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Legislative Q and A: As session begins, Wilt prepares for budget, ERA, absentee voting and gun debates

With the 2020 General Assembly session beginning today, Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, answered questions about how he expects to approach key issues, such as the Equal Rights Amendment, the commonwealth’s budget, what’s next with I-81, what it will be like serving in the minority and what he views as a threat of “radicals.”

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Cline defends killing of Iranian general but says he hopes U.S. will avoid war

Republican U.S. Rep. Ben Cline told about 50 of his constituents in Harrisonburg Monday night that while he wants to avoid war with Iran, he agreed with President Donald Trump’s assassination order of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani based on the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in place in Iraq.

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Under current plan, Middle River Regional Jail expansion would cost city nearly $10m

If the $96.5 million expansion plan that the Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board just submitted to the state becomes reality, Harrisonburg’s share of the cost would total $9.8 million, according to city staff. As one of five member jurisdictions of the regional jail authority, Harrisonburg funds the jail’s operational and capital costs based on its share of the total inmate population.

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‘Keeper’ of the Virginia Lincolns digs through forgotten pages of history to make connections

For decades, Phillip Stone and his wife lived next to the Lincoln Homestead — on the very land owned by John Lincoln, known as “Virginia John.”

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How will 2020 shape Hburg’s future? Let’s play Twenty Questions

And so it begins. Hopes for and speculation about the future abound, as does list-making for a fresh year. As we set off for the next 12 months, get ready for plenty of “20/20 vision” references. In that spirit, here are 20 questions (in no particular order) for 2020 that address issues that will likely shape Harrisonburg for the next decade and beyond.

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Gun-related questions became focus of Wilt and Runion’s pre-session town hall

Questions about balancing gun safety and the rights of gun owners dominated Monday night’s town hall hosted by two area Republican legislators, Del. Tony Wilt of Broadway and Delegate-elect Chris Runion of Bridgewater.

Stories of hope, gratitude, tributes, sustainability and homelessness in Hburg dominated in 2019

The waning days of the year offer an opportunity for reflection — a quick check of what happened in the previous 12 months and how the community changed for better or worse. Of all the stories The Citizen published in 2019, these were the most shared, read and buzzed-about of the year.

So … what’s the point of New Year’s resolutions?

Hey Elderly Aunt, what’s the point of New Year’s resolutions? I set them every year. By February (sometimes earlier) most, if not all, are broken. Are we just fooling ourselves with this “tradition”?

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