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The Central Shenandoah Health District began transitioning its COVID-19 vaccine appointment process from invitation only to public scheduling Monday, according to a Sunday press release from the health department.

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Harrisonburg City Council heard staff’s $293 million proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, which does not include any funding for restarting the HHS2 project or expansion or renovation of Middle River Regional Jail, according to presentation documents.

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This week, students in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg are on spring break; five days that normally are a chance for families and teachers to travel and break up the semester.

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As Harrisonburg prepares to present its proposed budget to council later this month, Michael Parks, city spokesperson, said much is yet to be decided on capital projects and potential tax changes.

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Within the first weeks of April, all three regional jails located in the Central Shenandoah Health District will have administered or received COVID-19 vaccinations for its inmates, but the process behind vaccine distribution is complex.

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Yaseen Mousa moves through the halls of Harrisonburg High School, backpack on his shoulder. The freshman weaves in and out of the throngs of students, saying the occasional hello to people he knows.

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When whisperings of the novel coronavirus heightened into tangible fear, Nevin Yoder made a commitment to himself that he would continue his work as a nurse practitioner, come hell or high water. And Yoder stayed true to his word, even when it meant sitting in a summery downpour outside his …

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When the Virginia Department of Health announced inmates in state prisons and local jails qualified for COVID-19 vaccinations under phase 1b, it opened the door for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Jail and Middle River Regional Jail to vaccinate inmates who were still on lockdown after outbreaks.

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Regal Theatres announced the reopening of its locations across the country and slated the Regal Harrisonburg to open on May 21, according to the company's website.

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At a meeting Monday night, Rockingham County Public Schools Superintendent Oskar Scheikl presented his proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which included a pay raise of 3% for all contracted staff.

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Maggie Hagy had not seen her students in over a year. The Keister Elementary School teacher, unlike many other Harrisonburg City Public School teachers, has been teaching virtually exclusively since the pandemic hit in March of last year.

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An announcement from Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday has school divisions mulling what they can do for graduations after having to get creative last year with how they honored graduates.

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The challenges at the Rockingham County Jail started weeks before an outbreak of COVID-19 cases forced a shutdown inside the facility, with many obstacles directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak at Middle River Regional Jail.

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When Bridgewater announced in December its plan to reopen the Sipe Center to live performances, it was unclear when the 2021 season would start.

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Nearly 70,000 doses of the newest vaccine approved for use in the nationwide battle against COVID-19 are coming to Virginia this week as an average of four local residents a day have died from the virus over the past week.

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In roughly the next week, sheriff deputies plan to hand-deliver up to 120 jury summonses to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents in anticipation of the resumption of jury trials next month.