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Nick Swayne, city’s school board chair and JMU X-Labs director, to leave Hburg to become college president in Idaho

Nick Swayne, the chair of the Harrisonburg School Board and founding director of JMU X-Labs at James Madison University, will become president of North Idaho College and will leave Harrisonburg in August. The departure will create voids in the technical and entrepreneurial spaces at JMU, as well as on the school board.  

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City Dems select Jones as special election nominee

In their second party caucus of the year, city Democrats chose Council Member Chris Jones as their nominee for the special election to replace Council Member George Hirschmann.

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When you give a porch a show: The birth of Silk Moth Stage

Aili Huber has been regularly directing plays since she was 14, a passion that has taken her across the country. So when she was building a new porch on her house in west Rockingham County a little over a year ago, all those stages she had worked on seemed to manifest themselves in the porch’s design. 

City plans for reshaping roads with more bike lanes and sidewalk projects

Harrisonburg plans to apply for state grant money for seven transportation projects, including adding bike lanes on some major thoroughfares and some work on South Main Street near the new Rocktown High School that’s under construction. 

Sisters allow Valley flower farm to bloom — and are opening a new store

Starting up a farm is a tough business. Shipping fresh cut flowers offers its own set of challenges. Doing all of that just before the onset of a global pandemic — it’s almost a recipe for failure. Yet, at every challenge, a pair of entrepreneurial sisters have not only helped their business survive but thrive while establishing their farm in the Valley as one of the country’s top online shippers of fresh, direct-from-farm flowers.

Jones, Saucedo and city Democrats prepare for July 16 special election caucus

Harrisonburg Democrats are preparing for their second caucus of the summer next weekend to select their nominee to fill out the last two years of a city council seat’s term. 

What’s a cohousing community? Inside the plan for Juniper Hill Commons.

Juniper Hill Commons is slated to be the first cohousing neighborhood built in Harrisonburg — the culmination of dream 10 years in the making. But before it can become a reality, it needs a few more future residents to commit to purchasing one of the 27 houses on the property, which is located on Keezletown Road. 

HEC to lose a connection to Dominion for most of summer; start of solar program nearing

Starting Tuesday, the Harrisonburg Electric Commission will lose one of its four connections to Dominion Energy during a transformer replacement at a switching station on Ramblewood Road.

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