Category: Harrisonburg Issues

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Fight and flight: Witnessing the ugly side of birding

At first, I did a double-take. My wife and I had just turned the corner from Rawley Pike south onto Erickson Avenue, just west of Harrisonburg on Sunday. As we passed the Word Ministries Christian Church entrance, I noticed two large birds to my left, south of the church.Both birds furiously flapped their wings. But there was something extraordinary about what we were seeing.

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Group recommends ‘South Ridge’ as HHS2’s name and suggests the school board consider renaming the existing Harrisonburg High School

As the new high school takes shape on its southern Harrisonburg site, the committee tasked with suggesting its name recommended calling it “South Ridge High School” with black and red as its two main colors. 

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Public safety agencies seek to attract needed reinforcements

With about 20 open positions in Harrisonburg Police Department and the fire department preparing to add a new station, the city is trying a host of strategies to attract new applicants for first responder jobs.

Writers return for the Rocktown Author Festival’s sequel

After being on hold for two years, the second Massanutten Regional Library’s Rocktown Author Festival will happen April 9 at the central library downtown and will allow people to interact with area authors and discuss the publishing process. 

HEC announces plan to sell solar energy from Acorn Drive plant

Energy from the sun will be available to residential customers of the Harrisonburg Electric Commission sometime this summer, albeit at a little higher cost than energy from the grid, according to details published on the HEC website.

Spoiler alert: the new high school won’t be called ‘Schooly McSchoolface.’ Here’s where the naming process stands.

hile some common themes have emerged among suggested names for the new Harrisonburg high school, the committee charged with recommending finalists to the school board is asking the community to keep submitting options through Thursday.  

Collaborative project at courthouse casts local history in modern new light

For centuries, the records of Rockingham County – of people who lived and died here – were kept on shelves in a tight space on the top floor of the courthouse in the center of town. Now many of them are online.

Salvation Army launches ‘top-to-bottom review’ of its Harrisonburg operations

As the Salvation Army grapples with allegations of mismanagement at Harrisonburg’s emergency shelter on Jefferson Street, the Salvation Army’s regional division has launched an investigation and has suspended the shelter’s operations. 

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