Author: Randi B. Hagi

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From ‘bubble of fear’ to path of hope: Drug court’s effects beginning to be felt in Hburg

The courtroom was chilly as participants in the afternoon hearing on a recent Thursday trickled in. Some were alone, others entered with partners and family members. But this wasn’t like many other court proceedings, marked by tension and conflict.

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Some city board applicants don’t fill out their paperwork but get appointed anyway. The council is considering changing that.

Harrisonburg City Council members will consider establishing a clearer process for making appointments to city boards and commissions after the issue arose for the third council meeting in a row Tuesday night.  

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Six years ago, residents made the case for a Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Here’s how one man says it paved the way for more progress.

In 2013, Stan Maclin — joined by like-minded citizens — began making appeals to the Harrisonburg City Council to rename a street after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “There was no reflection of the accomplishments of an African American in the 20th century,” he said.

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School officials will ask council on Feb. 12 to approve starting new high school design phase

The Feb. 12 City Council meeting will be when school board officials present the updated construction cost estimates to city council members so they can consider how quickly to move forward with the new high school building.  

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At city council meeting, equal rights brings crowd to its feet

“Good job, ladies! Good job,” said Mayor Deanna Reed, before a standing ovation from about 80 people at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening. The applause celebrated the council’s support for Virginia ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Small girls with their mothers and men sporting ERA buttons were among those clapping alongside eight women who had worked on the issue since Congress first passed the amendment in 1972.

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Several factors drive up cost estimates for new high school, but school board members confident in ‘options’ to move forward

The estimated cost of building the new high school has risen by $9.5 million, according to a presentation Grimm + Parker Architects made to the Harrisonburg City School Board on Monday evening.

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Of all the city projects retiring Councilman Byrd helped shepherd, he says one stands above the rest

During Ted Byrd’s final city council meeting last Tuesday, Mayor Deanna Reed ran through the long list of projects and committees he has worked on during his 12 years of service as a council member, including serving as mayor from 2013-2015.

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Scooter crackdown gets thumbs up from council

Harrisonburg is a little closer to allowing police and city staff to impound scooters abandoned in a right-of-way, blocking entryways or pedestrian traffic, or being ridden on sidewalks downtown.

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