COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Author: Logan Roddy

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No clear path emerges yet for Heritage Oaks’ future

Representatives from the Urban Land Institute presented three possible answers to the question about Heritage Oaks Golf Course’s future, but council members weren’t wowed by any of the options. 

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Rockingham schools to stick to neutral turf for future meetings to avoid mask issues

Speaking to an audience of about 30 in the Rockingham County Administrative Offices on Monday, the county’s schools’ superintendent said future school board meetings would meet in similar non-school venues to help diffuse tension about masks. 

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City’s environmental committee is back — and members say they have urgent work to do

Members of a city committee aimed at suggesting energy and environmental policy changes brought an added sense of urgency to their first in-person meeting since before the pandemic. As part of it, the Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee members are looking for even more support from the city.  

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Task force hears options for ‘reimagining’ school resource officer program

As the group considering the future of the city’s School Resource Officers program explores nuanced approaches to the police’s role, regional experts on Thursday outlined different ways other communities call upon officers. 

School board gets pushback over vaccinations, as well as policy regarding transgender students

The vaccine requirement protocol and covid testing for unvaccinated school staff also prompted passionate arguments from educators, staff and parents during Tuesday’s school board meeting’s public comment period, as did the recent adoption of a model policy from the Virginia School Board Association regarding treatment of transgender students.

Downtown events will proceed as planned, but not without some hand-wringing

Underscoring how covid-19 continues to complicate even routine approvals of event permits, Harrisonburg city council members engaged in a back-and-forth over whether to regulate upcoming outdoor events — and if so how.

Area disc golf enthusiasts endure the ups and downs

Dan Castle made his way up the first hole of the Westover Park disc golf course, the steepest climb of the 21. On his second throw, the disc caught a bad bounce off the ground and began rolling backward down the hill, seemingly traveling further by ground than it did through the air. 

City schools require staff to be vaccinated or face testing

After a debate regarding protection against the spread of Covid, city school board members voted at Tuesday’s meeting to require public school employees to be vaccinated, unless given a religious or medical exemption. 

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