Like many restaurants and retail stores across the country, Harrisonburg businesses have faced some challenges in finding — and keeping — employees this summer, although their experiences have been almost as diverse as the types of food and products they sell.
Around 10 p.m. on June 23, hundreds of Harrisonburg residents received an emergency text. “This is a message from the Harrisonburg Police Department. There is a high priority incident taking place in the area. Please shelter in place immediately,” the message said.
The city council on Tuesday adopted its updated plan for what city leaders envision for Harrisonburg in 2039, which now includes a provision aimed at “effectively responding to and reducing climate change impacts.”
Speaking to a sharply divided and sometimes raucous crowd, Rockingham County Public Schools officials announced at the school board meeting Monday that students would have to wear masks inside schools this fall.
When Monica Robinson, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, visits cemeteries and 19th century houses and historical sites, she feels an echo of the traumas and victories of those who were there before.
Statues and mosaics around public buildings and murals on the walls of downtown restaurants are part of the artistic lifeblood of Harrisonburg.
Even as it continues to collect vaccination records from students, James Madison University said this week that more than 70% of those enrolled for the fall semester have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Harrisonburg students can expect to start their first day of school on Aug. 17 with their noses and mouths covered once again, as Superintendent Michael Richards announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting.