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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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Twinkling lights and tapestries, sparkling wine and a lifetime’s worth of memories. Formal is just one of several events canceled this year for university Greek life members, but for graduating seniors, the party is an unforgettable mirage of laughter, dancing and joy, lost forever by the pandemic.

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Every year school divisions have to plan for the inevitability of snow days. Some years these built-in days get used before winter break, and some years they don’t get used at all. But the idea is to plan for them so that makeup days don’t have to be tacked on to the end of the year.

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Laura Henry had big plans for this school year. After starting a recycling program years ago at Lacey Spring Elementary School, where she teaches kindergarten, the program has grown each year and this was supposed to be no exception.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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Democratic City Council candidates, incumbent Mayor Deanna Reed, Laura Dent and Charles Hendricks, all participated in a forum broadcast on Facebook Live Tuesday organized by the Harrisonburg Democratic Committee and Hendrick’s campaign.

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With $150,000 remaining from Rockingham County’s CARES Act funds, the county’s small business grant program received 32 applications during its third round of the program, bringing the total number of applications accumulated since early August to 126.

Monday, September 28, 2020
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For the past two and a half weeks, Rockingham County Public Schools students have, for the most part, been learning virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Only the school division’s youngest and most academically vulnerable students have been in the classroom.

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It wouldn’t be the fall season without neighboring towns hosting festivals throughout the month of October. And if the COVID-19 pandemic has proven anything, it’s that there is no shortage of creativity to make something work.

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Southbound Interstate 81, between mile marker 255 and 251, will have alternating lane closures Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. for paving operations until Oct. 10, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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The counties of Page and Shenandoah will receive about $1.27M Community Development Block Grants as part of Gov. Ralph Northam's COVID-19 recovery and response efforts in rural commonwealth communities, according to a Monday press release from Northam’s office.

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A Harrisonburg man awaiting retrial in an August 2018 hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a James Madison University student continues to wait for his day in court.

Wire News

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court on Wednesday approved a total of $800 million in payouts from casino company MGM Resorts International and its insurers to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting that was the deadliest in recent U.S. history.

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A Louisiana man and a Florida man allegedly gained access to professional athletes’ social media accounts and either sold the information or used it to extort payments, according to federal criminal complaints released Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of lawsuits about voting have been filed ahead of the November election. The cases concern the fundamentals of the American balloting process, including how ballots are cast and counted. Here's a look at some of the top lawsuits in battleground states:

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WASHINGTON (AP) — They've been fighting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the cutoff date for counting mailed ballots, and in North Carolina over witness requirements. Ohio is grappling with drop boxes for ballots as Texas faces a court challenge over extra days of early voting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — These Virginia lotteries were drawn Wednesday: