Category: Harrisonburg Issues
New mural adds fun, color to Explore More Museum’s 20th anniversary — and downtown
Frankie Leech said her dad and his co-worker did a pretty good job painting a mural on the outside of Explore More Discovery Museum, but that’s not all.
New safety features on the horizon for Harrisonburg High
Harrisonburg High School is slated to try a new monitoring system that uses artificial intelligence to recognize weapons in hopes of preventing a school shooting and reducing police response times.
Old municipal building and a new fire engine are among the big-ticket items in next year’s city budget
Harrisonburg will see renovations to the old municipal building, the purchase of a new fire engine at Station 4 on Rock Street and increased compensation for city employees as part of the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 budget, which will go into effect July 1.
Rocktown High School has its first principal
City school leaders hired Tamara Mines as Rocktown High School’s first principal, and Superintendent Michael Richards and the school board welcomed her at Tuesday night’s meeting.
This sound of music is for the birds
Local pianist Anna Showalter will headline a May 5 free concert with music inspired by birdsongs. The event will close out this year’s “A Book for the ‘Burg” program, co-sponsored by the James Madison University Institute for Stewardship of the Natural Environment.
Harrisonburg science teacher with a ‘coaching mentality’ is up for national award
Erich Sneller, assistant director of the governor’s STEM academy and teacher at Harrisonburg High School, is up for a national teaching award. As for what got him here, he attributes it to this: “I think it’s my nature and how I was raised. Whatever you do, give it all you can. And that’s what a meaningful life is.”
City officially pauses skate park renovations amid criticism
Mayor Deanna Reed announced the city will pause the planned renovation to the Westover Park skatepark after hearing from members of the community about frustrations and concerns.
‘We want to embrace their kid-ness, but we also want to honor their adultness’
Harrisonburg educators are seeking to provide more flexibility for older teenage immigrants and refugees to navigate school or pursue other options.