Author: Jeremiah Knupp

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Big Money: Fundraising in local General Assembly races reaches six figures

The most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections show that local candidates have raised nearly $1.5 million in their quests for a seat in the General Assembly in this November’s election. This year, all four House of Delegates districts and both state Senate districts that cover Rockingham County and Harrisonburg are contested, and the races are generating record sums of cash.

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A ‘Barn-Raising’ Mentality: Rural Democrats See Cooperation as the Key to Success

It’s late on a Saturday morning, the unofficial last weekend of summer, and the heat and humidity are already on the rise. While November may seem a long way off, political candidates are well aware that there are now less than 10 weeks until Election Day. And so, Brent Finnegan and Kellen Squire are putting “leather to pavement” in a residential neighborhood just off of Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg.

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With the OCP lawn no longer available for overnight stays, service providers say it’s time for a year-round, publicly-funded, low-barrier shelter

Recent concerns over people sleeping on the lawn of Our Community Place (OCP) is highlighting what local advocates say is the need for year-round solutions to address homelessness in the area. According to Sam Nickels, executive director of OCP, the influx of people sleeping outside OCP began with a misunderstanding.

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Former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling steps down from JMU position as Sen. Obenshain’s ethics bill takes effect

In response to legislation passed by the General Assembly this spring and took effect on Monday, former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has stepped away from his job as Senior Fellow at James Madison University.

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Brent Finnegan campaign. Paid for by Friends of Brent Finnegan.

Daily News-Record building listed for sale

A historic downtown building that houses an equally prominent local institution has been put up for sale. Last Wednesday, the Daily News-Record building at 231 South Liberty Street was placed on the market. The move mirrors that of many local and national papers that have sold their historic headquarters. 

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From exploring Medieval chain mail to detecting illicit vaping, local high school students showcase their research and hard work

The projects cover a wide swath of topics: a patent-pending tool to analyze DNA, a device aimed at addressing a modern twist on “smoking in the boys’ room,” and a comparison of the strength of historic patterns of chain mail.

‘I don’t care if you use my name:’ Survivors of abuse find strength in local group

The conversation begins on the condition of anonymity, the topic a deeply personal and painful one for this man – his abuse as a teenager at the hands of a Catholic priest. He’s come to Harrisonburg to meet with a group of fellow survivors of sexual abuse.

At campaign fundraiser, enthusiastic Valley Republicans look to November and beyond

At this year’s oyster dinner fundraiser, the focus went beyond Sen. Obenshain’s attempt to win a fifth term to serve as a kick-off for the pivotal 2019 campaign season where Republicans are seeking to maintain their majorities in the General Assembly.

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