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School board considers whether boosting amount of sick pay buyout at retirement will discourage teacher absences

The Harrisonburg City School Board is considering increasing the amount retired teachers could receive for unused sick days but will continue to debate the merits of the proposal during a future work session.

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‘Trying to do the right thing.’ How Hburg’s new police chief approaches the job — and his role as a youth basketball ref

When Eric English was kid, he identified two roles he said he would never take on: becoming a police officer and officiating basketball games. After 29 years of police work — including his last five months as chief of the Harrisonburg Police Department — and 15 years of experience refereeing youth basketball games, that declaration from his younger self makes him chuckle.

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Council crafts vision for Hburg to be Valley’s ‘capital’ by 2039 and charts first set of priorities to get there

After first crafting their vision for what they want Harrisonburg to be in 20 years, city council members and top city leaders emerged from their three-day retreat on Sunday with a clearer idea of their priorities — including building the new high school and developing a comprehensive housing plan. Overall, the council members identified 22 priorities during their retreat at Hotel Madison that they hope to act on in the next three years.

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Community Perspective: Gov. Northam should resign

When news broke on the first day of Black History Month that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had appeared in a photograph wherein one individual portrayed a Klansman and another was in blackface, I was on a personal pilgrimage to the Jamestown Settlement museum in Jamestown, Virginia. The purpose of my visit was simple yet meaningful to me: to honor the lives of those “20 and odd” enslaved Africans whose bondage began the peculiar institution of slavery in the United States of America.

Community Perspective: Working to support mutual sustainability goals

Harrisonburg citizens already know that clean energy helps the city do its part to fight climate change while bringing the Friendly City into the 21st century economy. That’s why Harrisonburg has achieved one of the highest concentrations of solar power installed on homes of any community in Virginia.

On I-81 improvements, legislators detour around tax-or-toll decision and opt for more time

Committees in both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday approved revised versions of bills by Valley legislators that outline $2.2 billion in needed improvements to I-81 but now no longer explain how to pay for them. The new legislation, which Sen. Mark Obenshain called a “pale shadow of its former self,” was meant to keep I-81 in the foreground of public discussions amid continued disagreement over funding methods.  

HEC General Manager explains utility budget shortfall that city schools’ solar project is expected to cause

As reported last week in The Citizen, HEC says the planned schools project will result in a $225,000 net operating loss to its budget – even though the electricity generated by the schools’ solar panels will reduce the amount of electricity HEC buys from Dominion. That’s because HEC doesn’t sell electricity to the city schools, or any of its customers, at the same price it buys it.

Democrat April Moore seeks rematch against Sen. Obenshain in 26th District

Democrat April Moore has announced her run for the 26th state Senate District seat held by Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain. Obenshain defeated Moore in the 2015 general election with more than twice the number of votes— 25,042 to 11,308.

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