Author: Randi B. Hagi
Beyond water and sewer infrastructure and traffic studies, sometimes local public service gets downright political — like last month’s discussion of establishing Harrisonburg as a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” It was a reminder that even local officials who are far removed from multi-million-dollar presidential campaigns or Washington’s hot-button issues du jour can’t escape the type of debates that fuel national politics.
Members of a Harrisonburg family who speak Spanish were the first to use the Harrisonburg City Council’s new simultaneous interpreter service when they asked for help at Tuesday’s meeting with a housing problem.
Starting March 9, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will have a criminal justice planner, an addition to the court system for which local justice advocates have long been campaigning.
At a time when journalism is rapidly changing, Harrisonburg High School journalists who help run workshops for budding elementary school reporters are not only teaching how to conduct interviews and check facts — but also how skills like following one’s curiosity and interacting with people can translate to all parts of life.
The Harrisonburg City School Board got a three-dimensional glimpse at the future high school on Tuesday evening through a video tour of the grounds produced by Valley Engineering.
The Harrisonburg City Council wrestled with the fate of the publicly owned Heritage Oaks Golf Course — but made no decisions — during Tuesday’s meeting as Parks and Recreation staff offered an overview of the course’s finances and operations.
The shovels — both ceremonial and actual — have broken ground at the future site of Harrisonburg’s second high school, which is slated to open in fall 2022. But there are still major decisions ahead. How will students be divided between the two schools? How will the district navigate its programming focuses, with one school geared towards STEM and the other towards fine arts? And how will the new school arrive at a new name?
As local judicial system grows, so does Court Services – a wide-ranging collection of programs for those not yet, no longer or hopefully never behind bars
In the shuffle of renovations last spring to add more courtrooms to the judicial complex downtown, the Court Services department got bumped a few blocks north to the county administration building on Gay Street – to the chagrin of local attorney Aaron Cook. Sounds cool, but what are Court Services?