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Immigrant advocacy group sues sheriff’s office over access to documents

A local immigrant advocacy group is taking Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office to court after unsuccessfully attempting to obtain certain documents through the Freedom of Information Act. FUEGO made a request last July for 16 categories of public records pertaining to the sheriff’s office’s cooperation with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Council approves planned neighborhood; City outlines coronavirus preparations

A multi-generational planned community is one step closer to fruition after their rezoning request won approval from the Harrisonburg City Council in their meeting Tuesday evening. The group Harrisonburg Cohousing plans to build the neighborhood, called Juniper Hill Commons, on a five-and-a-half acre plot on Keezletown Road, just off of Country Club Road.

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Okinawa Joe’s: Zen and the Art of Resurrection

The kitten just showed up on the doorstep at 690 North Main Street, his physical defects obvious, and probably the reason his previous human had abandoned him. But where others may have only seen a terminal case John Garasimowicz saw potential, feeding the little cat, taking him in and dropping the cash at the vet to get his health problems fixed.

Clear your palette because Taste of Downtown is back

Pork osso buco. Lemongrass coconut ice cream. Challah bread paired with a flight of local beer. Vibrant flavors with surprising and ambitious pairings of ingredients will abound in Harrisonburg next week as part of the 2020 Taste of Downtown.

Superintendent calls for adding special education teachers even as funding sources change

The special education department of Harrisonburg City Public Schools is about to see changes in the way it’s funded, with one source of money essentially being halved, and a new source kickstarting a process to improve services.

African American groups in Valley successfully lobby legislature to postpone decision on history center

A state budget amendment to pay for a proposed African American History Center in New Market failed to make it into the House or Senate versions of the budget after several area African American groups successfully lobbied against the measure.

First family to use city meeting interpreter service ask council to help with rental problems

Members of a Harrisonburg family who speak Spanish were the first to use the Harrisonburg City Council’s new simultaneous interpreter service when they asked for help at Tuesday’s meeting with a housing problem.

Amid public’s interest in Lincoln Homestead, owners plan open house and Juneteenth events

The owners of the Lincoln Homestead will again open the historic house to the public on April 4, after a wave of interest at this month’s Lincoln Day Ceremony forced some of the 700 people who showed up to wait hours to see it — if they could get in at all.

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