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At NENA meeting, schools staff discuss equity, districting policy with a concerned audience

At last Thursday’s Northeast Neighborhood Association meeting, Schools Superintendent Michael Richards spent an hour answering questions from community members about districting and programming after the city opens a second high school in the fall of 2022. Most of the discussion addressed concerns about equity raised by some after the school board announced earlier this month that the new high school will offer specialized STEM programs while the existing high school will emphasize fine arts.

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In the Valley League, it pays to innovate

About twelve days ago, when Charlottesville lefthander Sam Crawford (Georgia Tech) blew strike three past Strasburg’s Bryson Horne (Columbus State), it not only finished off Crawford’s dominating 5 ? shutout relief innings, but it also finished off the Strasburg Express in the Valley League championship series, sending the Charlottesville Tom Sox to a dogpile on the mound to celebrate the franchise’s second Valley League title in the last three years.

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The fair is food

The Rockingham County Fair is food, from the milk cows stanchioned in the dairy barn to carnival cotton candy on the midway. Horticulture and homemaking displays celebrate the ability to grow and prepare food, while outside the exhibit halls the fair is a celebration of how to consume it.

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First round of fines for rogue short-term rentals have gone out, although not all hit the mark

A new chapter in the city’s quest to regulate short-term housing rentals is off to an uneven start, after notices of violation – and accompanying $100 fines – were sent last week to a first round of property owners believed to be operating such rentals without a permit.

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Brent Finnegan campaign. Paid for by Friends of Brent Finnegan.

Before a new season of college parties, city council tightens noise ordinance

In time for college students’ return to Harrisonburg for the fall, the city council on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the noise ordinance aimed at massive parties. The new amendments include tightening restrictions on party organizers from getting a new permit if they become repeat offenders — either for noise or underage drinking.    

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Parents of special needs students hope schools’ focus on inclusion will increase — especially once new high school opens

Oliver Stephan is a 17 year old who enjoys biking, has a knack for algebra, and recently studied cell biology with a local college graduate. He also has a non-speaking form of autism, so he communicates in other ways – he spoke to The Citizen by pointing out letters on a board to spell out sentences.

Amid political turbulence, Furious Flower aims to let black voices flourish through poetry

Joanne V. Gabbin first heard about President Donald Trump’s comments slamming Baltimore as a “rodent infested mess” while listening to WMRA. 

I met someone online, and we connected. Now she’s ghosting me. Hey Elderly Aunt, what should I do?

Dear Elderly Aunt: A few weeks ago I met someone online, and we immediately hit it off. We texted with each other regularly and had a fun banter going back and forth. Just when I thought this weekend might be the weekend for us to meet up, she disappeared! I haven’t heard from her in days, despite reaching out to her several times. Everything was going so well until then! How do I know whether to keep making contact or to call it quits? What if we might have lived happily ever after? What if we were exactly who we needed?! What if I never get the RBG cross-stitch that she promised to make me?!! Help!!

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