Category: Harrisonburg Issues

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Popular coffee shop relocating, hoping to cash in on city’s downtown master plan

The Ice House was a good first home for Black Sheep Coffee, but owner Chance Ebersold said the time is right to move his cozy downtown shop a few blocks north to 80 E. Market Street.


Spotswood Elementary teacher named city’s Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year

Through teary eyes, Daniella Buenaventura made her way through the crowded city hall chamber, where audience members had by that point risen to their feet. They applauded as Buenaventura made her way to the dais to accept the city school district’s Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year award. While the board’s meetings are typically quiet, a chorus of cheers rang through the room on Tuesday.


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Interested in chess in Harrisonburg? Here’s your opening.

In an age of seemingly online everything, Harrisonburg’s local chess club continues to attract new members — and strong competition — in part because many of the players prefer playing their opponent across the table rather than across cyberspace. And at the Harrisonburg Chess Club, which has been a fixture in the city since about 1985, that competition is friendly and recreational with casual instruction mixed in, but also can be intense with some well-established experts among its regulars. 

When you take a hike, bring a notebook — and other experts’ advice about better understanding the Valley this spring and summer

Don’t just stop to smell the flowers when you’re on your next hike — sketch them. That’s what Nichole Barrows does. (This and other audio stories through the Shenandoah Valley Ever Green project outline advice and expertise about the natural systems at work in the Valley this spring and summer.)

Community Perspective: Can you replace your car with an ebike in Harrisonburg? Possibly.

A contributed perspectives piece by Brent Finnegan I was two-thirds of the way up the hill on Paul Street headed toward Ott when I couldn’t pedal any farther. I dismounted my bike and commenced the walk of shame up the remainder of the hill. When I reached the summit of Old Town hill I waited …

New Rockingham County superintendent: ‘We can inspire our students to dream big’

After Rockingham County School Board members interviewed superintendent candidates from as far away as Alaska, they ultimately selected someone close to home to be the district’s next leader.

This article was written by a real person, but the presentation the reporter covered used AI

When Chris O’Brien prepared his presentation on artificial intelligence and automation for attendees at this week’s Valley TechCon.23 conference, he turned to ChatGPT to determine what information he should include, which reduced the time he would’ve spent researching and using search engines.

Speed cameras to go up in road construction and school zones; Council approves new budget

New speed monitoring cameras aimed at protecting the safety of road construction workers and children will pop up in construction zones and school zones across the city next month now that the city council unanimously approved a new ordinance Tuesday night. 

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