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Officials investigate ‘non-credible’ threat at high school; Board explores ways to improve teacher morale

School officials and police determined that a threat of a student bringing a gun to Harrisonburg High School on Tuesday morning was “non-credible,” but not before it caused “disruption”and “nervousness,” Superintendent Michael Richards said. Also at Tuesday’s school board meeting, district leaders outlined six ways to help address issues that have sunk teachers’ morale.

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To help restaurants and the environment, some owners urge patrons to dine in, not take out

While running a local restaurant has never been easy, the last few years have tested Harrisonburg’s restaurants — with a pandemic that kept people out of their dining rooms followed by difficulties in finding and keeping employees and then rising food costs. 

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Community Perspective: How Harrisonburg Residents Can Lower Our Carbon Footprint And Address The Housing Crisis

A contributed perspectives piece by Brent Finnegan Imagine a city in the Shenandoah Valley that is sustainable, prosperous, and affordable. This small, resilient city has the lowest carbon footprint of any city its size in the US. It’s so inherently walkable and bikeable, many residents don’t even need a car for their day-to-day transportation. Families …

How to handle organization’s addiction recovery homes stumps city council

An organization running group homes for recovering addicts has technically violated Harrisonburg’s zoning ordinances for the last several years, but the city council hasn’t figured out yet how to fix the issue. 

People smile in front of a pick-up truck with its bed full of donated socks

Why socks and not teddy bears? Annual donation to RMH helps young patients in many ways

Steven Faught has delivered about 12,000 pairs of socks to children hospitalized at Sentara RMH since he began this volunteer project in 2017.

Community Perspective: K-12 Student Growth is not Stopping Anytime Soon

A contributed perspectives piece by Joe Fitzgerald.
Correlation isn’t causation. That’s what people will tell you when they’re trying to deny or soft-pedal the relationship between two numbers twined together like snakes on a caduceus. What they should say is that correlation isn’t always causation, but more often than not it’s a good starting point.

New school board picks familiar faces as leaders, while superintendent lays out goals for 2023

Harrisonburg’s school board will revise its public comments process in 2023 and draft programming for Rocktown High School. Meanwhile, the board unanimously elected Deb Fitzgerald as chair and Andy Kohen as vice-chair Tuesday night at their yearly organizational meeting at Harrisonburg City Hall.

JMU increases winter session course offerings

JMU’s annual winter session, which gives students the opportunity to take certain courses during winter break over a two- week period, begins Jan. 3. This year, the university decided to increase the number of classes available to the JMU student body.

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