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Short-term rentals like Airbnbs are causing long-term concerns and even longer public meetings

As Harrisonburg continues its experiment with how to regulate Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals, the planning commission — and city council — are now wrestling with how to fairly decide who gets a permit and how to do so efficiently and with the fewest unintended consequences.

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While debate over local criminal justice continues, voters won’t have much say on top law enforcement jobs this fall

Last Tuesday’s primary election day was also deadline day: the last opportunity for candidates to file paperwork to run for local constitutional offices — such as sheriff and commonwealths’ attorney — that will appear on this November’s ballot. Aside from the incumbents, however, no one else did, meaning Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst and Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson, both Republicans, will be unopposed in their reelection campaigns once again and are all but assured of serving again until 2023.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, is it possible to engage about politics on social media without drowning in a cesspool of hate and lies?

One reader wants to know how to avoid the nasty muck of political discussions on social media. so the Elderly Aunt offers her prescription for avoiding Reactive Social Media Posting Disorder.

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In the wake of Tuesday’s primary, Democrats’ first order of business is coming back together

Now that the primary vote totals are in, the healing can begin — at least if things turn out the way 26th House District Democratic nominee Brent Finnegan and other local Democratic activists hope.

Departing Harrisonburg High School principal reflects on successes and why retiring wasn’t her first choice

An educator for 34 years, Cynthia Prieto has been at the helm of Harrisonburg High School for the last five years. During that time the school has grown to 1,860 students from about 1,460, causing classes to spill out into auxiliary trailers and some teachers to pack their supplies into mobile carts in lieu of their own classroom.

Council seeks to address housing crunch by creating new zone for smaller lots, approves first 3 Airbnb properties

The city council took steps to address Harrisonburg’s housing and real estate environment Tuesday night with the approval of a new zoning district for single family houses to go on smaller lots and gave the green light to the first three special permits to operate Airbnbs in the city.

Brent Finnegan wins the 26th District Democratic primary

One rematch has given way to another in the 26th House of Delegates District, as Brent Finnegan handily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary over Cathy Copeland for a second time and will challenge Republican Del. Tony Wilt in the Nov. 5 general election just as he did in 2017.

Harrisonburg Democrats pick their 26th District nominee today

After today’s primary, it will be either Cathy Copeland or Brent Finnegan as the Democratic challenger to Republican Del. Tony Wilt in the 26th state House District.

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