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‘Connected by things more powerful than grief’

In the year since the fatal shootings of Bridgewater College Police Officer John Painter and Campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson, the college and surrounding community have endured the grief, sadness and disbelief that accompanies such violent acts, while trying to heal and memorialize the two lives lost. 

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The fun of getting out: Local escape room taps into our love of puzzles, fear

A Harrisonburg escape room business has some interactive, collaborative puzzles — with new ones on the way. Here’s the story of how Escapism Escape Rooms came about and why we humans like these (sometimes scary) activities so much.

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Rev. Barber calls for people to honor King’s legacy by opposing injustice

Minister, activist and author Rev. William Barber II urged the crowd at Bridgewater College’s Cole Hall auditorium on Wednesday to pick up where Martin Luther King Jr. left off by protesting injustices.

A lawsuit against the city schools and the fate of an area veterinarian got a lot of buzz in 2022. Here are The Citizen’s most-read stories of the year.

For the first time since the 2019 year-end roundup, the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t driving local news, at least in the stories our readers were clicking on the most. In fact, of the top 10 most-read stories on The Citizen in 2022, the word “COVID” appears only in passing, like a black cloud receding into the distance. 

Greenhouses deliver holiday cheer to those in hospital

Hundreds of brightly colored poinsettias arrived at the Sentara RMH Medical Center and Hahn Cancer Center on Friday afternoon, just in time for Christmas weekend.

JMU alumna shines on Forbes’ ’30 under 30′ list

Every shimmering piece of jewelry cradled in Emily Warden’s Richmond storefront has a storied past riddled with details about its origin and meaning it’s meant to convey.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – September 2022

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) recently approved Dominion’s offshore wind project, with the caveat that Dominion needs to achieve the projected capacity of 42% of the “stated 2,600 megawatts of output.” There have been a number of articles and opinions about the fact that the SCC’s approval was a foregone conclusion because of the authorizing legislation, about the costs and risks to ratepayers, about data that has remained hidden, and about the benefits the project will bring.

Community Perspective: Thor: Love and Thunder, a movie review

A contributed perspectives piece by C.A. Mills Summer block-busters are usually good distractions from the chaos of the world. On a recent evening, I decided to indulge in cold movie theater air and see “Thor: Love and Thunder”. There is a lot to be disappointed about in this film (the writing is uneven, the tone …

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