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Rocktown prevails as new high school’s identity takes shape

In the end, it seems, it was always going to be Rocktown High School. The Harrisonburg City School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to select Rocktown High School as the name of the city’s new high school —with school colors of black and red. The new school’s identity will be completed once the board signs off on a mascot later. 

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Energy-saving upgrades at Black Heritage Project to cut electric bills, promote cultural awareness

The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project should see significantly reduced electricity bills once renovations to its building on Hill Street are complete sometime this summer.

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Schools embrace their outdoor space

During the pandemic, schools nationwide looked for ways to safely bring students back to in-person learning. The outdoors, which had already exploded in popularity as a safe way to gather, became an essential tool in safe learning.  And now, those spaces are not only sticking around as part of the educational experience, but the city schools are looking to expand and improve them.

Seeking to be ‘strategic’ and ‘flexible,’ council greenlights two more developments

In the latest in a series votes on developments, council members on Tuesday unanimously approved zoning changes for a commercial development at the edge of town on North Main Street and an apartment complex on Chicago Avenue. 

Cohousing members celebrate Earth Day where they plan to grow a community

On a warm, sunny Saturday, members of a Harrisonburg cohousing group hosted an open House to celebrate Earth Day at the future site of their community, Juniper Hill Commons, which could begin construction before the end of the year.

Schools solved internet issues for students during the pandemic. The long-term solutions are trickier.

As schools were forced to close during the beginning stages of the pandemic two years ago, Harrisonburg City Public Schools encountered a problem: 1,224 students with insufficient internet access.

A cross-town high school rivalry of Lightning vs. Thunder?

The Harrisonburg School Board on Tuesday continued its efforts to name the new high school, and two names seem to have emerged as finalists before the board picks the name at its May 3 meeting.

Proposed development would address shortages for low-income home buyers, renters

The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) is hoping to address a shortage of affordable housing for low-income and first-time homebuyers with a new development off Erickson Avenue and Garbers Church Road, across from Harrisonburg High School.

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