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Amid controversy, superintendent pulls graphic novel from school library

Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards removed the graphic novel “Gender Queer: A Memoir” from the high school’s library this week after people raised concerns at last week’s school board meeting — and following similar objections in school districts in Texas and Northern Virginia. 

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City seeks input on housing needs and discrimination

In analyzing impediments to fair housing choices, the city is seeking the public’s input — including with a survey and a forum — to find out what people see as Harrisonburg’s most urgent needs. They will also allow residents to share whether they faced discrimination in their searches for housing.

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Rising cost of natural gas being passed on to HEC customers

Customers of Harrisonburg Electric Commission can expect to see an increase in their monthly bills due to the rising cost of natural gas that is used to generate electricity.

The governor strikes back (usually)

Glenn Youngkin’s victory in last week’s gubernatorial election continued a well-established tradition in Virginia politics: the winner almost always belongs to the party that lost the previous year’s presidential election.

School board seeks to make sense of divided recommendations on school resource officers

After the Harrisonburg School Resource Officer Task Force members split over their recommendations regarding police officers assigned to schools, the school board on Thursday decided to extend the current agreement with city police for another month to allow board members more time to decide what’s next.

Could ending single-family-only zoning ease city’s housing crunch?

City officials say one way to allow for more affordable housing in Harrisonburg could potentially be another zoning change — one that makes it easier for developers to build duplexes in town. 

Del. Tony Wilt wins reelection by 60-40 margin

Del. Tony Wilt (R) has comfortably won reelection to another two-year term in the Virginia House of Delegates, with unofficial results from across the district showing him up more than 4,400 votes with only absentee and provisional ballots from Rockingham County not yet reported.

Virginia election nears finish line

Virginia voters today will decide their next governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the makeup of the state House of Delegates, including the winner of the 26th District that covers Harrisonburg and part of Rockingham County. 

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