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One woman wanted to expand her daycare to address the area’s ‘childcare desert.’ She got blocked by her own driveway.

Even though available childcare remains scarce around Harrisonburg, only nine applications for special permits to expand child-care facilities have been filed in the city and Rockingham County since 2015.

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A Skyline learner becomes a Skyline donor, as community responds to keep organization open

While he opened the restaurant, Ridwan also began working toward another goal: American citizenship. On the advice of a friend, he wound up enrolling in a citizenship preparation class offered by Skyline Literacy. He was sworn in as a new citizen at the federal courthouse in Harrisonburg – “a very happy moment.”

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After reviewing police body cam footage, NAACP leaders walk back criticism of weekend arrests but continue to seek ‘wider discussion’ on police relations

Hours before a rally organized to seek answers about police officers’ conduct while arresting two black women over the weekend, leaders of the NAACP withdrew from the event. Their decision came after Police Chief Eric English showed several of the organization’s leaders police body camera footage of the entire incident over the weekend — including what led up and what followed the cell phone video taken by party goers and circulated on social media.

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After police response to weekend gathering turns ugly, community members will rally Thursday to seek answers 

Community members, led by the local NAACP chapter, will rally at Court Square at 1 p.m. Thursday to call for answers about Harrisonburg Police officers’ handling of the break-up of a party early Sunday, which led to officers using their tasers on a woman multiple times before arresting her.

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As police still investigate racist fliers dropped at Bridgewater College, media continues to wrestle with coverage of it

On the way to class Monday, Nov. 26, a Bridgewater College student found half-a-dozen baggies along Dinkel Avenue — right by the college — that contained fliers espousing racist and anti-Semitic sentiments, the latest in a string of instances in Virginia over the last year.

Bluestone Elementary’s learning-friendly design racking up awards

Amelia, a first-grader, navigates the lunchroom of Bluestone Elementary School. Through its floor-to-ceiling windows, the snow-covered valley is visible beyond the playground featuring local rocks for climbing and garden beds watered by cisterns. Inside, in the school lobby, a grand piano sits within listening distance of the open-walled cafeteria, gym, and classrooms. Natural sunlight filters into the building through solar tubes, while exposed geothermal pipes provide impromptu learning opportunities for Amelia and her peers.

‘Real change’ — JMU students and halfway house residents team up to craft stories of hope and redemption

Male residents of the Gemeinschaft Home — a halfway house — created powerful songs and emotional messages after teaming up with JMU music and social work students. The result was Story Table, in which many of those stories and songs were shared Monday night at Merge Coffee Co. and Bowl of Good.

As momentum grows for I-81 upgrades, lawmakers prepare to pick between tolls and taxes to cover the $2 billion cost

Toll or tax? That’s a question that state legislators will begin debating next month when the General Assembly convenes for its 2019 session. At issue is Interstate 81 – the increasingly congested, dangerous and routinely backed-up artery that carries hundreds of billions of dollars in goods each year straight through Harrisonburg and western Virginia.

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