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No need to grit and bear your way through another traditional brunch; Urgie’s Cheesesteaks has hashed up its menu and is serving an egg-cellent new take on the weekend staple.

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BRIDGEWATER — One of the first things Rev. Russ Barb remembers about C.D. Lantz was how during a Church of the Brethren Service, Lantz advocated for what would become Bridgewater Retirement Community.

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Memories of digging grubby fingers into dirt at parks and building towers of sand at the beach often evoke the quintessential simplicities of childhood. Larkin Arts is now extending that natural tendency for people to get messy and work with their hands in the new pottery studio branch — Lar… Read more

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
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PARIS (AP) — On the final day of menswear shows in the French capital, Lanvin put on an ode to contrasting styles, while British designers reigned supreme. London designer Craig Green decamped to Paris for his first major show outside of his homeland and British fashion icon Paul Smith showc…

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DETROIT (AP) — To commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Nicholas Thomas and more than 100 other volunteers will board up vacant houses, install school safety signs and make other improvements to a Detroit neighborhood. Their mission is to celebrate King’s legacy by being good neighbor…

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SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II was all smiles as she made her way to church Sunday after a momentous announcement that Prince Harry and wife Meghan would cut almost all of their ties to the royal family in favor of a more private life.

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LYON, France (AP) — One of the first people to notice Bernard Preynat's unhealthy obsession for young boys was the supervisor at the seminary where, still a teen, the future priest started training for his career in the church.

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “expressed outrage” to Egypt’s president on Sunday at the death of an American citizen who insisted he had been wrongfully held in Egyptian prison, according to a state department spokeswoman.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020
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When Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, looked to create the Beehive Distribution Program in 2018, he didn’t know how much of a buzz it would be — or that it would run out of beehives to give away in less than a year.

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The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors is expected to make a final decision for a blueprint on future development in the county, but not before holding a work session to have one last discussion.

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Virginia soybean production dropped by 23% last year compared to 2018, while production of other crops such as corn, cotton, peanuts, hay and dark-fired tobacco rose, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services annual crop summary.

Friday, January 17, 2020
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City Council tabled a request by Rockingham Properties LLC to rezone and obtain a special-use permit for 231, 251 and 261 S. Liberty St. on Tuesday.

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On Wednesday afternoon, the lives of three drivers were claimed by a crash at mile marker 239.3 when a northbound tractor-trailer crossed the median to the southbound side of Interstate 81.

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Newly hired Deputy Police Chief Gabriel Camacho celebrated his one-month anniversary with the Harrisonburg Police Department doing something he plans to do regularly — meeting with his neighbors.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
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For the past few months, Emani Morse has had to keep it quiet that she was named one of the 2020 Next Generation Afterschool Leaders by the National Afterschool Association. 

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Despite the housing shortage, 2019 saw the most homes sold in the area since 2006 –– at the height of the housing bubble, according to data from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors.

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BRIDGEWATER — Some changes could be coming to Bridgewater relating to the use of golf carts on town streets in order to comply with state law.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Three people were killed and at least four others injured in a crash that shut down Interstate 81 south of Harrisonburg for about seven hours on Wednesday.

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Maryland-based company Yim and Pifer LLC has sold the 2-acre shopping center at 291 University Blvd. to Fairfax County-based HDJR United LLC, according to Rockingham County real estate records.

Saturday, January 18, 2020
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When Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, looked to create the Beehive Distribution Program in 2018, he didn’t know how much of a buzz it would be — or that it would run out of beehives to give away in less than a year.

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Virginia soybean production dropped by 23% last year compared to 2018, while production of other crops such as corn, cotton, peanuts, hay and dark-fired tobacco rose, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services annual crop summary.

Friday, January 17, 2020
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City Council tabled a request by Rockingham Properties LLC to rezone and obtain a special-use permit for 231, 251 and 261 S. Liberty St. on Tuesday.

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On Wednesday afternoon, the lives of three drivers were claimed by a crash at mile marker 239.3 when a northbound tractor-trailer crossed the median to the southbound side of Interstate 81.

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Newly hired Deputy Police Chief Gabriel Camacho celebrated his one-month anniversary with the Harrisonburg Police Department doing something he plans to do regularly — meeting with his neighbors.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
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For the past few months, Emani Morse has had to keep it quiet that she was named one of the 2020 Next Generation Afterschool Leaders by the National Afterschool Association. 

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Despite the housing shortage, 2019 saw the most homes sold in the area since 2006 –– at the height of the housing bubble, according to data from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors.

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BRIDGEWATER — Some changes could be coming to Bridgewater relating to the use of golf carts on town streets in order to comply with state law.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Three people were killed and at least four others injured in a crash that shut down Interstate 81 south of Harrisonburg for about seven hours on Wednesday.

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Maryland-based company Yim and Pifer LLC has sold the 2-acre shopping center at 291 University Blvd. to Fairfax County-based HDJR United LLC, according to Rockingham County real estate records.

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As David and Ann Gardner built the Valley Pike Farm Market in Weyers Cave three years ago, they dreamed the place would serve as a hub — a place where friends could meet up with friends and businesses could hold meetings with clients.

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EDOM — Just over 225 years ago, Rockingham County and Harrisonburg were both still in their infancy. And in Edom, both a baby girl and mother were saved by the actions of a surgeon who refused to let them die.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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City Council has welcomed the opportunity for more businesses in the city after approving two requests, one to rezone a property and another to have a special-use permit on a property to have business and professional offices.

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A former Elkton Rescue Squad treasurer accused of stealing thousands of dollars over a 12-year span retired from the City of Harrisonburg on Tuesday, according to a city spokesman.

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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality works to protect and enhance the state’s environment, and it recently received federal funding to help with those efforts.

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At a School Board meeting on Monday, Rockingham County Public Schools Superintendent Oskar Scheikl presented options for which grade levels could stay at their home schools if proposed redistricting is approved.

Monday, January 13, 2020
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Since partnering with SkyWest in spring 2018, the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport has seen an increase in passenger traffic, but nothing compared to record-breaking year the airport had in 2019.

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City Council will hold nine public hearings at Tuesday’s meeting, including potential funding priorities for the Community Development Block Grant, a short-term rental request and an appropriation of $6 million for the new high school.

Sunday, January 12, 2020
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For Rockingham County firefighter Dustin Lucas, playing in the second annual Volley in the Valley at East Rockingham High School on Sunday was more than a competition among first responders.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
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Since brothers Tommy and Steven Urglavitch opened Urgie’s Cheesesteaks brick-and-mortar restaurant and bar last year, sports fans have packed the cozy former carriage house on East Water Street to watch games.

Friday, January 10, 2020
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A Rockingham County judge upheld jury recommendations that Wesley Cruz should spend roughly half-century behind bars for killing a city man at a hookah lounge in 2017.

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BRIDGEWATER — When special education teacher Barbara Eanes approached Katie Moran, an instructional technology resource teacher for the school division, about creating a customizable app that would allow her students to easily use a cash register, Moran said she would have to get back to her.

Thursday, January 09, 2020
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On Jan. 22, volunteers will attempt to count all of the homeless residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, according to Michael Wong, executive director of the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

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Gov. Ralph Northam gave his second State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday, sharing his vision to continue building a “stronger, fairer and more equitable Virginia.” But one Valley lawmaker was not in agreement with the governor's remarks.

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The Rockingham County School Board will meet Monday and on the agenda is a presentation by Superintendent Oskar Scheikl about options for grandfathering students should the board approve redistricting later this month. 

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The Harrisonburg Planning Commission voted Wednesday to continue a public hearing to its next meeting regarding a request to rezone a parcel on Keezletown Road to have a number of different residential units.

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When the media production company Beau Baker, Jon Hollif and Andy Vanhook worked for closed in 2011, they decided to found Appeal Production.

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It’s been an unusual school year when it comes to snow and inclement weather days. It took until January for enough snow to fall to warrant calling off classes.

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RICHMOND — Between the rallies, crammed elevator rides and overall first day scramble, a tucked away hallway on the fourth floor of the Pocahontas Building is quiet.

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LURAY — At 18 years old, Lois Shaffer married her husband, Steven, and at 40, she went to school for nursing, which was always a dream for her.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020
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A Harrisonburg man who admitted his role in connection with the December 2017 overdose death of the son of a former RUSH Drug Task Force commander will spend nearly a decade behind bars, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops in a major escalation that brought the two longtime foes closer to war.

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The case against the former Elkton Rescue Squad treasurer accused of stealing thousands of dollars over a 12-year span will head to a grand jury.

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Friday, January 17, 2020
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From near and far, over 140 trombone players have registered to assemble for the 12th year of Tromblow’in this Saturday.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
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Memories of digging grubby fingers into dirt at parks and building towers of sand at the beach often evoke the quintessential simplicities of childhood. Larkin Arts is now extending that natural tendency for people to get messy and work with their hands in the new pottery studio branch — Lar…

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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No need to grit and bear your way through another traditional brunch; Urgie’s Cheesesteaks has hashed up its menu and is serving an egg-cellent new take on the weekend staple.

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If your partner is a knockout but you have run out of fun date ideas, one Harrisonburg business is offering a new experience that is sure to be a hit with your partner.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Friday, January 10, 2020
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Seven years ago, a childhood dream of three brothers from Rockingham County came to fruition as they opened Harrisonburg’s first locally operated brewery.

Thursday, January 09, 2020
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Last year, Jamie Calcagno-Roach was tired of combating weight loss and strength training alone and joined the fitness team at Burn Boot Camp. Looking back, she said the empowering family she made at the studio has reframed how she defines success in health.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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Downtown’s end-of-year disco ball won’t be the only thing illuminating Harrisonburg tonight as racers donned in their most colorful attire will lead a radiant path through the city.

Monday, December 30, 2019
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For those tired of being cooped up indoors and ready to rage into the new year, Harrisonburg offers a plethora of options to start 2020.

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TIMBERVILLE — Isolda and Gale Nets are just like any other couple in Timberville. They enjoy watching James Madison University and Redskins football games, baking for friends and hanging out with their neighbors— but inside their home, the Nets are harboring a big secret.

Saturday, December 28, 2019
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April showers bring May flowers, but the hustle and bustle of the holidays in December can bring a lot of confusion. To fight the wintry haze, Pale Fire Brewing is hosting a music series called Chrimbo Limbo during the lull between Christmas and New Year’s.

Friday, December 27, 2019
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Funny Not Funny Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary tonight at the Golden Pony with performances by Walkie Talkie, Good Dog Nigel and Uncle Bengine and the Restraining Orders.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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Attending a Christmas Eve service is an annual opportunity for families to gather and celebrate the holidays, said Stephanie Sorge, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Saturday, December 21, 2019
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With rosy cheeks, gift-giving and jolly laughs all around— the only thing missing is the big, red coat. Anyone can tap into the magic of Santa tonight at the toys and talent event at Restless Moons Brewing.

Friday, December 20, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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Culminating the trade skills of medieval times, the aesthetic of modern Appalachia and the technological advancements of the 21st century, Alexander Brothers aims to “create beauty in everyday life.”

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LURAY — Apologies to those seeking a “Silent Night” because Sunday will be “Merry and Bright” as “Carol of the Bells” ring through the air.

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Santa is not the only one able to make holiday miracles possible. Hard work, dedication and consideration are all the Christmas magic one Harrisonburg shopkeeper needed to save one jolly dream from turning into a Grinchly disaster.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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BRIDGEWATER — Tucked underneath the assisted living residents’ space at Bridgewater Retirement Community are trash-to-treasure items whose second chances at life serve more than to beautify a home.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
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Seven years ago, Tamekia Trammell was without a home or a job, caring for three children by herself. The police station brought her to Mercy House, which offered a roof over her head and connection to resources. Today, Trammell is employed and living in a townhouse with her family.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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In 1970, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs called for choral artists to join in a group performance of the final movement of “Beethoven Symphony No. 9.” From that outreach, it became apparent to local artists that there was a need for a community singing group — thus the…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Stemming from an affinity for literature, students from Eastern Mennonite University are forming relationships with residents in assisted living at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. But since establishing a connection through storytelling, that bond has since evolved into friendships …

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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A transcendent beauty that everyone can enjoy is how David McCormick, a freelance violinist specializing in music from the eras beginning with Bach and tracing back to the medieval period, describes classical music.

Monday, December 09, 2019
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Three distinctly different takes on Virginia’s Americana scene are sharing their latest musings and projects at The Golden Pony on Thursday.

Friday, December 06, 2019
Thursday, December 05, 2019
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Don’t be a wild card. Follow suit and shuffle over to Larkin Arts for the third biennial deck show today from 4 to 7 p.m. as part of First Fridays.

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Three friends who met as students at James Madison University are filming a “100% Virginia film” to highlight the beauty of Virginia’s mountains and creativity in the Valley in a feature-length sci-fi thriller with dramatic elements.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
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When many Americans imagine a holiday table, it is often overflowing with gravy, baked ham and marshmallow-crusted sweet potato casserole. Butter and carbs are a universal love language, so it makes sense that each culture around the globe has its own spin on holiday feasts.

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It’s no secret Harrisonburg is a haven for the arts, but one competition in the Valley serves to crown the best fake artist in the region.

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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After the hullabaloo of sales from chains and department stores on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is a national shopping holiday that recognizes local artisans and visionaries.

Friday, November 29, 2019
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Heaps of cranberry sauce, turkey and green bean casserole lined the dining table inside Skyline Middle School’s cafeteria, but rather than a celebration between loved ones, this Thanksgiving feast was being shared between people who never met.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Staying in town for the holidays and looking for a fun way to give back to the community? Golden Pony is opening its doors for a free poetry and music night Wednesday to raise funds for the local community center and day shelter.

Friday, November 22, 2019
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019