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‘Keeper’ of the Virginia Lincolns digs through forgotten pages of history to make connections

For decades, Phillip Stone and his wife lived next to the Lincoln Homestead — on the very land owned by John Lincoln, known as “Virginia John.”

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How will 2020 shape Hburg’s future? Let’s play Twenty Questions

And so it begins. Hopes for and speculation about the future abound, as does list-making for a fresh year. As we set off for the next 12 months, get ready for plenty of “20/20 vision” references. In that spirit, here are 20 questions (in no particular order) for 2020 that address issues that will likely shape Harrisonburg for the next decade and beyond.

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Gun-related questions became focus of Wilt and Runion’s pre-session town hall

Questions about balancing gun safety and the rights of gun owners dominated Monday night’s town hall hosted by two area Republican legislators, Del. Tony Wilt of Broadway and Delegate-elect Chris Runion of Bridgewater.

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Dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew

As you probably know, this is the age of shuttered newsrooms and ex-reporters taking PR jobs and wistful talk about the good old days when local papers were thriving. Liking being a reporter, and being somewhat good a being a reporter, were no longer enough. I have no doubt that many former coal miners were committed and skilled themselves.

Middle River Regional Jail moves forward with expansion plan that could cost as much as $96m

The Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board is moving toward adding 400 beds and voted to submit to the state the most aggressive expansion design — a more than $96 million renovation that would add a new medical area and renovate the kitchen, mental health center and the dormitory.

Young writer navigates financial plot twist to realize her dream

Briana Madden-Olivares has always been a writer. Since she was a little girl, Bri, who was born in New York City but moved to the Shenandoah Valley as a child, wrote poetry, then branched out to playwriting.

Ashes to ashes: Hburg trees take a hit for 2nd year in a row

In the last two years, Harrisonburg has cut down 350 ash trees in public areas because of the appetite of one voracious insect: the Emerald Ash Borer.

Planning Commission continues tinkering with “Airbnb” ordinance, with eye on loosening some restrictions

City officials’ year-long struggle to create fair, equitable regulations for short-term housing rentals plodded on during a Planning Commission work session on Wednesday afternoon, where a two-tiered system for permitting was discussed again.

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