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Council again asks sheriff to consider ditching the jail ‘keep fee,’ also passes 2020 budget

The Harrisonburg city council ratcheted up pressure on the Rockingham County sheriff regarding the $1-a-day “keep fee” at the local jail. After a lengthy discussion about wording and efficacy, the council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday evening to formally ask Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson to “examine the possibility of eliminating the $1-day jail fee.”

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Hoodies, music therapy and pick-up basketball. This school has found different ways to reach students.

For students the Rockingham Academy, a sweatshirt emblazoned with the school’s logo is more than just a token of school spirit. It’s a badge of honor. “In their home schools, they probably … were never seen as part of a team, athletically or otherwise, they weren’t in a group. They were probably disenfranchised, disassociated,” said Scott Bojanich, the academy’s principal.

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In the grip of Harrisonburg’s housing crunch, some families keep getting squeezed

When Shannon Porter, executive director of Mercy House, pictures someone who’s homeless, the mental image that springs to his mind isn’t a loner with gray hair and well-worn wrinkles.  

School board chooses Nielsen Builders to construct new high school

Harrisonburg is one step closer to building the second high school, as the school board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to seek city council’s approval to develop an interim agreement with Nielsen Builders, Inc.

Could new zoning changes for housing ease the squeeze? Harrisonburg’s about to have that debate

The way Harrisonburg zones for new housing could change drastically over the next several years as city leaders wrestle with their approach to new developments. And early signs of those changes are starting this month.

Harrisonburg’s housing crunch leads to fewer homes on the market — and those that are don’t stick around long

Soon, perhaps even later today, Wes Way hopes he will have signed the contract on a home in the Northeast neighborhood. But he’s had to get creative to do it.
Way is one of the prospective buyers scrambling to find a home before it gets snapped up in Harrisonburg’s tight market. Knowing the seller can be a boon to buyers, as homes tend to be on the market for a matter of days, or sometimes hours, before going under contract.

Council backs off intersection ordinance after torrent of public concern about its effect on those who rely on panhandling

City council members voted unanimously to table a proposed ordinance that would prohibit pedestrians from lingering in the medians at seven major intersections, after a heated public discussion that stretched Tuesday’s meeting beyond four-and-a-half hours.

Perspective: Confessions of a drag king rookie

What’s it like performing in front of 165 people in Harrisonburg dressed as someone of another sex? Our contributor found out.

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