Local News

Wednesday, March 03, 2021
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After years of having fairly steady numbers of students whose families choose to home-school or opt out of public school as a religious exemption, Rockingham County Public Schools saw a spike in home-school enrollment this school year.

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With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, many holidays were forced to be celebrated indoors and without added company — the first being Easter.

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When the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization presented plans to improve Port Republic Road from Devon Lane to South Main Street, it included a proposed pedestrian overpass over Port Road onto Bluestone Drive at the James Madison University entrance.

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At a School Board meeting Tuesday, Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards proposed a budget for fiscal year 2021-22 that includes a 4% raise for employees and an additional 1% raise for custodians.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021
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Harrisonburg’s proposed five-year capital improvement program for fiscal year 2021-22 details planned changes along South Main Street, according to documents released Monday.

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Before the clock struck noon Monday, members of the Virginia General Assembly were packing up their things following the adjournment of the 2021 regular session and special session.

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After more than a year of delays, a Rockingham County judge scheduled the retrial of a Harrisonburg man accused in an August 2018 hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a James Madison University student.

Monday, March 01, 2021
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RICHMOND — The General Assembly passed multiple bills allowing health care workers and first responders to receive workers’ compensation benefits if they are disabled or die due to COVID-19.

Wire News

Wednesday, March 03, 2021
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PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday dissolved an identity group that for years staged spectacular actions to get out its anti-migrant message in what it claimed was a mission to preserve French and European civilization.

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia on Wednesday said it is investigating “credible allegations of atrocities and human rights abuses” in its embattled Tigray region, including in the city of Axum, where The Associated Press and Amnesty International have separately documented a massacre of sever…

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s main opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested Wednesday on charges of disturbing the public order after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police while he was heading to the court to face rape charges.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans opposing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed the House have pointed to two transportation projects as examples of pork that would politically benefit Democrats leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.