Sarah Layman, who has Down Syndrome, is one of the rising number of disabled people contributing to the workforce — thanks to her own hard work and goal-setting and some help from a program. ... See MoreSee Less
Sen. Emmett Hanger sat down with us to talk about this primary election and its tone, as well as what he has in store if elected in November now that he has secured the GOP nomination for the 24th Senate District.
Listen to the Valley Polity podcast's newest episode now to hear what he had to say. ... See MoreSee Less
After almost 36 years as the attendance secretary for Harrisonburg High School, Cathy Grogg has gotten to know students on a different level than most. She is the keeper of their stories, the reasons for their absences. ... See MoreSee Less
Memories you will have for life! Happy for you🙏🏻❤️
Glad to have been a small part of the attendance legacy, Cathy! Learned a lot and had a ton of laughs with you. The end of an era for sure. Enjoy the next phase!
Hannah Thigpen Grogg
Cathy Puffenbarger Grogg, so very happy for you!
Cathy, it’s hard to believe it’s the end of the Grogg era! You were a blessing to many, me in included, as we started at THMS. You will definitely be missed and who ever takes your place has huge shoes to fill. Thank you for all of your years of being a friend and keeping an eye on our kids! ❤️
I was a newcomer and couldn’t defend myself because of the language barrier, but she was certainly very rude towards the Hispanic community. I am happy that the new Hispanic students going to high school won’t have to deal with her. #FreedomOfSpeech
What a blessing you are to so many, Cathy Puffenbarger Grogg! Congratulations on a new chapter!
She’s also the keep of the administrative secrets. The secrets the admins report to keep their accreditation on life support due to poor attendance at skool.
What can we say about Mrs Grogg...she was there for me when I needed her, she was there for my kids when they went to high school, she even straightened us out when we needed it! She was more than just a secretary! She was a part of HHS that made us all feel like we had someone looking out for us! Thank you for that! We will always have great memories of you!!! Congrats on your retirement!! xoxo
Love Mrs. Grogg!
She’s was mean to a lot of Latino students. Especially the new comers who spoke little English. Yeah, I said it.
The room was filled for Wednesday’s Rockingham County Board of Supervisor meeting, not with high school students filling a requirement for a government class, but with those ready to recognize county employees for their accomplishments. ... See MoreSee Less
Rockingham County Public Schools has a meal debt of nearly $24,600, which has accumulated over the course of multiple years, not just this past school year, said Gerald Lehman, supervisor of nutrition services. ... See MoreSee Less
Is there not Grant's that the schools can apply for to help with this? I know my children go to Augusta county and they offer all students in Elementary free breakfast. Maybe with something like this available to the students the parents could afford to pay for the lunches and reduce the negative balances.
Is there a fund where individuals and businesses can donate to help offset some of this?
Ok, from what we were always told, lottery money goes for education. Why not use some of that money to go towards the meal program. That way all kids can eat. The kids are our future. If we fail them now, some may never recover when they get older. No kid should have to go without lunch because mom and dad just got laid off work or their rent went up etc. And with the bullying that goes on in schools, maybe some of the kids do not want others to know they can get free lunch.
I am impressed! There are people out there considering the problem, wonder where they were before I spoke up???????????????
How about letting the child repeat the previous year until payment is received?
Mark L’Esperance is leaving his position as professor and chairman of the Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education at East Carolina University, where he is also the lead faculty administrator for the East Carolina University Community School. ... See MoreSee Less
Brent Finnegan will now run against Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, this November to represent the 26th District, which includes Harrisonburg and part of Rockingham County in the House of Delegates ... See MoreSee Less
Primary results so far: Int he race for who will be the Republican nominee for the 24th District Senate seat, Sen. Emmett Hanger has earned 8,074 votes while challenger Tina Freitas has earned 5,303 with 50 of 79 precincts reporting. ... See MoreSee Less
Primary results so far: In the race for who will be the Democratic nominee for the 26th District House of Delegates, Brent Finnegan has 1,788 votes and Cathy Copeland has 906 votes with 12 out of 24 precincts reporting, according to vpap.org. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rockingham County Registrar’s Office has been posting unofficial voting results online since 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., only 4,826 voters out of 41,574 had cast a ballot. Of the 4,826 ballots, 1,078 were for the Democratic primary and 3,748 were for the Republican primary. ... See MoreSee Less
“What makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever,” Grace Rogers, the senior class president, told students. “Let’s learn to find joy in the boring and mundane. Have fun in whatever you’re doing. Life is too short to be unhappy.” ... See MoreSee Less
Annie Marrs, the family services director of the Alzheimer’s Association, said normally the conference, which aligns with Alzheimer and Brain Awareness Month in June, focuses on direct caregivers, but this year it heavily revolved around research. ... See MoreSee Less
Dozens of business leaders learned about the tax grants and incentives available to those who hire a diverse workforce at a Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce event at the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center on Wednesday afternoon. ... See MoreSee Less
After MTC Director Kevin Hutton welcomed everyone to the ceremony, John Almarode, an associate professor of early elementary and reading at James Madison University, gave the keynote address. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rockingham County Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of amending the MLK Preston Lake master plan to include a senior living facility off Boyers and Stone Spring roads. ... See MoreSee Less
Democratic primary candidates Cathy Copeland and Brent Finnegan answered questions Tuesday regarding the upcoming race against Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, to represent Harrisonburg and parts of Rockingham County in the House of Delegates. ... See MoreSee Less
Valley Polity, our newest political podcast, gave Democratic candidates Cathy Copeland and Brent Finnegan a chance to discuss campaigning, education and other top issues ahead of the June 11 primary. ... See MoreSee Less
Investigators with social services found that Yuliana Rosario Hernandez had a full-time job but had been collecting assistance from the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. ... See MoreSee Less
Chris Hall, who suffers from mental health issues, found his way into the employment through the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center’s programs — joining a growing number of people with disabilities making up the workforce. ... See MoreSee Less
Casey Harvey, 29, of Edinburg, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to felony conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and felony possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. ... See MoreSee Less
From Features: Anicira Veterinary Center’s fourth annual Walk for the Animals is returning Sunday to benefit the nonprofit’s programs to provide homes and veterinary care for pets in the Shenandoah Valley. It all starts with the canine-friendly walk at 1 p.m. ... See MoreSee Less
Police Chief James Cervera said Friday that a shooter opened fire and shot “indiscriminately” at workers inside an operations building in the Virginia Beach Municipal Building Friday afternoon.
Cervera said police returned fire, killing the suspect. He said the suspect was a longtime employee of the city’s Public Works Department. One of the people shot is a police officer. ... See MoreSee Less
John Doljac, 43, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting that killed Kirkman “Kirk” Rountree, 26, of Harrisonburg, last summer. ... See MoreSee Less
This is not the first time East Rockingham has been named a distinguished school by the Board of Education. The school won the award last year. In fact, in the nine years that the school has been open, it has received the award five times, said Principal Eric Baylor. ... See MoreSee Less
ICYMI: In honor of a soldier's ultimate sacrifice, family last week at the bridge along U.S. 340 over Compton Creek, about a half mile north of Island Ford Road, near Richard T. Brumback’s boyhood home. ... See MoreSee Less
Robin Short, 39, driver and trainer for the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation, won a second place award in the “Van Division” of the Community Transportation Association of America 2019 Roadeo, which took place May 19 in Palm Springs, Calif. ... See MoreSee Less
“High-rise fires are the most risky fires,” said Deputy Chief Matt Tobia of the Harrisonburg Fire Department, adding that it takes more time to reach high-rise blazes. “The reaction time is typically much greater than a single-family dwelling.” ... See MoreSee Less
Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute tackles restorative justice, which is an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. Instead of strictly looking to punish an offender, the program’s goal is to address needs of victims, offenders and the community at large to resolve a crime. ... See MoreSee Less
In 2012, Griffin, along with several other Sentara RMH Medical Center nurses, organized the inaugural Dr. L. Daniel Burtner Trauma Trot and Kids Safety Expo to raise money for helmets for children. The annual event returned Saturday to raise money for the helmets and for "stop the bleed kits." ... See MoreSee Less
From Features: John Ros started his time at JMU's Duke Hall Gallery with a goal to make it more accessible to the community. Now Ros is saying goodbye and reflecting on his time in Harrisonburg and the progress he made on that goal. ... See MoreSee Less
Next week, we will be interviewing Cathy Copeland, Brent Finnegan, Tina Freitas and Emmett Hanger as they prepare for the June Primary. If you have questions that you would like us to ask, message us and we will get your questions answered. ... See MoreSee Less
The clinical pastoral program will be the first of its kind in the state and will be associated with the Spiritual Care Association and the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training. ... See MoreSee Less
Before architects can really get started on designing the new high school for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, informally known as HHS2, they need direction on the programming the school division envisions for the location. ... See MoreSee Less