Monday, September 23, 2019
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HARRISONBURG — Blue Ridge Christian School announced Friday that Joseph Lopez-Cotaina has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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HARRISONBURG — At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, officials will consider renaming a portion of Hillcrest Drive and a supplemental appropriation of $153,000 to purchase additional land for the new high school.

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HARRISONBURG — Jim Sacco has held the sports editor reins since April 2016 and, starting this week, will be taking on a new position — managing editor of the Daily News-Record.

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HARRISONBURG — For the thousands of people attending the fifth annual Shenandoah Valley Pride Festival, it wasn’t only about having fun — it was also about being accepted in a safe environment.

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KEEZLETOWN — For Keezletown and Rockingham County locals, Every Soul Acres is a often a winter holiday stop for Christmas trees of many varieties, but people were driving up the hill Saturday for a different seasonal attraction.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
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HARRISONBURG — As the architects and designers get closer to a plan for the new high school, commonly referred to as HHS2, the school board is weighing options on how to save money should it come to that.

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HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg woman awaiting sentencing for preparing fraudulent tax returns asked a judge Thursday to allow her to travel to Cuba to assist her ailing mother.

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MOUNT CRAWFORD — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Congressman Ben Cline, R-Lexington, toured Mt. Crawford Creamery in Mount Crawford and then heard farmers’ concerns about markets, labor and legislation on Friday afternoon.

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HARRISONBURG — The last time Rockingham County saw an election, voter turnout hit a one-digit percentage. With less than 50 days to go until the election in November where voters will select their next General Assembly representatives, voter registration is increasing.

Friday, September 20, 2019
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FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Supporting “Mountains of Opportunity,” homefolk will share fun, food, toe-tapping music and historic displays with family and friends for the 51st Annual Treasure Mountain Festival in Franklin this weekend.

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BRIDGEWATER — For the 20th year, John Wayland Elementary School has been recognized as one of the best in the state for environmentally friendly practices by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

HARRISONBURG — A Manassas man accused of soliciting what he thought was a 13-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

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HARRISONBURG — United States Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both D-Va., announced on Wednesday that 11 airports will receive federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation, including Luray Caverns Airport and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

Thursday, September 19, 2019
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HARRISONBURG — Fried chicken, mac n’ cheese and iced tea made up only a small fraction of the different dishes Rockingham County 4-H and FFA members and families piled high on the tables at the annual county fair buyers appreciation dinner on the fairground Wednesday evening.

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HARRISONBURG — Only five people showed up to Wednesday’s panel discussion on the proposed ordinance revisions that affect the permitted size, height and placement of all signs in the city.

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ELKTON — At Monday evening’s Elkton Town Council meeting, officials voted in favor of purchasing tasers and body cameras for the police department along with a security camera upgrade for the Elkton Area Community Center.

RICHMOND —Dave Covington, P.E., has been named the program delivery director of the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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HARRISONBURG — Virginia holds 19 Pride Festivals throughout the year to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities and the Shenandoah Valley is no exception — bringing the festivities to its own backyard.

BRIDGEWATER — On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control placed a notice at 406 North Main St. in Bridgewater to notify residents that a liquor store may be coming.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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HARRISONBURG — A former New York court security officer accused of soliciting what he thought was a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

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HARRISONBURG — Attorneys for a man accused of beating a Rockingham County woman to death with a hammer during a home-invasion robbery want prosecutors to hand over information about their client’s prior bad deeds sooner rather than later.

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ELKTON — When Lauren Shifflett’s parents, stepdad and two young children stepped into her classroom on Tuesday, along with Elkton Elementary School Principal Barbara Palmer and John Kruggel, associate director of the Department of Economics at James Madison University, it was clear she had n…

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HARRISONBURG — The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission was chartered in September 1969 to provide planning services and technical assistance to five counties, five cities and 11 towns throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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HARRISONBURG — The city’s Parks and Recreation Department was recently honored for its attainment to help seniors in the community to stay active.

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HARRISONBURG — For the more than 100 people who attended Monday’s “The History of Lynching in Virginia,” the conversation is only beginning.

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HARRISONBURG — An Elkton man accused of causing a 2018 crash that killed a passenger pleaded guilty Monday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

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HARRISONBURG — The local unemployment rate kept fairly stable at 3% in July, with 1,973 people jobless in the Harrisonburg metro area, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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HARRISONBURG — United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has been hosting the annual Day of Caring for more than 20 years — and this year is its largest event to date.

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HARRISONBURG — A Woodstock woman accused of stealing mail from homes in northern Rockingham County pleaded guilty Monday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Monday, September 16, 2019
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BROADWAY — The sun came out and the 55th annual Broadway-Timberville Autumn Festival and Antique Car Show took place Saturday without a hitch.

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HARRISONBURG — Around 12 Girl Scouts got up early Saturday morning to plant 20 trees in Westover Park to replace the trees city staff took down in August due to he emerald ash borer infestation.

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HARRISONBURG — Since the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Committee inception in 2017, the group has awarded more than $54,000 in contributions to local organizations.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
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BRIDGEWATER — More than 100 farmers and producers gathered at Turner Ashby High School to attend the 68th annual Rockingham County Farm Bureau membership meeting Thursday where they listened to live music, ate local barbecue and learned how to prevent agriculture-related injuries.

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HARRISONBURG — The two local locations of Binkley & Hurst, an agriculture equipment dealership chain, will be combined into a single location in the coming months, said Don Hoover, the owner of Binkley & Hurst.

Friday, September 13, 2019
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HARRISONBURG — Over $231 million of Rockingham County revenue was generated by tourism in 2018, an increase of 6.1% from 2017 and the most money generated in a Shenandoah Valley locality, according to data from the United States Travel Association.

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FULKS RUN — While driving down Brocks Gap Road on the way to West Virginia, it would be easy to miss the small, white store of Fulks Run Grocery while trying to keep your eyes on the road and take in the beauty of the hillsides.

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BRIDGEWATER — The Constitution of the United States of America was framed 232 years ago, and to celebrate, Bridgewater is hosting the second annual Constitution Week.

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HARRISONBURG — The Harrisonburg Tourism Department is celebrating its success after bringing in around $131.4 million in tourism dollars in 2018.

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HARRISONBURG — The Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Charge Gang Task Force arrested a Penn Laird man Wednesday following a roughly nine-hour standoff near Cootes Store.

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HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors were met with a variety of action items during Wednesday’s meeting, recommending approval for a majority and tabling one special-use permit.