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One high school will focus on STEM, the other on fine arts. Here’s how plans for a new high school are taking shape. 

Harrisonburg’s new high school will be built with an eye toward providing a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while the existing high school will emphasize fine arts, school officials announced Tuesday. 

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FUEGO group seeks to thaw ICE’s chilling effect on immigrants in Harrisonburg

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has worked its way into the consciousness of Harrisonburg in a way that few federal agencies have, especially among those concerned that immigrants’ rights are being violated.

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With no secure place for homeless people to sleep, city council and residents again grapple with how to help them

Council members, local nonprofit staff and residents aired their concerns Tuesday over where Harrisonburg’s homeless residents spend their nights. 

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Council navigates through next wave of Airbnb requests and hears more concerns about downtown

The group of city-approved short-term rentals continues to grow in Harrisonburg, as the city council approved eight of nine such special use permits in a meeting on Tuesday evening. This was the second city council meeting during which these permit applications were reviewed since the council established the permitting process in March. The council approved the first three applications last month.

Nationally recognized principal to take over Harrisonburg High School, two assistant principals promoted at Keister and Spotswood elementary schools

By Randi B. Hagi, senior contributor A trio of new principals — two who are being promoted and one who’s returning to her native county — will take over at three Harrisonburg City Public schools after the school board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve their hirings.  The three new principals are:  Melissa Hensley, who grew up …

So. Many. Cats. Council learns why local shelter is overflowing with felines. Mayor also plans housing forum and council shifts end-of-year funds at meeting

The council learned Tuesday that at least one population in the city saw steep increase recently. 

Long-polluted Blacks Run is making a comeback. Ducks and fish love it. Now a new program can spur residents to help

Earlier this year, Wes Runion, Harrisonburg’s environmental specialist, was taking a sample of water from Blacks Run off of Pleasant Valley Road when he had a surprise encounter.

What should the new high school be like? Survey shows Hburg residents have a range of opinions

The new high school’s appearance, function and feel are starting to take shape in meetings of the school board-appointed design committee. But other questions — such as how students will be divided between the two schools and whether each will offer the same programs — have ignited public debate, including at a public meeting May 23 and on Facebook.

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