If the list of The Citizen’s most-read stories of 2021 tells us anything about the last year, it’s that people were eager for information about the outdoors. Trails and trees were big attractions.
Several Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) protesters faced a judge in late October and were convicted on misdemeanor charges and fined. Both the State Water Control Board (WCB) and the US Army Corps of Engineers are considering whether to grant what’s called a “401” water crossing permit; this opinion writer from the non-profit Mothers Out Front said the WCB should not approve it. The non-profit Wild Virginia hosted an almost 3-hour citizen ‘public hearing” (because the WCB and VA’s DEQ refused to do so). An appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit asking the courts to strike down key MVP permits; the court could issue its decision by the end of this year. All this as the pipeline is nearing completion despite hurdles.
After hearing some concerns from parents and grandparents of children in the Rockingham County Public Schools, Superintendent Oskar Scheikl on Monday sought to clear the air regarding a youth data survey going out to middle and high schoolers, as well as continuing objections to policies regarding transgender students.
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.
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.
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.