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Council increases property tax to help pay new high school’s staff, but some residents feel stung by their rising bill

Edward Garrison bought his home in Harrisonburg in 1997 for $180,000, and like many city residents, watched the property value steadily increase over the next two decades. By 2021, his home’s value increased by about $108,000 since the day he bought it, he said. Then, with home prices sharply spiking amid high demand, it took just two more years for the house’s value to jump by another $108,000.

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Community Perspective: How to be a better business ally

For local businesses, allyship can be crucial to success, and Peregrin Sanchez, director of the Friendly City Safe Space, submitted a piece suggesting how.

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Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

In Deep Time

On this warm, cloud-flecked day, the city wears its summer palette: green and gray with occasional pops of brighter color.

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City schools seek to supercharge literacy curriculum

Beginning the 2024-25 school year, Harrisonburg City Public Schools will use a science-based approach to improve students’ literacy with the help of teachers, families and reading specialists. 

A person holds the book "Drama"

A half-dozen temporarily banned books return to circulation in Rockingham Co. Schools

The Rockingham County School Board returned six more books to library and classroom shelves following their temporary removal earlier this year — but not without dissent from the board member who compiled the list of books to review. 

When a cat gets stuck / in your neighborhood / who you gonna call?

Ah, the good old days, when firefighters would rescue cats in trees. Wait, they still do.

A year after their approval, what’s the verdict on speed cameras?

Since the implementation of two speed cameras in the East Market Street construction zone, between 3,000 and 7,000 speeding tickets have been issued each month from September 2023 to February 2024, according to a speed camera update presented at the April 23 Harrisonburg City Council. People in Harrisonburg have conflicting opinions about the cameras, which will be in place for the three years that the stretch of road over I-81 will be under construction.

A Dead Sweet Perfume

“Why must we always use only our sight, and never our smell or taste to study a city?” the poet Federico García Lorca wondered. If you live in the Friendly City, you are familiar with the smell—a thick, rank odor that sometimes descends on our streets, especially after rain.

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