Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Harrisonburg Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the opportunity for residents to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at two city locations Saturday.

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A Harrisonburg man who exposed a Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy to fentanyl during a 2019 traffic stop and dealt 1½ kilograms of methamphetamine in the Shenandoah Valley will spend more than a decade behind bars.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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With three months of fundraising into the 2021 election year, finance reports show two local Democrats received more small-donor donations than their Republican opponents.

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ELKTON — It’s been nearly a month since Elkton was named the newest Appalachian Trail Conservancy community, and Appalachian Trail hikers have made their fair share of visits to the town.

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Prosecutors dismissed an embezzlement charge against the former owner of Jess’ Lunch No. 2 during a hearing in Rockingham County General District Court on Monday.

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When Pamela Northam, first lady of the commonwealth and wife of Gov. Ralph Northam, walked into Mountain View Elementary School on Tuesday, she was greeted by the masked faces of students holding signs welcoming her to their school and telling her how much they were glad to be back.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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If the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic proved anything, it’s that the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County community showed up during local nonprofits’ time of need.

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DAYTON — Dayton Town Council met Monday for a work session where Town Manager Angela Lawrence walked members through the draft budget for fiscal year 2021-22.

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GROTTOES — Stefanie McAlister, a native of Augusta County and former Rockingham County employee, has been hired by the town of Grottoes to serve as its newest town manager following a special meeting Monday.

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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.

Monday, April 19, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
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Several dead birds sent from Rockingham County officials to the University of Georgia in Athens appeared to have died from trauma, but further study is ongoing, according to an initial report from a school pathologist.

Friday, April 16, 2021
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After body camera video of what appeared to be a Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer shooting a man with her gun instead of a Taser, the Harrisonburg Police Department addressed the issue with its officers.

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TIMBERVILLE — It started with a trip to Florida, a love for ice cream and a car wash — three variables that made JJ’s Soft Serve come to life.

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New water rates for the Countryside Sanitary District will go into effect July 1 after the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors approved suggested increases to offset the district’s debt.

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TIMBERVILLE — Taxidermy is not a profession for the faint of heart. But for Mark Poirot, it’s no different than any other type of art.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
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There were only two comments during the public hearing of the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday after the board had been presented the proposed $402.9 million budget for fiscal year 2021-22.

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Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards has proposed using funding from the newest federal COVID-19 aid to restart construction on HHS2 until conditions are met for the city to pay for the roughly $105 million project.

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Winners of the Virginia FFA Conduct of Meetings Leadership Development Event were announced last week at Buffalo Gap High School in Swoope. The Broadway High School FFA chapter placed first in the Virginia Conduct of Meetings Leadership Development Event, according to a press release.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Virginia State Police say an airplane pilot's "controls became unresponsive" Monday night before crashing just outside Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

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Jeremy Holloway, director of COVID-19 response in Rockingham County, was driving to help run a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinic at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when he first heard the news. Distribution of the vaccine had been recommended to be paused by the Food and Drug Administration.

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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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GROTTOES — Action on hiring a new town manager to serve Grottoes has yet to be taken as council members continue to work with The Berkley Group.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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After early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic caused Rockingham County to lose more than $9 million from its fiscal 2020-21 budget, finances have bounced back and the Board of Supervisors is ready to mull the next budget.