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New report suggests international immigration drove city population growth last year

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, Harrisonburg’s population would have shrunk last year had it not been for international immigration. Instead, the report says, the city was one of nine localities in the state to realize a population increase – quite small, in Harrisonburg’s case – driven entirely by immigration.

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Could new zoning changes for housing ease the squeeze? Harrisonburg’s about to have that debate

The way Harrisonburg zones for new housing could change drastically over the next several years as city leaders wrestle with their approach to new developments. And early signs of those changes are starting this month.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I tell my parents to turn off the cable news while they watch my child?

My parents watch my youngest child for me maybe once a month. They have a “news” program on a television in their home during almost all waking hours. I am strongly opposed to my child being exposed to the inaccurate and divisive vitriol that this media company is known for. How would you address this, while also expressing appreciation for the childcare?

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Harrisonburg’s housing crunch leads to fewer homes on the market — and those that are don’t stick around long

Soon, perhaps even later today, Wes Way hopes he will have signed the contract on a home in the Northeast neighborhood. But he’s had to get creative to do it.
Way is one of the prospective buyers scrambling to find a home before it gets snapped up in Harrisonburg’s tight market. Knowing the seller can be a boon to buyers, as homes tend to be on the market for a matter of days, or sometimes hours, before going under contract.

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Fresh produce, good books and a dash of ingenuity from JMU dietetics students becomes a recipe for success

A community program designed to help families get fresh fruits and vegetables is now taking a new approach thanks to the help of two JMU dietetics students, who spent a year trying to solve a problem of how to introduce families to using produce they’ve never cooked with before.

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City spending on incarceration continues to climb

Harrisonburg’s total cost to prosecute, try and incarcerate people has risen by $1.8 million – roughly 29 percent – over the past five years, according to city finance documents.

As Habana Cafe nears opening, owner hopes to carry on Artful Dodger’s legacy

The Habana Cafe — the newest addition to Harrisonburg’s nightlife scene, and one with a distinct Latin flair — could open as early as Saturday in the place of one of the city’s longtime institutions, the Artful Dodger.

Propelled by Rockingham Co. Republicans in Saturday’s primary, Chris Runion looks ahead to fall’s 25th House District race

Each of the three candidates for the Republican nomination to represent the 25th House of Delegates enjoyed a home-field advantage in Saturday’s firehouse primary, and the candidate with the biggest home field emerged the overall winner. Chris Runion, a businessman from Bridgewater, won with 1,299 total votes across the district — roughly 42 percent of 3,084 total votes cast.

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