Author: Randi B. Hagi

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Randi has worked in the downtown restaurant scene, nonprofit sector, in horse care and as a freelance writer and photographer since graduating from Eastern Mennonite University in 2014. Randi's work has been featured on WMRA News, The Mennonite, and EMU's Crossroads magazine. She also runs a small muscovy duck egg business out of her “farmette” in Hinton. Hagi’s roots are in West Virginia, but she can’t seem to let go of Rockingham County.

Poultry worker advocates urge city council to act after spike in COVID-19 cases

Concern about the spread of COVID-19 in area poultry plants came to the forefront of Tuesday’s Harrisonburg City Council meeting, as 12 city residents representing a variety of grassroots organizations petitioned the council to ask Gov. Ralph Northam to dial back reopening of businesses in order to protect workers.

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Amid money crunch, school board cuts $1.2 mil. in new positions from budget

Harrisonburg City Public Schools is slowing the expansion of district-wide staff in response to expected revenue losses because of the pandemic. To this end, the Harrisonburg School Board, during its Tuesday work session, tentatively approved a first draft of budget revisions that takes out planned positions.

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Council cuts funding for golf course

The Heritage Oaks Golf Course would take a 36.5% cut in city funding, following the Harrisonburg City Council’s latest version of the 2021 budget, which got its first reading at Tuesday’s meeting.

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As federal funds arrive, some Harrisonburg residents, businesses and agencies are getting a little relief

Millions of dollars from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, will trickle into Harrisonburg over the coming months in various forms — through money to the city government, as stimulus checks and unemployment payments to residents and as loans and grants to businesses and organizations.

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City takes next step in considering golf course’s future; Schools look to ‘creative’ solutions for summer and fall classes

After years of debate over whether the city should be subsidizing a golf course, the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday began entertaining different options to potentially scale back Heritage Oaks golf course’s operations and asked city staff to hire a consultant to help in making a final decision.

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City’s trend of COVID cases improving, but officials remain concerned about vulnerable populations

Harrisonburg could be seeing “the light at the end of the tunnel” in the rate of COVID-19 infections, the deputy emergency coordinator reported to city council Tuesday. Meanwhile, state health officials are considering making available locality-level testing data.

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Concern for poultry plant employees ratchets up after worker dies of COVID-19

The Valley’s poultry plants are under increasing pressure, including from concerned workers, to tighten safety measures in an effort to protect against the spread of COVID-19. It intensified Monday after an employee at one of the plants died from the virus and as community members led a “car rally” on the workers’ behalf.

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All hands on deck: Inside the city’s response to COVID-19

Each Tuesday and Thursday morning, Helmuth and City Manager Eric Campbell hold a conference call with the heads of every city department to provide updates and share how the pandemic is affecting their work. It’s one of the many ways COVID-19 has affected — and changed — city government.

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