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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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"City staff continues working diligently to acquire a property that would be suitable for a permanent shelter to support...
05/26/2022
Open Doors Moves Back To James Madison University

"City staff continues working diligently to acquire a property that would be suitable for a permanent shelter to support those experiencing homelessness in our community,” said city spokesperson Michael Parks.

The Open Doors homeless shelter has moved to James Madison University for the summer.

According to county officials, Rockingham County only received one bid for the project’s construction at $1.8 million.
05/26/2022
Board Rejects Bid For Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Project

According to county officials, Rockingham County only received one bid for the project’s construction at $1.8 million.

Rockingham County didn’t exactly get flooded with bids when officials opened up the invitation process to build the Taylor Spring Detention Basin for the Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Control Authority in

An Armenian singer who was convicted in a plot to blow up the Turkish Embassy in 1982 took a plea deal Tuesday in Rockin...
05/25/2022
Armenian Singer Guilty In '82 Terror Plot Pleads In Pot Bust

An Armenian singer who was convicted in a plot to blow up the Turkish Embassy in 1982 took a plea deal Tuesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court after being caught transporting more than 200 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 81 over two years ago.

An Armenian singer who was convicted in a plot to blow up the Turkish Embassy in Philadelphia in 1982 took a plea deal Tuesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court after

Mayor Deanna Reed, Vice Mayor Sal Romero and council members Chris Jones and Laura Dent voted to adopt the budget. Counc...
05/25/2022
Harrisonburg City Council Approves $335.8 Million Budget

Mayor Deanna Reed, Vice Mayor Sal Romero and council members Chris Jones and Laura Dent voted to adopt the budget. Council member George Hirschmann was absent.

Harrisonburg City Council adopted the city’s proposed, $335.8 million budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday.

The proposed policy will go through a division review where any changes may be made before bringing it to a vote at a la...
05/24/2022
RCPS To Consider Parental Notification Of Name Changes

The proposed policy will go through a division review where any changes may be made before bringing it to a vote at a later meeting.

BRIDGEWATER — Rockingham County School Board member Matt Cross made good on his plan to bring forth a policy that would inform parents when students decide to change their name

City Council will  hold a public hearing for its proposed 93-cent real estate tax rate for every $100 of assessed value ...
05/23/2022
City Council To Hold Hearing On Tax Hike

City Council will hold a public hearing for its proposed 93-cent real estate tax rate for every $100 of assessed value for the upcoming fiscal year.

Harrisonburg City Council is expected to give the final OK of its $335.8 million budget on Tuesday.

The electric car grand prix was held Saturday at SVEC and hosted in partnership with engineers from Global EEE as well a...
05/23/2022
Electric Cars Race At First Shenandoah Valley Grand Prix

The electric car grand prix was held Saturday at SVEC and hosted in partnership with engineers from Global EEE as well as the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

It was the day that Harrisonburg High School students had been preparing for since January — the day they raced their electric car against 10 other teams in the first

According to the proposal, officials expect the town to bring in $239,790 in real estate tax revenue, a 29.6% increase f...
05/22/2022
Timberville Approves Lower Tax Rate

According to the proposal, officials expect the town to bring in $239,790 in real estate tax revenue, a 29.6% increase from the last fiscal year.

TIMBERVILLE — Timberville officials gave the go-ahead to staff to lower the town’s real estate tax rate to 10.5 cents for every $100 of assessed value at a public hearing

"You know he’s going to go out and give you everything, he’s going to work his tail off and more importantly just go out...
05/22/2022
Dukes Drop Showalter's Final Start

"You know he’s going to go out and give you everything, he’s going to work his tail off and more importantly just go out and compete. That’s what you want.”

For most of the past two seasons, graduate student right-handed pitcher Justin Showalter was James Madison’s workhorse on the mound.

“At this point, we’re comfortable with the approach of being in divisions, then having the top team in each play for the...
05/21/2022
METTLEN: Sun Belt Smart To Keep Divisions In Place

“At this point, we’re comfortable with the approach of being in divisions, then having the top team in each play for the championship.”

You have to give Sun Belt Conference leadership credit. The league’s steady rise in stature over the past decade happened largely because it wasn’t afraid to go against overarching trends

“I was aware of all the stuff that my mother copied up. When she died, that’s when I got interested in it. I’ve got to c...
05/21/2022
Local Genealogist Completes Family History Of Epic Proportions Before Stroke

“I was aware of all the stuff that my mother copied up. When she died, that’s when I got interested in it. I’ve got to carry this forward.”

Flipping through the pages of his latest genealogy book, John Lyon, 91, of Harrisonburg, describes a family history that sounds like an excerpt from a fairy tale.

Public hearings for the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Rockingham ...
05/21/2022
Solar Rules, Private School On Board Of Supervisors' Docket

Public hearings for the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Rockingham County Administration Building.

A revision to the county’s solar rules and a request to start a private “forest school” will be considered by the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Wednesday.

"There are genuinely good people whose lives have been disturbed due to the action of their fellow players, and for them...
05/20/2022
Alleged Crude Comments Spark Pool Tables' Move From Rec Center's Exercise Area

"There are genuinely good people whose lives have been disturbed due to the action of their fellow players, and for them I am apologetic.I stand behind my higher-ups in their decision to move the pool tables to protect me at my place of employment and every other citizen that walks through the doors."

ELKTON — Community members expressed support and dismay over a decision to move the Elkton Area Community Center's pool tables following allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by some regular

The students presented their projects in March after working on them since September. Normally, student teams present th...
05/19/2022
SHS Students Semifinalists In NASA Competition With Magnetic Boots

The students presented their projects in March after working on them since September. Normally, student teams present their projects at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, the projects were presented via Zoom.

PENN LAIRD — If you were designing a boot that could magnetically hold up to 20 pounds, how would you do it?

To squeeze the most out of strawberry season, check out Strawberry Festival, put on by four local Rotary clubs, on Satur...
05/19/2022
Strawberry Season In Full Swing With Pick-Your-Own, Festival

To squeeze the most out of strawberry season, check out Strawberry Festival, put on by four local Rotary clubs, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot.

Local producers are seeing red: Strawberries are in season in the Shenandoah Valley.

"I’m really proud of myself for everything I accomplished, especially this season. I’m very proud of those accomplishmen...
05/18/2022
ALL-VALLEY GYMNAST OF THE YEAR: Broadway's Jordan Driver

"I’m really proud of myself for everything I accomplished, especially this season. I’m very proud of those accomplishments.”

Each time Jordan Driver stepped on the mat this season, she said she tried to embrace the moment.

“Our high school team has actually been around for a while, over 10 years,” said Jeffrey McKnight, who heads up the Mudd...
05/18/2022
Muddogs Making Local Prep Lacrosse A Reality

“Our high school team has actually been around for a while, over 10 years,” said Jeffrey McKnight, who heads up the Muddogs organization. “We took over in 2019 and that first year, we had about 14 players for high school guys and this year we have 28 guys. So it’s a huge jump for us.”

Even as the sport grows in popularity and local college teams boast success, most high schools across the Shenandoah Valley don’t sponsor varsity lacrosse.

Two 16-year-olds, and one 15-year-old, were passengers in the vehicle.
05/18/2022
One Dead, Three Injured In Augusta County Crash

Two 16-year-olds, and one 15-year-old, were passengers in the vehicle.

One teenager is dead, and three teenagers are injured following an overnight single-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Augusta County.

According to an investigation from the Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Christopher A. Miller’s injur...
05/18/2022
Deputies Cleared In April Shootout With Suspect Who Died

According to an investigation from the Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Christopher A. Miller’s injuries on April 7 were self-inflicted.

The death of a man involved in a gunfight with Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies in April has been ruled a suicide, according to the Office of the Medical Examiner in

A medical emergency is being considered as a factor in the crash, according to police.
05/17/2022
Dayton Man Dies In Saturday Crash

A medical emergency is being considered as a factor in the crash, according to police.

A Dayton man died following a Saturday night car crash on Va. 42.

“We stand here in celebration of their lives, which they sacrificed for the safety of others and our community.”
05/17/2022
'That's What A Hero Does': Community Remembers Fallen Officers

“We stand here in celebration of their lives, which they sacrificed for the safety of others and our community.”

BRIDGEWATER — Community members stood silent in remembrance around portraits of six fallen local law enforcement officers on a solemn Monday morning.

The suspect left in a dark-colored Hyundai Elantra, with no front license plate, according to police.
05/16/2022
New Market Police Investigating Armed Robbery

The suspect left in a dark-colored Hyundai Elantra, with no front license plate, according to police.

The New Market Police Department is investigating an early morning armed robbery at a town convenience store.

"There’s obviously a level of pressure, but we’re all prepared for it. We’re used to that high level and the big stage.”
05/15/2022
EMS Golf Looking To Bring Home First State Title

"There’s obviously a level of pressure, but we’re all prepared for it. We’re used to that high level and the big stage.”

There's something about the big stage that Eastern Mennonite athletes seem to enjoy.

Kate Wofford, executive director of Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley, said the next phase of the project is to hold li...
05/14/2022
Rail Trail Supporters Await Funding Approval

Kate Wofford, executive director of Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley, said the next phase of the project is to hold listening sessions and community engagement opportunities in the areas where the trail is proposed.

Supporters of the proposed Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail, a 48.5-mile unused Norfolk Southern corridor recreational trail, are patiently awaiting approval of the state budget from the Virginia General Assembly.

“I’ve always wrestled better with a bigger stage. Something about it gives me a little more energy. It’s just exciting."
05/14/2022
ALL-VALLEY WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Riverheads' Jude Robson

“I’ve always wrestled better with a bigger stage. Something about it gives me a little more energy. It’s just exciting."

After some high-level success that included a pair of state titles with his youth wrestling club, it was understandable for Jude Robson to get caught up a bit.

"This grant will allow us to focus on our goal of equitable access for all HCPS students.”
05/14/2022
City Schools Receive $30K Broadband Grant

"This grant will allow us to focus on our goal of equitable access for all HCPS students.”

Harrisonburg City Public Schools has received a grant from Kajeet and the Virginia School Boards Association for $30,000.

“I thought that was a gritty battle,” JMU coach Shelley Klaes said. “I’m so impressed with our team’s ability to weather...
05/14/2022
Dukes Handle UConn To Advance In NCAA Tournament

“I thought that was a gritty battle,” JMU coach Shelley Klaes said. “I’m so impressed with our team’s ability to weather mistakes."

BALTIMORE — James Madison’s celebration last Sunday when the bracket was revealed for the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament made it clear the Dukes were thrilled to draw Connecticut in the

"I couldn’t have done any of it without my team, my family, my coaches. It’s a little unreal to look back and think abou...
05/13/2022
ALL-VALLEY GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Luray's Emilee Weakley

"I couldn’t have done any of it without my team, my family, my coaches. It’s a little unreal to look back and think about some of the accomplishments on a team level and a personal level. I’m super proud of the players I played with. I miss it already."

Each day since her senior season came to an end inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center in downtown Richmond, the painful memory of that day has came to her mind.

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Today is the last day to vote! We are so grateful to have been nominated for Best Local Band in the Daily News-Record 2022 Best of the Valley competition. We appreciate your support! Here is the link to vote: https://www.dnronline.com/bov/#/gallery?group=416670 Just scroll to the Best Local Band category and find us. We appreciate YOU and are fortunate to live in a community with so many talented musicians and folks who appreciate our music!
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We have been nominated for Best Local Band in the Daily News-Record 2022 Best of the Valley competition. If you are up for voting, here is the link: https://www.dnronline.com/bov/#/gallery?group=416670 Just scroll to the Best Local Band category and find us. We appreciate you and every venue that chooses to book the band and provide space for us to do what we love! Thanks for including us with so many talented groups! Clementine, E&J's Deli Pub, Pro Re Nata Brewpub & Music Hall, Elkton Brewing Co, Cave Hill Farms Brewery, Rockbridge Vineyard & Brewery, Barren Ridge Vineyards, To***co Wood Brewing Co., Seven Arrows Brewing Company
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