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Jail population swells much faster than recent predictions, creating more questions than answers

The number of people sent to jail has outpaced a 2014 forecast. The local jail population peaked well over 600 last year, seven years earlier than predicted in the 2014 community-based corrections plan. And no one can agree on why.

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Airbnb properties are one step closer to being regulated, and Council finally ends HEC commissioner saga

Short term rentals in Harrisonburg, including Airbnb properties and vacation rentals, will soon be regulated by special use permits – if a new proposed city ordinance passes its second reading at the next city council meeting.

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How one local restaurant decided to go green

Mr. J’s Bagels & Deli has gone green — and it has nothing to do with salads or even the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Tearing down walls: A trip through time in one of Harrisonburg’s first “new” public schools

In 1878, the school board decided that Harrisonburg needed a “large and more modern building” due to the “increasing number of scholars.” The old academy was razed and a seven-room brick structure went up in its place. The following year, a new brick schoolhouse opened on South Main Street. Cost: $5,000.

Hey Elderly Aunt, what the heck happened to the Baby Boomers’ moral compass?

Hey Elderly Aunt, I am confused by the overall change in the Baby Boomer generation. They were the Summer of Love and Give Peace a Chance generation, created Earth Day, and helped unify to push for Civil Rights. Now this same generation scapegoats non-white immigrants, supports rolling back important safety nets for our environment.

JMU prof & Augusta supervisor joins crowded 25th House District race

On Thursday afternoon, a fifth candidate formally announced his candidacy for the 25th District House of Delegates seat, vacated after surprise announcement from Del. Steve Landes (R-Verona) that he will not seek re-election in November. Marshall Pattie, an associate professor of management at James Madison University and member of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, made his announcement at First Witness Security in Mount Sidney.

Unexpected retirement prompts candidate scramble in the 25th House district

At his campaign launch event yesterday in Bridgewater, Chris Runion handed out his regular business card from Eddie Edwards Signs, where he’s president. It’s been a busy few days, he said. There hasn’t been time yet to throw together a card for the House of Delegates race he’s just scrambled into, after the unexpected announcement that Del. Steve Landes would not run for reelection.

City school board announces Loudoun Co. administrator as new superintendent

Applause rained repeatedly down at Tuesday night’s unusually jovial school board meeting, where the city’s new schools superintendent was announced and raises for all city schools staff were proposed. The board voted unanimously to hire Michael G. Richards as superintendent, starting May 1.

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