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Certain plastics are the latest casualty as Harrisonburg feels more effects of the shifting global recycling landscape

Once again, the global marketplace for recycled materials has caused a ripple effect in Harrisonburg — this time ending collection of No. 3 through No. 7 plastics like yogurt cups and certain microwave-safe containers. It’s also a change that will send tons more trash to the landfill.

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Music from a local pre-Civil War hymnal is still ringing out

On New Year’s Day, about 370 people gathered to sing at Weavers Mennonite Church just west of Harrisonburg, and several hundred more listened in by phone. While most participants arrived by car, some Old Order Mennonites came by horse and buggy, helping keep alive the area’s long tradition of a capella singing from a hymn book called the Harmonia Sacra.

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Cigarette on 1st floor deck started Southview fire, HFD investigation finds

An improperly discarded cigarette on the deck of a first-floor apartment ignited the fire that engulfed the Southview Apartment building at 1083 Lois Lane on Thursday, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department’s investigation.

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43 residents displaced by Southview Apt. fire. No one hurt, at least one pet killed — but one dog was reunited with owner

More than 40 residents — nearly all of whom are JMU students — were displaced after a fire started on the first floor of one of the Southview Apartment buildings and eventually engulfed the entire structure Thursday afternoon.

A year in, the Virginia Breeze bus line has blown past expectations

On a sunny Friday, JMU junior Ahmad Hassane waits patiently beneath the looming brick and concrete mass of Godwin Hall. He’s anticipating the arrival of the Virginia Breeze – the year-old bus line with soaring ridership that runs from Blacksburg to Washington, D.C., with Harrisonburg one of several stops along the way.

City leaders back remembrance of Hburg’s lynching victim and discuss criminal justice issues at Tuesday’s meeting

Council members offered support at Tuesday’s meeting to a civic project memorializing Charlotte Harris, a victim of a public lynching in Harrisonburg 141 years ago.

Police prepare for first community walk of 2019 on Wednesday as some residents voice concerns

Harrisonburg police officers on Wednesday plan to mingle with residents in the neighborhood surrounding the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter on Jefferson Street off of North Main Street in what will be the police department’s first “community walk” event of 2019. But some organizations in the area approached the community walk idea cautiously.

Virginia’s Green New Deal can be built on common ground between people of all political stripes, activists say

Virginia environmental activists, in an initial effort to lay groundwork for a state-level Green New Deal, urged residents of the Shenandoah Valley to find areas of agreement among people of disparate political philosophies in order to spark policy changes necessary to halt climate change.

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