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.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
When Mary Strickler graduated from Harrisonburg High School at the age of 16, it was with a bad taste in her mouth. She hated school.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 20, 317 COVID-19 cases were Shenandoah Valley poultry workers, according to an email from a state health official to a local activist and obtained by the Daily News-Record on Tuesday.
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.
JBS USA and Pilgrim’s are in the process of spending $150 million on pay bonuses and workplace safety for employees in North America, according to a press release from Cameron Bruett, JBS USA head of corporate affairs.
Harrisonburg's Planning Commission will resume its meetings on June 10, according to an email from Thanh Dang, the city's assistant director of community development.
Friday, May 22, 2020
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
City Councilman Richard Baugh described the Democratic party he first became involved with in the Friendly City during the 1990s as a “minority party.”
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.
Chicken farmers in the Valley have told the Daily News-Record the time between receiving flocks for them to raise increased, straining already thin margins.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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
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
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.
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
Harrisonburg Police Department is seeking information on a shooting that took place Saturday at The Hills Southview apartments.
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
Today is the final day to cast a vote for the Democratic candidates for November's City Council election.
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.
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.
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.
The Harrisonburg Police Department continues to investigate an aggravated assault that took place at the North Mason Street 7-Eleven on Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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.
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.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
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.
DALLAS (AP) — Conference USA has secured its bowl lineup through the 2025 season, with seven guaranteed postseason appearances each year.
When could a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?
BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much.
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…
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.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as the key 30-year home loan marked an all-time low for the third time in the last few months since the coronavirus outbreak took hold.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America.
LONDON (AP) — The British government said Thursday that it will grant hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents greater visa rights if China doesn’t scrap a planned new security law for the semi-autonomous territory.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says he and his wife have tested positive after taking coronavirus antibody tests.