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As police still investigate racist fliers dropped at Bridgewater College, media continues to wrestle with coverage of it

On the way to class Monday, Nov. 26, a Bridgewater College student found half-a-dozen baggies along Dinkel Avenue — right by the college — that contained fliers espousing racist and anti-Semitic sentiments, the latest in a string of instances in Virginia over the last year.

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Bluestone Elementary’s learning-friendly design racking up awards

Amelia, a first-grader, navigates the lunchroom of Bluestone Elementary School. Through its floor-to-ceiling windows, the snow-covered valley is visible beyond the playground featuring local rocks for climbing and garden beds watered by cisterns. Inside, in the school lobby, a grand piano sits within listening distance of the open-walled cafeteria, gym, and classrooms. Natural sunlight filters into the building through solar tubes, while exposed geothermal pipes provide impromptu learning opportunities for Amelia and her peers.

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The forthcoming county bird checklist includes 301 species and everyone should be excited about it!

Snowy Owls, flamingos — you never know what kind of birds you might encounter in the Shenandoah Valley. However, on the eve of the annual Rockingham County Christmas Bird Count, a group of eagle-eyed bird watchers have a pretty good idea of which ones have been through the area — for now.

Facing newly energized opposition, Del. Tony Wilt announces reelection bid for his 26th District seat

On Tuesday, surrounded by prominent fellow Republicans on the courthouse steps, Del. Tony Wilt announced his intent to seek a fifth term representing the 26th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. His announcement follows recent campaign launches by two Democrats hoping to face him in next year’s general election. In his remarks on Tuesday, Wilt emphasized a grassroots approach to the upcoming campaign.

Scooter crackdown gets thumbs up from council

Harrisonburg is a little closer to allowing police and city staff to impound scooters abandoned in a right-of-way, blocking entryways or pedestrian traffic, or being ridden on sidewalks downtown.

‘Real change’ — JMU students and halfway house residents team up to craft stories of hope and redemption

Male residents of the Gemeinschaft Home — a halfway house — created powerful songs and emotional messages after teaming up with JMU music and social work students. The result was Story Table, in which many of those stories and songs were shared Monday night at Merge Coffee Co. and Bowl of Good.

As momentum grows for I-81 upgrades, lawmakers prepare to pick between tolls and taxes to cover the $2 billion cost

Toll or tax? That’s a question that state legislators will begin debating next month when the General Assembly convenes for its 2019 session. At issue is Interstate 81 – the increasingly congested, dangerous and routinely backed-up artery that carries hundreds of billions of dollars in goods each year straight through Harrisonburg and western Virginia.

Deer entrails give learning an emotional, real-world kick for HHS students

Harrisonburg High School teacher Myron Blosser’s educational philosophy is as follows: “Any time you do something you build more emotion than when you just see or read something.”

This Wednesday, that “doing something” had his students piled into the small radiology room at The Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, peering x-ray images displayed on a computer.

“Yep,” one student called to Blosser, who was crowded out into the hallway. “This one’s got lead in it.”

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