TIMBERVILLE — C.K. Ray of Timberville ran in his first demolition derby at the age of 16. And except for three years away with the military between 18 and 21, he hasn’t stopped.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Doug West, 28, of Keezletown, spent four years working in Harrisonburg restaurants, half that time at Local Chop and Grill House and the last two years at Bella Luna.
Sentara RMH Medical Center has been named the ninth best hospital in Virginia by U.S. News and World Report this year.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The Dayton Police Department and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the egging of multiple properties in the Dayton area.
James Madison University inched closer to hiring a new police chief, according to Ginny Cramer, assistant director of media relations.
The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors will consider a joint rezoning and special-use permit request during its meeting Wednesday, which could result in a small contractor’s business being located in McGaheysville.
WEYERS CAVE — Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University have forged another partnership intertwining their students.
Harrisonburg City Council will hold a public hearing at today’s meeting about adjusting the boundary line between the city and Rockingham County, according to city documents.
A man charged in connection with a June homicide at the 340 Quick Stop Market near Grottoes appeared in Rockingham County General District Court on Monday, but the case was postponed one day.
The Presbytery of Shenandoah is looking for a buyer for its property at 1111 N. Main St. and has been in talks with Open Doors to turn the site into the city’s first permanent low-barrier homeless shelter, according to a July 15 letter from the religious organization to city staff.
It’s been 53 years since Larry Ritchie, 76, fought as a U.S. Army private during the Vietnam War. But the experiences he recalled while sitting in his living room were as fresh as the day he endured them.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Glo Fiber, a Valley internet service provider, has partnered with cloud company CSG Field Service Management to improve services, according to a press release.
When Nancy Coble Damon appeared as a guest on “The Spark,” a radio show hosted by Martha Woodroof, the conversation began about Damon’s career as the programs director for the Virginia Festival of the Book. But, like a skilled carpenter carving a block of wood, Woodroof quickly cut through t…
It’s his spot: this box with that new-wood shine and a post on the corner with the number “1” nailed into it.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
LURAY — Shenandoah National Park officials suspended the search for a missing Charlottesville woman after a preliminary identification of remains found Saturday morning.
During the pandemic, public schools were not able to accommodate all students five days a week in buildings. It wasn’t feasible with the limitations of classroom space and, even more importantly, bus space.
It’s still a few months before residents of Rockingham County cast their votes for the contested District 3 seat on the School Board. However, a number of important issues have been on the minds of county residents, and candidates are sharing their thoughts along with what additional issues …
For the past 23 years, including 10 as chief of police, Joe Simmons helped Bridgewater become one of the safest small towns in Virginia.
Friday, July 23, 2021
MOUNT JACKSON — A 53-year-old employee of Bowman Andros Products died Friday after entering a cold-storage room without the proper equipment, according to the Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office.
MIDDLETOWN — It’s official: Lord Fairfax Community College will become Laurel Ridge Community College, effective the 2022-23 school year.
BERRYVILLE — A 24-year-old man tubing in the Shenandoah River at Watermelon Park in Clarke County died in an apparent drowning Wednesday.
The city of Harrisonburg plans to host a swearing-in ceremony for Harrisonburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Marques Bush today at 5 p.m.
A few months ago, officer Don Klotz stopped by James McHone Jewelry on Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg.
Crowding at Harrisonburg High School would already be a problem without Wednesday’s state guidance urging school divisions to implement physical distancing of at least 3 feet to the greatest extent possible.
Members of the Muslim community who gathered at Hillandale Park on Tuesday for an Eid al-Adha celebration said this year’s party was subdued due to the pandemic.
The team behind the proposed Peak Mountain development in McGaheysville is reviewing concerns to see how they can be addressed, according to Seth Roderick, a managing partner of Monteverde Engineering and Design Studio and representative of the developers.
Brad Reed, a planner with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton District, said the point of any feasibility study is to understand the public’s opinion and interest on a proposed project.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
ELKTON — Elkton is facing another town employee vacancy, with the most recent being in the town’s treasurer’s office.
It was Mother’s Day 2019, and Autumn Pequignot was at Busch Gardens with her husband and daughter, Mara. They were about to leave the park after a gorgeous day of fun, and Pequignot had just gotten a Starbucks coffee.
As part of a training exercise Wednesday, deputy Larry Good stormed Spotswood High School’s auditorium searching for an active shooter.
Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards was awaiting news from Gov. Ralph Northam Wednesday morning on whether students should wear masks in school this fall, but Richards had all but made his mind up on the matter — they will.
McGAHEYSVILLE — Chip Long of McGaheysville began catching frogs to eat from a pond near his home in the final years of his time in elementary school.
STAUNTON — Purchasing a farm within the first few months of marriage, let alone during the COVID-19 pandemic, wasn’t the straight-forward plan Morgan and Sawyer Messer were expecting to run with.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
A Rockingham County judge denied a Dayton man’s request Tuesday to be released from prison early.
Before it was 11 a.m. Tuesday, a cardboard box filled with four kittens found its way into the lobby of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.
It may be summer and there are fewer kids in school buildings, but things are not slowing down for Lacey Spring Elementary School and Principal Tammy May. And anyone who knows May knows that she wouldn’t have it any other way.
MOUNT CRAWFORD — Joshua Knight lugged the bags out of the back of his Hyundai Santa Fe at the storage unit off U.S. 11.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board is taking applications for the Return to Earn Program, an initiative that helps small companies offset the burden of employer-paid hiring bonuses.
Harrisonburg firefighter Keith Link earned a certification as a fire investigation technician from the International Association of Arson Investigators, according to a Monday press release.
CORRECTION 4:51 P.M. — The Bixlers have asked masks be worn by guests in the first hours of the open house on Saturday for those who would like to tour the house while others have masks on.
The Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail feasibility study gained the attention of thousands of Virginians, and on Wednesday, the popularity in the project will be revealed.
Just 10 years after opening East Rockingham High School to alleviate crowding at Spotswood High School, the Rockingham County School Board is considering building another high school to address the same problem in the area.
A source of funding to provide housing opportunities in Virginia will be hitting the Shenandoah Valley region after the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission was awarded a state grant.
On a normal day, Harrisonburg police officer K. Howdyshell patrols the East Market Street shopping corridor filled with a mall, movie theater and big-box stores.
There was a rule that railway workers must retire at 65. No ifs, ands or buts.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Dave Gibbs thought he might just be becoming a cranky old man around his 65th birthday in June.
With state psychiatric facilities reeling and mental health issues increasing during the pandemic, closing business would cause irreparable damage for nonprofit counseling services and advocacy groups, such as the Collins Center.
When President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act in March, localities began brainstorming how the new federal funding could be used in communities, much like government bodies did with CARES Act funding.
In June, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County reached a milestone of recovering over two-thirds of the jobs lost in March and April 2020, according to Joe Mengedoth, a Richmond Federal Reserve Bank economist.
BRIDGEWATER — The spirit of giving can often be heard within the sounds of coins dropping in red metal kettles and bells ringing in crisp winter air, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday.