Category: Harrisonburg Issues

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Council approves housing projects, denies request for boarding house

Housing development issues dominated the agenda Harrisonburg City Council’s first meeting of 2024 with the council giving the go-ahead for 113 new homes on Harrisonburg’s east side and, conversely, halting operations for an unofficial fraternity house that the city condemned last year as being unlivable. 

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New county school board removes books from libraries & adopts Gov. Youngkin’s gender identity policies

In its first official meeting with three newly elected members, the Rockingham County School Board didn’t waste any time enacting some of the controversial policies that have been roiling school boards far and wide.

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School board elects Kohen as chair and Phillips as vice chair for 2024

With the start of a new year comes new leaders of the Harrisonburg City School Board. During its meeting Tuesday — which lasted less than half an hour — the board unanimously elected veteran school board member Andy Kohen to serve as the chair this year. Emma Phillips, who is starting her second year on the board, will be the vice chair throughout 2024. 

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‘Is that shirt from here?’ Local resale stores connect people with their styles

Every piece of apparel for sale in Dart Resale and Trade is hand selected by owner Mary Yoder-Anderson to round out a “vibe.” The clothing comes in brown cardboard boxes, clear organizing bins or white laundry baskets to the front desk of her downtown Harrisonburg store. By 1 p.m., the wait time for Yoder-Anderson to sort through a dropoff and select purchases for her store is three hours and climbing.

7 trauma resiliency strategies for farmers we can all try today

Farmers, food business owners, conservationists, Virginia cooperative extension agents, and other farm-adjacent folks from across the state gathered last week for a kind of a catch-up, reflection and exchange of ideas after the most recent growing seasons. 

JMU marches through a loophole to the Armed Services Bowl

After a nearly perfect season, the loss of a head coach, and the denial of bowl eligibility by the NCAA earlier this year, the JMU football team has defied the odds and is headed to play in the Armed Services Bowl in Dallas, Texas this coming Saturday.  

With concerns about conditions surrounding addiction recovery houses, city council delays vote

The Harrisonburg City Council is considering changes to the zoning ordinance that would allow group homes in the city’s residential areas for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. 

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Massanutten Technical Center students win design contest for new Washington Commanders stadium

Teachers often try to provide students with meaningful experiences and projects for their portfolios. But a student project that inspires the future design for an NFL team’s stadium — that’s taking it to whole new level.  

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