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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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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.

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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. 

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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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JMU’s football field got an $675k upgrade in hopes that it won’t look like a splash-pad again

When fans file into Bridgeforth Stadium on Sept. 7 for the first home game of JMU football’s 2019 season, some players will be new — and so will the look of Zane Showker Field. 

As city reroutes its mobile recycling center, residents near its newest stop respond en force

A steady stream of cars and trucks pulled into Park View Mennonite Church’s parking lot last Wednesday leaving barely more than a minute between one departing and the next arriving. Most were residents of the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community who were taking advantage of the Mobile Recycling Unit’s new location.

One high school will focus on STEM, the other on fine arts. Here’s how plans for a new high school are taking shape. 

Harrisonburg’s new high school will be built with an eye toward providing a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while the existing high school will emphasize fine arts, school officials announced Tuesday. 

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