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Monica Robinson, Dany Fleming elected to city council; Chris Jones wins uncontested special election for third seat

According to preliminary results announced by the city registrar, Democrats Monica Robinson and Dany Fleming were elected to fill two open seats on the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday night.

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Electric bills going up again because of natural gas prices; Acorn Solar goes live

Harrisonburg Electric Commission bills will increase this month because of the continuing rise in natural gas prices. This will be the third increase in 18 months, all because of natural gas prices.

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School board candidates make their differences clear over parents’ concerns

As it has in school board races across the country, the notion of parental rights served as a key distinction among the five Harrisonburg school board candidates, who faced one another Wednesday in the campaign’s only forum.

Transgender policies and removing books from schools stoke public debate at meeting

Hours after the first hearing of a lawsuit against Harrisonburg City Public Schools in connection to the district’s policies regarding transgender students, more than 20 Harrisonburg residents passionately expressed support and opposition at the school board’s meeting Tuesday.

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Harrisonburg’s school district and group challenging district’s approach to transgender students clash in court

A judge on Tuesday heard from attorneys on both sides of a lawsuit that a half-dozen teachers and parents brought against the Harrisonburg City Public Schools in connection to the district’s policies regarding transgender students.

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Acorn Solar set to start churning out power; Fuel prices might increase HEC bills again

Starting this week, the HEC grid could start getting energy produced at Dominion’s Acorn Drive solar plant. But so far, fewer HEC customers have signed up to get their electricity from that solar plant than the utilities’ leaders anticipated. 

Community Perspective: Stop the Hollering, Start the Helping

A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver

Statewide environmental news roundup – October 2022 (Part II)

Virginia’s Governor issued his Energy Plan. A Southwest Virginia editor noted that the “plan shows the changing politics of energy [with] … the Republican governor of a coal-producing state who is not talking up coal.” A long-time follower of Virginia energy policy and laws expressed skepticism, asking “You call that an energy plan?

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