Author: Randi B. Hagi

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As new high school’s design takes shape, board keeps stadium but cuts covered walkway

The Harrisonburg School Board voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of the design committee that were presented in last month’s work session, cutting only a nearly quarter-million-dollar walkway canopy but keeping the nearly $5 million sports stadium complex after a split vote.

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City readies for next telecommunications trend — microtrenching

Harrisonburg could soon see cable and internet providers employ a new way of hooking up fiber optic lines to homes using a process called “microtrenching,” Tom Hartman, director of public works, told the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Some athletics spaces could get cut from new high school design to save costs

A football stadium, a running track, a softball field, a baseball field, tennis courts, practice fields? The Harrisonburg School Board is now faced with deciding which athletics facilities the district can afford to build at the new high school.

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Forum participants call for state to acknowledge — and teach about — lynchings in Virginia

Members of the Charlotte Harris community remembrance project, which seeks to memorialize the African American woman who was lynched in Harrisonburg in 1878, joined forces Monday with a statewide commission to place a brighter spotlight on Virginia’s dark history of racism and lynching.

Airbnb owners operating without a permit don’t get council’s approval — for now; Another noise ordinance change passes 2nd reading

For the first time since requiring special use permits for short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs, the Harrisonburg City Council decided at Tuesday’s meeting to kick an application back to the Planning Commission for a second review.

Former DNR photographer files discrimination suit against new owner Ogden

Nicole “Nikki” Fox, former photo editor for The Daily News-Record, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Ogden Newspapers of Virginia, LLC, the company that bought the newspaper in spring 2018, along with other Virginia papers owned by the Byrd family.

Schools’ dual language program is in high demand and ripe for expansion, board members say

Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ original class of “dual language” students — the ones who started as kindergarteners in 2010 — began high school this fall. And now the school board and staff are looking toward expanding the program that is attracting more applicants than available spots each year.

New campaign bypasses minimum wage debate by praising companies that pay workers more

Instead of lobbying for policy changes in Richmond and Washington, a new group is pushing for raising workers’ pay by gathering voluntary commitments from — and cheering on — local employers that pay their staff a “living wage.”

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