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Outreach program aims to help diabetes patients manage their care

Vernon “Shorty” Whetzel hadn’t been feeling well for a couple of days, but when he suddenly began to slur words and couldn’t walk, his wife, Lois, called 911. They both feared Vernon had a stroke because his sister died of a stroke at the young age of 30. In the ambulance on their way to Sentara RMH’s Emergency Department, the EMTs tested Vernon, who is 65, for high blood glucose, called hyperglycemia. His reading was far above normal.

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City schools look to increase teacher and staff salaries

To help retain and attract teachers and staff to Harrisonburg schools, the school board is proposing “significant” salary increases across the system for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. That’s among the highlights of budget proposal school board members began working on Tuesday.

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Who’s in and who might be out of 2022’s local elections?

Even though the November mid-term elections are months away, this is the time of year candidates for local offices are deciding whether to run — and one incumbent city council member is leaning against seeking another term.  

Students at this coffee shop balance the books

College campuses have plenty of coffee shops. But unlike the Starbucks cafés and Dunkin’ shops, the newest one to open on JMU’s campus is a student-run business. 

Council approves allowing affordable housing development on Lucy Drive

The Harrisonburg City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday night for a proposed affordable apartment complex on Lucy Drive — another development councilmembers say they hope might ease the city’s housing crunch.

With $600,000 grant, city fire dept to start community paramedicine program

In Lexington, Kentucky, ambulance calls have decreased almost 7% since the city implemented a community paramedicine program in 2018, according to a recent story in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia hopes to see similar results locally when the city fire department launches its own program sometime in the coming year.

With a new name and broader scope, organization aims to help Valley entrepreneurs build their dreams

Hillary Hamman, owner of The Quirky Closet, a plus size women’s clothing boutique in Winchester, received a loan in late 2021 to help fund a new brick-and-mortar location on Loudon Street after a leak in the original location at on East Boscawen Street. 

Community Perspective: Not The Russian Bear

A community perspectives piece by James Sattva I am an agitator, an educator, and an organizer.  I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t hyper-aware of the injustice constantly at work all around me.  At the same time, I was  baffled that no one saw what I saw, or that no one was willing to …

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