Local News

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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On Wednesday, the Harrisonburg Electric Commission connected the home solar-energy system of Mike Tedross and Marianne Saeed to the city grid, making HEC the first municipally-owned utility in the state to have an installed capacity of solar reach 1% of annual peak load.

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The flu virus has hit Virginia early this year, with cases being categorized as widespread as of the last week in November.

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As District 1 Supervisor Pablo Cuevas took his seat on the board for the last time Wednesday, he was joined by a room full of co-workers, legislators, family and friends to recognize his 30 years of service to Rockingham County.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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PENN LAIRD — Rockingham County joined the growing number of localities in the state to become a Second Amendment sanctuary Wednesday after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of the resolution.

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A Florida man accused of breaking into a Mennonite family’s home in an attempt to kidnap their children pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

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As victims and their loved ones begin to deal with the trauma of a crime, they’re often immediately thrown into the criminal justice system as the case against the perpetrator begins the slow journey to resolution.

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A substantial bump in enrollment for James Madison University in fall 2015 means this December’s graduating class is the largest one it has ever had, said Caitlyn Read, media coordinator at JMU.

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Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is sporting purple and gold after James Madison University President Jonathan Alger announced a new partnership with the Weyers Cave airport.

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GROTTOES — For the last six years, the Blue Ridge Heritage Project has been leading the effort to honor residents who were displaced for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park with monuments across the region.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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City Council voted Tuesday to build a second high school all at once to open in August 2022, with a guaranteed maximum construction price of $87.2 million.

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Grottoes Town Council approved a resolution 4-1 Monday asking the Rockingham County School Board to delay a decision on redistricting and to consider alternatives to the issue of population growth in the Spotswood district of the county.

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The Harrisonburg Planning Commission will hear three rezoning requests and six special-use permit applications at its meeting today.

Wire News

Thursday, December 12, 2019

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Nebraska theater troupe got scrooged by a bus crash that led to the cancellation of its national tour of “A Christmas Carol.” Now performers are singing a different tune — they just want to be home for Christmas.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong wrote hundreds of Christmas cards on Thursday for people jailed in the city's pro-democracy movement, promising they won't be forgotten as they face spending the festive season behind bars.

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TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old.

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Shares in Saudi Aramco gained on the second day of trading Thursday, propelling the oil and gas company to a near $2 trillion valuation, where it holds the title of the world's most valuable listed company.