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.
TIMBERVILLE — Meeting for the first time since March, the Timberville Town Council held a work session Tuesday evening to take up a number of items that were put on the back burner, including how the council will conduct meetings moving forward.
With the Rockingham County School Board expected to take action on its proposed budget on June 8, the delay has forced the fate of the Board of Supervisors proposed budget for fiscal 2020-21 to be at a standstill.
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.
Judy Warren has a strong appreciation for EMS and EMT workers. They were the last people her husband, Charles, spoke with before he died in October.
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.
It’s been a trying time for students across the country as their school year was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Julia Page Price was 25-years old when the Spanish influenza crept its way into Virginia.
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.”
Longtime WSIG 96.9 FM radio host Dusty Rhodes died Wednesday evening at his home in Elkton, according to a statement on the station's website.
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.
The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative is notifying customers to be aware of scam calls threatening to shut off power if a bill is not paid immediately.
It’s been more than two months since customers walked the aisles inside Gift & Thrift, but that hasn’t stopped revenue from coming in.
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
A man wanted in connection with a May 8 robbery is now in custody, according to an email from the Harrisonburg Police Department.
Up to $16 billion in direct payments are slated to be offered to farmers and ranchers in need of relief from the current pandemic crisis.
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.
COVID-19 has left no shortage of hurdles and obstacles for the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County fire and rescue departments.
Olivia Kasidiaris, 20, played singles tennis a safe distance from her opponent on a recent afternoon at the Eastover courts.
Brandon McKearney was interested in starting his own microbrewery when he graduated as part of James Madison University’s first engineering class in 2012.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Charlotte Sibold has been named the executive director of Sunnyside Communities, a not-for-profit retirement community, according to a Monday press release.
The 2019-2020 school year did not end the way teachers or students would have liked, being canceled halfway through March. But there are some traditions that can’t be stopped and the annual announcement of teacher of the year was one of them.
Standing on a square outlined with yellow chalk, Paula Cook and her family stood outside the Church of the Incarnation for the first time since March 8, waiting to be escorted inside.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Going in for a routine hygiene appointment at a dentist's office will look a little different across the commonwealth these days.
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.
Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Rockingham, will host a four-part parole spotlight series to be aired on Facebook at 5 p.m. from Monday through Thursday next week.
Virginia Humanities announced Thursday that 110 museums, libraries, historical societies and other cultural nonprofit organizations will receive nearly $600,000 in grants due to the CARES Act.
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
Kirsten Moore would have been two weeks into opening her restaurant, Magpie Diner, when the shut-down order came down the pipe. But as luck would have it, the diner doors weren’t ready to be opened and Moore was spared.
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.
When Eugene and Jean Taylor opened the Bar-B-Q Ranch in 1947, waitresses at the drive-in style restaurant dished out pork barbecue sandwiches through the customer’s car window for them to enjoy.
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.
There’s a new sheriff’s deputy in town.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Harrisonburg City Council voted unanimously for the first approval of two necessary for the 2020-21 fiscal year budget at Tuesday’s meeting.