As the Rockingham County supervisors prepare to hear Middle River Regional Jail’s pitch for a $40 million expansion, the supervisors signaled that they’ll be a more receptive audience than some of the other local government bodies that fund the jail.
After the challenges of the last year, Valentine’s Day 2021 takes on a little different meaning — whether that’s breaking out of the quarantine doldrums, taking advantage of local businesses’ creative offerings or making the effort to underscore just how much a special-someone matters.
In the mid-2000s, Sarah Morton, a young attorney, and Vanessa Keasler, a law clerk and soon-to-be attorney, joined the Harrisonburg office of Blue Ridge Legal Services, a nonprofit civil legal aid organization. As they began picking up cases, they discovered a pattern of complaints against one local landlord mistreating his tenants, particularly women. It would take over a decade of work, along with their team — and the intervention of the U.S. Justice Department — before that pattern would result in consequences for the landlord, Gary T. Price.
A Valley minister was set to get her vaccine. Instead, she says, hospital security escorted her out.
Christina Rivera, part of the senior lead ministry team at the Church of the Larger Fellowship, registered for a vaccine and received an appointment to receive it at Sentara RMH. When she arrived, Rivera, who is Latina, said she was denied the vaccine and eventually escorted out of the hospital by security.
Preschoolers through 2nd grade students — as well as 6th graders — could be back in classrooms as soon as March 22, as the Harrisonburg School Board voted unanimously in Tuesday’s meeting to approve a revised reopening plan.
Nowadays, when a home priced in the $200,000-$300,000 range hits the market in Harrisonburg, you can expect a feeding frenzy. According to Scott Rogers, associate broker for Funkhouser Real Estate Group, 20 or more showings and 10 offers within a few days isn’t unusual.
Despite all the uncertainty — economic and otherwise — that the pandemic created over the last year, some Harrisonburg-area residents chose to follow their dreams and turn their passions into businesses. While launching a new business is always a learning experience, even for seasoned entrepreneurs, doing so amid these conditions have inspired a unique set of lessons learned.
Dear Elderly Aunt: My 14-year-old son’s grades have slipped. While his grades aren’t awful, they’re not up to what he was earning before the pandemic. I regularly ask how he is keeping up with homework and online classes, but he tells me he has it under control. I work during the school day, so I can’t be there to supervise him and want to encourage him to be independent and solve his own problems. At the same time, I don’t want him to fall behind or damage his future prospects because of the backsliding in academic performance. What suggestions do you have for me, as a parent, to best keep him on task while allowing him to succeed or fail on his own?Sincerely, A concerned parent