Category: Harrisonburg Issues

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Middle River Regional Jail moves forward with expansion plan that could cost as much as $96m

The Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board is moving toward adding 400 beds and voted to submit to the state the most aggressive expansion design — a more than $96 million renovation that would add a new medical area and renovate the kitchen, mental health center and the dormitory.

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Young writer navigates financial plot twist to realize her dream

Briana Madden-Olivares has always been a writer. Since she was a little girl, Bri, who was born in New York City but moved to the Shenandoah Valley as a child, wrote poetry, then branched out to playwriting.

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Ashes to ashes: Hburg trees take a hit for 2nd year in a row

In the last two years, Harrisonburg has cut down 350 ash trees in public areas because of the appetite of one voracious insect: the Emerald Ash Borer.

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Planning Commission continues tinkering with “Airbnb” ordinance, with eye on loosening some restrictions

City officials’ year-long struggle to create fair, equitable regulations for short-term housing rentals plodded on during a Planning Commission work session on Wednesday afternoon, where a two-tiered system for permitting was discussed again.

Zany cookies and holiday spirit fuel a big weekend for downtown businesses

Sara Christensen, owner of The Lady Jane and member of the Friendly City Merchants, recognizes this weekend’s Winter Wonderfest as more than just boon to businesses’ bottom lines but also as a communal holiday celebration.

By 3-2 vote, council approves Plan A for the new high school design that includes athletic facilities

The Harrisonburg City Council narrowly approved the construction of the new high school as originally designed on Tuesday evening – with the athletics facilities included — allowing builders to break ground in time for the $87.2 million building to open in fall 2022.

It all comes down to tonight. Council’s decision on new school will decide when it opens and how it’s built.

To stay on schedule for opening the new high school in fall 2022, the City Council will have to authorize Nielsen Builders, Inc. to break ground this month. That has raised the stakes for tonight’s public hearing and vote — potentially the last chance for council to approve a design so that the builders can proceed on time or risk delaying the new school’s opening by a year.

Meet the couple preserving Abraham Lincoln’s ancestral home and its complicated history

If you’ve driven north on Route 42 from Harrisonburg, you might have noticed a large farmhouse with fading yellow paint on the right side of the road in Linville, about halfway between Harrisonburg and Broadway. Or maybe you’ve caught a glimpse of a historical marker in the overgrown brush as well.

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