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Winding its way through downtown, Valley 4th race offers a little normalcy

In the second year without official fireworks display or city-sanctioned celebrations downtown, the return of the Valley 4th Run on Saturday anchored this year’s July 4th festivities in Harrisonburg.

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Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

Mercy House’s Timberville location feeds into organization’s short- and long-term plans

Mercy House moved its second thrift store from University Boulevard to Timberville as part of the organization’s long-term strategy to offer affordable housing.

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Our student contributor reviews Harrisonburg author’s children’s book: ‘MERIN And Her Very Bright STAR’

Harrisonburg Resident Lori Mier has published her first children’s book, MERIN And her Very Bright Star: A Story of Resiliency. Based on her story of losing loved ones as a child, the story touches on themes of connection, resilience, loss and community. We asked The Citizen’s student contributor, Latham Copeland, to read the book and write a review.

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Amid COVID hardships, expert cautiously optimistic for speedy recovery

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment remains high and many industries, individuals and families continue to struggle. However, with vaccines rolling out and consumers chomping at the bit for more normal conditions, there is hope for an economic recovery by the end of 2021, attendees of an annual Economic Outlook Meeting hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce were told Friday.

Nearly 11 months in, here’s how local businesses have survived the pandemic and what they’ve learned

When the pandemic hit the United States last March and government orders closed down many of them temporarily, most local business owners were trapped in a kind of economic limbo. To survive, some businesses shifted their business models. Others pursued government loans to keep employees on the payroll. But, above all, many local Harrisonburg businesses learned they could count on the community’s support.

Area castle becomes its own attraction

When Ed Keens thinks of castles, he thinks of home — and not in a house-is-his-castle way, but in an honest-to-goodness-Game-of-Thrones-castle way.

The 2020 Economic Recovery

When you draw the letter K you probably start with a simple vertical line. Somewhere near the midpoint of that line you then draw two more lines, one rising diagonally upwards towards the top and the other descending diagonally towards the bottom. According to some economists, these two diverging lines represent the two distinct recovery trends that are simultaneously occurring right now as our economy struggles to regain its footing.

Council candidates discuss ALICE, transportation, and affordable housing

The candidates campaigning for the three city council seats up for election on Nov. 3 participated in a virtual forum Wednesday night – the second such event this month involving all five candidates. Two incumbents, Mayor Deanna Reed (D) and George Hirschmann (I), and three first-time candidates, Democrats Laura Dent and Charles Hendricks, plus Republican Kathleen Kelley, largely agreed on topics ranging from how to help low-income residents in Harrisonburg to transportation priorities.

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