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Council approves some businesses’ requests, but denies junkyard permit

Several local businesses, including a food truck and a townhome developer, got green lights for special use permits or rezoning, but the city council on Tuesday also denied a permit request for a junkyard.

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Early signs point to a return of tourism to the Valley this summer

Early tourism numbers in the Shenandoah Valley are pointing to a return to normal as destination spots like Massanutten Resort prepare for larger crowds.

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Harrisonburg’s school district prepares for first step in Bluestone Elementary solar project

Contractors interested in designing, building and maintaining a solar array on the roof of Bluestone Elementary School have one more week to submit their qualifications to Harrisonburg City Schools.

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At MRRJ, frustration on both sides of the status quo

Newton, who has worked as a jail administrator since 1996, said he’s believed since the beginning that people with mental illness should not be in jails. “I’ve been saying that for damn near 30 years. What do we have? We have the mentally ill in jail,” he said. “So, if we don’t create capacity, where’s that capacity? I don’t see anybody in the community standing up creating that capacity. But they’re in my custody and I’m charged with providing care … So, we’re still going to have people in my custody, that we don’t have the resources to provide the care, so what’s the solution? Continue with the status quo?”

With women leading the way, JMU athletics takes six CAA championships in a pandemic year

In unprecedented times, the JMU softball team delivered an entirely precedented Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title, providing sports fans with a sense of much-needed normalcy. (The softball team is now in unprecedented territory, however, playing No. 1 Oklahoma at noon today in its first-ever trip to the Women’s College World Series).

New high school might open in 2023. But could a funding source make the price go up?

Harrisonburg’s second high school could open its doors in the fall of 2023, if school district administrators, city staff and the contractor can all agree on terms to restart construction in the next two to three months.

With hackers always on the prowl, local utilities keep defenses up

While local officials and experts say cybercriminals couldn’t actually shut down the local grid by hacking into systems controlled by the Harrisonburg Electric Commission and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, they have plenty of other incentives to try – and never give up.

Community Perspectives: Reflections on Vietnam in 1968

By Harold W. Smith Harold W. Smith is a participant in the Virginia War Memorial’s Mighty Pen Project and served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army. This Memorial Day, Smith has shared three of his writings with the project, saying they are some of his experiences “while in Vietnam in 1968 during the Tet Offensive, the …

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