Residents, council member call for more debate over Bluestone development; And proposed city park clears key hurdle
Following a contentious planning commission meeting last week, three residents brought concerns about the proposed Bluestone Town Center to Tuesday’s city council meeting — as council members brace for the debate to come before them next month.
A lawsuit against the city schools and the fate of an area veterinarian got a lot of buzz in 2022. Here are The Citizen’s most-read stories of the year.
For the first time since the 2019 year-end roundup, the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t driving local news, at least in the stories our readers were clicking on the most. In fact, of the top 10 most-read stories on The Citizen in 2022, the word “COVID” appears only in passing, like a black cloud receding into the distance.
Vice Mayor Sal Romero ends term on city council and looks to the future
After four years on the city council, Vice Mayor Sal Romero stood up from behind the dais upon the adjournment of Tuesday’s meeting for the last time as a council member — at least for now.
Hospital leader warns of new COVID wave as part of ‘perfect trifecta’ of viral diseases
A Virginia hospital leader warned that the area could be nearing another surge in COVID-19 cases, at a time when the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), have also been affecting residents at high rates.
Amid ‘stunning surge’ in COVID cases, city shifts meetings back online
The city council approved an emergency declaration Tuesday, sending public meetings back online for at least a month and raising the alarm that the community’s sharp increase in COVID-19 cases will further strain an overstretched health care system.
Area hospitals brace for Omicron surge’s impact
Hospitals in the Valley are grappling with the Omicron variant surge, which has nearly filled up Augusta Health’s ICU and COVID units and prompted Sentara RMH on Friday to postpone non-essential surgeries.
As new semester begins, JMU COVID protocols remain mostly unchanged
As the omicron variant spreads, JMU says that it will not require boosters for students and faculty, but is prepared change requirements if CDC guidelines change.
In the face of Omicron, city schools aim to stay in person; High school to open new modular building
Acknowledging the surge of the Omicron variant, Superintendent Michael Richards said at this year’s first Harrisonburg School Board meeting Tuesday night that the district is “well prepared” to continue in-person learning.