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Community justice planner hired; Council approves first small houses in new zoning class 

Starting March 9, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will have a criminal justice planner, an addition to the court system for which local justice advocates have long been campaigning.

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Just the facts: Journalism starts early for Hburg elementary students

At a time when journalism is rapidly changing, Harrisonburg High School journalists who help run workshops for budding elementary school reporters are not only teaching how to conduct interviews and check facts — but also how skills like following one’s curiosity and interacting with people can translate to all parts of life.

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Curious what the new high school and its grounds will look like? Take the tour.

The Harrisonburg City School Board got a three-dimensional glimpse at the future high school on Tuesday evening through a video tour of the grounds produced by Valley Engineering.

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Council still unsure what course to take with Heritage Oaks

The Harrisonburg City Council wrestled with the fate of the publicly owned Heritage Oaks Golf Course — but made no decisions — during Tuesday’s meeting as Parks and Recreation staff offered an overview of the course’s finances and operations.

Redistricting. Bonds. And its name. Your guide to what comes next with the new high school

The shovels — both ceremonial and actual — have broken ground at the future site of Harrisonburg’s second high school, which is slated to open in fall 2022. But there are still major decisions ahead. How will students be divided between the two schools? How will the district navigate its programming focuses, with one school geared towards STEM and the other towards fine arts? And how will the new school arrive at a new name?

As local judicial system grows, so does Court Services – a wide-ranging collection of programs for those not yet, no longer or hopefully never behind bars

In the shuffle of renovations last spring to add more courtrooms to the judicial complex downtown, the Court Services department got bumped a few blocks north to the county administration building on Gay Street – to the chagrin of local attorney Aaron Cook. Sounds cool, but what are Court Services?

2nd Amendment sanctuary supporters get vocal as council discusses resolution

Tensions flared at Tuesday’s packed city council meeting as proponents of a resolution to declare the city a Second Amendment sanctuary shouted at council members to urge them to act. While that issue was up for discussion only — and not a vote Tuesday — the council did take action to approve the first phase of the Environmental Action Plan and also heard a plan for the Daily News-Record’s building, although delayed voting rezoning request for it.

Linville-Edom school’s legacy fuels efforts to keep it open

It started by community members walking down a country road with a wheel attached to the end of a pole. The people who walked that 1.3 miles in the early 1900s, from the town of Linville to that of Edom, counted the number of times the wheel revolved, divided it in two, and thus decided the location of the present-day Linville-Edom Elementary School.

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