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McAuliffe highlights Lucy Simms as part his campaign proposal for education

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat running for that job again in 2021, is naming a key piece of his education plan after one of Harrisonburg’s most prominent historic figures: educator Lucy Simms.

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‘What else can we do enliven ourselves and not just cope?’

Old age. Many spend life dreading it, fearing it and even fighting it. But maybe that’s the wrong approach. A collection of essays released this year argues that the later season of life can be as — or more — fulfilling and meaningful as other points.

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Local artisans find ways to flourish amid adversity

In this photo essay, Harrisonburg-area artists and artisans offer a glimpse at how they’ve adjusted to adversity and harnessed creativity amid the pandemic.

By ditching overdue book fines, MRL becomes part of trend in Virginia and U.S.

With its decision to eliminate fines on overdue books, Massanutten Regional Library joined at least nine other Virginia libraries on the front end of a nationwide trend aimed at dropping barriers to borrowing books and other resources.

Small town, big cheer

Holiday lights are joyous, bringing a smile to the Grinchiest face. After the past year, the idea of this season’s outdoor light displays brightens the gloom of 2020. So, when asked to photograph the light display at 210 Keswick Circle in Dayton that even dances to music piped into your car, the answer was easy.

Harrisonburg woman takes a trip a lifetime in the making — to the place where her life was saved

The accident has haunted Harrisonburg resident Lori Mier her entire life. In August, she took a cross-country pilgrimage the place where it happened. Where her parents died. Where she and her sister were stranded over night. And where strangers saved her.

City gets good news about shelter pets; Council praises Baugh for his service (then appoints him to do more)

In its last meeting of 2020, the Harrisonburg City Council bid farewell to Richard Baugh, the veteran council member and former mayor who will be replaced by newly-elected member Laura Dent starting in January.

A crowded Middle River jail tries to stem COVID outbreaks as a third of inmates test positive

More than a third of Middle River Regional Jail inmates and dozens of its employees — several hundred people total — have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few weeks, forcing the jail to apply a tiered system to try to limit the spread in different sections.

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