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Daily News-Record The Daily News-Record and its predecessors have been the lifeblood of information for Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley, as well as several counties in neighboring West Virginia, for over 100 years.

The first edition of our initial predecessor, The Evening News, was published on May 8, 1899, with some 5,000 copies hitting the street. Today, the News-Record publishes over 28,000 copies a day for readers in four Virginia counties and three counties in West Virginia. The total estimated readership daily is more than 70,000 (based on the nationally-proven formula of about 2.5 readers per issue).

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In total, the city will receive $23.8 million and the city school system will receive $11.8 million to plug losses cause...
10/27/2021
City Updates Emergency Operations Plan, Sets ARPA Work Sessions

In total, the city will receive $23.8 million and the city school system will receive $11.8 million to plug losses caused by the pandemic and economic downturn.

Harrisonburg City Council voted to update its joint emergency operations plan at its Tuesday meeting.

John Bandy, of Roanoke County, alleged he was fired for claiming whites were discriminated against at Shenandoah Growers...
10/26/2021
Jury Trial Set For Shenandoah Growers Lawsuit

John Bandy, of Roanoke County, alleged he was fired for claiming whites were discriminated against at Shenandoah Growers north of Harrisonburg. Bandy filed the lawsuit on May 7.

A civil trial has been set for John Bandy, the man who claimed he and other whites were discriminated against by his former employer because of their race, and the

"These girls love to perform and enjoy representing their school. Our focus this week has been cleaning up the routine. ...
10/26/2021
Eagles, Cougars Eager For Regional Competition

"These girls love to perform and enjoy representing their school. Our focus this week has been cleaning up the routine. You can always have a difficult routine, but you need to perform clean."

Tammy Carter said there's a reason they call it competition cheerleading.

Carlyle Whitelow, 89, a Rockingham County and Bridgewater legend, died Oct. 15 at Sentara RMH Medical Center, where he h...
10/26/2021
Memorial Service For Carlyle Whitelow Set For Wednesday

Carlyle Whitelow, 89, a Rockingham County and Bridgewater legend, died Oct. 15 at Sentara RMH Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia.

A memorial service for Carlyle Whitelow has been set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, located at 420 College View Drive, in Bridgewater.

In the latest sign of James Madison’s likely move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdiv...
10/26/2021
JMU Board Of Visitors To Meet Friday

In the latest sign of James Madison’s likely move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision and into the Sun Belt Conference, the school’s Board of Visitors will hold an emergency meeting on Friday.

In the latest sign of James Madison’s likely move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision and into the Sun Belt Conference, the school’s Board of Visitors

The proposal called for 155 single-family homes on nearly 42 acres of land zoned for agriculture off Power Dam Road, rou...
10/26/2021
Developer Withdraws Controversial 155-Home Development In County

The proposal called for 155 single-family homes on nearly 42 acres of land zoned for agriculture off Power Dam Road, roughly 300 feet from McGaheysville Road.

The proposed Peak Mountain development in McGaheysville will not be considered by the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors during its meeting Wednesday following the applicant’s decision to withdraw the request.

Fresh off an impressive 42-0 shutout of Rockbridge County at home, the Gobblers (21.63) jumped from sixth to fourth in t...
10/25/2021
Gobblers, Streaks Moving Up In VHSL Ratings

Fresh off an impressive 42-0 shutout of Rockbridge County at home, the Gobblers (21.63) jumped from sixth to fourth in the Region 3C playoff picture.

With just two weeks remaining until the postseason, there's plenty at stake.

The deadline for nominations nears.
10/25/2021
10 Under 40

The deadline for nominations nears.

Click here to nominate a rising or established business professional for the 2021 Shenandoah Valley Business Journal 10 Under 40.

“We didn’t make states last year, so they’re excited to be back this year. It was a close competition. We knew it was go...
10/25/2021
Blazers, Indians Advancing To State Competition

“We didn’t make states last year, so they’re excited to be back this year. It was a close competition. We knew it was going to come down to every little detail, so it’s exciting to get a win.”

FORT DEFIANCE — There will be at least two local squads competing in Richmond this year.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Kemper Virgil Shifflett III, a 35-year-old Elkton man, was found at the residence of ...
10/25/2021
Elkton Man Charged In Connection With Friday Death

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Kemper Virgil Shifflett III, a 35-year-old Elkton man, was found at the residence of a family member and taken into custody at around 6 a.m. on Saturday.

An Elkton man has been charged in connection with a Friday homicide, according to a news release from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

“It affects all levels of society,” said Jonathan Rothwell, supervisory special agent assigned to the RUSH Drug Task For...
10/25/2021
Opioids Still Causing Damage As City Eyes Pharmaceutical Settlement

“It affects all levels of society,” said Jonathan Rothwell, supervisory special agent assigned to the RUSH Drug Task Force as a coordinator of the Virginia State Police in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. “It’s not limited to certain socioeconomic groups.”

Karen Hahn was 17 with dreams of college when she took her first painkiller in Harrisonburg.

“He’s faster than a lot of people give him credit for.”
10/24/2021
Johnson's Run Pushes No. 7 JMU To Victory

“He’s faster than a lot of people give him credit for.”

NEWARK, Del. – Hardly anyone sitting among what was left of the rain-drenched, soggy crowd at Delaware Stadium realized who had it.

During the most recent Rockingham County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Attorney Thomas Miller provided board memb...
10/23/2021
Revisions Made To Proposed County Solar Regulations

During the most recent Rockingham County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Attorney Thomas Miller provided board members with an updated copy of the proposed ordinance and policy, which included the requested amendments from the Sept. 22 meeting.

There is still work to be done on a proposed ordinance and policy for ground-mounted solar energy facilities in Rockingham County as revisions continue to be made.

The Gobblers used a dominant first-half effort to build a four-touchdown lead and never looked back en route to a big-ti...
10/23/2021
Gobblers Post Shutout, Rout Rockbridge County

The Gobblers used a dominant first-half effort to build a four-touchdown lead and never looked back en route to a big-time 42-0 victory over Rockbridge County in Valley District football action at BHS on Friday.

BROADWAY — It was a first half that went just how Broadway coach Danny Grogg envisioned it.

“Football is definitely a game of emotions,” Harrisonburg head coach Kyle Gillenwater said. “Last week we were as low as...
10/23/2021
Streaks Take Care Of Turner Ashby

“Football is definitely a game of emotions,” Harrisonburg head coach Kyle Gillenwater said. “Last week we were as low as we could be and tonight we were really good.”

BRIDGEWATER — It was senior quarterback Keenan Glago’s world Friday night.

“Mostly it’s been wonderful and students have really enjoyed going out into the community.”
10/23/2021
BHS Students Lend Helping Hand On Gobbler Give Back Day

“Mostly it’s been wonderful and students have really enjoyed going out into the community.”

It was Thursday night, the day before the second Gobbler Give Back for Broadway High School, and Mallory Cromer and a few of her students were cranking out the last

JMU is a longtime member of the Colonial Athletic Association and a move to the Sun Belt, a Group of Five league with a ...
10/22/2021
Sun Belt Could Be Dukes' Next Home

JMU is a longtime member of the Colonial Athletic Association and a move to the Sun Belt, a Group of Five league with a current footprint that stretches from North Carolina to Texas, would also mean a jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

It appears James Madison has found a new conference home.

Rodney Williams, 50; Jacob Scott, 20, and Roland Moyers Jr., 68, were arrested in August, September and October, respect...
10/22/2021
Three City Men Arrested On Child Po*******hy Charges

Rodney Williams, 50; Jacob Scott, 20, and Roland Moyers Jr., 68, were arrested in August, September and October, respectively, for possession of child po*******hy.

The Harrisonburg Police Department arrested three city men for possession of child po*******hy, according to a Friday press release from HPD.

“It doesn’t mean that no more single-family homes will be built. It just means that if you can build a single-family hom...
10/22/2021
City Eyes Increasing Density In Residential Areas

“It doesn’t mean that no more single-family homes will be built. It just means that if you can build a single-family home, you can build a duplex.”

Harrisonburg could be the first locality in Virginia to allow duplexes by right in all residential areas if City Council approves updates in a draft zoning and subdivision ordinance rewrite,

“You have to realize the financial projection of that is based on who you’re playing and who is in the league and what d...
10/21/2021
With Multiple Options, JMU Mulls FBS Jump

“You have to realize the financial projection of that is based on who you’re playing and who is in the league and what do those expenses look like?”

With a potential jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision and multiple scenarios in which it could happen on the table, James Madison is seeking stability and an appropriate geographic fit

“In the last two years there has been so much out there that is negative. But that unity is out there, too. I think kids...
10/21/2021
Peak View Students Slime Principal As Reward For Raising Money

“In the last two years there has been so much out there that is negative. But that unity is out there, too. I think kids are much better at it than we adults are.”

When you raise more than $26,000 for repairs to your school’s track there is only one reasonable thing to do to celebrate: “Dump a bunch of slime on the principal!”

These goals include utility connection fee waivers and a 10-year tax abatement for developers, opening city-owned land f...
10/21/2021
Harrisonburg Seeks To Make Progress On Meeting Housing Goals

These goals include utility connection fee waivers and a 10-year tax abatement for developers, opening city-owned land for development proposals, and completing the ongoing zoning and subdivision rewrite.

City Council tasked staff to present ordinances to tackle its most immediate housing goals Wednesday at the end of a two-day housing summit held at the Lucy F. Simms Center

During a workout on the campus of the University of Arizona in the early fall, former Spotswood standout Justin Kier fou...
10/20/2021
Spotswood Grad Kier Ready To Make Hometown Proud

During a workout on the campus of the University of Arizona in the early fall, former Spotswood standout Justin Kier found himself standing in the middle of NBA royalty.

It was a moment that took Justin Kier by surprise.

“It’s always good news to see us on the list,” said Alex Wilmer, assistant town manager. “We are fortunate to be in a sa...
10/20/2021
SafeWise Names Bridgewater Safest Small Town In Virginia

“It’s always good news to see us on the list,” said Alex Wilmer, assistant town manager. “We are fortunate to be in a safe place in the Valley.”

There are nearly 200 towns in Virginia, and according to SafeWise, Bridgewater is the safest of them all.

Where’s your favorite team rank?
10/19/2021
Gobblers, Eagles Rise In Latest Playoff Ratings

Where’s your favorite team rank?

Coming off convincing victories last week, Broadway and East Rockingham both moved up in the latest prep football regional power ratings that were released by the Virginia High School League

JMU sophomore J.J. Hensley of Leesburg said he thought both candidates were passionate about their stances, especially w...
10/19/2021
Wilt, Helsley Make Pitch At JMU As Election Day Nears

JMU sophomore J.J. Hensley of Leesburg said he thought both candidates were passionate about their stances, especially with how it could benefit people in their home district, not just at the state level.

Over 30 James Madison University students sat and listened Monday to the two candidates seeking to represent the 26th House of Delegates District and asked a range of questions from

Ronald F. Stratton, Jr., 53, of Waynesboro, was riding a 2002 Honda motorbike east on Route 253 at 7:37 p.m. when the bi...
10/18/2021
Waynesboro Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash On Port Republic Road

Ronald F. Stratton, Jr., 53, of Waynesboro, was riding a 2002 Honda motorbike east on Route 253 at 7:37 p.m. when the bike failed to maneuver a curve just before Oak Ridge Road, Route 680.
https://www.dnronline.com/news/local/waynesboro-man-dies-after-motorcycle-crash-on-port-republic-road/article_9d0928d4-1696-5e51-bf54-250db4c66ce9.html

A Waynesboro man has died of the injuries he incurred after crashing while riding a motorcycle on Port Republic Road on Thursday, according to a Virginia State Police press release

Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said the investigation into Brandon Shields began on Sept. 13, but he could not release what the...
10/18/2021
Sheriff's Office Investigating Former TA Coach, Teacher

Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said the investigation into Brandon Shields began on Sept. 13, but he could not release what the investigation is in regards to.

"It's active and ongoing at this time, and there's no details we're able to release," Hutcheson said.

Brandon Shields, a former Turner Ashby High School varsity boys basketball coach and English teacher, is under investigation by the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson.

The biggest fundraising group of the day was JMU’s Sigma Kappa Delta Rho chapter, which raised more than $38,000. The so...
10/18/2021
Hundreds Walk To End Alzheimer’s

The biggest fundraising group of the day was JMU’s Sigma Kappa Delta Rho chapter, which raised more than $38,000. The sorority’s goal is to raise $65,000 for the association.

Sandi Ring, Terry Lam and the rest of the Mary’s Memories team members have been participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s ever since their mother, Mary Hull, was diagnosed

“He was just one of those people that wherever there was a problem, he was there to see what he could do about it," said...
10/18/2021
Community Mourns Loss Of Bridgewater Legend Carlyle Whitelow

“He was just one of those people that wherever there was a problem, he was there to see what he could do about it," said Glen Thomas, a lifelong friend of Whitelow. "He grew up that way."

Coach to some, Cotton to others, Carlyle to more — the Bridgewater man had many names among the many people whose lives he touched.

“Our message to them was to turn a speed game into a punching match. To start that game like we did, we turned it into a...
10/16/2021
Gobblers Get Physical In Win Over Streaks

“Our message to them was to turn a speed game into a punching match. To start that game like we did, we turned it into a punching match.”

It took less than three minutes for any questions about Broadway’s mental state to go away.

“U2 Romeo and Juliet” is an original rock musical based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy about two young lovers from feu...
10/15/2021
EMU 'Romeo And Juliet' Musical Echoes U2's Call For World Peace, Reconciliation

“U2 Romeo and Juliet” is an original rock musical based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy about two young lovers from feuding families. This version, co-created by Justin Poole, program director of theater at EMU, and Jerry Holsopple, professor of visual and communication arts, features U2’s music and visuals created by Holsopple and students in the Visual and Communication Arts Department.

Greta Schrag, an Eastern Mennonite University senior, said playing the role of Juliet in EMU’s production “U2 Romeo and Juliet” has given her a lot of confidence on stage.

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Missing from Grottoes, Va since 7/22/21. Last seen on Stoney Lick Rd. Mt Crawford 7/23/21. Desperate to bring my girls home. I am so broken without them 💔
I think it’s horrible that you all are now charging money to go online and read the obituaries. Well guess what? They’re already on the funeral home websites before you get them anyway, and they don’t charge to read them. Shame on you.
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Still missing 8/25/21 last seen on Stoney Lick Rd Mt Crawford/Port Republic. MISSING from Grottoes, Va. I am desperate to bring my girls home! $5000 REWARD for their return
Why have you created a problem reviewing the obituary page in your paper by making us pay to see the details, the only paper that does this, you must not care!
Shame on you DNR for reporting nothing on a Wed. morning accident along the 3300 block of Point Lookout Road claiming two lives. Bystanders fought a fire in one vehicle to rescue a baby.
On this Memorial Day 2021 in Mayland!
“Beware the Ides of March.” John Burl Smith The Roman biographer Suetonius identifies the “seer” as a haruspex named Spurinna. His words prompted William Shakespeare to pin his famous play Julius Caesar, using the warning from the soothsayer regarding his assassination, “Beware the Ides of March.” Shakespeare’s dramatization, although millennials in the rearview mirror, reveals a great deal of clarity and truth. Today, looking back at the 1960s, when America lost some of its greatest leadership potential to assassination, most Americans today were not alive then, and those who were memory of those days have faded or become entangled with the dominant view pushed by popular media. Those accounts stripped away the corrosive, sarcastic and deadly atmosphere created by J. Edgar Hoover and other conservatives, as today’s conservative right-wingers portray the Capital insurrection back on January 6, 2021, as justified outrage. The loss deaths of Malcolm X, John and Robert Kennedy and finally Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in the 1960s scorched brains and boggled the minds of those of us that live through those times. When I was a child “Beware the Ides of March,” Sounded like “Be aware of the eyes of March,” which to me meant to look forward to spring with hopefulness. The coming season followed the last signs of winter’s gray, which was stripped away by the winds of March, bringing freshness. The cleansing of March’s winds made way for the buds and greenery of new growth as part of the new season. Bringing hopefulness and new possibilities for all who survived the “hungry and desperate” days of winter’s scarcity, life began anew. Growing older and wiser, as well as having a clearer understanding of those words looking out at America today, I can see both statements as very appropriate metaphors for describing the political potential and reality of such an outcome. The upheaval caused by the “Capital insurrection on January 6 reflected the real possibility of Julius Caesar’s faith, as well as those past American leaders. Unlike Sen. Joe Manchin, I draw an entirely different lesson from the Capital insurrection and attempted coup, on the part of Donald Trump. Had insurrectionists succeeded we would be living in a totally different America, without law and Constitutional guarantees and subject to the whims of a dictator, Donald Trump, which may have been fine for Joe Manchin, given his current assessment of the insurrection. Looking back at the 1960s, my assessment of the assassinations of Malcolm and the Kennedys was America's losses painful and tragic, as a bystander. However, at the time, Dr. King’s assassination was very different because I was there in the midst of it all, and I have a close up and very personal connection to that event to share. Definitely not a sidewalk bystander, I spent the last 2 hour of Dr. King’s life talking with him, as he shared his hopes and plans, not only for the “Poor People’s Campaign,” but for America's future in general. Those last 120 or so minutes of Dr. King life, he spent talking with Charles Cabbage and me. His words began my winter of grayness, because following those events I felt the harsh and ascorbic criticism of civil rights leaders dead set against black power activists having any leadership role in the struggle descendants of American slavery faced. Civil rights leaders excoriated young black activists determined to lock them out of any role in determining the course of progress in the black community. Following the 1963 March on Washington, and the status quo accommodation civil leaders worked out with Pres. Pres. Kennedy, black power activists and other young voices were shut out of any leadership role by those Malcolm X called “The Big Six.” Young activists were labored and condemned as “a divisive and destructive force trying to destroy the black community.” It was the hollowness of the “1963 March on Washington” agreement and the lack of real progress that followed, which brought Dr. King back to Memphis following the march on March 28, 1968. When he left on the 29th, he promised to meet with the Invaders upon his return, which was on April 3, 1968. Dr. King joined the Invaders at The Lorraine Motel and shared his vision with Charles and I of the future he saw. He implored us to join his “Poor People’s Campaign. More importantly, Dr. King’s vision of the future ran counter to that of most civil rights leaders, which was encapsulated in his new dream, the “Poor People’s Campaign.” Relaying that vision, which began with bridging the divide between civil rights leaders and black power activists, he proposed bringing black power activists into leadership in the black community and wanted the Invaders to be the point in that effort. He had previously proposed his plan to civil rights leaders but they rejected Dr. King’s initiative. He told Charles and I in that last meeting, “This is why I have come to Memphis to talk with the Invaders hoping you would accept my offer and join the ‘Poor People’s Campaign.’ I need you to recruit other black power groups to join us, which would give me a broader base of support, dealing with politicians in Washington DC.” The Invaders accepting Dr. King's proposed alliance became J. Edgar Hoover’s worst nightmare, because it allowed Dr. King to break out of the box Hoover had entrapped him. The thing most people are unaware of is Dr. King’s new coalition included more than young black activists and some civil rights leaders, but young white activists, which allowed Dr. King to speak beyond the ghetto with a more powerful voice. I am convinced it was that agreement that prompted his assassination. What most Americans today do not understand is that Dr. King’s new coalition now included the anti-war activists. Dr. King had come out against the Vietnam War in 1964, which is when J. Edgar Hoover began attacking him as a communist. For the first time in American history a popular mainstream leader had pulled together young white and black activists in a progressive coalition. Fifty-three years later, America is back there once again, with a popular leader, working to advance the interest of poor and working class Americans based on a progressive coalition. This is a real threat to the Republican status quo, which is why Donald Trump engineered the insurrection at the Capital on January 6, which was intended to be a coup. Young people in America are poised on the precipice of political power in America, which is why assassination has become a real possibility once again for America’s current leadership. A popularly elected President is changing the political map in America because voters that elected him were from young people, which Republicans have no way to reverse. Today, the 18 to 25 demographic is made up of mostly first time voters and will continue growing every year. Combined with the 25 to 30 year old voting demographic Pres. Joe Biden has the potential to build an overwhelming vote coalition based on young activists. Pres. Biden has only to use the balance of power he is gathering to control future elections. The reality is older voters are presently evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. Moreover, elderly voters are passing on, leaving Republicans without a real replacement population of voters: hence all the voter suspension by Republican legislatures!!!! Republicans are hoping young voters stay home playing video games, chatting on social media not caring about their future and leave it up to them to decide. However, this does not mean Democrats can sit back and wait on attrition in order to maintain power, quite the contrary! Democrats must work harder than ever to bring young people into the political process. Young high school seniors should be Democrats' prime target. Gaining high school senior’s identification with their party as first time voters is the major task because statistics show first time voter identification tends to control their vote preference throughout their life. But more importantly, if Democrats are going to represent the future for Americans, it must bring in young people to their side by offering them leadership opportunities. Young voters must not be seen as only foot soldiers and grunt campaign workers. High seniors must be shown, they do not have to wait until they are in their thirties before they will get opportunities to make meaningful contributions and develop careers in politics regardless of their race or gender. More than anything, the green new deal must be seen as a means of creating a youth jobs program, not only summer jobs, but regular employment. Shakespeare’s dramatization of Julius Caesar and the foreshadowing by “Beware the Ides of March” warning is quite appropriate when one turns one’s eyes back to the 1960s, and compare what was at stake then as now. Corporate/political and other status quo interest will not go quietly into that good night. The Capital insurrection on January 6th show they will stop at nothing to hold on to power. The insurrection is not for Democrats, the blind Joe Manchin is trying to hide behind. It is not that his views are naive or misguided, they are very dangerous. Similarly, some Germans saw Adolf Halter as quant or dismissible, and never confronted the threat he represented. Germans are lucky to have the country they have today. Americans do not have to go down that road; they simply need to recognize racism, greed and the lust for power for what it is. Those who planned and financed the January 6th insurrectionists will not quit; they railed, plotted and struggled to hold on to their past of white supremacy that is their only choice or change. It was just such a time that produced the first Civil War, and there are those now who are so enamored of that time that in their heart of hearts they would do it all again. If there are any doubters, one needs only examine the events of the last 6 months and see January 6 as the tipping point. That day is no time to look the other way. True Americans must look it square in the face and see it as another day that must live in infamy in the minds and hearts of all true Americas.