Roanoke Valley Schools, Teachers, and Students Earn Top Awards for Teen-Related Traffic Crash and Fatality Prevention Efforts
The Liberty and Jefferson Forest high school YOVASO clubs were among the 15 award winners recognized during the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Banquet held Saturday night, July 16, at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Va. A Liberty High School teacher was also recognized, as well as two students from Jefferson Forest High School. From Roanoke Co., Northside High School was recognized, as well as a Life Counselor at the school.
Saturday Sports Roundup
A Harrisonburg runner steals second while Covington's Bradke Lohry waits for the throw in last night’s game. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler) Valley League Baseball — Harrisonburg Turks 13, Covington Lumberjacks 1. Matt Kleinfelter (James Madison) checked the Lumberjacks on just three hits over 6.1 innings Saturday night at Casey Field in the Turks run-ruletherecorderonline.com
Police: Bodies found in Virginia may link to serial killer
Police in northern Virginia say they may have uncovered evidence of a potential serial killer after finding the remains of four bodies in a wooded area. Fairfax County police say the bodies were discovered Wednesday in a container near a shopping cart in the woods. In a news release issued Friday, police described the bodies as evidence of a possible serial killer.news.yahoo.com
James Madison prepping to host Montana in FCS Quarterfinals on Friday
The 11-1 Dukes are no stranger to the FCS playoffs, and with an offense averaging 41 points a game, they’ve been hard to stop. The Grizzlies are also operating behind a high-powered offense, and I don’t think anyone will forget their first game upset over the Washington Huskies.
Rockbridge County remains perfect, beating Harrisonburg
ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. – Rockbridge County keeps winning, moving to 5-0 on the season after Friday night’s 35-19 win against Harrisonburg. The Wildcats will next play Thursday night against Turner Ashby with the Valley District title on the line.
William Fleming gets key win over Staunton River amid playoff push
ROANOKE, Va. – Coming into the night fifth in Region 5D standings with only four teams qualifying this season, William Fleming needed a win. With a decisive 42-0 victory and a loss by Harrisonburg, it’s likely the two teams will flip flop. Fleming certainly won’t be able to coast into the postseason as the Colonels wrap the regular season campaign against Franklin County.
John Roy Bowers Jr.
SUGAR GROVE, W.Va. — John Roy Bowers Jr., 91, passed away Feb. 4, 2021, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg, Va. He was born on Aug. 28, 1929, in Sugar Grove, to the late Roy and Erma Hoover Bowers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Florence Heatwole; and brother, William Bowers. Mr. Bowers graduated from Augusta Military Academy and he attended Bridgewater College. Then he met the love of his life and his wife of 70 years, Clinton Ann Johnson, and...therecorderonline.com
John Hasper Sponaugle
GROTTOES — John Hasper Sponaugle, 69, of Grottoes, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, due to complications from COVID-19. He was born in Petersburg, W.Va., on April 16, 1951, and was a son of the late John Andrew and Emma Ruth Heavener Sponaugle. Mr. Sponaugle was a 1973 graduate of Madison College with a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics. He taught and coached at Montevideo and Spotswood high schools. In 1979, he married Pa...therecorderonline.com
JMU new arena tour
Every turn with a view of the 8,500 seat arena. “There’s so many different ways you can describe it, it really took my breath away the first time i walked in with the court down, it took your breath away. Fans can enjoy a great view from the arena, donors can hang out in the Campanelli club before games, the walls honoring JMU’s rich basketball history. The lower level includes a new weight room, practice gym, sports medicine suite, nutrition station, men’s and women’s locker rooms, studio, control room, media room and more. The court, bleeding with JMU purple, boasts a huge graphics package, removeable surface for concerts or events, and room for 44 courtside seats.
JMU men’s basketball unveils new arena and local head coach Wednesday
HARRISONBURG, Va. – JMU men’s basketball team announced on Wednesday that they’re getting a new look this year. Between a new arena and a new head coach, 2020 looks like a year of change for the Dukes. Mark Byington, JMU’s new men’s basketball coach who graduated from Salem High School, is a local to the area. Lookout and see leaves changing, haven’t seen that in a while.”On Wednesday, the university also unveiled its new state-of-the-art basketball arena. The Atlantic Union Bank Center will host both men’s and women’s basketball, their offices, practice facilities, weight room and a capacity of 8,500 fans.
WATCH: Rep. Ben Cline gives speech after projected 6th congressional district win
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Rep. Ben Cline is projected to continue serving Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in Washington. Ben Cline projected to win reelection in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District Rep. Ben Cline speaks to a crowd at Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg about his projected win. Posted by WSLS 10 / WSLS.com on Tuesday, November 3, 2020Cline was at Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg to speak to a crowd about his projected win. [Ben Cline projected to win reelection in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, according to NBC News]He was first elected to Congress back in 2018.
Several injured in blast, fire at Virginia shopping center
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Officials said an investigation was underway into the cause of an explosion and large fire at a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Saturday morning that injured several people. Three people were hospitalized as a result of the incident that was reported around 8:30 a.m., the Daily News-Record reported, and several others were injured but treated on-site. Ralph Northam tweeted that state emergency personnel had been deployed to the area after what he called a gas explosion. — Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) October 17, 2020Tobia said when crews arrived, the injured were outside of the building. The building where the blast occurred was about 30 yards (27 meters) from the race’s start and finish line, the school said.
Sign thefts increasing
McDOWELL — Chris Little of the Highland County Democratic Party was heading to Harrisonburg on Tuesday to pick up a third batch of 50 Biden-Harris campaign yard signs after a county-wide, nocturnal theft spree. “To me this is petty theft and trespassing on people’s property at night, and that’s very dangerous,” Little said. “This is a First Amendment issue.”When Bill DeMay of 494 Spruce Street reported his sign was stolen Monday night to the sheriff’s office, he was told there were several thef...therecorderonline.com
JMU plans to return to in-person classes in early October
HARRISONBURG, Va. – After nearly two weeks of temporary online classes, JMU is planning to bring students back to campus soon. JMU announced on Friday that school officials are currently finalizing plans to resume in-person classes on Oct. 5. Students began moving into on-campus housing on Aug. 21 and hybrid classes started on Aug. 26. JMU also said it is limiting the number of students in a class to 50 people for in-person classrooms. However, testing will be initially focused on on-campus students and they will not be testing students prior to returning to the classroom.
James Madison University suspends fall sports competition
HARRISONBURG, Va. – With more of an emphasis on the health and safety and student-athletes, personnel and campus environment, James Madison Athletics has announced the suspension of competition for all Fall sport programs. The suspension was made in coordination with other Colonial Athletic Association institutions that were previously still pursuing fall competition: College of Charleston, Elon and UNCW. JMU initially elected to proceed with carrying out a plan to return-to-play in alignment with the NCAA championship calendar. As the national picture came into focus over the last week, it became clear that Fall competition would not be possible. If we can do that, we’ll be back to sport competition in the near future.
JMU cancels fall football season, hoping to play in the spring
HARRISONBURG, Va. There will be no football in 2020 at James Madison University. On Friday, the university announced that it has suspended its fall football season, with hopes of a spring season. James Madison has suspended its fall football season & turns focus to hopeful FCS spring campaign.#GoDukeshttps://t.co/uaJlNS9Wv5 pic.twitter.com/dp47vWRhtD JMU Football (@JMUFootball) August 7, 2020In July, when the CAA, the conference in which JMU plays, announced its fall football season was canceled, JMU said it was still planning to play fall football. The CAA is planning to have a spring football season. As of Friday afternoon, greater than 50 percent of FCS institutions have postponed their fall football season.
JMU not giving up on fall football, despite CAA canceling conference play
HARRISONBURG, Va. While the Colonial Athletic Association will not have football this fall, James Madison University isnt giving up on a fall season quite yet. On Friday, the CAA announced its decision to suspend conference play this fall for football. That includes football as well as other Fall sports, said athletic director Jeff Bourne said. We believe that we have a responsibility to explore all of the possible options at this point in time. Accordingly, while the majority of CAA institutions have decided not to continue with Fall football, we are currently looking at how to rebuild a schedule for the Fall season while following health and safety protocols and guidance.
JMU is renaming halls that bear names of Confederate leaders
HARRISONBURG, Va. Virginia's James Madison University is renaming three buildings that bear the names of Confederate leaders. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that university's board of visitors voted to change the names of three halls following requests by students, alumni and campus organizations. The school in Harrisonburg has removed signs for the buildings on the quad and assigned temporary names. And Maury Hall is named for Matthew Fontaine Maury, a scientist and Confederate naval officer. James Madison was the slave-owning fourth U.S. president and chief architect of the U.S. Constitution.
Amber Alert canceled as abducted Virginia 3-year-old found safely, police say
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Virginia State Police have canceled the Amber Alert issued for a 3-year-old girl on Monday. An Amber Alert has been issued for a 3-year-old girl that authorities believe was abducted out of Harrisonburg, according to Virginia State Police. Authorities say they believe the toddler, Brianna Reyes-Cordoza, is in extreme danger. She is described as being 3 feet tall, weighing 36 pounds and was last seen wearing a red short sleeve shirt with Minnie Mouse on the front, pink shorts and pink sandals. Authorities say he has black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a white t-shirt, black pants and a dark-colored beanie.
JMU to continue with online learning for remainder of semester, postponing graduation
University leaders say degrees will be conferred on time in May and diplomas will be mailed this summer, in accordance with the standard university process. (1/4) — JMU (@JMU) March 18, 2020ORIGINAL STORYAnother local university is adjusting operations during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Starting on March 23, university officials say most classes will be held online until at least April 5. The university will stay open to provide student services, including those provided by the University Health Center and Counseling Center. University officials say there will be another update by at least March 27 regarding the plan of action after April 5.
13 Highland organizations awarded $136,855 in grant money
HARRISONBURG A competitive application process resulted in grant awards to 13 Highland County nonprofit groups this month. The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced this week that its Little Swiss Grants Committee met to review applications for the second annual grant award process. Applications from 13 organizations were received. The Little Swiss Fund is a permanently endowed fund, and its money is invested and provides an annual distribution to benefit the Hig...therecorderonline.com
Houston leaving JMU for East Carolina
HARRISONBURG, Va. – After a wild week of speculation it's official. James Madison football coach Mike Houston is leaving Harrisonburg to take the head coaching job at East Carolina. "We are grateful to Mike Houston, his family and his staff for their commitment to JMU over the last three years," AD Jeff Bourne said in a release. Houston was 37-6 in three seasons, including the 2016 FCS national title and a national runner-up in 2017. Houston replaces the fired Scottie Montgomery, who was 9-26 in three seasons.