Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Beginning Friday, Virginians will be required to wear a face covering in public indoor settings after Gov. Ralph Northam announced the mandate during Tuesday’s press conference, but local representatives in the Rockingham County area have mixed feelings regarding the measure.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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Median sales prices for homes, by a variety of measures, continue to rise despite COVID-19's impact on activity in the real estate market, according to both local and statewide data and experts.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Harrisonburg City Council unanimously approved keeping the real estate tax rate at 86 cents per $100 of assessed value for fiscal year 2020-21 during Tuesday’s meeting.

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Employees and volunteers with Harrisonburg City Public Schools have been busy the last few months making sure that families have access to meals while students are out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Like most aspects of everyday life, COVID-19 has made its mark and the necessity for social distancing has canceled many important life events, such as traditional graduations.

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Massanutten Regional Library resumed accepting returns of borrowed materials, such as books and DVDs, at all MRL branches Tuesday. Returns should be made at the outside return drops and boxes.

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City Council will hold a public hearing on keeping the Harrisonburg real estate tax rate at 86 cents per $100 of assessed value for fiscal year 2020-21 at tonight’s meeting, according to city documents.

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Virginia Department of Health and Rockingham County Fire and Rescue will be hosting a round of free COVID-19 testing on Wednesday at 140 Research Drive, according to a press release from Amy Snider, assistant to Harrisonburg City Manager Eric Campbell.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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There was a roughly 10% reduction in total non-farm jobs in the Harrisonburg metro area between February and April, a figure that translates to roughly 7,400 positions disappearing, according to April data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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On Wednesday, Councilman George Hirschmann became the first city resident to file all paperwork necessary to have his name appear on the ballot for November’s City Council election, according to staff at the city registrar’s office.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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City leadership has formed a reopening committee to discuss when facilities, such as Heritage Oaks, can resume usual operations, according to a Tuesday email from Michael Parks, the spokesman for the city of Harrisonburg.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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The Harrisonburg Democratic Committee has picked its three candidates for November’s City Council election, where the seats of party members Mayor Deanna Reed and councilman Richard Baugh, along with independent councilor George Hirschmann, are up for grabs.

Sunday, May 17, 2020
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The ballot for November’s Harrisonburg City Council election is beginning to solidify after three candidates were nominated to run as Democrats during the party’s primary Saturday.

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Leonard Phillips, of Harrisonburg, began coming down with a dry cough on Wednesday and by Thursday developed body aches. He had never been tested for COVID-19, so when the chance was available for free, he took it.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
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Harrisonburg Police Department is seeking information on a shooting that took place Saturday at The Hills Southview apartments.

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Sherrie Warner, 63, and her husband of 43 years, George Schaeffer, 61, have been homeless since November. That’s when they began going to Open Doors.

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Valley Mall reopened on Friday, however, not all the stores and restaurants inside the mall have continued business just yet, according to a press release.

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As a result of COVID-19, a Rockingham County judge postponed the retrial of a Harrisonburg man charged in an August 2018 hit-and-run that seriously injured a James Madison University student.

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As Harrisonburg restaurants open today and into the weekend, city staff is using the time to gauge what steps they can take to increase visits to local businesses, according to Brian Shull, the city’s director of economic development.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Harrisonburg High School is working to organize three events, one for graduation, one to recognize Academic Excellence and a third for scholarships, according to a Wednesday letter from principal Melissa Hensley to the school’s seniors and their families.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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Harrisonburg City Council cut funding for its embattled Heritage Oaks Golf Course by $468,000 from the city manager’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 when it was approved for first time Tuesday.

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As a truck pulled into TSSI Inc. on Wednesday, staff was excited. Not for the simple arrival of a tractor trailer, but about what was inside.

Wire News

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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PANAMA CITY (AP) — A regional human rights court has ordered Panama’s government to immediately provide medical care and more sanitary conditions for some 2,000 migrants detained near the Colombian border.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. She was face down beneath brush, wearing a gray dress, white coat and hiking shoes. Her hair was pinned in a bun and her hands bound by…

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Washington Post's top editor told Harvard University graduates Thursday that facts and truth have become “matters of life and death,” yet he warned that some leaders continue to “undermine the very idea of objective fact, all in pursuit of political gain.”