry Turtle perform roughly ten years ago, Buck Gooter was one of several bands playing a mostly local show at Jax in Blacksburg. I had never seen a performance like it before.

Community Perspective: Fore! A change in course if no new high school in 2022

Harrisonburg city leaders are working to solve the complex problem of Harrisonburg High School overcrowding. The school board, working with limits set by a previous city council, is proposing that a second high school open for the 2022-23 school year (Plan A). The city council vote is anticipated on December 10th, after a public hearing.

Del. Tony Wilt and Sen. Mark Obenshain win reelection

With results in from all precincts on Tuesday night, Republican incumbent Del. Tony Wilt has won reelection in House District 26. According to unofficial results compiled by the city and county registrars, Wilt defeated Democratic challenger Brent Finnegan by 10,064 votes to 8,603.

Harrisonburg Takes On The Citizen: Part Three

As part of our first birthday celebrations, we asked community members to submit a piece about Harrisonburg – it’s past, present, and future. This is part three in the series. Deanna Reed, Mayor of Harrisonburg First, I want to say congratulations to The Citizen for making such a huge impact on Harrisonburg and being an …

Harrisonburg Takes On The Citizen: Part Two

As part of our first birthday celebrations, we asked community members to submit a piece about Harrisonburg – it’s past, present, and future. This is part two in the series. “There is Power In Place“ By Andrea L. Dono, Executive Director, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Paris may be more than 4,000 miles away, but the conversations …

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