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Gig economy scoots into Harrisonburg, prompting riders and ‘chargers’ to learn on the go

The army of rentable scooters that began ambling down Harrisonburg’s streets this month brought another element of the gig economy to the Valley, including all the questions that go along with a new service: How are they regulated? What are the safety implications? And is this going to alter daily life?

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Council endorses environmental plan, also learns historic Thomas Harrison house wasn’t Thomas Harrison’s house

An environmental plan that includes calls for upgrading the city’s recycling program and encouraging renewable energy received unanimous support from the Harrisonburg city council Tuesday night in front of a crowd of residents. The council also declined to approve more housing for chronically homeless citizens in the city’s North East end, approved two resolutions for Public Works to seek grant money for sidewalk and bike lane improvements and learned that the Thomas Harrison House might not have been Thomas Harrison’s house.  

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Environmental committee will try to convince council to act on long-term sustainability plans

Community volunteers and city staff who are part of a key environmental committee will present their Environmental Action Plan to city council Tuesday, which the group says will serve as a blueprint for ways Harrisonburg can help save energy, money and the planet. As part of that effort to encourage the council to act, committee members are urging residents to turn out to Tuesday’s council meeting. 

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By speaking out, a domestic violence survivor finds joy upon her return to the courthouse

Joy is not the emotion Orpha Peachey expected to feel as she stood on the courthouse steps last Thursday, sharing her experience of surviving domestic violence.

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Now bringing you hyperlocal news of national importance

What happens when a scrappy little hyperlocal online news organization tries to pay Facebook $10 to promote a story? Facebook wouldn’t take our money, and The Citizen got caught up in the global web of suspicion over anyone trying to cover politics and “issues of national importance.”

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Need to know who’s running and why? We’ve got Harrisonburg’s ultimate voter guide for the Nov. 6 election

Harrisonburg voters will be selected candidates on Nov. 6 for four offices: a U.S. Senate seat, the 6th Congressional District seat, two city council positions and three school board members.

The Citizen is publishing the Harrisonburg community voter guide produced by the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and the students in JMU Professor Andreas Broscheid’s honors political science class, who developed the questions for the candidates and compiled all the answers. 

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Hburg council candidates reveal differences over priorities, ‘unpopular’ decisions and even scooters

As the five city council candidates wrapped up a wide-ranging forum Tuesday that veered from scooters and golf courses to schools and I-81, they had to answer one last doozy: What’s an unpopular decision that must be made for Harrisonburg?

The divergent answers to the final question revealed the competing philosophies and approaches of the five, who are vying in the Nov. 6 election for two spots on the council.

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Changing approach to jails can save money and improve lives, residents and activists say

As a crowd gathered on the corner of High and Market Streets Monday evening, Jennifer Davis Sensenig, president of Faith in Action, urged the more than 80 people to march and make their case for local justice reform.

“We’re coming in force because we think the [CCJB] has the power to make local changes,” Sensenig said. The crowd responded with cheers.

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